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Read: Claudia Kalb's Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder ... Yann Martel's The High Mountains of Portugal ... Jhumpa Lahiri's In Other Words ... Leonard Sax's The Collapse of Parenting ... Matt Goulding's Rice, Noodle, Fish ... Listen: Lucinda Williams ... Rihanna ... Josh Groban ... Dr. Dog ... Watch: Spectre ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ... Show Me a Hero ... special offer and more.


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Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities
By Claudia Kalb

A glimpse into the likely mental illnesses of high-profile historical figures reveals that Albert Einstein had autism, Frank Lloyd Wright was a narcissist, Marilyn Monroe had borderline personality disorder and Charles Darwin suffered from anxiety.

Weekend Edition:
Book Diagnoses Darwin With Anxiety and Warhol as a Hoarder

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The High Mountains of Portugal
By Yann Martel

An allegorical novel in three parts is set in the fictional High Mountains of 17th century Portugal and beyond, where characters explore questions of loss and faith while on a quest, while tackling ghosts, and in the contemporary world.

All Things Considered:
Author Yann Martel on "That Deeply Unreasonable Phenomenon" of Faith

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In Other Words
By Jhumpa Lahiri

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Unaccustomed Earth traces her enduring love affair with the Italian language that prompted her family’s move to Rome, where her efforts to master the language as a writer shaped her feelings of belonging and exile.

All Things Considered:
Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom in Italian Memoir: "No One Expected Me to Do It"

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The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups
By Leonard Sax

An expert on parenting and childhood argues that children are suffering because parents are no longer assuming leadership roles in families, sharing recommendations for how caregivers and educators can reverse damaging trends.

Weekend Edition:
To Rebuild the Collapse of Parenting, it’s Going to be a Challenge

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Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture
By Matt Goulding

An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this 5,000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That! book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective.

The Splendid Table:
The 8 Wonders of the Japanese Convenient Store

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Ghosts of Highway 20
By Lucinda Williams

"Another thing I've always loved about Lucinda is that she is not afraid to let her guitar players shine. Pickers Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz let it rip. There is some fascinating riffing going on here. If you are wondering who is playing what, the question is answered easily enough: That would be Bill Frisell in your right speaker and Greg Leisz in your left. It's almost like an early 1960's stereo recording. ... After listening to The Ghosts of Highway 20, there's one thing to say: Long live the Queen of Americana, Lucinda Williams!" — Bill DeVille, Host, The Current

Morning Edition:
On Her New Album, Lucinda Williams Is Driven, Not Comfortable

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Anti
By Rihanna

Anti is the long-awaited eighth album from global superstar and icon Rihanna. From the reggae-pop “Work,” on through her pitch-perfect cover and impassioned closing third, Rihanna shows off in chameleonic fashion, making good on Billboard’s early promise that Anti would be “more diverse than her prior releases, with a wide array of styles that move the overall product away from ‘BBHMM’ territory.”

NPR's The Record:
Anti-Everything: The Culture of Resistance Behind Rihanna's Latest Album

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Stages Live
By Josh Groban

Josh Groban returns with live performances of songs from the world’s greatest musicals: The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Into the Woods, A Chorus Line, Carousel, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz and more.

Q:
Josh Groban geeks out on musical theatre

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The Psychedelic Swamp
By Dr. Dog

With seven albums, four EPs, seven 7" vinyl records and one live set under its belt, the Philadelphia rock outfit Dr. Dog released its eighth full-length LP. For this record, The Psychedelic Swamp, the band revisited and re-recorded songs from a set of experimental cassette recordings it had made in 2000.

World Cafe:
Dr. Dog on World Cafe

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Spectre

2016 Oscar Nominee: Best Original Song ("Writing's on the Wall")

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Weekend Edition:
Hear Sam Smith Break Down His Bond Theme, "Writing's on the Wall"

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walt Disney's 1937 pioneering classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has never looked better than in this Signature Collection edition. The Blu-ray combo pack includes, for the first time ever, a Digital HD version and features new bonus material, including commentary from Walt Disney himself, and a never-before-seen alternate sequence of the Prince meeting Snow White.

The Frame:
The Getty Conservation Institute moves from antiquities to animation

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Show Me a Hero

In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future. From creator David Simon (HBO’s Treme and The Wire) and director Paul Haggis (Crash), and based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, the six-part HBO Miniseries presentation Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.

Fresh Air:
Show Me a Hero Offers a Nuanced Take on Public Housing Discrimination

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Downton Abbey Season 6

Return to Downton Abbey for the sixth and final season to discover the fates of the Crawley family, and the servants who work for them, as they face new challenges and begin forging different paths in a rapidly changing world. Creator Julian Fellowes brings the top PBS drama of all time to its climactic chapter, with the beloved ensemble led by Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, and Maggie Smith.

Weekend Edition:
Downton Abbey Begins Its Sixth and Final Season

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In the Magic Hour
By Aoife O'Donovan

In the Magic Hour is Aoife O'Donovan's second solo recording and features guests familiar to A Prairie Home Companion fans, such as Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. Lead single "Magic Hour" displays O'Donovan's ever-evolving style and strength in songwriting. "The King of All Birds" brings a lush orchestral arrangement, odd timing, and an erratic melody that you won't soon forget. In the Magic Hour expands past Aoife's roots in Folk and Bluegrass. However, she hasn't forgotten her roots. "Stanley Park" and "Porch Light" are perfectly flowing gems.

A Prairie Home Companion:
Aoife O'Donovan performs "Hornets"

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The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites

Carol Burnett recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The legendary comedian was honored for her body of work in both film and television as well as her philanthropic efforts. Carol's Favorites are a collection of highlights from The Carol Burnett Show.

Fresh Air:
Carol Burnett

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You're Dreaming
By The Cactus Blossoms

You’re Dreaming is the national debut of acclaimed roots music duo The Cactus Blossoms. Led by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, the band started as a vehicle for the siblings to hone their harmonic abilities on classic American songs with minimal instrumentation.

Produced by JD McPherson, the 10 original songs on You're Dreaming showcase the incredible seamless vocals of the brothers in the time-honored tradition of blood harmony akin to The Everly Brothers. Infusing elements of early rock 'n' roll and classic country while tracing their musical heroes' footsteps back to the roots, The Cactus Blossoms have arrived with a sound that's uniquely their own.

MPR News:
The Cactus Blossoms perform songs from their debut album You're Dreaming

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What a couple of weeks for A Prairie Home Companion!

As you may have noticed, during the normal winter break, Chris Thile, Garrison Keillor’s hand-picked successor, gave the old Chevy from Bunsen Motors a test drive. Listening to the show, one can imagine what it may sound like next season with Chris installed as full-time host. It appears that the show may return to the more musical roots of the early ‘70s. Yes, it will be different without the baritone of Mr. Keillor at the helm, but it is his wish that his creation goes on so he can devote himself to writing, pursuing other projects and enjoying a few leisurely Saturday evenings.

If the past two weeks are any indication, I am looking forward to the more musical approach. Unlike many fans, the music is my favorite part of the show. Without A Prairie Home Companion, I would have never encountered much of the singer/songwriter, folk or bluegrass music that has become essential listening to me. So, I look forward to the many new singers and musicians that I will encounter in the future!

Chris Thile is one of the world’s best mandolin players and it looks like he will be playing to those strengths. He seems to be attempting his own version of a Lake Wobegon story by creating and debuting a new song each week. The first one was the charming "The Mississippi Is Frozen," mentioning the cold weather and the start of the winter carnival, and this past weekend he created "Omahallelujah" for Peyton Manning and the Super Bowl. Both songs featured his group, Punch Brothers, along with Sarah Jarosz. Chris and the Punch Brothers are up for three Grammy Awards later this month for their release The Phosphorescent Blues.

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Watch Chris Thile perform "The Mississippi is Frozen" with Punch Brothers and Sarah Jarosz


Watch Chris Thile perform "The Mississippi Is Frozen" with Punch Brothers and Sarah Jarosz

Watch Chris Thile perform "Omahallelujah" with Punch Brothers, Richard Dworsky and Sarah Jarosz


Watch Chris Thile perform "Omahallelujah" with Punch Brothers, Richard Dworsky and Sarah Jarosz


Further examples can be found of Chris Thile's more musical approach to the show. This past weekend, Chris sat in with Mr. Paul Simon, who debuted his new song "Wristband" about trying to get into his own concert. Chris played with Andrew Bird as he debuted "Capsized" plus a few other songs from his forthcoming album Are You Serious. Thile also participated in a few sketches, including a wonderful "Mom" script. The previous week saw him perform “Lovesick Blues" with Brandi Carlile, "Yes Man" with Ben Folds, plus a bit of Mozart, and a few tunes with his fellow Punch Brothers.

Garrison contributed some wonderful scripts for "Mom," "Rhubarb," "Catchup Advisory Board," among others for Chris and company to perform. Feel free to send me your thoughts about the past two shows and in the meantime, tune in this week as we welcome Garrison back to the Fitzgerald Theater stage! The live video feed will begin at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday night so you can WATCH all the action on stage or tune in via your radio to listen!

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Have a great week!
David Edin
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