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Tango Lessons: A Memoir by Meghan Flaherty

8/16/2018
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In tango, there’s a leader and a follower, and, traditionally, the woman follows. As Meghan moved from beginner classes to the late-night dance halls of New York’s vibrant tango underground, she discovered that more than any footwork, the hardest and most essential lesson of the dance was to follow with strength and agency; to find her balance, regardless of the lead. And as she broke her own rule—never mix romance and tango—she started to apply those lessons in every corner of her life Book...

Duration:00:45:21

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss

8/9/2018
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Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes Book Cover and Author...

Duration:00:36:58

‘Visible Empire’ by Hannah Pittard

8/2/2018
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It’s a humid summer day when the phones begin to ring: disaster has struck. Air France Flight 007, which had been chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s cultural leaders following a luxurious arts oriented tour of Europe, crashed shortly after takeoff in Paris. In one fell swoop, most of the city’s wealthiest residents perished Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:01 - Episode Intro (music: Gumball Blue by...

Duration:00:50:11

‘The Completionist’ by Siobhan Adcock

7/26/2018
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After months of disturbing behavior, Gardner Quinn has vanished. Her older sister Fredericka is desperate to find her, but Fred is also pregnant—miraculously so, in a near-future America struggling with infertility. So she entrusts the job to their brother, Carter. Just home from war, his search for his sister is a welcome distraction from mysterious physical symptoms he can’t ignore... and his slightly-more-than recreational drinking. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the...

Duration:00:43:13

‘The Man Who Climbs Trees’ by James Aldred

7/19/2018
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James' climbs take him to breathtaking locations as he scales the most incredible and majestic trees on the planet. On the way, he meets native tribes, gets attacked by African bees, climbs alongside gorillas, chased by elephants and spends his nights in a hammock pitched high in the branches with only the stars above him. This book blends incredible stories of scrapes and bruises in the branches with a new way of looking at life high above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest...

Duration:00:39:26

‘RFK: His Words for Our Time’ by C. Richard Allen & Edwin O. Guthman

7/12/2018
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As citizens search for leadership that is both inspirational and practical, and a vision of America that is compelling across the divides of race, gender, age and personal circumstances, Robert Kennedy’s words and Presidential campaign are increasingly studied as a road map and a catalyst, providing a complete picture of this legacy, centered on Kennedy’s speeches on civil rights and social justice, war and the quest for peace, poverty and the power of work, and the common aspirations that...

Duration:00:38:29

‘All The Ever Afters’ by Danielle Teller

7/5/2018
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We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story... Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:01 - Episode Intro (music: BackBack by Gracie Mansion) 03:54 - Interview with Danielle Teller, Part 1 15:20 - Phony - Gracie Mansion 17:36 - Interview...

Duration:00:33:16

‘Regrets Only’ by Erin Duffy

6/28/2018
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Claire thought she had everything a woman was supposed to want—a loving husband, a newborn son, a beautiful home in the suburbs. Then she walks in on her husband canoodling with their realtor in their newly renovated kitchen, and in an instant, her perfect life comes crashing down. With her marriage heading for divorce, Claire knows it’s time to stop feeling sorry for herself. But how can she move on when she’s still stuck in the orbit of her husband’s world? Book Cover and Author headshot...

Duration:00:43:03

‘The Mandela Plot’ by Kenneth Bonert

6/21/2018
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As the 1980s draw to a close, South Africa is a maelstrom of political violence with the apartheid regime in its death throes. Young Martin Helger is the struggling odd duck at an elite private boys school in Johannesburg, with his father a rough-handed scrap dealer and his brother a mysterious legend. When a beautiful and manipulative American arrives at the family home, Martin soon finds himself wrenched out of his isolated bubble and thrust into the raw heart of the struggle Book Cover...

Duration:00:32:16

‘The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World’ by Steve Brusatte

6/14/2018
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The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:01 - Episode Intro (music: “Pavement” by Deeper) 05:05 - Interview with Steve Brusatte, Part 1 18:26 - “KG” - Deeper 20:26 - Interview...

Duration:00:40:00

‘Can’t Help Myself’ by Meredith Goldstein

6/7/2018
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Every day, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein takes on the relationship problems of thousands of dedicated readers. They look to her for wisdom on all matters of the heart–how to cope with dating fatigue and infidelity, work romances, tired marriages, true love, and true loss. In her column, she has it all figured out, but in her real life she is a lot less certain. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 00:56 -...

Duration:00:39:49

‘My Dear Hamilton’ by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

5/31/2018
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of ‘America’s First Daughter’ comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before - not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal — but also as a...

Duration:00:36:38

‘Death Doesn’t Bargain’ by Sherrilyn Kenyon

5/24/2018
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The Deadmen are back... But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind's destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn...and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:00 - Episode Intro (music: Blood + Bones by Robot Princess) 03:50 - Interview with...

Duration:00:31:28

‘Ecstasy’ by Mary Sharratt

5/17/2018
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Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as “one of the very few magical women that exist.” But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees? In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time center stage. Book Cover...

Duration:00:34:22

‘The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind’ by Barbara Lipska

5/10/2018
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In January 2015, Barbara Lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illnes — was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. Just eight weeks after her...

Duration:00:39:21

‘Beautiful Country’ by J.R. Thornton

5/3/2018
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Chase Robertson arrives in Beijing as a fourteen-year-old boy still troubled by the recent death of his older brother. He discovers a country in transition; a society in which the dual systems of Communist-Era State control and an emerging entrepreneurial culture exist in paradox Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - Episode Intro (music by Of Montreal) 02:45 - Interview with J.R. Thornton, Part 1 14:02 - “Paranoiac...

Duration:00:40:29

‘The Other Mother’ by Carol Goodman

4/26/2018
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When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne’s new employer, it feels like they’ve entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 02:53 - Episode Intro (music: Downhome Girl by Swampmeat Family...

Duration:03:05:06

‘The Atomic City Girls’ by Janet Beard

4/19/2018
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In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders Book Cover...

Duration:00:32:43

‘A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance’ by Emma Gray

4/12/2018
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Interweaving the interviews with her own experiences covering resistance events and being a member of the media in a time when the media has been under assault, author Emma Gray has created a down and dirty guide for women of all ages to roll up their sleeves and resist the forces that are a threat to our rights. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative 00:00 - Show Opening 02:51 - Episode Intro (music: “Guitar” by Tracey Thorn) 06:41 - Interview with...

Duration:00:39:50

‘China’s Great Wall of Debt’ by Dinny McMahon

4/5/2018
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Business journalist McMahon, a longtime China reporter for the Wall Street Journal and current fellow at the Paulson Institute, contends that for all the anti-corruption rhetoric of the Xi Jinping government, corruption is still rampant, adding burdens to an economy already bound by strains of command-economy socialism, free-market capitalism, crony capitalism, and state capitalism, all designations that fail “to sufficiently describe the nature of the Chinese economy.” Book Cover and...

Duration:01:00:56