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Read: Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!: Crossword Puzzles & News Trivia … Randy L. Schmidt's Judy Garland on Judy Garland … Steve Almond's Against Football … John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van … Dennis Lehane's The Drop Daniel Kibblesmith, Sam Weiner's How to Win at Everything Listen: Barbra Streisand ... Smokey Robinson ... Linda Ronstadt ... Eric Clapton ... Frank Sinatra ... Tony Bennett ... Anne Murray ... Willie Nelson ... Watch: The Fault In Our Stars ... Godzilla ... Big Bang Theory ... The Carol Burnett Show ... kitchen essentials and more.

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Listen to Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!:
Comedian Richard Lewis plays "Not My Job"

Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!: Crossword Puzzles & News Trivia

Filled with puzzles and trivia taken directly from NPR's popular news quiz show Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, this crossword puzzle book is for every fan who's been itching to put their own trivia powers to the test!


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Listen to The Daily Circuit:
The book Judy Garland meant to write

Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters
Edited by Randy L. Schmidt

Judy Garland on Judy Garland is the closest we will come to experiencing and exploring the legend’s planned autobiography. Collecting and presenting the most important Garland interviews and encounters that took place between 1935 and 1969, this work opens with her first radio appearance under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and concludes with her last known interview, one taped for Radio Denmark just months before her death. What makes this collection unique is that it places Judy in the role of storyteller. She wrote a number of essays for various publications and sat for countless print, radio, and television interviews. These and other autobiographical efforts she made are proof that Judy Garland wanted her story told in her own words. Finally, 45 years after her death, here it is.


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Listen to To The Point:
NFL Fallout and the Domestic Violence Discussion

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto
By Steve Almond

In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after 40 years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions:

• Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?

• What does it mean that our society has transmuted the intuitive physical joys of childhood — run, leap, throw, tackle — into a billion-dollar industry?

• How did a sport that causes brain damage become such an important emblem for our institutions of higher learning?

There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.


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Talking With a Songwriter Turned Novelist

Wolf in White Van: A Novel
By John Darnielle

Creating fantastical mail-order role-playing games from his apartment where he endures a life of solitude after a disfiguring injury, Sean is blamed for a disaster involving two high school student clients, an event that compels him to reevaluate his own past.


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Dennis Lehane Takes The Drop From Screen to Page

The Drop
By Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of Mystic River with this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith — the basis for the major motion picture The Drop, from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini.

Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back.


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Listen to Marketplace:
How to survive the next economic collapse

How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can't or Shouldn't Try to Win At
By Daniel Kibblesmith, Sam Weiner

Nobody wants to be a loser. With this revolutionary new handbook, readers will learn how to win at literally everything* — even things that aren't contests, and that you can't or shouldn't try to win at, such as dreaming, apologizing, and talking on the phone with your mom. Crucial illustrated advice and instruction guides would-be winners through activities including bird-watching (start by spotting common species like pigeons, or dogs), job interviews (maintain eye contact: very smart people do not need to blink), and many more scenarios for success. In sharing their hard-won knowledge, the authors — noted experts at this sort of thing — help readers become the future winners they were meant to be.

*actually, more like dozens of things

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Barbra and Ray

Country music has produced many legendary duos: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, all the way up to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, among others. In the past, many of these country music performers released full duet albums and then followed them up with a full-fledged tour.

Historically, duets have been a "one off" where performers are paired with other performers to gain radio airplay and chart success by leveraging the commercial appeal of both artists. With the changing and evolving recording industry, many legendary artists find it difficult to gain radio airplay. This has led to new songs being used in commercials to build awareness or the recording of concept albums or tribute albums. Duets are another great way to gain attention, and have helped attract new audiences to the work of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Linda Ronstadt, Pavarotti and more. Here, we take a look at a few recent and forthcoming releases, as well as look back at a few of our favorite duet albums.


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Listen to All Songs Considered:
Barbra Streisand and John Legend Together

Partners
By Barbra Streisand

What a voice! Barbara Streisand re-imagines several classics from her catalog as duets with the likes of Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie and John Legend, among others (including Elvis!).


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Listen to Weekend Edition:
Smokey Robinson Sings the Hits, With a Few Good Friends

Smokey & Friends
By Smokey Robinson

Smokey & Friends features Robinson alongside a celebrated roster of contemporary and classic artists who will sing the best loved songs from Robinson’s unmatched catalog of hits including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.


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Listen to The Diane Rehm Show:
Singer Linda Ronstadt on Her Life in Music

Duets
By Linda Ronstadt

A collection of 14 of her most memorable collaborations, culled from the archives by Linda and her manager, to highlight her music and that voice as she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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Listen to All Things Considered:
Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale: Notes on a Friendship

The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale
By Eric Clapton & Friends

A wonderful tribute album to the music of his friend J.J. Cale, a year after his passing, finds Clapton collaborating with a group of like-minded friends and musicians including Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White. The album features 16 beloved J.J. Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me the Breeze.”


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Listen to NPR:
Frank Sinatra: "The Voice" radio documentary

Duets
By Frank Sinatra

One of the first duet albums created to build awareness for the catalog of amazing work by Frank Sinatra. This combines both of Sinatra's highly successful duets albums together with a few bonus tracks and a new cover.


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Listen to Weekend Edition:
Tony Bennett's Art of Intimacy

Tony Bennett: Duets II
By Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett has recorded several duet concept albums and his upcoming collaboration with Lady Gaga is among this Fall’s most anticipated releases. Here, Tony sings with a wide array of stars including Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Mariah Carey and Faith Hill, among others.


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Listen to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
Anne Murray: CanCon is making a difference

Duets: Friends & Legends
By Anne Murray

The legendary Canadian duets with Shania Twain, Celtic Women, Emmylou Harris, Carole King, Olivia Newton John and others for some unforgettable re-imaginations of her classic hits.


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Willie Nelson: Road Rules and Deep Thoughts

To All the Girls ...
By Willie Nelson

To All the Girls … finds Willie reunited with his two greatest loves: beautiful music and talented women. Collaborators include Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Rosanne Cash and Norah Jones, among others.

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Listen to Morning Edition:
From Action Hero to Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley has Range

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault in Our Stars, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.


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Listen to Take Two:
How VFX pioneer Jim Rygiel remade Japan's most famous monster

Godzilla

In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world’s most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.


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The Man Who Gets the Science Right on The Big Bang Theory

Big Bang Theory: Season 7

2014 Emmy Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series (Jim Parsons), Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series

Enjoy the complete seventh season of The Big Bang Theory again on DVD and Blu-ray. The three-disc DVD box-set contains all twenty-four episodes of the 2013/14 season along with new bonus features, including a gag reel and behind-the-scenes featurettes.


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Listen to Fresh Air:
Carol Burnett

The Carol Burnett Show: Ultimate Collection

They don’t make television like this anymore! It’s laugh-out-loud comedy for the whole family. This amazing collection includes the best of Carol’s classic sketches, timeless comedy routines and legendary guest stars. Plus, you’ll enjoy over 20 hours of bonus features including Carol’s start on The Garry Moore Show, rare comedy sketches, exclusive interviews (including Betty White, Carl Reiner, Bernadette Peters, Amy Poehler and others), and 13 featurettes.

It’s the most comprehensive collection of The Carol Burnett Show ever released in one set.

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8 Kitchen Essentials from Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Kitchen Essentials

The Splendid Table: 8 pieces of cookware and cutlery you should have in your kitchen

Whether you are starting out or starting over with your cookware and cutlery, you’ll want to consider investing in these eight items.

1. A straight-sided, 12-inch, sauté pan

One thing I would invest in, because I use it all the time, is a straight-sided, 12-inch sauté pan. Besides sautéing, you can use it as a fabulous roasting pan in the oven, do sauces in it, do stews in it. I do everything in it. I cook for two and I cook for eight.

You want one with a stainless steel interior and a thick aluminum exterior (the aluminum may be covered). You don’t need copper, so forget copper. The thick aluminum is what actually holds the heat. It must come all the way up the sides of the pan. Don’t buy a pan that uses aluminum only as a heat conductor in the bottom of the pan; you will get burned edges around that bottom rim.

The pan should be comfortable in your hand. Because it’s big — mine is more like 13 inches — you want a long handle and you want an opposing handle, a bail handle. You need that so you are not just lifting this large, unwieldy pan with one long handle because it will twist in your hand.

It’s a big investment; it may be well over $100. Mine happens to be All-Clad, but there are other brands that are excellent.

2. A 4-quart saucepan

The other thing that’s great to have is a 4-quart saucepan. That is something that you are going to use for a lot of things, like making a batch of rice.

3. An 8- or 10-quart pot with a strainer insert

An 8- or 10-quart pot is the pot for cooking the chili, making the pasta and doing the broth.

I found one that had a strainer insert for pasta. Usually these pots are 6 quarts, so when you put that insert into it, you are really cooking in a small amount of water. You want the big one that is 8 or 10 quarts.

I use the insert when I make soup. It’s so great when you want to make broth because you throw all the bones and the meat into the colander, and it’s so easy to just lift it out once it’s done.

4 – 6. Bargain knives and a knife sharpener

You want a really good paring knife, a 4-inch paring knife, and an 8-inch chef’s knife (that’s the one with a triangular blade). These don’t have to be expensive; there are knives out there that are $20 – 30. [Ed. note: More on knives from Lynne here.]

You also want a knife sharpener. It doesn’t have to be expensive; there is one out there that is $6. It really does a good job. It’s small, easy to handle, and you can stick it in your pocket if you are prone to sharpening knives while you are traveling.

7. Half sheet pan

For roasting things or baking, I like a big half sheet pan. It should fit in your oven.

The great thing is half sheet pans are shallow. This is what I use to roast vegetables or whenever I need a lot of space for stuff to spread out.

When I flip it over, the back becomes a cookie sheet.

8. A large, metal colander

You will also want a big, metal colander. Forget the little ones and go right for the big one. It should be big enough to drain 2 pounds of pasta — or big enough to hold a baby. You can always drain small amounts in a large colander, but you can’t drain large amounts in a small colander.


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All-Clad Master Chef
6-Quart Saute Pan

All-Clad Stainless
4-Quart Saucepan

All-Clad Stainless Steel Pasta Pentola


Victorinox 8-Inch
Chef's Knife

Victorinox 4-Inch
Utility Knife

Accusharp Knife Sharpener


Precision Pierced Stainless Steel Colander

Half Size Pan

The Splendid Table Apron

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Performance Today

 

Calling all Classical Music Enthusiasts,

It would be my pleasure to host you on a classical music adventure on the beautiful blue Danube River next summer. This enchanting, one-of-a-kind river cruise will deepen your appreciation for Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Brahms, Strauss (Richard and Johann Jr!), Liszt, Bartok, and many others, as we visit the very places where these immortal composers lived, loved and worked.

Get insider access to spectacular venues, concerts and activities, including a private tour and concert at the esteemed Estates Opera House in Prague where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni, a concert at either the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House or Musikverein in Vienna, live classical performances and musical PT interviews aboard our vessel, and an exclusive private concert with champagne at Vienna’s Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years.

Experience a chic slice of Europe in style with like-minded travelers. Enjoy gourmet dining and unlimited fine wines as we experience and discuss classical music through interviews, encounters, and performances on our deluxe vessel and in world-famous concert halls. Our journey will begin in Dvorak’s hometown of Prague, then we’ll embark on our private river ship and cruise down the river, taking in the venues, the cobblestone streets, and the historic highlights of Central Europe’s classical music capitals: Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. We’ll also debark in charming small towns along the way: Melk, Passau, Linz, and Dürnstein. And each and every sight and musical experience will be infused with the Performance Today perspective that you appreciate.

I look forward to serving as your personal host on this five-star classical music voyage. Space is limited and tickets go on sale September 16. Reserve your spot before November 1 and save $400 per person.

Musically yours,
Fred Child
Host, Performance Today


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