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Read: Amy Schumer's The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo ... Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher's Trump Revealed ... Lawrence Wright's The Terror Years ... Graham Moore's The Last Days of Night ... James Andrew Miller's Powerhouse ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Writings on the Wall ... Listen: Barbra Streisand ... Dolly Parton ... De La Soul ... Blood Orange ... Watch: The Walking Dead ... The Nice Guys ... Roots ... Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made ... and more.


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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
By Amy Schumer

An uproarious collection of no-holds-barred personal essays by the Emmy Award-winning comedian reflects on her raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise in the entertainment industry and her struggles to maintain the courage to approach the world in unstintingly honest ways.

Morning Edition:
Amy Schumer Bares Her Soul

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Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power
By Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher

A comprehensive biography of the 2016 Republican candidate for president examines Trump’s family roots, his privileged upbringing, the evolution of his political beliefs, and his identity as billionaire businessman, celebrity, global brand, and television star.

Fresh Air:
Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind the "In-Your-Face Provocateur"

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The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State
By Lawrence Wright

Ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS.

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The Terror Years Traces the Rise of al-Qaida and ISIS

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The Last Days of Night: A Novel
By Graham Moore

When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues George Westinghouse, his only remaining rival for patent infringement, Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Cravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals and deception.

The Diane Rehm Show:
Oscar-Winning Screenwriter and Author Graham Moore

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Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency
By James Andrew Miller

An astonishing history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all. Started in 1975, when five bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left to open their own, strikingly innovative talent agency, Creative Artists Agency would come to revolutionize the entertainment industry, and over the next several decades its tentacles would spread aggressively throughout the worlds of movies, television, music, advertising, and investment banking.

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A look inside the secretive world of Hollywood agents

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Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld

A collection of essays from former NBA basketball player and writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which reflect on racial, cultural and political divides in the United States, in addition to his own experiences as an athlete, African-American and a Muslim.

On Point:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on American Values

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Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
By Barbra Streisand

The greatest star to ever come out of Broadway, Streisand returns to her roots with Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. The album features 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The inspired new musical pairings include Anne Hathaway, Daisy Ridley, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Seth MacFarlane, and a spectacular virtual duet with Anthony Newley.

NPR First Listen:
Barbra Streisand, Encore

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Pure & Simple
By Dolly Parton

Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is back with a new album, her first release since 2014's Blue Smoke.

Comprised of songs written solely by Dolly, highlights of this love songs-oriented album include "Pure and Simple," "Head Over High Heels," as well as new recordings of "Tomorrow is Forever," originally recorded as a duet with Porter Wagoner in 1970 and then again with Solomon Burke in 2006, and "Say Forever You'll Be Mine," which Dolly originally recorded with Porter Wagoner in 1975.

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Dolly Parton on her 'Pure and Simple' ode to love

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And the Anonymous Nobody
By De La Soul

And The Anonymous Nobody is the hip-hop trio's first studio album in four years. Includes the single "Pain" featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also features Jill Scott, Usher, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and others. The band writes: "Over the last three years, we’ve collaborated with some of L.A.’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in freestyled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. We have a fantastic cast of artist we’ve collaborated with. Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (of Talking Heads) have blessed us with their talents."

The Frame:
De La Soul previews their new Kickstarter-funded album

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Freetown Sound
By Blood Orange

Editor's Note: My second-favorite album of the year has finally received a physical release after months of delays.

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.

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Dev Hynes on Taking Time With His Music: "I Want It to Be the Most Me"

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The Walking Dead Season 6

The Walking Dead returns. With no hope of safety in Alexandria, Rick's group is forced to resume their precarious fight for survival. In the fight for humanity, many have become inhumane. While the Alexandrians must adapt to the hardness of Rick's group, Rick's group must retreat from their violent ways. This won't happen easily, but now there is more at stake than simply surviving. Rick's group is fighting for a chance at normalcy in a world of chaos.

Cognoscenti:
The Morality of Zombies: Or, Why We Watch The Walking Dead as a Family

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The Nice Guys

Shane Black (Iron Man 3) directs this police drama set in Los Angeles during the 1970s, centering on a pair of detectives who stumble into a sprawling conspiracy while investigating the alleged suicide of a once-prominent female porn star. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling top-line this Warner Bros. release that reunites Lethal Weapon scribe Black with that film’s producer, Joel Silver.

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Crowe and Gosling Bumble Appealingly Through The Nice Guys

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Roots

The classic American saga about a family’s multi-generational struggle to resist slavery is re-imagined for a new generation. Roots is a historical portrait that recounts one family’s struggle to resist the institution of American slavery, as they carry on the legacy of Kunta Kinte despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Based on Alex Haley’s best-selling novel.

Fresh Air:
In Its Retelling, Roots Is Powerful, Must-See Television

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Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

The true, decades-spanning tale of the greatest fan film ever made. After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene ... except one: the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders! is the story of the project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision — mixed in with some movie magic — to create the greatest fan film ever made.

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Fanboys Attempt to Recapture Youthful Home-Movie Magic in Raiders!

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A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile


The new season of A Prairie Home Companion with host Chris Thile kicks off on Saturday, October 15, 2016, live from the Fitzgerald Theater, with additional broadcasts on October 22 and 29. Start planning now and get great seats to see Chris Thile’s inaugural season as host of APHC, as he welcomes special guests Lake Street Dive, Sarah Jarosz, Esperanza Spalding, and more — along with a few new friends and some familiar voices — all LIVE this fall from the Fitz!

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