Read: Mark Bowden's Hue 1968 ... Kevin Hart's I Can't Make This Up ... Naomi Klein's No Is Not Enough ... Sherman Alexie's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me ... Souad Mekhennet's I Was Told to Come Alone ... David Weigel's The Show That Never Ends ... Listen: Dear Evan Hansen ... Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit ... Dan Auerbach ... Phoenix ... Watch: The Lego Batman Movie ... John Wick Chapter 2 ... Flag Day and more.


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Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
By Mark Bowden

In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnam’s intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000.

With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints.

Fresh Air:
Hue 1968 Revisits an American "Turning Point" in the War in Vietnam

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I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons
By Kevin Hart

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

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Kevin Hart: "Being the biggest and the best isn’t my concern"

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No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
By Naomi Klein

In No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein explains that Trump, extreme as he is, is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst and most dangerous trends of the past half-century. In exposing the malignant forces behind Trump's rise, she puts forward a bold vision for a mass movement to counter rising militarism, nationalism, and corporatism in the U.S. and around the world.

On Point:
Naomi Klein's Call for an Unapologetic Trump Resistance

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir
By Sherman Alexie

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

Fresh Air:
Searching for a Summer Escape? These 6 Books Will Carry You Away

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I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
By Souad Mekhennet

The Washington Post national security correspondent who broke the “Jihadi John” story draws on her personal experience as a multicultural woman with unique access to the world of jihad to share insights into the rise of Islamic radicalism and the gap between the Muslim world and the West.

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Journalist Ventured "Behind the Lines of Jihad" to Interview the World's Most Wanted

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The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock
By David Weigel

Draws on inside access to key figures in a chronicle of progressive rock that shares behind-the-scenes stories about the chart-topping bands of the 1970s, the sounds of genres ranging from psychedelia to heavy metal and the inconsistent ways '70s rock has influenced culture, inspired satire and divided fans.

The Current:
Rock and Roll Book Club: David Weigel's The Show That Never Ends

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Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen had its world premiere at Arena Stage, Washington D.C. and played a record-breaking New York debut at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage. The musical recently won "Best Musical" prizes from the Tony Awards, Obie Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Helen Hayes Awards.

Monkey See:
At the Tonys, Dear Evan Hansen Has a Big Night in a Dark Season

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The Nashville Sound
By Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

The Nashville Sound is the follow up to 2015's critically acclaimed Something More Than Free, which won two Grammy Awards (Best Americana Album; Best American Roots Song, "24 Frames") and two Americana Music Association Awards (Album of the Year; Song of the Year, "24 Frames").

Without exaggeration, Jason Isbell has become one of the most respected and celebrated songwriters of his generation. He possesses an incredible penchant for identifying and articulating some of the deepest, yet simplest, human emotions, and turning them into beautiful poetry though song. Isbell sings of the everyday human condition with thoughtful, heartfelt, and sometimes brutal honesty, and the new album is no exception.

NPR First Listen:
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound

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Waiting On A Song
By Dan Auerbach

Nine-time Grammy-winner Dan Auerbach's new record is his second solo album. The album is Auerbach’s much anticipated follow-up to 2009’s Keep It Hid and is a love letter to Nashville. As such, he recruited some of Nashville’s most respected players to write and record his latest, including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas, Pat McLaughlin and Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys. Auerbach said about working with his musical heroes: “Living in Nashville has definitely changed the way I think about music and the way that I record it. I didn’t have all of these resources before. I am working with some of the greatest musicians that ever lived.”

The Current:
Dan Auerbach talks about his new album and new record label

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Ti Amo
By Phoenix

Ti Amo is Phoenix's first album since 2013's critically lauded Bankrupt!. Produced by the band and recorded at La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) with the help of long time collaborator Pierrick Devin, Ti Amo is — in the band's own words — "an album about our European, Latin roots, our fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroianni, fearless desire and antique marble statues."

The Dinner Party Download:
Phoenix Spin Us a Très Cool Soundtrack

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The Lego Batman Movie

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble — Lego Batman (Will Arnett) — stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Frame:
What The Lego Batman Movie has in common with Deadpool

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John Wick Chapter 2

In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

NPR:
John Wick: Chapter 2 Lives Its Life Like a Candle in a Hail of Bullets

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Flag Day
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American Flag

Happy Flag Day! Two hundred forty years ago, on this day in 1777, the government officially adopted the Stars and Stripes as our national flag. The 50 stars on today’s flag represent the nation’s 50 states and the 13 stripes represent the 13 original states. The color red signifies hardiness and valor; white, purity and innocence; and blue, vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

The first time the American flag was flown on a foreign fort was in Libya in 1805; in 1909, Robert Peary placed a flag at the North Pole; in 1963, Barry Bishop placed the flag on top of Mount Everest; and in 1969, Neil Armstrong stuck a flag in the surface of the moon.

The Writer’s Almanac:
Flag Day

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio
A Summertime Grilling Guide from The Splendid Table


Today, we will present one of the recipes from A Summertime Grilling Guide. This recipe has been described to me as "corn on the cob crack." It is quick and easy to prepare and makes for a tasty side dish to any grilled meal or snack! I hope you enjoy the recipe and consider getting this wonderful little guide that will help you entertain your family and friends this summer.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has crafted full menus at the front of the book and the recipes and directions are color coordinated so they are easy to find. From the Fourth of July picnic to the work night supper or a cool dinner for a hot night; a vegetarian lunch to a baked bean supper, you will find plenty of options to prepare!

From salads and sides, deserts and drinks, to the main dish itself, this book will have you covered — and at a great price. This is a book we completed and initially distributed to independent booksellers but now remains almost exclusively for sale at Pretty Good Goods! It is this type of product that we hope to continue bringing you in the future.

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Corn on the Cob with Chile-Lime Dip

Corn on the Cob with Chile-Lime Dip

While we love the unabashedly decadent version of Mexican sweet corn (the one slathered with crema, cheese, chile and a jolt of lime), we also understand the need for a little restraint now and then. Consider this recipe an ascetic take, and a delicious one at that — corn grilled with just a small slather of butter until it’s slightly charred then dressed with lime juice and hot chile. Utterly addicting.

Cook to Cook: Corn has gone through some genetic tinkering in the past, so now “super sweet” ears dominate markets. It’s fine that we’ve got ears that don’t lose their sweetness in a day, but super sweets can be so overpowering you lose that homey fresh corn taste. Look for “sweet enhanced” instead. This is from the previous generation of tinkering, and ears taste more “real” but still hold their sugars for some time in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 ears fresh sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1-1/2 sticks salted butter, melted
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup hot chile powder

Instructions

1. Prepare a charcoal grill for one-zone direct grilling or preheat a gas grill to high.

2. When the coals are completely covered with grey ash, grill the corn about 4 inches from the coals, turning often with tongs and brushing them several times with the butter. After about 5 minutes, or when the corn is beginning to color, remove the cobs to a platter and give them a final light brush of butter. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper.

3. Pour several tablespoons of lime juice on each person’s plate, and put the chile powder in a bowl. Let the corn cool until it is easy to handle but still warm, then have everyone roll their corn in the lime juice and sprinkle it liberally with hot chile powder.