I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Worth the listen, but not earthshaking material.
This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Bruce Hornsby has sold more than 11 million records, drawing from a wide-range of American musical traditions. He was schooled in bluegrass, folk, rock, pop, country, blues and jazz, although the "adult-contemporary" label has plagued him ever since his hit, “The Way It Is,” became the most-played song on American radio in 1987. Next, Bob speaks with Rosanne Cash about her first new album in four years. The River & The Thread was released earlier this year. The record was inspired by her trips to Dyess, Arkansas to participate in the restoration of her father's boyhood home.
The average American spends more time on Facebook than with their pets or exercising – and that's not counting Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. We're more connected than ever these days, but at what cost?
Global news and analysis from the BBC World Service. Join our leading team of presenters for the best interviews, features and analysis of world events.
Today on Ron & Fez, the guys welcome actor and musician Steven Van Zandt in studio to talk about the new season of his Netlfix show Lilyhammer. We get friend and author Jerry Barca on the show to get his thoughts on an old Bill Cosby article before Fez has it out with the callers about what they write about him online. We talk about bad sequels to good movies, take some calls for Fez before playing Unmasked with special guest Ron White.
Today on O&A, with Jim Norton in Nashville, Opie is joined by Ron Bennington. They discuss music, the old days of radio, the Ron and Fez Thanksgiving special, Don vs. Hard Rock Johnny, the snow storm in Buffalo, and Bill Cosby’s rape allegations.
Adam Rapoport of Bon Appétit joins us this week to give us a head start on preparing the Thanksgiving feast, we talk to journalist Elizabeth Royte about her article for National Geographic on how we waste food, and actor and cook Stanley Tucci joins us with his cookbook The Tucci Table.
The World is a US-based international news and analysis program co-produced by the BBC, PRI, and WGBH. It is hosted by Marco Werman.
Each week on Marketplace Money, host Kai Ryssdal looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. During the hour-long program, Ryssdal and Economics Editor Chris Farrell help listeners map out the course to financial well-being, offering advice on topics such as how to pay for college and whether to buy or lease a car.
These are the further misadventures of the pertinacious professor and his perky partner who pucker around the globe and through time and space, in a vain attempt to "cure the world of all its ills".
Today on Ron & Fez, the guys talk about last night's Thanksgiving show and Mike Nichols passing away. We talk about Hannibal Buress's Bill Cosby joke and how it could bring down the comedian. We talk about driving to Alaska and Fez's Thanksgiving plans. We welcome comedian Tom Rhodes in studio with Jeffrey Gurian and talk Beatles/Stones, Tom's podcast, and old memories.
In the complete second hit series from the people who brought you Cabin Pressure and Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off, stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke has been put in charge of a thing! Each week, Marcus finds he’s volunteered to be in charge of a big old thing - the European Union, Social Media, the banking system, the farming industry - and each week he starts out by thinking “Well, it can’t be that difficult, surely?” and ends up with "Oh - turns out it’s utterly difficult and complicated. Who knew...?".
Today on O&A, we start the show with the return of Troy Quan to the air, Jim Florentine joins the show, and Stephen Merchant stops by. We talk about the color of poop and kids, and we discuss the latest updates in the Bill Cosby rape scandal. A woman who says she dated Michael Phelps admits she is intersex, Dr. Steve calls in to explain intersex, Mike Francesa loves his snow blower, and a fire chief gets caught using the n-word. We listen to a new Marc Maron production piece, a university is banning the word ‘freshman’, Dennis Falcone stops in with a Thanksgiving songs list, and Joe Rogan calls in.
A conversation about President Obama’s announcement on immigration, with Michael Shear, White House correspondent for the New York Times; Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post. Next, a look back at the career of director Mike Nichols. He passed away at the age of 83. He won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
Historian and author Thurston Clarke talks with Bob about the lessons we can learn from Robert Kennedy's presidential bid in 1968. Clarke's book is titled The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. Today would have been RFK’s 89th birthday. Then we’ll hear about his big brother from presidential scholar Chuck Wills. His book is titled Jack Kennedy: The Illustrated Life of a President. It features a CD of JFK’s most famous speeches, replicas of his handwritten letters and medical exams, an agenda for his meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, and of course, many photos.
"Death is not a failure," writes Dr. Atul Gawande. "Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things." We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life? Some doctors don't know how to talk with their patients about preparing for death, so there's now a push to have frank conversations about end-of-life care. Also,one family's story of working within Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law.
Today on Ron & Fez, the guys talk about the new accusations against Bill Cosby before welcoming comedian Whitney Cummings into the studio. We hear some comedy news from interns Peter Lorre and Marissa before talking about dick pics getting sent. We break down the intern responsibilities and try to figure out what Clocks and the Big Easy should do and hear some classic Fez clips.
An hour with Chuck Hagel, United States Secretary of Defense.
A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....
An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.
"A series that changed my life"
An adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic tale set in 15th-century Paris, dramatised in a collaboration between the BBC and Graeae, the disabled-led theatre company. Starring deaf actor David Bower, artistic director of Signdance Collective. Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer, hides away in the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral, friendless and ashamed of his appearance. When the bewitching gypsy Esmeralda arrives in Paris, Quasimodo falls in love with her from afar. Starring David Bower and full cast.
Legions of fans know Opie & Anthony as the kings of "cringe radio," who dominate an expanding media empire. Since October 2004, their unique humor has been the centerpiece of High Voltage, the channel XM Satellite Radio created especially for them. Then, in April 2006, they took over the key morning drive slot on seven CBS Radio stations. Audible's Opie & Anthony subscription delivers both shows in one hilarious package!
"Ramon, bring me a spoiled family photo"
The complete third and fourth series of BBC Radio 4’s award-winning sketch show, written by and starring the writer of Cabin Pressure. In the third and fourth series of his hit sketch show, John Finnemore examines a typically eclectic range of issues including making friends, the problem with polymath bestselling authors, the colour of posh men’s trousers, and a history of choice.
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
"Difficult to listen to in the car!"
Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"Many years of enjoyment"
A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll.
Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
"Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings"
Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.
"Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.
"Beyond the film..."
"Ron" is Ron Bennington. "Fez" is Fez Whatley. Together with Chris "Pepper Hicks" Stanley, Pips and the whole Ron & Fez gang, they commit their outrageous brand of humor daily on XM Satellite Radio's The Opie & Anthony Channel 103. Their fans love them. Opie & Anthony love them. And now, by subscribing, you can love them too!
Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.
"Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers". Each night, as host of his PBS program, Charlie Rose engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions.
Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum; a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to Ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than sculpture.
"Be Careful What You Wish For"
One of NPR's most popular programs, Car Talk lets listeners (2.3 million of them) call in with their car woes while the hosts dish out their wit and know-how. At the end of each hour, 2 of 2 things are guaranteed to happen: you'll learn something about your motor vehicle and you'll have a belly laugh. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Whoo hoo! It's CD burnable."
Blake Ritson, David Warner, Hattie Morahan and John Hurt star in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Dante's epic poem. Inferno: Thirty-five year old Dante finds himself in the middle of a dark wood, in extreme personal and spiritual crisis. Hope of rescue appears in the form of the venerable poet Virgil, now a shade himself, who offers to lead Dante on an odyssey through the afterlife, beginning in the terrifying depths of Hell.
"A great introduction to The Divine Comedy"
Legions of fans know Opie & Anthony as the kings of "cringe radio," who dominate an expanding media empire. Since October 2004, their unique humor has been the centerpiece of High Voltage, the channel XM Satellite Radio created especially for them. Then, in April 2006, they took over the key morning drive slot on seven CBS Radio stations. Audible's Opie & Anthony subscription delivers both shows in one hilarious package! For Adults Only: Explicit language. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.
"This is awesome"
"It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown...." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Response to whole show question"
Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.
Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.
"The Grandfather of Law and Order"
Family Guy and Philosophy brings together low-brow, potty-mouthed, cartoon humor and high-brow philosophical reflection to deliver an outrageously hilarious and clever exploration of one of TVs most unrelenting families. (Okay, its not that high-brow.)
Today's most acclaimed film directors reveal intimate behind-the-scenes details of their most influential work and their unique approaches to their art. In the companion to the Silver Plaque-winning Starz/Encore documentary series, this book offers interviews with 13 top filmmakers. Contains each director's filmography, complete listings of major awards, and cast credits for all films discussed.
In a visual culture such as ours, movies represent a compelling and surprisingly effective vehicle for ethical reflection. Through the stories that unfold on the big screen - everything from The Wizard of Oz to the Bourne trilogy - viewers can gain profound insights into the moral dimension of their own lives. By a close analysis of a variety of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries