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Ann Powers - Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music

In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form. Powers takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth century rock-and-roll to the cutting-edge adventures of today’s web based pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge and insights on gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural...

Duration: 00:57:55

Vanessa Grigoriadis - Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, & Consent on Campus

A new sexual revolution is sweeping the country, and college students are on the front lines. Women use fresh, smart methods to fight entrenched sexism and sexual assault even as they celebrate their own sexuality as never before. Many “woke” male students are more sensitive to women’s concerns than previous generations ever were, while other men perpetuate the most cruel misogyny. Amid such apparent contradictions, it’s no surprise that intense confusion shrouds the topic of sex on...

Duration: 01:01:03

Angelica Baker - Our Little Racket

On September 15, 2008, the world of Greenwich, Connecticut, is shaken. When the investment bank Weiss & Partners is shuttered, CEO Bob D’Amico must fend off allegations of malfeasance, as well as the judgment and resentment of his community. As panic builds, five women in his life must scramble to negotiate power on their own terms and ask themselves what — if anything — is worth saving. In the aftermath of this collapse, Bob D’Amico’s teenage daughter Madison begins to probe her father’s...

Duration: 00:52:16

Benjamin Percy - The Dark Net

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret, far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her...

Kate Quinn - The Alice Network

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London,determined to find out what happened to the...

Duration: 00:49:03

Kristopher Dukes — The Sworn Virgin

When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her step mother Meria. Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life — a tradition that gives her the right to live as a...

Duration: 00:53:32

Dr. Richard Barager — The Atheist and the Parrotfish

Cullen’s bitter disbelief in the afterlife is tested when Ennis begins to exhibit tastes and characteristics uncannily similar to those of his female organ donor — whose first name Ennis inexplicably knows. When Ennis becomes convinced that the donor’s soul has inhabited him, Cullen sides with Ennis’s psychiatrist, who tells Ennis he has subconsciously confused his emerging transgender personality with the imagined characteristics of his female donor. While his psychiatrist coaxes forth...

Duration: 00:45:33

Rachel Kadish - The Weight of Ink

As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.” Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in...

Duration: 00:43:10

Drew Knowles: Route 66 Adventure Handbook: High-Octane 5th Edition

This road trip season, Drew Knowles releases Route 66 Adventure Handbook: High-Octane 5th Edition (Santa Monica Press/May 2017), which contains tons of new and interesting facts as well as maps to guide readers down the multiple paths of Route 66, displaying the exact locations of points of interest. This updated and expanded fifth edition also includes hundreds of beautiful new photographs and dozens of new attractions. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s...

Duration: 00:44:41

John Andrew Fredrick - 'Fucking Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson'

Wes Anderson is now seen as one of America's greatest and most stylistic filmmakers. With movies like The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Darjeeling Limited, Anderson has solidified his place among the best and brightest of contemporary filmmakers. Anderson's early movies, the films that rocketed him to stardom, are often written about separately and in contrast to his later films. In Fucking Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson, John Andrew...

Duration: 00:54:01

Peter E. Meltzer - 'So You Think You Know Rock and Roll: An In-Depth Q&A Tour of the Revolutionary Decade 1965-1975'

Rolling Stone magazine recently released its list of the 100 greatest albums in rock music history, a period spanning more than fifty years. Nearly 60 percent of those albums were released in the decade from 1965 to 1975 — the golden age of classic rock. All of the major figures of the ‘60s and ‘70s are here: Cream, CCR, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Neil Young, the Eagles, the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd...

Duration: 00:52:28

John R. “Jack” Bohrer - 'The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK'

The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK focuses in intimate and revealing detail on Bobby Kennedy's life during the three years following JFK's assassination. Torn between mourning the past and plotting his future, Bobby was placed in a sudden competition with his political enemy, Lyndon Johnson, for control of the Democratic Party. No longer the president's closest advisor, he struggled to find his place within the Johnson administration, eventually deciding to...

Duration: 00:53:57

Sarah Healy - The Sisters Chase

The hardscrabble Chase women — Mary, Hannah, and their mother Diane — have been eking out a living running a tiny seaside motel that has been in the family for generations, inviting trouble into their lives for just as long. Eighteen-year-old Mary Chase is a force of nature: passionate, beautiful, and free-spirited. Her much younger sister, Hannah, whom Mary affectionately calls “Bunny,” is imaginative, her head full of the stories of princesses and adventures that Mary tells to give her a...

Duration: 00:41:19

Holly Peterson - 'It Happens in the Hamptons'

As George takes Katie on a whirlwind tour of country clubs, haute couture, and lavish events, she is amazed to witness sudden whims become dire needs, extra-marital affairs blossoming right and left, and people purchase friends and loyalties like a pair of shoes. Even the middle-class townspeople maintain a determined façade while maneuvering like sharks among the wealthy summer invaders. Betrayals, a sexual predator, and a missing person lost in murky waves drive the reader on a racing...

Duration: 00:52:57

Michael Hauschild and James Maloney - IRTE: The Writings and Teaching of Improvisational Theater

Improvisational Theater is a perfect blend of a “free art-form” where there are no limitations as to what you can create + a very structured performance style where there are specific ways to do things correctly and be comfortable in the space. Today we hear from two professional improvisational actors out of IRTE (Improvisational Repertory Theater Ensemble) at the Producers Club here in New York City to discuss two important books: Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern and Del Close, and...

Duration: 00:57:35

Nadia Hashimi - House Without Windows

For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested...

Duration: 00:55:13

Hala Alyan - 'Salt Houses'

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Hala Alyan Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Intro 02:18 - Book Talk Intro: Kory French 05:07...

Duration: 00:48:49

Scott Hartley – The Fuzzy And The Techie

As we move to a world driven by big data, and powered by algorithms, the "techies," or those who have studied engineering and computer sciences, are of great importance. But as we prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, we must also consider the overlooked but equally valuable role that the Liberal Arts play in our technological world. These "fuzzies," as they are known in the parlance of Stanford University, are of equal, and increasing, importance in...

Duration: 01:03:55

Sonia Taitz - Great With Child

Abigail Thomas, a go-getter law associate recently up for partnership, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant after a brief encounter with established lawyer Richard Trubridge during a weekend retreat. Despite the fact that she overhears that Richard is married and unavailable to her, Abigail decides to have the baby anyway, thinking that she can be “great with child.” She also learns that Richard was fired from her law firm due to mysterious, perhaps unsavory, circumstances. She plans never...

Duration: 00:47:11

Jessica Shattuck – The Women In The Castle

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. Jessica Shattuck Book Cover and Author headshot images...

Duration: 00:55:29

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