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Read: Delia Ephron's Siracusa ... Cathleen Schine's They May Not Mean To, But They Do ... Ben Winters's Underground Airlines ... Mary Mann Hamilton's Trials of the Earth ... Susie Steiner's Missing, Presumed ... Robert P. Jones's The End of White Christian America! ... Listen: Anderson Paak ... Car Seat Headrest ... PUP ... Blood Orange ... Watch: Batman v Superman ... Miles Ahead ... Orphan Black ... Public Radio Remembers Garry Marshall and more.


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Siracusa
By Delia Ephron

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

The Diane Rehm Show:
Delia Ephron Interview

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They May Not Mean To, But They Do
By Cathleen Schine

Refusing to age quietly, take antidepressants or accept the inevitable loss of her longtime husband, Joy Bergman shocks her children when, after becoming a widow, she reconnects with a former flame from her college days, turning as willful and rebellious as the younger members of their family.

Fresh Air:
Novelist Grapples with the Conflicted Feelings of Caring for Aging Parents

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Underground Airlines
By Ben Winters

A tale set in a modern America where the Civil War never happened and four states still enforce slavery follows the experiences of a talented black bounty hunter who infiltrates an abolitionist group to catch a high-profile runaway.

Fresh Air:
Underground Airlines Is an Extraordinary Work of Alternate History

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Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman
By Mary Mann Hamilton

Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 – c.1936) was encouraged to record her experiences as a female pioneer. The result is the only known firsthand account of a remarkable woman thrust into the center of taming the American South — surviving floods, tornadoes, and fires; facing bears, panthers, and snakes; managing a boardinghouse in Arkansas that was home to an eccentric group of settlers; and running a logging camp in Mississippi that blazed a trail for development in the Mississippi Delta.

On Point:
One Pioneer Woman’s Story of Life on the Mississippi Delta

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Missing, Presumed
By Susie Steiner

Detective Manon Bradshaw is listening to her police radio late one night when she hears an alert that draws her into a strange case: the disappearance of Edith Hind, a beautiful, upper-class graduate student at Cambridge University with ties to the Royal Family.

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Missing, Presumed Chronicles Ups and Downs of Dating ... and Detective Work

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The End of White Christian America
By Robert P. Jones

Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), challenges us to grasp the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality — that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation.

Weekend Edition:
Are Trump Supporters Nostalgic for a Fading White, Christian America?

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The Best Albums of 2016 (So Far) According to Me
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Dear Faithful Reader,

You may wonder by what authority I, your humble newsletter maker, am qualified to discern what the best albums of the year are to this point. Well, I make the emails, so I get to decide! "Best albums" lists are inherently subjective, but I hope that my recommendations will connect with you. My two favorite albums of 2016 are not for sale! If you want to listen to Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book or Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, you'll need to subscribe to a streaming service. But for fans of physical media (yay vinyl!), here are my next four favorite albums for your enjoyment.

What album do you think I've missed? Let us know at our Facebook fanpage. We'll try to feature a few of your picks in future weeks.

Thanks for reading,
Scott Olstad
The Maker of Newsletters


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Malibu
By Anderson Paak

Without a doubt, Anderson Paak is the new "it" guy of that place where R&B and hip-hop overlap. He seamlessly switches between singing and rapping, hip-hop and soul, all tied up in a full-thought out artistic persona. The rapper-singer is most engaging when straddling the line between an elastic chatter and a wrenching moan, remaining unpredictable with a careful mix of fluidity and texture.

Morning Becomes Eclectic:
Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals

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Teens of Denial
By Car Seat Headrest

I've never related more to a depiction of depression than I did to this verse from the album's opening track:

It took me a long time,
To figure out I don’t know what I want.
So you’ll ask "Why?" and there will be no answer.
Then you’ll ask "For how long?" and there will be no answer.
Then you’ll ask "What can I do?" and there’ll be no answer.
And eventually you will shut up
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Teens of Denial is the best rock album about living with depression that I've heard in a long time.

The Current:
Car Seat Headrest perform in The Current studio

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The Dream Is Over
By PUP

Derived from punk and hardcore, gang vocals are ostensibly group shout-alongs, wherein the studded choir responds to or joins the frontman with rapturous, violent barks. Even though gang vocals can extend to ska and metal, they rarely appear in pop music — or rather, when a pop song claims this sacred style, it’s sterilized. On its second album, The Dream Is Over, the Toronto band PUP moves beyond its punk beginnings and turns into an anthemic and unhinged pop band. Oh, and there are gang vocals in nearly every track.

NPR Review:
PUP, The Dream Is Over

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Freetown Sound
By Blood Orange

Freetown Sound is the third full-length album from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange). Written and produced by Hynes, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a pastiche of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice. For well over a decade, Dev has proven himself a virtuoso of versatility, experimenting with almost every conceivable musical genre and working with a wide variety of artists as a writer and producer. On his solo work he has created a singular style of urgent, delicate pop music by carefully stitching a sound palette that gently recalls elastic funk, slinky R&B, and pure pop. Thematically, the album is profoundly personal and unapologetically political, touching on issues of race, religion, sex, and sexism over 17 shimmering songs.

The Record:
Dev Hynes Wants to Know What It Feels Like to Be Free

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The extended cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice includes 30 more minutes of story and action not seen in theaters!

From director Zack Snyder comes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Classical MPR:
Batman v Superman: Who's had the better music?

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Miles Ahead

Miles Ahead is a wildly entertaining exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, Miles Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis’ life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.

AirTalk:
How Don Cheadle channeled Miles Davis

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Orphan Black: Season Four

Tatiana Maslany returns to the multiple roles that have earned her two Critics Choice Awards, plus Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. The fourth series of this critically acclaimed thriller sees the clones encounter their deadliest challenge yet.

The Dinner Party Download:
Tatiana Maslany Talks Terrible Accents and Tough Love

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Public Radio Remembers Garry Marshall

Public Radio Remembers Garry Marshall

Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images


"The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, The Flamingo Kid, Pretty Woman: If you had to live on a deserted island, you could do far worse than to take the work of Hollywood legend Garry Marshall along to keep you company.

"The list of Marshall's popular work stretches even further, from his early time as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, to multiple episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show, and to Mork & Mindy, the Robin Williams show that bridged the gap between the 1970s and '80s.

"Marshall, 81, died Tuesday at a Burbank, Calif., hospital from complications of pneumonia following a stroke." — Bill Chappell

NPR: Garry Marshall, A Master of Comedy on TV and in Film, Dies at 81

"This is the Garry Marshall legacy, really: making things people like, things that stick in the memory, even if they're not deluged with awards. He was a leading figure in an idea we once had that the primary function of television comedies was to make you happy, to make you laugh. It was a simple thing: situation plus comedy. Lessons were simple and straightforward — be good, be kind, be honest. Families hugged a lot; friends stood up for each other. Norman Lear was more political, to be sure, but Marshall made warm, grounded shows where bullies were vanquished and toughs had hearts of gold and parents always gave great advice."

"In lots of ways, Garry Marshall was the one of the popular entertainment champions of my lifetime. He was involved with TV shows I watched in the '70s and movies I watched in the '90s, and even in the last months of his life, he was popping up in projects I admire. It was a remarkable run." — Linda Holmes

Monkey See: Remembering Garry Marshall, For Whom We Stayed Up Past 8 O'Clock

"An outpouring of respect and affection quickly followed.

"Ron Howard, who starred as all-American teen Richie Cunningham on Happy Days before going on to become one of Hollywood's top directors, wrote on Twitter that Marshall went by a simple mantra, 'Life is more important than show business.'

"'He was a world class boss & mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me,' Howard added.

"Richard Gere, who starred opposite Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, said in a statement that 'everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.'

Henry Winkler, who starred as Fonzie on Happy Days, saluted Marshall in a tweet as 'larger than life, funnier than most, wise and the definition of friend.'

"'A great, great guy and the best casino boss in the history of film,' actor-filmmaker Al Brooks posted on Twitter."

MPR News: Pretty Woman filmmaker Garry Marshall dies at age 81


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Pretty Woman

The film that brought Julia Roberts to the world and a star turn by resurgent leading man Richard Gere. It's a wonderful romantic comedy highlighting the romance between a charming streetwalker and the billionaire that picks her up for a weekend of fun that ends up lasting a lifetime. A great score, awesome cast and many laughs make this Garry Marshall’s most successful film.

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The Odd Couple: The Complete Series

Based on the play by Neil Simon, this Emmy-nominated series features the antics of two divorced men living together in a New York City apartment. Felix Unger (Tony Randall) is an uptight photographer, continually at odds with his unkempt sportswriter roommate, Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman). This classic comedy series provides plenty of laughs and plenty of trouble when two unlikely friends share one small space! Bring home the side-splitting, highly regarded 20-disc complete series collection today!

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Laverne & Shirley: The Complete Series

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Happy Days: Six Season Pack

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio

Garrison at the State Fair


The Minnesota Show

The final show at the Hollywood Bowl was spectacular! A great venue and a great show led to a perfect evening under the stars except for the one question that kept coming up: Why is Garrison's final A Prairie Home Companion show not in Minnesota?

Well, here is your answer ... "The Minnesota Show" is fast approaching! On September 2, Garrison Keillor will host a salute to all things A Prairie Home Companion, complete with our house band led by the talented Rich Dworsky, our fine acting company with Fred Newman providing sound effects, words from your favorite sponsors, a Guy Noir caper, possibly an episode of the Lives of the Cowboys and probably a mention of the Chatterbox Café or Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility in the latest News from Lake Wobegon, plus lots of food and fair talk from Garrison. Intermission generally fuels Garrison to walk through the audience with a fantastic sing-along in the dark that extends the running time of the live show well beyond two hours.

The show will be a celebration of all things A Prairie Home Companion for the people of Minnesota and what better place to do it than the Minnesota State Fair! Garrison first brought the show there in 1986 and now ranks among the performers who have appeared most often on the grandstand stage. It usually is a great evening and a great way to celebrate and anchor Minnesota Public Radio Day at the fair.

Minnesota Public Radio nurtured Garrison’s vision for the show for five years, building a loyal following in the five-state area as the show was broadcast throughout Minnesota on its network of stations. In 1979, A Prairie Home Companion was brought to the world when Minnesota Public Radio decided to distribute the program nationally after NPR refused. It’s now on over 600 stations with a weekly audience of 4 million listeners. That's an amazing start for a program that Garrison got the idea for by writing a piece about the Grand Old Opry for The New Yorker.

State Fair Shirt 2016


Here is a sneak peek at what might be the next shirt in our series of Limited Edition State Fair shirts. The collectible shirt began in 1986 with the first fair show and has continued ever since, generally becoming the top-selling item at the Minnesota Public Radio booth at the corner of Judson and Nelson, where, on August 26, you will find Chris Thile doing an interview and performance for The Current and TPT’s Almanac show ahead of taking over as host of A Prairie Home Companion on October 15, 2016 at the Fitzgerald Theater. The shirt combines elements from previous shirts in the background, including the ferris wheel, the swing, mini donuts and more. It will feature a quote or passage from Garrison on the back (probably lyrics from a song from last year’s show). Let us know what you think of the shirt on our Facebook fanpage and then see if it undergoes any changes.

Tickets are still available for "The Minnesota Show" and I hope you can join the celebration! If you can’t come in person, be sure to tune in on Saturday, September 3, as the show will air in A Prairie Home Companion’s regular slot across the country.

As always, sign up for our Facebook fanpage to keep up with all the news!

Have a great week!
David Edin
dedin@mpr.org
Merchandise Manager

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