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Read: William Finnegan's Barbarian Days ... Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora ... Michael Rubin's Dancing with the Devil ... Dani Klein Modisett's Take My Spouse, Please ... Kris Dinnison's You and Me and Him ... Fania Lewando's The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook ... Listen: Jason Isbell ... Alan Jackson ... Tame Impala ... Anoushka Shankar ... Watch: To Kill a Mockingbird ... What We Do in the Shadows ... flash sale and more.


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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
By William Finnegan

The award-winning author of Cold New World describes his experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world’s most exotic locales.

Morning Edition:
A Lifelong Surfer Explains Why There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Wave

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Aurora
By Kim Stanley Robinson

The Hugo Award-winning author of the Mars trilogy presents a major new work that imagines humanity’s first voyage beyond the solar system, detailing the experiences of pioneers who approach the Tau Ceti system generations after leaving Earth.

Insight with Beth Ruyak:
Kim Stanley Robinson Interview

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Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes
By Michael Rubin

Engagement with rogue regimes is not cost-free, as Michael Rubin demonstrates by tracing the history of American diplomacy with North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, the Taliban’s Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

To The Point:
The Iran Deal Is Done, but the Battle Is Just Beginning

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Take My Spouse, Please: How to Keep Your Marriage Happy, Healthy, and Thriving by Following the Rules of Comedy
By Dani Klein Modisett

Take My Spouse, Please shows how 13 tried-and-true rules of comedy, when applied to marriage, keep you and your spouse connected, enjoying each other, and getting through those inevitable tough times. Bottom line: there is (almost) always room to laugh at a trying situation and, more important, with each other.

To The Point:
Take My Spouse, Please

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You and Me and Him
By Kris Dinnison

Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel — with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references — sings a song of love and forgiveness.

A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment:
Kris Dinnison

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The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook: Garden-Fresh Recipes Rediscovered and Adapted for Today's Kitchen
By Fania Lewando

Beautifully translated for a new generation of devotees of delicious and healthy eating: a groundbreaking, mouthwatering vegetarian cookbook originally published in Yiddish in pre-World War II Vilna and miraculously rediscovered more than half a century later.

The Splendid Table:
Finding, then publishing a rare Yiddish vegetarian cookbook from the '30s

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Something More Than Free
By Jason Isbell

Something More Than Free is the follow-up to Isbell's 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was the subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR's All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (Cover Me Up) and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. At David Letterman's personal request, Jason and his wife Amanda Shires performed on one of the last episodes of The Late Show in April 2015.

Wits:
Marc Maron with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

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Angels and Alcohol
By Alan Jackson

Jackson wrote seven of the 10 tracks on the album including the self-penned title track. Angels and Alcohol, his 15th studio album, comes 25 years after his debut landmark album Here In The Real World. Since the release of Here In The Real World, Jackson has released 22 albums including two Christmas albums, two gospel albums, three Greatest Hits collections and a Bluegrass album that included standards and eight original songs written by Jackson.

NPR:
Review: Angels and Alcohol

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Currents
By Tame Impala

"Currents heads in a different direction from the first two albums. Parker has taken Tame Impala from solitary headphone music to a more dance-floor-ready sound. It's psychedelic music that you can dance to — OK, it's not exactly Funkadelic, but it's sort of funky, without losing its psychedelic edge. As Kevin Parker recently told The Guardian, 'I don't like the idea that I'm a one-trick pony, even if I am! No matter what else I do, I have to make sure that 'Elephant' isn't Tame Impala's biggest song anywhere.'" — Bill DeVille, Host, The Current

The Frame:
Tame Impala wants to hit you with a water bomb in the heart

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Home
By Anoushka Shankar

Four-time Grammy nominated Anoushka Shankar is one of today´s most distinguished and versatile classical cross-genre sitar performers and composers. Her unique approach to classical music and world music genres is both highly artistic and commercially appealing to a wide audience.

With Home, Anoushka continues her journey exploring modern and fresh ways to reinterpret and keep alive the beautiful musical traditions of India, as taught to her by her legendary father, Maestro Ravi Shankar.

All Things Considered:
A Return to Ragas: Family Matters for Sitar Player Anoushka Shankar

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To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition

Experience one of the most significant milestones in film history like never before with To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition. Screen legend Gregory Peck stars as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch — the Academy Award-winning performance hailed by the American Film Institute as the "Greatest Movie Hero of All Time." Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about innocence, strength and conviction and nominated for 8 Academy Awards, this beloved classic is now digitally remastered and fully restored for optimum picture and sound quality and boasts hours of unforgettable bonus features. Watch it and remember why “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

NPR:
What Ever Happened to the Boozy Cake in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series Flight of the Conchords, co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily — make that nightly — routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.

Take Two:
Jermaine Clement on the "real" story of life as a vampire

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio
 

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On July 26th, A Prairie Home Companion will perform in 30 cities in 35 days on a bus tour of America. The America the Beautiful tour will combine all the elements you hear weekly on the show, except it’s not on the clock and tends to run well over the two-hour mark of a LIVE show. Sarah Jarosz will be joining us as our musical guest.


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