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Read: Adam Alter's Irresistible ... George W. Bush's Portraits of Courage ... Mohsin Hamid's Exit West ... Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal ... Joel Sartore's The Photo Ark ... J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ... Listen: Garrison Keillor ... The Shins ... Rag'n'Bone Man ... Valerie June ... Watch: Fences ... Moana ... Elle ... A Beautiful World and more.


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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter

Technology is designed to be addictive, offering gratification that’s similar to that of drug abuse or gambling. Author Adam Alter says a new frontier could soon provide another escape from reality.

Fresh Air:
Irresistible by Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking at the Screen

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Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors
By George W. Bush

A vibrant collection of military oil paintings and stories by the 43rd President, published to benefit the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, stands as an official tie-in to the exhibition scheduled for March 2017 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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A Green Beret Sits for a Portrait by His Former Commander in Chief

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Exit West: A Novel
By Mohsin Hamid

The internationally best-selling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist presents the story of two young lovers whose furtive affair is shaped by local unrest on the eve of a civil war that erupts in a cataclysmic bombing attack, forcing them to abandon their previous home and lives.

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From Refugees to Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes the Change He Wants to See

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A nonlinear memoir from the best-selling author of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life features her relatable and intimate memories, moments and insights from her own life, divided into classic study subjects like Social Studies, Music and Language Arts.

Morning Shift:
Remembering Chicago Writer Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals
By Joel Sartore

Representing National Geographic's Photo Ark — a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by a veteran photographer to make portraits of the world's animals, especially those that are endangered — this showcase of 600 photos presents a thought-provoking argument for saving all the species of our planet.

The Thread:
Photos: Documenting the world's animals

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
By Newt Scamander, J.K. Rowling

A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander), and six new beasts. A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations.

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Everything you need to know about Harry Potter in two minutes

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The Road Home: News from Lake Wobegon
By Garrison Keillor

"This is the part of the show when everyone else evacuates the stage and I walk way downstage and plant my feet on the edge and lean out into the dark and say, 'Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown, out on the edge of the prairie.' There is light applause and I commence. I start out with a few words about the weather because this is a farming community in Minnesota, so that is of interest, and I look down at the people in the front row. Some of them are leaning against each other, some have a hand on their neighbor’s leg, or a head on his shoulder, and now and then I see a sleeping child snuggled up against a large person. It’s rather cozy. Lake Wobegon is about what I remember of my aunts and uncles and neighbors in the Forties and Fifties, the generation that came before us. It is a gentle view of them, guarded, as they were in the reminiscences they shared with us. They tried to shield us from grief and anger and despair, believing we were entitled to some faith and hope and innocence. I adopted a somewhat dystopian view of the world between the ages of 17 and 23 but finally was overwhelmed by the kindness so manifest around me and I cheered up and that’s where I stand these days. Leaning into the dark, affectionate people below, trying to recover a little clarity from the past." — Garrison Keillor

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"Cancellation" from The Road Home

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Heartworms
By The Shins

Heartworms features James Mercer’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive, yet genre-defying album marked by Mercer’s distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar — a nostalgic nod to the album’s predecessors — and distinctly new. The album’s first single, "Name For You," is a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer’s three daughters.

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The Shins perform "Name For You"

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Human
By Rag'n'Bone Man

"Fluctuating between soulful love ballads, blues standards, hip-hop flavored reflections about his hometown, and funkified gospels, Rag'n'Bone Man's debut full-length album, Human, pulls from several previous releases to showcase Graham's powerful and spirited voice. ... Human is an emotional and moving album, at once acknowledging the deep history Rag'n'Bone Man is tapping into, and using it to contemplate his take on the suffering he sees in his current life." — Jade, Host, The Current

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Album of the Week: Rag'n'Bone Man, Human

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The Order of Time
By Valerie June

Valerie June’s eagerly awaited second album, The Order of Time, justifies the immense promise she exhibited on her acclaimed debut, Pushin’ Against a Stone. Unfolding like a novella, June sketches detailed, three-dimensional portraits of real people struggling with dreams, defeat, hope and life, in this 12-track song cycle. Musically, the genre-defying singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has redefined herself again, infusing inspirations like Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen and Fela Kuti into her unique blend of folk, blues, gospel and soul. As in life, a harrowing bite of bitterness can surely be felt in many of these songs and on others; June’s ethereal soundscapes prove the perfect setting for her honeyed, childlike voice as she pleas for simplicity and a better world.

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Valerie June session

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Fences

2017 Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis)

Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play.

All Things Considered:
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis on Adapting Fences and Honoring August Wilson

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Moana

An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) meets the once mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity.

All Things Considered:
Moana Actress Grew Up with the Polynesian Myth that Inspired the Movie

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Elle

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game — a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. Isabelle Huppert was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Michèle.

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Paul Verhoeven's Elle Is a Brutal, Elegant, Pitch-Black Comedy

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A Beautiful World is a program featuring news about what’s working in the world. It’s a multi-platform program that seeks to cover positive trends and inspirational stories in science, technology, ecology, arts, music, culture and current events. A Beautiful World reports in-depth stories on solid trends towards positive change. Most episodes are short and under five minutes.

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