Read: Tom Perrotta's Mrs. Fletcher ... Kate Fagan's What Made Maddy Run ... Michael W. Twitty's The Cooking Gene ... Jeff Flake's Conscience of a Conservative ... Carolyn Murnick's The Hot One ... Maria Qamar's Trust No Aunty ... Listen: Arcade Fire ... The Isley Brothers and Santana ... Elvis Presley ... Manchester Orchestra ... Watch: Shin Godzilla ... Colossal ... The Circle ... The Splendid Table and more.



Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel
By Tom Perrotta

Struggling to adjust to her empty nest when her only child departs for college, a middle-aged divorcee receives an erotic message from a secret admirer and becomes obsessed with a fantasy porn site for women; while miles away at college, her son encounters challenges to his outmoded ideas of sex.

The Thread:
In New Novel, Tom Perrotta Shares "Post-Parental" Reflections from an Empty Nest



What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen
By Kate Fagan

A sports journalist relates the story of Ivy League freshman and track star Maddy Holleran, who seemingly had it all and succeeded at everything she tried, but who secretly grappled with mental illness before taking her own life during the spring semester.

Morning Edition:
Trying to Understand What Made Maddy Run



The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
By Michael W. Twitty

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry — both black and white — through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

On Point:
Rediscovering African-American Roots and Cuisine



Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle
By Jeff Flake

Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party.

Morning Edition:
Sen. Jeff Flake: "As Conservatives, Our First Obligation is to Be Honest’



The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder
By Carolyn Murnick

A New York Magazine online editor recounts how she was compelled to investigate the party lifestyle of her best friend from childhood — and her shocking murder, possibly by an alleged serial killer now facing trial.

Weekend Edition:
New Memoir Unpacks the Life and Tragic Death of The Hot One



Trust No Aunty
By Maria Qamar

Based on her popular Instagram @Hatecopy and her experience in a South Asian immigrant family, artist Maria Qamar has created a humorous, illustrated “survival guide” to deal with overbearing “Aunties,” whether they’re family members, annoying neighbors, or just some random ladies throwing black magic your way.

Maria Qamar Dishes Up Desi Pop in Trust No Aunty


Everything Now
By Arcade Fire

"For a band who are hyperconscious of their image and place in the music industry, their official major label debut is possibly their most accessible album yet. Co-produced by members of Daft Punk and Portishead, Everything Now is Arcade Fire's best work of their career. It has the danceable moments of Reflektor while maintaining the art-rock sensibility of Neon Bible and The Suburbs. They succeed at crafting rock songs that translate to your headphones and their stadium shows." — David Safar, Music Director, The Current

All Songs TV:
In "Creature Comfort," Arcade Fire Drowns in the Din of Modern Life



Power of Peace
By The Isley Brothers and Santana

Led by the legendary Ronald Isley on lead vocals and the album’s main producer/arranger Carlos Santana on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and background vocals, Power of Peace covers songs first made familiar by the Chambers Brothers (“Are You Ready,” “Love, Peace, Happiness”), Swamp Dogg (“Total Destruction to Your Mind”), Stevie Wonder (“Higher Ground”), Billie Holiday (“God Bless the Child”), Eddie Kendricks (“Body Talk”), Curtis Mayfield (“Gypsy Woman”), Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon (“I Just Want to Make Love to You”), Dionne Warwick/Jackie DeShannon (“What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love”), Marvin Gaye (“Mercy Mercy Me – The Ecology”), Leon Thomas (“Let the Rain Fall on Me”) and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson (“Let There Be Peace on Earth”). Power of Peace also premieres a new song, “I Remember,” written and sung by Cindy Blackman Santana.

Songs We Love:
The Isley Brothers & Carlos Santana, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"



A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953 – 1955 Recordings
By Elvis Presley

A Boy from Tupelo includes every surviving Elvis Presley Sun master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid with his own money to record, as well as all known radio and concert performances from the period. Many of these recordings are rare demos, session takes, and live performances including a newly discovered and previously unreleased recording of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.

NPR Review:
Elvis Presley, A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953 – 1955 Recordings



A Black Mile to the Surface
By Manchester Orchestra

Inspired by their experience creating the score for the film Swiss Army Man, the group seized the chance to rethink Manchester Orchestra’s typical methods of working. This process gave them new ideas of how to think about writing, how songs could flow, and how to layer melodies on top of one another to propel the tune into a new emotional arena. To manifest this vision, the band turned to producer Catherine Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Killers, Interpol) and began working with her at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville. In addition to mixing with Marks at her Assault & Battery studio in London, Manchester Orchestra also worked with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) in Los Angeles — gathering new sounds, adding to and widening the songs’ dimensions. Encouraged to go against first instinct, each collaborator added their own touch to the music, pushing it to places no Manchester Orchestra record had ever gone before.

World Cafe:
Manchester Orchestra


Shin Godzilla

When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side — the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.

Off-Ramp's critics roar about Shin Godzilla, a monster of a reboot




Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend (Dan Stevens), is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown where she’s reunited with her childhood friend (Jason Sudeikis). When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

Fresh Air:
Genre-Bending Colossal Mixes Monster Metaphor with Romantic Comedy



The Circle

The Circle is a gripping modern thriller starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega. When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

The Circle author Dave Eggers thinks the internet is getting creepier

Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio
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A Summertime Grilling Guide
By Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift


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One of the greatest parts of The Splendid Table's website is the recipes! Whether they come from our terrific guests, fabulous contributors, or our wonderful hosts, you are sure to find a recipe to your liking. Here are a few favorites featuring fresh sweet corn.

You can also find some great ideas and tips!

Here is a favorite from A Summertime Grilling Guide from The Splendid Table! It’s a recipe made for August and a quick trip to the garden or the farmers market! The book is filled with recipes and ideas designed to make summer cooking easy and fun.

Corn on the Cob with Chile-Lime Dip

Corn on the Cob with Chile-Lime Dip

While we love the unabashedly decadent version of Mexican sweet corn (the one slathered with crema, cheese, chile and a jolt of lime), we also understand the need for a little restraint now and then. Consider this recipe an ascetic take, and a delicious one at that — corn grilled with just a small slather of butter until it’s slightly charred then dressed with lime juice and hot chile. Utterly addicting.

Cook to Cook: Corn has gone through some genetic tinkering in the past, so now “super sweet” ears dominate markets. It’s fine that we’ve got ears that don’t lose their sweetness in a day, but super sweets can be so overpowering you lose that homey fresh corn taste. Look for “sweet enhanced” instead. This is from the previous generation of tinkering, and ears taste more “real” but still hold their sugars for some time in the refrigerator.


  • 6 to 8 ears fresh sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1-1/2 sticks salted butter, melted
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup hot chile powder


1. Prepare a charcoal grill for one-zone direct grilling or preheat a gas grill to high.

2. When the coals are completely covered with grey ash, grill the corn about 4 inches from the coals, turning often with tongs and brushing them several times with the butter. After about 5 minutes, or when the corn is beginning to color, remove the cobs to a platter and give them a final light brush of butter. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper.

3. Pour several tablespoons of lime juice on each person’s plate, and put the chile powder in a bowl. Let the corn cool until it is easy to handle but still warm, then have everyone roll their corn in the lime juice and sprinkle it liberally with hot chile powder.

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