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The Grateful Dead Return
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Huge news just out for Deadheads. The Grateful Dead will play one more time, their last big blowout, in Chicago this summer. A 50th anniversary finale, most guess. And, of course, everyone will note what a “long, strange trip it’s been.” It’s more than that, says my guest Peter Richardson. It’s a classic American story of seeking rapture and utopia. A deeper freedom. He’s out with a new telling of the story of the Dead. And what a story. On Point takes a look at the cultural history of one of the most successful bands of all-time with guest Peter Richardson, author of a new book on the band. The Dead also have a new “best of” compilation on the horizon.

Listen to On Point: The Grateful Dead Comes Back

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Listen to All Things Considered:
The Practical Side of the Great American Jam Band

The Best of The Grateful Dead
By The Grateful Dead

The collection's 32 tracks feature music from every Grateful Dead studio album and cover the key waypoints on the band's mystical musical journey. Arranged chronologically, the tracks reflect the evolution of the group's sound and its membership across more than two decades from 1967's The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) to 1989's Standing on the Moon. In between, listeners will find the essential tracks that made the band such a cultural phenomenon, including such fan favorites as "St. Stephen," "Casey Jones," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Scarlet Begonias," and "Hell In a Bucket."


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Listen to Your Call:
What explains the Grateful Dead's durable popularity?

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead
By Peter Richardson

Routinely caricatured by the mainstream media, the Grateful Dead are often portrayed as grizzled hippy throwbacks with a cult following of burned-out stoners. No Simple Highway corrects that impression, revealing them to be one of the most popular, versatile, and resilient music ensembles in the second half of the twentieth century. The band's history has been well-documented by insiders, but its unique and sustained appeal has yet to be explored fully. At last, this legendary American musical institution is given the serious and entertaining examination it richly deserves.


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Chronicling a CEO's "fight to save Yahoo"

Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!
By Nicholas Carlson

In author Nicholas Carlson's capable hands, this riveting book captures Mayer's rise and Yahoo's missteps as a dramatic illustration of what it takes to grab the brass ring in Silicon Valley. And it reveals whether it is possible for a big lumbering tech company to stay relevant in today's rapidly changing business landscape.


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Listen to All Things Considered:
When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song
By Ben Yagoda

An acclaimed cultural historian — drawing on previously untapped archival sources and a vast array of interviews with such voices as Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt and Herb Alpert — presents a fascinating social history of the Great American Songwriting Era.


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Ghettoside Explores Why Murders Are Invisible in Los Angeles

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
By Jill Leovy

Journalist Jill Leovy explores the hundreds of murders that occur in Los Angeles every year through the story of a group of detectives who pursued justice at any cost in the killing of Bryant Tennelle.


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Middle America is Ready for Eddie Huang, Anger and All

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
By Eddie Huang

In this memoir, the proprietor of Baohaus provides a fresh twist on the immigrant story with his discussion of food, family and what it means to be American.


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Listen to Morning Edition:
The Past, Present and Future of High-Stakes Testing

The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be
By Anya Kamenetz

Citing the high percentage of classroom time dedicated to costly and ineffective standardized test preparation, a guide for parents outlines specific strategies for preserving times for self-directed learning and adaptive, individualized development.


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Listen to Press Play with Madeleine Brand:
The Tale of a Hollywood House Husband

Plus One
By Christopher Noxon

Christopher Noxon’s debut novel Plus One is a comedic take on bread-winning women and caretaking men in contemporary Los Angeles. Alex Sherman-Zicklin is a mid-level marketing executive whose wife’s fourteenth attempt at a TV pilot is produced, ordered to series, and awarded an Emmy. Overnight, she’s sucked into a mad show-business vortex and he’s tasked with managing their new high-profile Hollywood lifestyle. He falls in with a posse of Plus Ones, men who are married to women whose success, income, and public recognition far surpasses their own. What will it take for him to regain the foreground in his own life?

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Diana Krall, Wallflower

Wallflower
By Diana Krall

A wonderful new CD from Diana Krall that highlights songs that will sound familiar but are covered by Diana Krall with a fresh approach. These are the songs she grew up listening to, and you can hear her love of the lyrics and the music with the choices she makes in presenting them. "Desperado" comes off a bit more solemn, "California Dreaming" is still catchy fun, "Superstar" is haunting. Diana’s vocals are surrounded by producer David Foster’s lush arrangements. All in all, a great listen!


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Punch Brothers May Look Like a Bluegrass Band but Their Sound Is Unique

The Phosphorescent Blues
By Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by Chris Thile. Its first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band's many musical interests: indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, etc. In 2009 they began a residency at NYC's Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning the Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic. In 2012 the band released Who's Feeling Young Now?, of which Rolling Stone said, "The acoustic framework dazzles — wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity."


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Doomtree perform live in MPR's Forum

All Hands
By Doomtree

The newest release from Doomtree, the Minneapolis independent hip-hop collective, is called All Hands. The title nods to the nautical rally cry, "All hands on deck," and the album stands as the most collaborative and cohesive project the crew has yet produced.

The production from Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and P.O.S twists through 13 booming tracks, building the raw and epic soundscapes that the group has become well known for, while adding more of-the-moment musical elements and techniques for a genre-spanning effect.

Sims, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan, Dessa, and Cecil Otter drive home razor-sharp cadences, hard-hitting punchlines, and monstrous choruses

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Watch Downton Abbey:
Season 5, Episode 1

Downton Abbey Season 5

Season five of the international hit finds the Crawley family and the staff struggling with responsibilities and choices as they adjust to life in the Roaring Twenties. The beloved ensemble cast includes Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, and a host of others.


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Hibbing vet is inspiration behind Pitt movie

Fury

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.


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How Accents Are Like Pork Buns to Comedian Nick Kroll

Kroll Show: Seasons One & Two

From the unique mind of Nick Kroll comes a new sketch series, Kroll Show, satirizing our television obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds. More than just a collection of sketches, Kroll Show is about giving Nick's fans a chance to see his of-the-moment take on pop culture, sports news, nightclub culture, and what defines celebrity with characters and storylines that recur throughout each season.

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Chris Koza is a very prolific Minnesota singer/songwriter, releasing 19 albums in 10 years, including nine as the frontman for the band Rogue Valley. Pretty Good Goods has arranged a stream of his newest solo album, In Real Time. The album includes some of Chris’ favorite works he has produced to date. The stream is live until Feb 6th. Enjoy!

Stream Chris Koza's In Real Time

Here are a few words from Chris on making the music:

"Each song comes from a deeply personal place — yet I feel the resulting composition can be universally embraced. The writing process was varied — some songs took several years of revisions and waiting while others seemed to fall into place in the span of a few hours. From the blurry outset, I wanted this album to be a collection of songs written for the sake of the song. I strived to cultivate a group of compositions where the vocal performances and the musicianship would bear the emotions instead of overly intricate arrangements or production elements.

"Some genres have made a deeper mark on my aesthetic than others: 60's pop, classic rock, folk, and country to name a few. The musicians that I worked with for this album: bassist John Munson (The New Standards, Semisonic, Wits), drummer Richard Medek (Wits, Alternate Routes), guitarist Sam Getz (Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, Welshly Arms), pedal steel guru Joe Savage and keyboardist/vocalist Alicia Christiansen, all possess an elite understanding of nuance and musicianship. The tracks were mixed by Brett Bullion who had the task of turning twelve unique songs into a single album. The result is an album that sounds different — yet more cohesive — than anything I've done before."

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