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Read: Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy … Dan Jurafsky's The Language of Food … Aaron David Miller's The End of Greatness … Amy Traverso's The Apple Lover's Cookbook … Bob Zmuda, Lynne Margulies' Andy Kaufman Kasper Hauser Comedy Group's SkyMaul 2 Listen: Aretha Franklin ... Taylor Swift ... Barry Manilow ... Neil Diamond ... Watch: Mad Men: The Final Season ... Snowpiercer ... Sex Tape ... bestsellers and more.

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Listen to Fresh Air:
One Lawyer's Fight for Young Blacks and Just Mercy

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
By Bryan Stevenson

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.


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Listen to The Daily Circuit:
Dan Jurafsky decodes The Language of Food

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu
By Dan Jurafsky

A linguist delves into the world of food, describing the true meanings of descriptive words like “rich” and “crispy” when they appear on a menu and tracing how traditional and favorite dishes spread and changed through colonial shipping routes.


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Listen to All Things Considered:
Historian: FDR was the Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another

The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President
By Aaron David Miller

A political adviser to secretaries of state of both parties discusses how the expectation of greatness in our presidents has made it nearly impossible to be a “good” president in modern times.


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Listen to The Splendid Table:
The revival of hard cider, once John Adams' daily drink

The Apple Lover's Cookbook
By Amy Traverso

The Apple Lover’s Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). It offers a full-color guide to 59 apple varieties, with descriptions of their flavor, history, and, most important, how to use them in the kitchen. Amy Traverso also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts.


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Listen to Press Play with Madeleine Brand:
The Truth About Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally
By Bob Zmuda, Lynne Margulies

In Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, Bob Zmuda, Andy’s writer and best friend, and Lynn Margulies, the love of Andy’s life, reveal all — including surprising secrets that Andy made Lynne and Bob promise never to tell until both of his parents had died.

Hilarious and poignant, this book separates fact from fiction, and includes a candid inside look at the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, which Zmuda co-executive produced.

Finally, Bob Zmuda shares in detail the reasons he believes Andy Kaufman did, in fact, fake his own death, including exactly how he did it and why he will return.


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Listen to All Things Considered:
You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, and Other Products from SkyMaul

SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff
By Kasper Hauser Comedy Group

The towering sequel to a "comedy classic" (Austin Chronicle), SkyMaul 2 picks up where its "brilliantly funny" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) predecessor left off. Bursting with boatloads of fantastic stuff — from the Catbox Viewing Dome to the Bullet-Allowing Vest to the Wearable Coatrack — SkyMaul 2 will win your laughter with humor that sparkles as it cleans.

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Aretha Franklin covers Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
By Aretha Franklin

Aretha’s unsurpassed vocal styling permeates on popular diva classics ranging from Barbra Streisand’s “People,” and Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” to Alicia Keys’ “No One,” and a mashup of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny’s Child’s “I'm a Survivor,” and more. Also lauded as a skillful pianist, Aretha tickles the ivories on The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics reunites Franklin with Sony Music Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis as they take the helm as co-producers to bring Davis’ album concept to fruition. A-List producers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, André 3000, Harvey Mason, Jr., Terry Hunter and Eric Kupper add their award-winning production skills.


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Listen to Song Travels:
Barry Manilow

My Dream Duets
By Barry Manilow

For his Verve Music debut My Dream Duets, Manilow demonstrates that he is a fan, celebrating his own musical heroes who have inspired him through the years. From cherished idols like Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong to contemporary icons like Whitney Houston and John Denver, Barry has joined together with them in his recording studio, emerging with a collection of remarkable duet classics.

Although the extraordinary guest artists on My Dream Duets are no longer with us, Manilow's mission is to ensure their immortal voices live on to excite and entertain all generations of music lovers.


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From NPR:
Neil Diamond's Melody Road

Melody Road
By Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond, one of the world's premier recording artists, internationally renowned and record-breaking concert performer and revered songwriter, is set to release his brand-new studio album. The album marks his first original studio release in six years and first since signing with Capitol Records. Acclaimed producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee co-produced the album. In addition, there will be a special 36-page lyric book with guitar chords included in the packaging of each album.


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Listen to Soundcheck:
Ten Years Later, William Shatner Is Still No Has Been

Has Been
By William Shatner

More than 35 years after the release of his debut solo album, William Shatner teams up with Ben Folds to create Has Been, a surprisingly pop-driven, lyrically potent collection of songs written by the duo. With the exception of "Trying," co-written by Folds and novelist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About A Boy), "Real" by Brad Paisley, and Pulp’s "Common People," Shatner proves to be a witty and self-deprecating poet, while Folds’ talent for crafting the perfect pop melody has never been more evident.

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From Fresh Air:
Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner on the End of Don Draper's Journey

Mad Men: The Final Season Part 1

The first half of the final season for Mad Men is here. Don Draper is in a substantially different place now than he was when we first met him — as is everyone else at the agency. How is everyone doing at this moment? Well, for the vast majority of them the answer is best put, "Not great, Bob."

Just in time to rekindle viewers' interest, Mad Men gets back on track for one last season, revisiting its steady, deliberate pace and style on its way to a sure-to-be-compelling climax.


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Listen to All Things Considered:
A Never-Ending Train Ride and a Society Badly Off Track

Snowpiercer

The film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.


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Filmweek: Sex Tape

Sex Tape

Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but 10 years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide — why not? — to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one three-hour marathon session. It seems like a great idea until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure — tracking down leads, roping in friends and duping Annie’s boss — all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity and, most importantly, their marriage.

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Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from HBO GO, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Watch ESPN, Crunchyroll, MLS, Crackle, Rdio, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.


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Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. With a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that really works, plus exclusive features like Amazon FreeTime, it's the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, music, photos, games, and more.


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GoPro Hero3

Capture all your most thrilling moments on film with the HD HERO3 White Edition from GoPro! Featuring a wireless connection and a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, this camcorder records Full HD videos to an SDHC memory card, and captures still photos at a rate of 3 fps. The wireless connection allows you to control the device using a smartphone or tablet. This camcorder is 15% smaller and lighter than the previous version, and comes supplied with waterproof housing to film at depths of 40 meters, as well as accessories to mount it on a helmet.


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"Selfie Stick" Extension Pole Camera Mount

Our Action Extender gives your GoPro, smart phone, or compact digital camera the point-of-view footage that you've been wanting to add to your videos! With three sections of telescoping aluminum tubes, the Action Extender lengthens from a compact 16" out to a full 36" reach! The handle features a soft touch foam for comfortable use in cold and wet environments along with a wrist lanyard for added security against accidental drops. Want to use your extension pole for something other than just your GoPro? No problem! The Action Extender comes with interchangeable heads to allow you to secure most popular smart phones and any compact digital camera featuring the standard 1/4x20 thread pattern to your POV extender! The Action Extender can be used both on land and in the water. Snowboarding, skiing, surfing, boating, hiking, skateboarding, fishing, hunting, you name it, you can count on the Action Extender to add unique angles to enhance your action-adventure videos.

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Folk Alley

Folk Alley celebrates Halloween with a special five-hour stream of spooky folk music, including ghost stories, murder ballads, gory tales, supernatural songs, and myths of death, witches, goblins and vampires. WARNING: If you are the least bit squeamish, afraid of the dark, living with an impressionable child, or have a heart condition — DO NOT LISTEN to this music stream. You've been warned.

Listen: Folk Alley Scream Stream

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