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Life and Adventures of Jack Engle
By Walt Whitman

In 1852, young Walt Whitman — a down-on-his-luck housebuilder in Brooklyn — was hard at work writing two books. One would become one of the most famous volumes of poetry in American history, a free-verse revelation beloved the world over, Leaves of Grass. The other, a novel, would be published under a pseudonym and serialized in a newspaper. A short, rollicking story of orphanhood, avarice, and adventure in New York City, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle appeared to little fanfare.

Then it disappeared.

No one laid eyes on it until 2016, when literary scholar Zachary Turpin followed a paper trail deep into the Library of Congress, where the sole surviving copy of Jack Engle has lain waiting for generations. Now, after more than 160 years, the University of Iowa Press is honored to reprint this lost work, restoring a missing piece of American literature by one of the world’s greatest authors, written as he verged on immortality.

All Things Considered:
Grad Student Discovers a Lost Novel Written by Walt Whitman

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
By Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, examines the civilized world’s achievements in controlling famine, disease and war while making provocative predictions about the evolutionary goals of the 21st century.

All Things Considered:
Are Cyborgs In Our Future? Homo Deus Author Thinks So

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Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations
By John Avlon

From today’s episode of The Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the birthday of the first president of the United States, George Washington, born in the Colony of Virginia (1732). Washington’s own father, Augustine, was a tobacco farmer, landowner, and slaveholder. Augustine had inherited much of the family’s estate from his grandfather, John, who had emigrated from England to Virginia in 1656. Augustine died suddenly of illness when George was just 11 years old, but George’s mother, Mary, remained influential in his life and lived to see her son elected as president. George traveled 50 miles to Mount Vernon to see his mother the day after he was elected, where he found her on her deathbed with breast cancer. Washington told her that he was going to decline the office, but she insisted that he “go and fulfill the high destiny which Heaven has foreordained you to fill.” Washington served as president for eight years. In his Farewell Address to the nation, he warned that his greatest fear for the new country was that forces would try to divide Americans and undermine the country’s principles. He argued that its citizens should come together to resist those people: “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
By Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy

One minute you're standing in your living room — the next you're 150 years in the past. You're time-traveling, but you can't control it. You're jerked out of the world you know and dropped into one you don't.

That's the plot of Octavia Butler's most famous novel, Kindred, which has now been transformed into a graphic novel.

The story follows Dana, an aspiring writer in 1970s California who is transported back to antebellum Maryland, to the plantation where her own ancestors live. She uncovers the violent acts behind her family tree — but she can't interrupt them without erasing her own existence.

The Thread:
Octavia Butler's Kindred gets a graphic novel adaptation

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Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy
By Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what’s gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers.

All Things Considered:
In Captured, Democratic Senator Decries Money's Role in Politics

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Why I March: Images from The Women's March Around the World

A photographic tribute to the largest peaceful demonstration in history, Why I March was released exactly one month after five million people in more than 80 countries on all seven continents stood up to challenge the dangerous rhetoric of an administration on inauguration weekend. The book takes readers on a global tour of the marches and features colorful, inspiring photographs.

PRI’s The World:
PHOTOS: It's official. The Women's March has swept the globe

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Windy City
By Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history (27 awards including Album of the Year in 2009), returns with new music. Windy City is a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility.

Some of the songs are familiar like "Gentle On My Mind," a signature song of Glen Campbell’s, and "You Don’t Know Me" which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others were lesser known, like Willie Nelson’s "I Never Cared for You" and "All Alone Am I," originally recorded by Brenda Lee.

Morning Edition:
Alison Krauss and Buddy Cannon on the Working Relationship Behind Windy City

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Freedom Highway
By Rhiannon Giddens

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, who grew up in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, is an Oberlin Conservatory of Music grad who fell in love with old-time music. She went on to form the groundbreaking, Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose music highlights the central role African-Americans played in Southern string-band tradition.

Freedom Highway follows Giddens's expertly curated and recorded Tomorrow Is My Turn, a mostly-covers album that honored the work of overlooked African-American artists like the soprano Florence Quivar alongside icons like Nina Simone. In her new work, Giddens speaks for the truly silenced: slaves; people murdered during the 1960s struggle for civil rights; young men felled by police bullets in city streets today.

NPR First Listen:
Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway

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La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

One of La La Land’s fourteen Oscar nominations — Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred (Milly) Iatrou Morgan for Best Sound Editing — makes the nominees the first all-female team nominated in the category (Lee is also nominated for Best Sound Mixing, along with Andy Nelson and Steve A. Morrow). As sound supervisors and designers on the project, their job was to lead the teams that brought every sound you hear together.

YourClassical spoke with Lee and Morgan at length about their work on this modern musical. An emphasis on using production sound — versus pre-recorded mixes — makes the film feel organic and real. The result is a fine balance of imaginary realism.

YourClassical:
Oscar-nominated La La Land sound editors talk about achieving that magical mix

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Philip Glass: The Complete Sony Recordings
By Philip Glass

To celebrate the 80th birthday of the legendary American composer, The Complete Sony Recordings is the first ever release of Philip Glass Sony Classical recordings together in a limited-edition box set. The 24-CD set includes the first ever release of Glassworks specially mixed for your personal cassette player on CD, a 44-minute interview with Philip Glass on Glassworks (previously only available on a Columbia 7" ), a hard bound book with the original liner notes (most penned by Glass himself), plus full discographical notes and complete libretti.

Deceptive Cadence:
Philip Glass Week

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Manchester by the Sea

2017 Oscar Nominee: Best Picture; Lead Actor (Casey Affleck); Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges); Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams); Best Director; Original Screenplay

Casey Affleck leads an all-star cast in this acclaimed and poignant film about a solitary janitor whose life is transformed after he becomes the guardian of his 16-year-old nephew.

Take Two:
Jen Lame on crafting the narrative of Manchester by the Sea

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Hacksaw Ridge

2017 Oscar Nominee: Best Picture; Lead Actor (Andrew Garfield); Best Director; Film Editing; Sound Editing; Sound Mixing

The true story of army medic and conscientious objector Desmond Doss who, during WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Weekend Edition:
After 21 Nominations, Will Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Finally Win His Oscar?

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Nocturnal Animals

2017 Oscar Nominee: Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon)

An unhappily married woman (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript from her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) causing her to reexamine her life and reawaken long-lost feelings.

The Frame:
Tom Ford reveals a "more private" side with Nocturnal Animals

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A new chapter: Lynne retires from The Splendid Table, welcomes new host Francis Lam

A New Chapter at The Splendid Table

After 21 years as host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper announced that she will be retiring at the end of 2017. You'll continue to hear Lynne's voice along with our many contributors and guests until her full retirement at the end of the year. While The Splendid Table team will miss Lynne dearly, we're ecstatic that Lynne is leaving the show in good hands with our new host Francis Lam, formerly of Gourmet and The New York Times Magazine, and a frequent contributor to The Splendid Table. Learn more about Lynne's two decades in what she calls “the best gig in the business” and our new host Francis Lam.


From Francis Lam


Tacos: Recipes and Provocations
By Alex Stupak, Jordana Rothman

Tacos: Recipes and Provocations by Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman will inspire discussion.

Stupak is chef-owner of three Mexican restaurants in New York, but he is not Mexican. He made a U-turn from pastry chef at fine dining establishments.

Lam said the story of the book can be found in one of the recipes: a taco of seared scallops, caramelized cauliflower and caper raisin emulsion. Stupak's customers complained about the $16 price tag yet he noted they wouldn't bat an eye about paying twice that for the same item, minus the tortilla, at three Michelin-starred Jean-Georges in Manhattan, which allowed him to use the recipe.

In Tacos, Stupak explores why certain ethnic cuisines are elevated to fine dining status — French, Italian, Spanish — while others, like Mexican, are expected to be cheap to be considered authentic.

"That's the kind of thing I look for, the kind of book that is meaningful in the world beyond recipes," Lam said.

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FROM BERLIN TO BUDAPEST WITH PERFORMANCE TODAY


It’s with great pleasure that we can announce another special trip from Performance Today. The trip will cruise the Danube this coming October onboard the beautiful MS Amadeus Princess. Just like the A Prairie Home Companion cruises and the Pipedreams, Performance Today and The Dinner Party Download trips in the recent past, you will be guided on an unbelievably beautiful journey filled with one-of-a-kind tours and performances with a small band of people who will become life-long friends.

This classical music journey from Performance Today features stops in Berlin, Leipzig, Salzburg, Vienna, and more. You will be joined by special guest Andrew Staupe, a Performance Today Artist in Residence who debuted to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall and has performed with symphonies nationwide.

Join us as we explore the capital cities of classical music, wandering local streets, strolling through marvelous museums, and savoring unique dining. We’ll celebrate history’s greatest composers, from Bach and Mozart to Beethoven and Schumann, visiting their homes, seeing the locations that inspired them, and following in their footsteps.

As befits a Performance Today cruise, this trip is filled with live music — from concerts in Budapest, Leipzig and Salzburg, to a private champagne recital at Mozarthaus in Vienna. You’ll also enjoy tours of celebrated opera houses and symphony halls, like Vienna’s Wiener Musikverein and the Budapest Opera House. Plus, we’ll feature intimate conversations with and performances from our featured guest Andrew Staupe.

I hope you consider joining us on this unforgettable adventure!

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