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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
By Ashlee Vance

Veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the tumultuous stories of his world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity.

Marketplace:
Elon Musk's evolution, from sci-fi dreams to Space X

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1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
By Andrew Grant Jackson

Music historian Andrew Grant Jackson chronicles a ground-breaking year of creativity fueled by rivalries between musicians and continents, sweeping social changes, and technological breakthroughs.

Take Two:
The revolutionary music of 1965

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A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope
By Tom Brokaw

The NBC Nightly News anchor reflects on his struggle with myeloma, coming to terms with his own mortality, and what does mean and has meant the most to him throughout his life.

Fresh Air:
Tom Brokaw Reflects on Cancer, Nightly News and His Lucky Life

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The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters
By James M. McPherson

Thoughtful, provocative, and authoritative, The War That Forged a Nation looks anew at the reasons America's civil war has remained a subject of intense interest for the past century and a half, and affirms the enduring relevance of the conflict for America today.

The Diane Rehm Show:
James McPherson interview

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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
By Martin Ford

A artificial-intelligence entrepreneur offers a stark warning about what we must do to keep an automated economy from being a massively unjust one.

The Thread:
Attention white-collar workers: The robots are coming for your jobs

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Nimona
By Noelle Stevenson

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

The Thread:
Nimona makes a girl in sensible armor the star

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Monterey
By The Milk Carton Kids

Two voices, two guitars — sometimes that’s all it takes. Case in point: The Milk Carton Kids. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan spent a decade pursuing separate careers before they formed a duo two years ago, taking the name from the title of one of their songs, “Milk Carton Kid.” With their close harmonies, deft guitar work, and deadpan humor, they quickly built a wide and devoted following.

World Cafe:
The Milk Carton Kids

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Why Make Sense?
By Hot Chip

"The new collection of songs has heart and soul because it doesn't attempt to manufacture rhythm and movement; instead, Hot Chip focused on a language they've developed over years of being a band. What's brilliant is that they hone in on exercising their craft without sacrificing the tastefulness of their previous albums." — David Safar, Music Director, The Current

The Frame:
Hot Chip dares 'someone else better' to come take their place

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Use Your Time Wisely
By Strange Names

It's only been a few months since Strange Names landed in New York City (originally from Minneapolis), but the time for this daring pop trio has most definitely come. This triumvirate of twenty-somethings — Fletcher Aleckson, Francis Ximenez and Liam Benzvi — has released a firecracker debut LP jammed with energetic, angular, romantic songs that sound at once ageless and completely contemporary.

The Current:
Strange Names in-studio performance

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Ratchet
By Shamir

After the release of his 2014 EP, Northtown, Shamir quickly became one of the most talked about artists heading into the new year. His music garnered attention for its distinctive blend of R&B, house music, rap and even country, while his androgynous voice has been the center of attention.

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Shamir, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

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American Sniper

2015 Oscar Winner: Best Sound Editing

From director Clint Eastwood comes American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.

U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to "leave no man behind." But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Here & Now:
A Sniper's Look at American Sniper

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Also Available: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle


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Call the Midwife: Season 4

The nurses, midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House invite you to join them again as they try to give the best possible care to the poorest women in London. Now nearing the 1960s, the community enters a new time of social change, while stories of birth, life and death continue to touch your heart. Will live-wire Nurse Trixie marry her young curate? What new project calls for a heart as big as Chummy's? How will Sister Evangelina react to two new nurses? And why does Sister Julienne appear so unsettled by a mystery benefactor? Jenny Agutter (MI-5, The Avengers), Pam Ferris (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda) and Miranda Hart (Miranda, Magicians) star in this award-winning series, inspired by the memoirs of midwife Jennifer Worth.

All Things Considered:
Beyond Downton: BBC Shows You May Have Missed

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Orange Is the New Black Season 2

Season two finds Piper (Taylor Schilling) spending time in solitary, while Litchfield adds a new inmate in Vee (Lorraine Toussaint), who has a history with Red (Kate Mulgrew).

World Cafe:
The Music of Orange Is the New Black

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Leviathan

The latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the acclaimed director of The Return (Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner and Golden Globe nominee). Kolya (Alexeï Serebriakov) lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya (Elena Liadova) and his son Roma (Sergueï Pokhodaev) from a previous marriage.

The Business:
Leviathan Filmmakers Face an Unsettling Response in Russia

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Picnics
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Summer is upon us! Go out and enjoy the warm weather and good company by creating a memorable picnic! Jen Stevenson joined The Splendid Table to share tips and ideas to make your next picnic fun, with many of the recipes and drinks prepared ahead of time so you can sit, relax and enjoy. She has a new book on the subject that we have paired with a few picnic essentials.

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The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket
By Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, Jen Stevenson

Recipes, tips and ideas to make your picnic more fun and enjoyable! While visiting The Splendid Table, Jen Stevenson shared a short list of tips along with this recipe for Shocking-Pink Beet Hummus.

The Splendid Table:
How to take your picnic to the next level

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio
 

A few more merchandise profiles from the MS Westerdam ... I saved a few photos of products I was considering bringing back. I will move on to the more limited edition profiles next. I still find it amazing how many people you meet with vastly different backgrounds. All with something to say since we all began with something in common — a love for this little radio show that just keeps on going.


Lake Wobegon Souvenir Tshirt

Lake Wobegon Souvenir T-Shirt

Jean and Everett from have been listening since the mid ‘80s, a fact that can be documented by the shirt she is wearing. The Lake Wobegon Souvenir T-Shirt has now been unretired. It is the first shirt that the Lake Wobegon Chamber of Commerce endorsed and pays homage to the noble Holstein, queen of the prairie pastures. Even though the shirt has been out of print for well over 15 years, this one looks as sharp as the day one could purchase it. They both stated that they absolutely love the sail away party and will treasure the memory always.

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A Prairie Home Companion Sponsor Logo Silk Necktie

A Prairie Home Companion Sponsor Logo Silk Necktie

Alex from Chicago displays our handsome tie displaying the four main sponsors of the show. Alex has been listening since the mid ‘70s when he discovered the little show while attending college in Minnesota after his tour in Vietnam. His personal highlight was getting to shake Garrison’s hand while wearing the tie. This was the 7th time Alex has joined A Prairie Home Companion at sea.

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