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Read: Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, Paul Solman's Get What's Yours Jonathan Lethem's Lucky Alan … Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band … Maz Jobrani's I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV … Steve Fraser's The Age of Acquiescence Mary Pilon's The Monopolists Listen: The Mavericks ... Sleater-Kinney ... Dan Deacon ... Watch: Birdman ... The Theory of Everything ... Whiplash ... Boyhood ... The Grand Budapest Hotel ... Big Hero 6 ... closeout sale and more.

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Listen to The Leonard Lopate Show:
How to Navigate Social Security, Without Losing Money

Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security
By Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, Paul Solman

Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits? You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but Kotlikoff, Moeller, and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy-to-understand and user-friendly style. What you don’t know can seriously hurt you: wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost some individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year.


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From NPR:
Lucky Alan Thumbs Its Nose at Convention

Lucky Alan: And Other Stories
By Jonathan Lethem

Nine short tales by the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist vacillate between reality and surrealism and include the stories “Pending Vegan,” “The King of Sentences” and “The Porn Critic.”


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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon on Marriage, Music and Moving On

Girl in a Band: A Memoir
By Kim Gordon

One of Sonic Youth’s founding members delivers a memoir of her life as an artist, musician, wife and mother.


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Maz Jobrani Tells Jokes Without Borders

I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man
By Maz Jobrani

A founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour recounts his experiences as an Iranian growing up in America, his efforts to assimilate both cultures and his regular castings as a villain on TV and in movies.


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Protecting Democracy in the New Gilded Age

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
By Steve Fraser

Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, The Age of Acquiescence will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.


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The Origins of Monopoly

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game
By Mary Pilon

The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man’s lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game’s questionable origins.

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The Mavericks Release an Album, Minus Robert Reynolds

Mono
By The Mavericks

Raul Malo, whose signature tenor fronts The Mavericks, penned each of the standard 11 tracks on MONO in addition to teaming up with Niko Bolas once again for producing duties. With a palpable connection, founding members Paul Deakin, Eddie Perez and Jerry Dale McFadden add magic to each song. The project features The Fantastic Four, longtime backing musicians: Michael Guerra, Max Abrams, Paul Armstrong and Jay Weaver, who bring even more gusto to The Mavericks’ already indescribable musical trance.

"With MONO we started with less purpose and more passion, hoping to do what music is supposed to do, evoke a vibe that naturally takes each listener somewhere different," said Malo. "That’s what happened to each of us as we went in the studio and listened to old vinyl before recording. There was just a beauty to the sound that inspired how we developed these songs and even why we chose to record in mono. ... Our hope is to present this album almost exactly as it was recorded.”


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Sleater-Kinney In Concert

No Cities to Love
By Sleater-Kinney

"Much like the Die Hard pentalogy, you don't have to be well-versed in Sleater-Kinney's previous work to be able to understand and adore their latest offering, No Cities to Love. In fact, the new record might be one of the best entry points for new fans that the band has ever recorded.

"For their first new album in 10 years, the recently reunited band crammed themselves into a tiny basement to crank out a batch of new songs, and the music sounds just as tight and compact and explosive as you'd imagine that kind of cramped situation would produce. This album cranks, with neither the tempo nor the energy flagging across all 10 tracks, and it's hard not to want to bust out one of Carrie Brownstein's signature leg kicks while rocking out to bombastic tracks like the album's lead single, 'Bury Our Friends.'" — Andrea Swensson, 89.3 The Current


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From NPR:
Dan Deacon's Gliss Riffer

Gliss Riffer
By Dan Deacon

Gliss Riffer marks new territory for Baltimore-based Dan Deacon who, following up on the release of his large ensemble-based recordings — 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America — has returned to a simpler way of writing and recording, similar to that of 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings, which resulted in this self-produced album. What Gliss Riffer shares with Spiderman of the Rings as a musical experience is an aesthetic directness and its ecstatic energy.

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Handsome People

Along with learning who won an Oscar at last weekend's Academy Awards, we learned a lot more: Who to call (your parents), and what women should be paid (the same as men). From civil rights to immigration and health issues such as Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease, advocacy was a big part of last night's show. Here's a quick rundown of what people are saying.

NPR: Birdman Wins Big on a Soggy Night at the Oscars

NPR: Oscar Speeches Spotlight Income Inequality, Immigration and Incarceration

NPR: The Oscars: What People are Saying the Day After


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Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu on the future of film

Birdman

2015 Oscar Winner: Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing, Writing (Original Screenplay)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.


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Eddie Redmayne on the Art and Science of Acting

The Theory of Everything

2015 Oscar Winner: Actor in a Leading Role (Eddie Redmayne)

Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of — time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).


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J.K. Simmons Won't Throw a Chair at Your Head, but His Character Might

Whiplash

2015 Oscar Winner: Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons), Sound Mixing, Film Editing

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite East Coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.


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Patricia Arquette

Boyhood

2015 Oscar Winner: Actress in a Supporting Role (Patricia Arquette)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s "Yellow" to Arcade Fire’s "Deep Blue." Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.


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Alexandre Desplat Discusses His Two 2015 Oscar-Nominated Scores

The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015 Oscar Winner: Achievement in costume design, Achievement in makeup and hairstyling, Best production design, Best original score

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.


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Big Hero 6 Brings a Marvel Comic Book to a Disney Universe

Big Hero 6

2015 Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature Film

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius — thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion — a robot named Baymax — and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

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Garage Sale

Yes, it’s that time of year! Time to clear out the old and bring in the new. We have been slashing the prices of many products while adding them to our clearance section. These are items we will be closing out and the prices are good (for web orders only). You will find gear related to some of your favorite shows, CDs, DVDs and books that have been seen or heard on public broadcasting, books by hosts, etc. Take a look, because once they are gone, we will not be re-ordering. The spring catalog is coming and we need to clear room in our warehouse, which means some "Pretty Good" deals for you!

Animal Furnace
by Hannibal Buress

Love Has Come For You by Steve Martin
& Eddie Brickell

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk:
A Modest Bestiary
by David Sedaris

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