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Read: Amy Poehler's Yes Please … Atul Gawande's Being Mortal … Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman … Chuck Palahniuk's Beautiful YouThug Kitchen Bill Littlefield's Take Me Out Listen: Taylor Swift ... The Flaming Lips & Fwends ... Yusuf / Cat Stevens ... Watch: Begin Again ... Wish I Was Here ... Classic BBC Proms ... wine gifts and more.

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Listen to Fresh Air:
A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? Yes Please

Yes Please
By Amy Poehler

The actress best known for her work on Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood and her relationship with Tina Fey.


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Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By Atul Gawande

A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.


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Listen to Fresh Air:
The Man Behind Wonder Woman was Inspired by Both Suffragists and Centerfolds

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
By Jill Lepore

A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character’s creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.


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From NPR:
Beautiful You Makes Sex and Death Boring

Beautiful You: A Novel
By Chuck Palahniuk

Invited by notorious playboy C. Linus Maxwell to a Paris hotel, Manhattan legal associate Penny Harrigan discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of sex toys for women that will render men obsolete and make Maxwell the most powerful person in the world.


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Listen to Good Food:
The Thug Kitchen Controversy

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell — and most people can’t afford the hype.

Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks, and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.


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Listen to Here & Now:
Only a Game Host Talks About Sports and Poetry

Take Me Out
By Bill Littlefield

Bill Littlefield plays games even as he writes about them, or talks about them on his nationally syndicated NPR radio program, Only a Game. He unabashedly versifies not for profit, or a championship cup, but for fun. He makes no bones about it: these verses are doggerel. From mumblety-peg to the Olympics, from the bedrooms of aspiring nine-year-olds to the boardrooms of sports executives, his imagination and playfulness illuminate the rings, rinks, fields, and frustrations of sports and games.

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Listen to All Songs Considered:
The Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin Mashup You Didn't Know You Wanted Is Here

1989
By Taylor Swift

As Billboard's youngest-ever "Woman of the Year" prepares to release her fifth album, 1989, she finds herself, as always, in the glare of a blinding spotlight of expectation — but if you think that scares her, you haven't been paying attention. She calls 1989 her most sonically cohesive collection, and armed with her first single, "Shake It Off," she's ready to blaze into the next phase of her still-young career, where she'll continue to dance like no one's watching, write like she stole our collective diary, and inevitably soar to ever-greater heights.


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Listen to All Things Considered:
Messing With Perfection: Why The Flaming Lips Took on Sgt. Pepper

With a Little Help From My Fwends
By The Flaming Lips & Fwends

Enter The Flaming Lips, whose members have been playing with house money — or an artistic blank check, if you’d prefer that metaphor — for much of a career spanning more than 30 years. Last year’s pulverizing and strangely pretty The Terror was often punishingly uncompromising, but With A Little Help From My Fwends tackles its impossible task with a comparatively light touch. That lightness is clear from the title alone, and yet The Flaming Lips’ audaciously playful streak (required in order to cover Sgt. Pepper’s in the first place) still gets undercut with moments of abrasiveness, aggression and detours down strange side roads.

Befitting its title, concept and intentions — all proceeds from the album go to an organization that helps provide veterinary care to needy pet owners — With A Little Help From My Fwends calls on a motley assortment of boundary-pushing guest players. These include obvious natural allies (My Morning Jacket, Foxygen, Dr. Dog) and the less obvious likes of Tegan And Sara and avowed Lips enthusiast Miley Cyrus, who turns up in both “A Day In The Life” and an appropriately sprawling “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.”


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Listen to NPR First Listen:
Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Tell 'Em I'm Gone

Tell 'Em I'm Gone
By Yusuf / Cat Stevens

Tell 'Em I'm Gone is the first new Yusuf album to be released since 2009's acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels and London, the album features ten brand-new studio recordings, including five originals and five carefully chosen cover songs. The album was produced by Yusuf, with Rick Rubin also producing select tracks.

Each track on Tell 'Em I'm Gone revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. On this album, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity's climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.

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Listen to Fresh Air:
In Charming Film Begin Again, Music Can Save a Life

Begin Again

British songwriter Gretta (Keira Knightley) is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend (Adam Levine). While playing at an open mic night at a local bar, she is discovered by struggling music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo). Sensing her songwriting potential, Dan pushes Gretta to sign with him and record an ambitious outdoors album all across the city.


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Listen to The Treatment:
Zach Braff: Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here

From Zach Braff, the creator of Garden State, comes this touching and funny story about being a parent, spouse and child — all at once. Aidan Bloom (Braff), a husband and father of two, is set on pursuing his dream as an actor when his father (Mandy Patinkin) reveals he's battling a serious illness. As the announcement disrupts Aidan's day-to-day existence, his decision to homeschool his children will lead him on an unexpected journey of discovery about fulfillment and family.


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From Classical MPR:
Pints, Plaques and Proms: My musical adventures in London

Classic BBC Proms Box Set

This eye-catching 5-DVD box set presents some exceptional performances given at the world famous BBC Proms festival. American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is at the height of his powers in Brahms challenging Second Piano Concerto. The Viennese Night concert has been a tradition at the Proms since 1947; the audiences enthusiasm rivals that of the Last Night. Classics featured on this DVD include the Blue Danube Waltz, the Radetzky March, and the Csardas and Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus, conducted by Viennese music specialists James Loughran and Walter Susskind. The DVD of Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting Glinka and Tchaikovsky was unanimously praised by international music reviews. Representing the first visit to the Proms by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, this 1992 concert sees the orchestra on top form. According to MusicWeb Intl, this DVD is an indispensable record of a memorable night. This set also features the final concert of Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's European tour in 1985. Gramophone noted that Soltis art combines grace, tender affection and urbanity to the most agreeable effect.

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As we ramp up to the holidays, it is the goal of Public Radio Market to not only present the best interviews and features from around the public radio dial but to introduce you to some unique, one-of-a-kind gift ideas which should appeal to any public radio fan on your gift giving list. And up to 10% of the purchase price will help support the programming you love without costing you anything. All you need to do is start your online shopping using one of the links from our newsletters. You can also save this email to access everything Amazon.com has to offer. Or iTunes. Or Barnes and Noble. Or even Wine.com!

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Don't Break the Bottle Puzzle

Solve the puzzle before you can open the bottle with this very entertaining gift.


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Ozeri Nouveaux Electric Wine Opener

One of the hottest wine gifts this holiday season (and one that will surely come in handy at your family gatherings).


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Redneck Wine Glasses

Add a country or small town spin to your glass of wine. Who knows? It may have even fermented in the mason jar.


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Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass

Sometimes a larger glass is better, need we say more? (Although this may be a bit much if you intend to drive.)

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Of Interest to Public Radio Fans
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Halloween

Wonderground Radio, a service provided by Minnesota Public Radio for families and children, has gone all HALLOWEEN with their music selections. Enjoy spooky, family friendly fare 24/7 curated by The Current’s own DJ Barb Abney. It’s a wonderful treat you can serve up to visitors on Halloween and know for certain that all the tunes are family-friendly!

Listen: Wonderground Radio

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