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Read: Dave Eggers's Heroes of the Frontier ... Blake Crouch's Dark Matter ... Rachel Ignotofsky's Women in Science ... Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things ... Michael Tackett's The Baseball Whisperer ... Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates, Andrew Shaffer's Ghosts from Our Past ... Listen: Steven Tyler ... Andra Day ... Michael Kiwanuka ... Quiero Creedence ... Watch: Sing Street ... Born to Be Blue ... Barbershop: The Next Cut ... The Boss ... This American Life and more.


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Heroes of the Frontier
By Dave Eggers

Struggling through a painful separation, the loss of her dental practice, and the senseless death of a young man, Josie embarks on an RV road trip to Alaska with her kids that is marked by both national wonders and the shadows of past regrets.

Weekend Edition:
In Dave Eggers’ Latest, A Mother Moves Her Kids to the Alaskan Frontier

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Dark Matter
By Blake Crouch

College physics professor Jason Dessen is kidnapped, knocked unconscious — and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.

Weekend Edition:
What If You Hadn’t Gotten Married? Dark Matter Imagines an Alternate Life

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
By Rachel Ignotofsky

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of 50 notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary.

Science Friday:
Women in Science: An Illustrated Who’s Who

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The Natural Way of Things
By Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood's short, gripping book focuses on 10 women who have been sent to a prison camp after various sex scandals. Set in a dystopian backwater, The Natural Way of Things begins as an allegory of thuggish misogyny then evolves into a far stranger and more challenging feminist parable.

Fresh Air:
Dystopian Novel Challenges Misogyny as The Natural Way of Things

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The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams
By Michael Tackett

The Baseball Whisperer traces the remarkable story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A’s baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Ozzie Smith, future manager Bud Black, and star player Von Hayes, Merl developed scores of major league players (six of which are currently playing). In the process, Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity, and responsibility.

Lake Effect:
The Baseball Whisperer Uncovers a Hidden Gem of Minor League Baseball

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Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal
By Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates, Andrew Shaffer

Years before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates published the groundbreaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past. Once lost to history, this criminally underappreciated book is now back in print, revised and somewhat updated for the new century.

Science Friday:
The Real Science in the New Ghostbusters

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We're All Somebody From Somewhere
By Steven Tyler

The veteran Aerosmith frontman produced this 13-track country-flavored solo project with T Bone Burnett, Dan Huff, Marti Fredriksen and Jaren Johnston.

“I headed down to Nashville last spring to start working on this project, wrote some kick ass songs with some of Music City’s finest songwriters and now we get to share them with the world,” Tyler said. “Country music is the new rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not just about porches, dogs and kicking your boots up. It’s a whole lot more. It’s about being real.”

Front and Center:
CMA Songwriters Series: Steven Tyler

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Cheers to the Fall
By Andra Day

Day studied singing in a performing-arts high school in San Diego. A live performance found its way to Stevie Wonder after a chance meeting with his wife. Day was then introduced to songwriter and producer Adrian Gurvitz and then Raphael Saadiq to help her make Cheers to the Fall. That album has garnered Andra Day two Grammy nominations, for Best R&B Album and for Best R&B Performance for her song "Rise Up."

The soul, jazz and R&B singer cultivates an aesthetic with clear reference points in the past, but she tells stories firmly rooted in her present. It's a jarring and compelling combination.

The Current:
Set for a big year ahead, Andra Day performs at The Current

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Love & Hate
By Michael Kiwanuka

"Michael Kiwanuka is an undeniable talent. A wise, soulful songwriter with an incredible voice. He's also a great guitarist. His 2012 debut, Home Again, was such an authentic and faithful offering of soul revival that critics made frequent comparisons to the likes of Bill Withers and Otis Redding. Good company, to be sure, but no artist simply wants to stand on the shoulders of giants. Despite the awards and glowing reviews, many critics wondered if this might not be a very stylish flash in the pan. Would there be a worthy second act?

"Love & Hate, Kiwanuka's sophomore studio effort is no slump. Nor is it a carbon copy of his critically acclaimed debut. This is anything but another all-too-self-aware soul revival album. This is a genuine, evocative statement from a man who recognizes that our world is broken in so many ways, and that each and every one of us is looking for answers of some sort. Love & Hate is powerful, raw and very real. An album that, at once, is extremely personal and also completely universal. It's also a gorgeous listen." — Brian Oake, Host, The Current

Morning Becomes Eclectic:
Michael Kiwanuka

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Quiero Creedence
By Various Artists

Quiero Creedence is the Latin tribute album to legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. This album includes covers of CCR's greatest songs by some of the top Latin artists from across the world including Juan Gabriel, Los Lonely Boys, Bunbury, Ozomatli, Andrés Calamaro, Enjambre, Los Enanitos Verdes, Juanes, La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia, El Tri and more.

NPR First Listen:
Various Artists, Quiero Creedence

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Sing Street

Aiming to win the heart of the über-cool and beautiful Raphina, 14-year-old Conor forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos in 1980s Dublin. Inspired by writer/director John Carney's (Once, Begin Again) life and love for music, Sing Street shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.

The Current:
Review: '80s music fantasy Sing Street is good clean fun

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Born to Be Blue

Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend and icon of cool, Chet Baker, whose comeback from heroin addiction is thrillingly told with wit, verve, and style to burn. Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke's virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blue unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.

The Frame:
Ethan Hawke can relate to the rise and fall of Chet Baker

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Barbershop: The Next Cut

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin and his longtime crew, including Eddie, are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

The Current:
Lizzo teams up with pop producer Ricky Reed for new single "Good as Hell"

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The Boss

Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere to go and no one to scam, Michelle is forced to move in with former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) and her young daughter, Rachel. Now at her lowest point, Michelle wastes no time in devising a winner-take-all plan to rebuild her empire. Can she reclaim her status as the No. 1 screwer, or will the love of one family screw her for good?

Marketplace:
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone on the family business of being funny

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio


This American Life


Take in a slice of Americana with critically acclaimed host Ira Glass on This American Life. Each week he picks a theme, then gives his writers and performers the freedom to weave real stories from real people around that theme in a manner they find most engaging. You'll meet fascinating people with stories that range from heartwarming to bizarre. Glass and company try interesting things and take radio where it's never gone before. It's a show that defies description, but has become one of public radio's most celebrated programs. Produced by Chicago Public Radio, This American Life has a roster of regular contributors that includes such well-known writers as David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Michael Chabon, David Rakoff, Dan Savage and Junot Díaz, among others. This weekend will see the release of the second film collaboration between Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia as Don’t Think Twice arrives in theaters.

For more information or to listen to past episodes, please visit the This American Life website.


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This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear

Host Ira Glass and the staff of This American Life selected some of their favorite segments for the This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear 2-CD set. Featuring segments by bestselling writer and humorist David Sedaris (Naked), Comedy Central's Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman and many others, this eclectic anthology addresses topics ranging from gender reassignment to karaoke comedy, with over two hours of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking spoken performances set against a hip indie-rock and electronica musical background. Includes music by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead, Calexico, Morcheeba, Mogwai, Tortoise and others.

This American Life:
So a Squirrel and a Chipmunk Walk Into a Bar

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Sleepwalk With Me LIVE
By Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia's magnum opus Sleepwalk With Me is now on CD. In his theatrical debut, comedian Mike Birbiglia takes the audience on a hysterically funny and intensely personal journey through his struggles with sleepwalking and his reluctance to confront his fears of love, honesty and growing up. Sleepwalk With Me is the rare collision of comedy and theater that touches your funny bone and tickles your heart.

This American Life:
Stranger in the Night

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Modern Romance
By Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg

The acclaimed stand-up comedian and Emmy Award-nominated star of Master of None evaluates how technology is shaping today's romances, citing the work of forefront social scientists while considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.

This American Life:
Romancing the Phone

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
By Erik Larson

Erik Larson presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

This American Life:
Captain's Log

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