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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
By Nancy Isenberg

In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, extending from colonial times to the present, Nancy Isenberg takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing — if occasionally entertaining — poor white trash.

On the Media:
America's Long (Unaddressed) History of Class

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What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
By Jonathan Balcombe

The author of Second Nature challenges popular misconceptions to explore the complex lives of the planet’s diverse fish species, drawing on the latest understandings in animal behavior and biology to reveal their self-awareness, elaborate courtship rituals and cooperative intelligence.

Fresh Air:
Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives of Our "Underwater Cousins"

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I'm Just a Person
By Tig Notaro

The popular comedian traces a wrenching year in her life marked by a debilitating rare illness, her mother's sudden death, a romantic breakup and her diagnosis with breast cancer.

All Things Considered:
Tig Notaro on Her Terrible Year

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Vinegar Girl: A Novel
By Anne Tyler

Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler’s latest is part of a series of Shakespeare plays-turned-novels; she’s turned The Taming of the Shrew into a modern screwball comedy about an absent-minded scientist and his daughters.

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Fizzy Vinegar Girl Tames Shrewishness to Sparkle

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New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
By Wendy Warren

Based on new evidence, an important work on 17th-century New England reclaims the lives of so many long-forgotten enslaved Africans and Native Americans, forcefully demonstrating that the history of American slavery can no longer confine itself to the 19th-century South.

Fresh Air:
Forgotten History: How the New England Colonists Embraced the Slave Trade

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I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel
By Terry McMillan

When Dr. Georgia Young decides to make some major changes in her life by quitting her job and moving, she finds herself on a journey that may include a second chance at love.

Morning Edition:
Terry McMillan's Latest: Revisiting Past Loves, Rediscovering Yourself

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The Getaway
By Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' 11th studio album is the first studio album since 2011’s I’m with You. It was produced by Danger Mouse, who replaced Rick Rubin after 25 years and 6 albums as the band’s producer, making it the first non-Rubin produced album since 1989’s Mother’s Milk.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dark Necessities"

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True Sadness
By The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers' new album, True Sadness, is their 9th full-length studio release, and it comes out on June 24, 2016. That said, the album has kind of been in the works for quite some time. "I think we were going as far back as Seth and I had been writing songs," Scott Avett explains. "We always, when we decide to get together and share ideas, we open our entire personal catalogue of melodic ideas, lyric ideas, concepts, choruses, verses, anything. Several of these songs were ideas that go as far back as 2004, 2005, ideas that had just been around."

The Current:
The Avett Brothers perform in The Current studio

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Earth
By Neil Young + Promise of the Real

A new take on some of Young's most beloved songs, Earth features the live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows — creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere.

The audio was captured during Young's 2015 tour with Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) — Willie Nelson's sons. The tour included Young performing solo and with the band for a full electric show.

NPR:
Neil Young Is Displeased That Donald Trump Was "Rockin' In the Free World"

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It’s Too Late to Stop Now (Volumes II, III, IV & DVD)
By Van Morrison

Van Morrison's reverence for his roots is documented most lavishly on It's Too Late to Stop Now, which Polydor has just reissued for the first time digitally. A strong candidate for the rock era's greatest live album, the original double-LP was culled from eight performances in a trio of cities during a 1973 tour: at L.A.'s Troubadour on May 23; the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on June 29; and London's Rainbow on July 23 and 24. Morrison left plenty on the floor, and much of it can now be heard on an accompanying box titled It's Too Late to Stop Now Vol. II, III & IV: Three CDs with 15 songs each, plus a DVD taken from the Rainbow on July 24, shot for British TV but left unseen till now.

The Record:
All the Way Live or Else: The Perfection of Van Morrison's It's Too Late

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

The Portokalos Family is back as the original cast of the 2002 blockbuster hit reunite in this hilarious sequel. This time, Nia Vardalos (Toula) and John Corbett (Ian) are joined by new cast members, Rita Wilson and John Stamos. After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Toula and Ian are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding — this time, even bigger and fatter.

All Things Considered:
Before It Was Cool, Lanie Kazan Probably Did It

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Midnight Special

Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst star in writer/director Jeff Nichols’ drama about a father and his eight-year-old son who go on the lam upon discovering that the boy possesses mysterious powers.

Morning Edition:
Midnight Special Promises a Smart, Dark Sci-Fi Thriller

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Veep: Season 4

With POTUS stepping down, newly sworn-in President Selina Meyer (Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) scrambles to hang on to her new office while avoiding becoming America’s shortest-serving president in Season 4 of the hit comedy series.

The Dinner Party Download:
Anna Chlumsky of Veep Talks Potty Mouths and PG Curse Words

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The Barbecue! Bible 10th Anniversary Edition
By Steven Raichlen

Winner of the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award

Redesigned inside and out for its 10th anniversary, The Barbecue! Bible now includes full-color photographs illustrating food preparation, grilling techniques, ingredients, and of course those irresistible finished dishes. A new section has been added with answers to the most frequently asked grilling questions, plus Steven's proven tips, quick solutions to common mistakes, and more.

And then there's the literal meat of the book: more than 500 of the very best barbecue recipes — inventive, delicious, unexpected, easy-to-make, and guaranteed to capture great grill flavors from around the world.

The Splendid Table:
10 commandments for perfect grilling

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Here is a very nice article about A Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor as he approaches his final program as host of the show. The article includes a timeline from when Garrison created the show in 1974 through to present day with a few pretty good moments in between. The salute to our hometown hero continues with a list of seven ways Garrison shaped the world. All in all, it was a front page story with TWO full interior pages — a nice article and way to honor Garrison from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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