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Read: Dr. Seuss's What Pet Should I Get? ... Elijah Wald's Dylan Goes Electric! ... Austin Grossman's Crooked ... Julia Pierpont's Among the Ten Thousand Things ... Jesse Ball's A Cure for Suicide ... Leanne Brown's Good and Cheap ... Listen: Jill Scott ... Ashley Monroe ... The Chemical Brothers ... Ratatat ... Watch: Home ... White God ... Wet Hot American Summer ... Newport Folk Festival and more.


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What Pet Should I Get?
By Dr. Seuss

This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment — choosing a pet — and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Morning Edition:
A Peek at the New Dr. Seuss Book, In Verse

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Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties
By Elijah Wald

The author looks at the uproar Bob Dylan created by playing with an electric band at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and examines the cultural context and repercussions of the event.

The Current:
50 years since Bob Dylan went electric at Newport: Why it mattered, and still does

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Crooked
By Austin Grossman

In a novel of alternative history, Richard Nixon exposes the truth behind Watergate and the Cold War, which were both due to a horrifying occult secret he accidentally discovered as a young man.

Weekend Edition:
In This Twist on Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us

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Among the Ten Thousand Things: A Novel
By Julia Pierpont

A former ballet dancer struggles to protect her children before receiving an anonymous package revealing her weak artist husband’s infidelities, a discovery that leads to a difficult breakup during a New York summer.

Fresh Air:
Infidelity Is Steeped in Suspense in Among the Ten Thousand Things

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A Cure for Suicide: A Novel
By Jesse Ball

A woman “examiner” and a man, her “claimant,” move into a small house where the examiner teaches the claimant the most simple functions and monitors his progress, until an encounter at a party raises doubts about everything he has learned.

NPR:
Cure Hits the Reset Button on Suicidal Minds

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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
By Leanne Brown

In addition to creating nutritious recipes that maximize every ingredient and use economical cooking methods, Ms. Brown gives tips on shopping; on creating pantry basics; on mastering certain staples — pizza dough, flour tortillas — and saucy extras that make everything taste better, like spice oil and tzatziki; and how to make fundamentally smart, healthful food choices.

NPR:
Cheap Eats: A Cookbook for Eating Well on a Food Stamp Budget

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Woman
By Jill Scott

Executive produced by the vocal powerhouse herself alongside producer extraordinaire Andre Harris (“Long Walk Home” and “Is It The Way”) and Nashville great Aaron Pearce, Jill is describing the sound of this album as “classic Philly soul meets Country rhythm served with impeccable and captivating storytelling.”

PBS:
Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House

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The Blade
By Ashley Monroe

"Ashley Monroe is one of the treasures of Nashville right now. She's actually been writing songs since she was a teenager here in Nashville after moving here from Knoxville, Tenn. Though she's only in her late 20s, Ashley Monroe has many amazing collaborators. That's one of the reasons why her albums are so great. They have such seasoned players. And working with someone like Vince Gill, who co-produced this record, gives her that beautiful elegant sound that I love in a singer-songwriter." — Ann Powers, NPR

NPR:
Watch Ashley Monroe Perform Live In Concert

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Born in the Echoes
By The Chemical Brothers

"Mojo said about Born in the Echoes, '[The Chemical Brothers] sound like themselves again!' and I would argue there's never been a good album-length version of them — until now. It's constructed as one piece, designed to be heard all together, with a flow, crescendos and drops, and a definite beginning and end. Throughout the record, they lead us down dark hallways of experimental noise and then out again into the brightest pop tunes of their career." — Mark Wheat, Host, The Current

KEXP:
Born in the Echoes review

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Magnifique
By Ratatat

Following up on the experimental sounds of LP3 and LP4, Ratatat return to their core guitar-driven sound on Magnifique. Combining the bedrock beats and primordial riffs from their first two albums with the sonic experimentation and production prowess of LP3 and LP4, Mike and Evan arrive at a new plateau with Magnifique.

NPR:
Review: Ratatat, Magnifique

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Home

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word home.

NPR:
The Director of Home on its Immigration Storyline

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White God

When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed unfit by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called unfit dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time house-pet who has learned all too well from his Masters in his journey through the streets and animal control centers that man is not always dog’s best friend.

Studio 360:
From Trailer Park Pups to Hollywood: How to Train a Four-Legged Star

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Wet Hot American Summer

Get ready for laughs with an all-star cast in the outrageous comedy Wet Hot American Summer. It’s the last day of Camp Firewood’s season, but there’s still time for the big talent show, a little romance ... and for everyone to be wiped out by the piece of NASA’s Skylab that’s hurtling toward Earth. David Wain (Role Models) directs Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce and Michael Showalter in “the most delectable satire in years.” (Entertainment Weekly)

The Business:
David Wain and Friends Head Back to Camp on Netflix

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Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

(Photo: Adam Kissick/NPR)


Did you miss this year's Newport Folk Festival? NPR Music has your back with archived sets by the likes of Courtney Barnett, Jason Isbell, and The Tallest Man On Earth, among others. We're featuring a few our favorite sets below, but you can find NPR's full collection here.


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Something More Than Free
By Jason Isbell

Something More Than Free is the follow-up to Isbell's 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was the subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR's All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (Cover Me Up) and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. At David Letterman's personal request, Jason and his wife Amanda Shires performed on one of the last episodes of The Late Show in April 2015.

NPR:
Jason Isbell, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
By Courtney Barnett

"Not many artists these days have literally a global audience primed and ready to receive a debut album in the way Courtney Barnett has. Her first two EPs slowly built such a buzz in Australia, (she's based in Melbourne) that they were smushed together as her first physical release to the rest of the world. The song 'Avant Gardener' caught our attention and her initial touring cemented the opinion that this was one of the most promising young artists to watch this year. Reviewers constantly touting her wonderful word play and fresh take on everyday life made the hype fantastical. The pressure on her for this first full length must have been extraordinary, I bet she had a lot of trouble breathing in — to use a phrase borrowed from 'Avant Gardener.'

"The stakes may have been high, but all you have to do is glimpse the coverage from South by Southwest to know she's pulled it off with aplomb. Especially as she has obviously taken so much care to present it as a complete album — a real LP — perfectly paced and even self-referential as a piece. ... [Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit] will be considered one of the best debuts of the year, a phrase that has so much weight, and promise of future pressure to perform, all over the world." — Mark Wheat, Host, The Current

NPR:
Courtney Barnett, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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Dark Bird Is Home
By The Tallest Man on Earth

On Dark Bird Is Home, his fourth album and third on the discerning indie label Dead Oceans, the Tallest Man starts out in a downbeat and doleful mode, with his elemental basics set quietly against occasional washes of sad synthesizer that spread the sound far and wide. By "Darkness Is the Dream," he's onto the fleet brand of stomper that is his specialty, with rich open-tuned guitar chords aided by ringing banjo to make for an antic clamor of strummed release.

NPR:
The Tallest Man on Earth, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

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Of Interest to Fans of Public Radio
 

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If it's on your bucket list to see A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor, you better catch him on the America the Beautiful Tour or sometime during next season as it sounds as if a change is coming ...

Tickets for the fall season at the Fitz went on sale yesterday. Full info is available here.

America the Beautiful Tour:


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We certainly hope you consider joining us for a memorable evening of song and story if we are in your area! For ticket information for any date, please visit our site.

Check back often because once the tour starts, a tour journal with staff blogs, photos, postcards and more will keep you busy!

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David Edin
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