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The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep
By Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin delivers a bedtime story he says will put any child to sleep.

All Things Considered:
Mom and Toddler Put Sleep-Inducing Rabbit Book to the Test

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Rising Strong
By Brené Brown

Social scientist Brené Brown's investigative reporting on the common denominators of people who rise after failure.

The Takeaway:
Strategies for Finding Strength in Vulnerability

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Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
By Sonia Manzano

The Hispanic-American actress best known as “Maria” on Sesame Street traces her childhood and dreams that motivated her career.

Morning Edition:
In New Memoir, Maria Tells Us How She Got to Sesame Street

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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories
By Lucia Berlin

Taking place in the American Southwest, an anthology of short stories, celebrating the author’s trademark blend of humor and melancholy, finds miracles in everyday life and uncovers moments of grace in cafeterias, laundromats, homes of the upper class and hotel dining rooms.

Fresh Air:
A Manual for Cleaning Women Showcases a Gritty, One-of-a-Kind Voice

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The Secret History of Kindness: Learning from How Dogs Learn
By Melissa Holbrook Pierson

An intimate, surprising look at man’s best friend and what the leading philosophies of dog training teach us about ourselves.

The Leonard Lopate Show:
Learning From Dog Trainers

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How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
By Julie Lythcott-Haims

A provocative manifesto that exposes the harms of helicopter parenting and sets forth an alternate philosophy for raising preteens and teens to self-sufficient young adulthood.

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Author: Helicopter Parenting Damages Kids — and Society

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Born to Run
By Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run was the album that created the legend and set the stage for massive international success. Features classic Boss tracks like "Thunder Road," "Badlands" and, of course, "Born to Run."

MPR News:
Born to Run proved Springsteen's mass appeal

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Star Wars
By Wilco

"The example that keeps coming to mind when I play the songs of Star Wars is the Velvet Underground: VU had a gift for making their music sound loose and spontaneous, as if someone pressed 'record' and the band cranked out the recording in one take. Star Wars has that same feel, from the guitar tuneup of 'EKG' to the demo-like quality of 'Pickled Ginger,' both of which sound like lost outtakes from the VU's album of lost outtakes, VU." — Mac Wilson, Host, The Current

Sound Opinions:
Star Wars review

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Compton
By Dr. Dre

Compton (styled Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre on the cover) is the third studio album by American hip-hop recording artist Dr. Dre. It is the follow-up to his second album 2001 (1999). Compton features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, The Game, Ice Cube and Xzibit, among others.

All Things Considered:
After 16 Years, Dr. Dre Returns With Compton

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
By Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats practically explodes with deep, primal and ecstatic soulfulness. This stunning work isn't just soul stirring, it's also soul baring, and the combination is absolutely devastating to behold. You don't just listen to this record — you experience it. So it's entirely fitting that the self-titled album will bear the iconic logo of Stax Records, because at certain moments Rateliff seems to be channeling soul greats like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. But as this gifted multi-instrumentalist honors the legacy of the legendary Memphis label, he's also setting out into audacious new territory.

The Current:
Why and when The Current will play the song, "S.O.B."

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Shorts Collection

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes an extraordinary new collection of award-winning and beloved short films featuring Disney’s Frozen Fever, starring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff, and the Oscar-nominated Lorenzo (Best Animated Short, 2004). The short films collection includes contemporary shorts starring classic cartoon characters, such as the groundbreaking 2013 Mickey Mouse Cartoon Get a Horse! as well as celebrated Oscar winners Paperman (2012) and Feast (2014). Enjoy them together for the first time in this must-own collection, with all-new extras, including introductions and interviews with the Disney Animation filmmakers themselves.

Take Two:
Will Frozen Fever lead to Frozen burnout?

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The Walking Dead: Season 5

Season four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.

Season five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

The Frame:
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CITIZENFOUR

Last year's Academy Award-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR is a real-life international thriller that unfolds by the minute. With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows award winning-director Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country) and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The documentary not only shows the dangers of governmental surveillance, but makes audiences feel them. After seeing the film, viewers will never think the same way about their phone, email, credit cards, web browser or digital footprint again.

Fresh Air:
A Paranoid Conspiracy Documentary About Edward Snowden

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Aloha

A celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs — Honolulu, Hawaii — and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.

NPR:
Aloha Brings a Muddled Romance to Hawaii

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Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Enjoy better sound on the go, everywhere you go, with the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker. It delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. The speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. A lithium-ion battery gives you hours of unplugged play time. And the included charging cradle keeps the speaker fully charged while serving as its convenient home base. The SoundLink Mini speaker is engineered with a solid, aluminum housing and skid-proof rubber bottom, so it can stand up to everyday use. Take your music, videos and games places they've never been before.

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Apple iPad Air 2

The new iPad Air 2 is unbelievably thin and light. And yet it’s so much more powerful and capable. With the A8X chip, advanced wireless, and great apps for productivity and creativity — all beautifully integrated with iOS 8 — iPad Air 2 lets you do more than you ever imagined, in more places than you ever imagined.

iPad Air 2 is impossibly thin but incredibly solid thanks to its aluminum unibody design. It dropped almost a quarter of the volume of the previous-generation iPad. So it weighs just one gravity-defying pound. But what makes iPad Air 2 truly remarkable is that it packs so much more power and capability into its sleek enclosure. So you can do even more with it, while carrying even less with you.

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iMicro Headset with Microphone

If you need a solid headset mic/headphone combo, this is an ultra-affordable option from iMicro. Use this comfortable headset to listen to your favorite music on your PC, for audio or video conferencing, for practicing with language software, or anything else requiring a mic and headphones.

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Bluetooth Shower Speaker

For those that like to sing a cappella in the shower, now you can invite the whole band. The Bluetooth Shower Speaker is a wireless speaker with superior audio playback. Easy pairing means it's simple to connect to a wide range of Bluetooth audio devices. With a water-resistant casing and extra strong suction cap, this speaker can be enjoyed in the shower, bathtub, beach, or boat.

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Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

The newly developed 35mm Exmor R CMOS sensor is the world’s first full-frame sensor with back-illuminated structure. The camera also features shutter vibration suppression, first curtain shutter, and silent shutter, simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC and 4K movie recording.

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(Photo: Ellen Silverman)

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Farmers' Market Pasta
From The Splendid Table's How To Eat Weekends

We've all had those post-farmers'-market moments when, while unloading your goodies, you remember that you actually bought three pounds of zucchini in an optimistic moment and now what the heck are you going to do with it? Well, this is what.

Think of this as a lemon-garlic salad dressing tossed with pasta, vegetables and cheese. The only stove time needed is to heat the pasta water.

Cook to Cook: The concept behind this recipe translates into any season. Think peas and asparagus cooked in the pasta water in spring, and broccoli, greens, cauliflower or butternut squash in the winter.

Ingredients

The Sauce

  • 6 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)
  • 1 fresh chile, seeded or not, and minced, or ground chile to taste (Aleppo is a one we like, and for fresh sting, a small Thai chile)
  • 2 to 3 anchovy filets, rinsed (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

The Pasta

  • 6 quarts of boiling salted water in an 8-quart pot
  • 1 pound pasta (fettuccini, tagliatelle or linguine)
  • 1-1/2 pounds zucchini (5 medium), cut into 1/4-inch by 2-inch sticks

The Finishing Seasonings

  • 1/3 tight-packed cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 to 1/3 tight-packed cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 1 tight-packed tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, torn
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons good tasting extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup whole toasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded medium-aged sheep cheese or Italian or American Asiago

Directions

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the garlic, onion, lemon juice, chile, salt, and pepper to taste, and anchovy, if using. Marinate about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, prep the rest of the ingredient. Drop the pasta into the boiling water. Add the zucchini 4 minutes before the pasta is done (check the box for timing). Once the pasta is tender but still has a little bite (al dente), scoop up 1/2 cup pasta water and set aside. Immediately drain the pasta and zucchini in a colander.

  3. Stir 1/2 cup of the hot pasta water into the lemon juice mixture along with the herbs, olives and olive oil. Add the drained pasta, and toss to combine. Taste for salt and pepper (be generous with the black pepper), and then toss with the cheese. Serve hot.

  4. Remove the pan from the oven. Spoon the cheese mixture over the tart, spreading it out. Slip it back into the oven to bake another 6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and barely picking up color. Pull the tart from the oven. Let it stand a few minutes, then cut it into 8 squares. Serve it right away or at room temperature. Although best eaten the day it's made, this tart does reheat well in a pinch.

Work Night Encore

Farmers' Market Pasta Omelet

This is one way our frugal Italian ancestors turned leftover pasta into family supper.

Have the oven at 350ºF. Beat together 1 to 2 eggs per person you are serving. Add a little salt and pepper, and fresh herbs if you’d like. Heat the noodles with a little hot olive oil in a non-stick 10-inch skillet with an ovenproof handle. Pour the eggs over them, stir a little to combine and slip the pan into the oven. Bake 15 minutes, or until the eggs are firm and cooked at the center of the noodles. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, cut into wedges and serve.

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