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Read: Ann Patchett's Commonwealth ... Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts ... Elizabeth Vargas's Between Breaths ... Carol Burnett's In Such Good Company ... John Bradshaw, Sarah Ellis's The Trainable Cat ... Abby Wambach's Forward ... Listen: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ... St. Paul & The Broken Bones ... The Head and the Heart ... Angel Olsen ... Watch: Captain America: Civil War ... The Fits ... Popstar ... Chris Thile and more.


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Commonwealth
By Ann Patchett

A five-decade saga following the impact of an act of infidelity on the parents and children of two Southern California families traces their shared summers in Virginia and the disillusionment that shapes their lasting bond.

The Diane Rehm Show:
Ann Patchett on Her Seventh Novel

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Ghosts
By Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis — and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

Weekend Edition:
Ghosts Takes On a Tough Topic for Children

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Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
By Elizabeth Vargas

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas recounts growing up with anxiety and turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance.

Morning Edition:
Insecurity, Anxiety Were Constant Companions, ABC News' Vargas Says

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In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
By Carol Burnett

Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show, which won 25 Emmy Awards. Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it.

Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!:
Not My Job: Comedian Carol Burnett Gets Quizzed on Cougars (The Cats, Of Course)

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The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat
By John Bradshaw, Sarah Ellis

The author of the best-selling Cat Sense and a feline behavior specialist explain the importance of cat training in establishing healthy cat-owner relationships, revealing how an understanding of cat emotions can help owners provide for their feline companions’ everyday and long-term needs.

Fresh Air:
Who Says You Can't Train a Cat? A Book of Tips for Feline-Human Harmony

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Forward: A Memoir
By Abby Wambach

The U.S. Women's national team captain — winner of the 2015 World Cup and the highest international goal scorer of all time — shares her story, her struggles, and her worldview in a memoir that is also a call to dream big and fight for a better world.

Fresh Air:
Why Abby Wambach Doesn't Want to Be Known "Just as a Soccer Player"

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Skeleton Tree
By Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Skeleton Tree is the 16th studio album by the Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. A follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed Push the Sky Away (2013), Skeleton Tree was recorded over a two-year period in several studios in Brighton, La Frette-sur-Seine and London, and was produced by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Nick Launay. During the sessions, Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur died from an accidental cliff fall. Most of the album had been written at the time of Cave's son's death, but several lyrics were amended by Cave during subsequent recording sessions and feature themes of death, loss and personal grief.

All Songs Considered:
A Devastating New Film About Nick Cave

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Sea of Noise
By St. Paul & The Broken Bones

"Sea of Noise lifts this Alabama eight-piece from its spot as the nation's best young party band into headier and more exciting territory, where insights matter more than mere imitation. If its 2014 debut album, Half the City, proved that the group had the chops to refresh bar-band revivalism, this new release stands firmly in the present. Produced by Paul Butler, who helped the English singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka find a similar immediacy within vintage grooves, Sea of Noise expands the playbook for the Alabama band beyond its Southern soul-triangle comfort zone." — Ann Powers

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sea of Noise

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Signs of Light
By The Head and the Heart

"As Fleetwood Mac shed their blues roots to embrace pop in the Stevie-Lindsay era, so too have The Head and the Heart moved away from 'folksiness' to embrace a bigger, bolder musical vision — one filled with louder guitars, heavier rhythms and bigger arrangements, all encased in gorgeous vocal harmonies that evoke artists like Lucius, the Staves, and classic artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, and again, Fleetwood Mac." — Jim McGuinn, Program Director, The Current

Morning Becomes Eclectic:
The Head and the Heart

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My Woman
By Angel Olsen

Since Angel Olsen's first album in 2010, she's carved out a smoky, country-flavored corner of the indie rock world for herself. Her distinctive voice delivers taut meditations on love and loneliness, sometimes with a shout and other times with more of a whisper. Her music earned her critical acclaim, but also a reputation as a tortured soul — one she wasn't really looking for. Her new album puts that reputation to rest: It's called My Woman, and the 29-year-old artist says her latest work reflects the fact that she's aged a bit.

The Dinner Party Download:
Angel Olsen Serves up a Party Soundtrack With a Side of Soul

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Captain America: Civil War

In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), causing a catastrophic rift that turns the two friends into bitter enemies. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout.

The Business:
Joe and Anthony Russo on Captain America: Civil War

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The Fits

An 11-year-old girl joins a dance drill team at her local rec center but her newfound teammates and friends begin to suffer from terrifying episodes of fainting in this psychological drama directed by Anna Rose Holmer.

The Frame:
How the director of The Fits made a quiet movie that says a lot

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

After a two-year, sold-out, worldwide tour, Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is the biggest name in music. Go behind the scenes as Conner faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when Conner4Real is no longer the dopest star of all. The hilarious comedy from digital short superstars, The Lonely Island, and blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up), is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in comedy and music.

Fresh Air:
The "Best Fake Rappers Out There" Satirize Breakout Success in Popstar

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How to Eat Weekends
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The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends shows the home cook how to enjoy the journey and the discovery of cooking rather than just the destination.

With dozens of recipes that include iconic ethnic dishes and classic Americana, this collection is sure to have something for everyone at the weekend table. Each dish, whether a Renaissance-style Italian feast or a Chinese celebration, starts with the history of the meal, notes on the unique dining rituals of each culture, a cooking schedule, helpful culinary tools and techniques, and a guide to shopping in the respective ethnic market.

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Preparations are under way for the new iteration of A Prairie Home Companion, which begins at the Fitzgerald Theater on October 15th. Chris Thile took time to chat with Current, the source for all public radio–related news for program directors, to talk about what listeners can expect to hear with the new program. It is a chat that took place backstage at the Minnesota Public Radio booth where he presented a musical set for The Current, in addition to talking about the new show with Jearlyn Steele on TPT’s Almanac.

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The Current: Chris Thile performs at the State Fair

A Prairie Home Companion: Watch Chris Thile try Swedish egg coffee

Tickets for the fall season hosted by Chris Thile are now on sale. We hope you can join us at the Fitzgerald Theater or on the road! If you make it to the Fitz, stop by the gift shop and say “Hi” as I should be at all shows!

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