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Read: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm's The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Boris Johnson's The Churchill Factor … Andy Cohen's The Andy Cohen Diaries … Daniel Bolger's Why We Lost … Mallory Ortberg's Texts from Jane Eyre Megan Amram's Science ... for Her! Listen: The Art of McCartney ... TV on the Radio ... Maya Angelou ... Wilco ... Watch: Alive Inside ... The Wind Rises ... 22 Jump Street ... If I Stay ... Planes: Fire & Rescue ... Great Gadget Gifts for 2014 and more.

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Listen to Weekend Edition:
Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark and Harrowing

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition
By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions.


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Boris Johnson: The Churchill Factor

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
By Boris Johnson

As the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill approaches next year, expect many celebrations of Britain’s war-time leader. One of England’s most well-known current politicians, Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, cautions that Churchill’s legacy risks being imperfectly remembered. In a new book, the eccentric mayor argues that the former prime minister still matters today because he transformed Britain, Europe and the Middle East — a feat he argues only Churchill could have done.


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The King of Housewives Dishes Dirt

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
By Andy Cohen

As a TV producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. We see Andy at home and with close friends and family (including his beloved and unforgettable mom). Throughout, Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it. Inspired by the diaries of another celebrity-obsessed Andy (Warhol), this honest, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny book is a one-of-a-kind account of the whos and whats of pop culture in the 21st century.


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Listen to On Point:
An American General Explains How We Lost in Iraq and Afghanistan

Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
By Daniel P. Bolger

A three-star general offers an insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, explaining how garbled intelligence, poor decision making, and no clear understanding of the enemy resulted in the failure of both missions.


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Listen to Morning Edition:
If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters
By Mallory Ortberg

A whimsical collection of text conversations in the styles of favorite literary characters imagines what Scarlett O’Hara might say to tempt Ashley away from Melanie, Mr. Rochester’s passionate all-cap missives to Jane Eyre and Daisy Buchanan’s orders while driving.


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Science for Her!

Science ... for Her!
By Megan Amram

In the vein of faux expert books by John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris, Science ... for Her! is ostensibly a book of science written by a denizen of women’s magazines. Part hilarious farce, part biting gender commentary, comedy writer and Twitter sensation Megan Amram blends Cosmo and science to highlight absurdities with a machine-gun of laugh-inducing lines that leave nothing and no one unscathed. Subjects include: this Spring’s ten most glamorous ways to die; tips for hosting your own big bang; what religion is right for your body type; and the most pressing issue facing women today: kale!!!

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Bob Dylan and other artists pay homage to Paul McCartney

The Art of McCartney: The Songs of Paul McCartney Sung by the World’s Greatest Artists

The Art Of McCartney is a very special project celebrating the songs of Sir Paul McCartney. It features songs such as "Maybe I’m Amazed," "The Long and Winding Road," "Let It Be," "Helter Skelter," "Eleanor Rigby" and many more recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists backed by McCartney’s long time band.

The caliber of artists showing their respect to Paul’s songwriting genius on The Art of McCartney is staggering with Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, Kiss, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend and Beatles producer Jeff Lynne and many more recording McCartney classics exclusively for this album.


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Listen to Morning Becomes Eclectic:
TV on the Radio

Seeds
By TV on the Radio

Seeds is the fifth studio album by American art rock band TV on the Radio and is the band's first album since the 2011 death of their bassist, Gerard Smith.

"We've been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold, but I'm glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1,000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we've ever done" says lead singer Tunde Adebimpe.


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Listen to Morning Edition:
Why the Caged Bird Raps

Caged Bird Songs
By Maya Angelou

The new album Caged Bird Songs takes its title from Angelou’s 1969 book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. One of the last projects Angelou worked on before her passing in May, the album is a unique musical collaboration which thoughtfully blends the lyrics and recorded vocal performances of Dr. Angelou with modern day hip-hop, creating an exciting new work and presenting her words in a way they've never been heard before.


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Wilco

Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 – 2014
By Wilco

"Like a lot of fans, I had collected these straggling tracks over the past two decades of following Wilco's every move," Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski said. "Alpha Mike Foxtrot includes almost every unique, essential performance that appeared on soundtracks, tribute albums and B-sides and there are probably a few surprises for even the sharpest collector. This set presents an alternate history of the band, kind of a sideways view, and ultimately, it's a super-fun listening experience."

Alpha Mike Foxtrot features 64 pages of liner notes that include track-by-track recollections from Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and reflections from members of Wilco's extended professional family. The booklet also showcases dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos from a wide array of photographers chronicling all phases of the band's career.

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Music improves lives of Alzheimer's patients

Alive Inside

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.


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Listen to Fresh Air:
Wind Rises Is Exquisite, and Likely to be Hayao Miyazaki's Last

The Wind Rises

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away, 2002) comes a spellbinding movie beyond compare. Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Bring home the film that has dazzled fans and critics around the globe. Bursting off the screen with spectacular picture and sound and featuring fascinating bonus material, Miyazaki’s final masterpiece, The Wind Rises is breathtaking on Blu-ray and DVD.


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From NPR:
Familiarity But No Contempt: The Sequel Says "Jump," You Say "Oh, Hi!"

22 Jump Street

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case — they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship.


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Listen to Morning Edition:
Romance Fans Will Fall for Characters in If I Stay

If I Stay

Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. If I Stay is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.


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From Boise State Public Radio:
Meet the Cast of Planes: Fire & Rescue and Their Real Life Counterparts

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Bring home the thrill of a lifetime with Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue. This heart-pumping comedy-adventure features a dynamic crew of elite aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfires. When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with a team of veteran firefighters; together, they battle a massive fire, and Dusty learns what it takes to be a true hero. So buckle up and get ready for nonstop action, memorable characters, never-before-seen bonus features and high-flying fun!

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Great Gadget Gifts for 2014
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Audio-Technica Turntable

This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs.


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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera 16GB Package

The PowerShot SX280 HS is a super-charged SX-series model featuring Canon's very latest proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, for improved performance and exceptional clarity in low-light scenarios. The camera makes it easy to show off your high-quality images and video wherever you are, with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi technology that lets you share photos with comments on social networking sites — even within specific groups.

Capture everything from quick snaps to artistic images with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens, with Optical Image Stabilizer to reduce blur throughout the zoom range. Preserve memories in ultra-smooth 1080p/60p Full HD video with the amazing processing power of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which also enables enhanced Dynamic IS for reduced blur, plus video recording in the easy-to-share MP4 format.

New Hybrid Auto creates an optimized “highlight reel” of your day, while built-in GPS records the location and local time, making the PowerShot SX280 HS a perfect travel camera, ready to share the spectacular images you'll capture!


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Nikon D3200 Digital SLR

Don’t let the D3200’s compact size and price fool you — packed inside this easy to use HD-SLR is serious Nikon power: a 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor that excels in any light, EXPEED 3 image-processing for fast operation and creative in-camera effects, Full HD (1080p) movie recording, in-camera tutorials and much more. What does this mean for you? Simply stunning photos and videos in any setting. And now, with Nikon’s optional Wireless Mobile Adapter, you can share those masterpieces instantly with your smartphone or tablet easily.


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VTech Retro Phone

Caller ID/Call Waiting and a built-in digital answering system mean this retro-styled cordless phone is anything but old-fashioned. The rotary-inspired keypad and face-down handset add to the charm that is sure to make it a conversation piece in any home.

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Of Interest to Public Radio Fans
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Winter Catalog

Our 2014 Winter Catalog is in the mail! If you are looking for a gift for a public radio fan, you have most certainly found the place. The Winter Catalog celebrates 40 years of A Prairie Home Companion by bringing back many old favorites and combining them with new items from PBS with Downton Abbey and NPR with Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, Freakonomics, and Marketplace, among others. The cover image is the personalized Lake Pillows, to which you can add your lake name or state to create a one-of-a-kind gift. Check out the PDF above (which is clickable) for easy shopping.

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