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A Peek at Die Falknerin's Bookshelf

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Die Falknerin's greatest hits:
  • Classic French Dramas starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 2

    "A trio of nostalgic radio plays"

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    Olivier plays Comte de Merret in Balzac's "La Grande Bretêche," a dark story of a man who takes a practical step toward putting an end to his wife's adultery.

    In the second play, he is Renardet, 'Monsieur le Maire,' in de Maupassant's "Little Louise." When a young girl is found murdered, the citizens of Carvelin demand revenge.

    Finally, Robert Morley plays the eponymous "Dr Knock" to comic effect in Jules Romains' satire of medicine.

    Once again, the uneven sound quality is my only complaint.


  • A Small Town in Germany (BBC Radio 4 Drama)

    "Period piece"

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    Turn back the clock to 1968. Alan Turner of the British foreign office has been sent to Bonn, city of fog and Beethoven, to investigate what has become of Leo Harting, a minor official. It appears he has disappeared along with some sensitive files. There are grave suspicions that Harting may be linked to neo-fascist agitator, Klaus Karfeld.

    With his brusque manner and all-to-direct questions, it doesn't take long for Turner to get right up the noses of those involved, especially the head of embassy security, Rawley Bradfield. He also attracts unwanted attention from Ludwig Siebkron, head of the German Interior Ministry.

    Was Harting a hard-working office drone? A bit of a lad who liked the occasional foray into Cologne's night life? A manipulative master of misdirection? A true believer working against American and British interests? As Turner discovers the truth is, as ever, more complicated that anyone suspects.

    I listened to this for a diversion during a long commute. It's a time capsule, with the style and attitudes pretty much what one would expect of that era. Hepton and Haigh were good in their roles. The setting may be of added interest if one is familiar with Bonn and Bad Godesberg.

  • Classic French Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier and Robert Morley, Volume 1

    "Remastered, but still needs a little work"

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    Laurence Olivier plays the protagonist in both of these mini-plays adapted from French stories. Both are old-fashioned, even quaint, tales of their times.

    In Balzac's "The Purse," he is successful painter Hyppolyte Schinner. When the artist suffers an accident, he is helped by a lovely young girl and her mother who seem ideal in every way. But as time goes on, he becomes suspicious of both.

    The subject of Dumas' "Zodmirsky's Duel" is self-evident, although the outcome isn't.

    The sound levels in the Theatre Royal series leave something to be desired. The spoken parts are fine and then, all of a sudden, dramatic ear-splitting brass or shrieking string music breaks the spell. Yes, that is the dramatic style of the old radio dramas, but what I have a problem with is the intensity of the extreme contrast in volume between the spoken and the musical.

    If you can bear with the above, you'll not find better actors in the classic radio archive. But I wouldn't suggest listening to these plays with earphones if you value your hearing.

  • Bigipedia: The Complete Series 1

    "Hivemind: why would you dissent?"

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    Anyone with a pulse is likely to laugh out loud throughout this send-up of nearly everything online, particularly the hivemind "consensus is everything" phenomenon. "Why would you dissent? Welcome to BigiPedia, your all-powerful, unblinking servant!"

    Discussion forums, "expert" guardians of information, the computer as a substitute for childcare, instant translation, inescapable adverts, and the disambiguation which leads to reambiguation are skewered. The entire program is a simluation of the mad information overload that is daily reality.

    The only thing that worries me is that "BigiMedic, now with the healing power of doctors" may be the future of health care: "Click here to find out when one of our BigiAmbulances may be in your area."

    All we can do is to pour some Chianto ("because Pandora also had a bottle"), wrap up warm in Beelzebunting, and hope for the best.

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  • "The last one?!?!?!"

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    I listen to this podcast every week. I've found some amazing books, and listened to some great authors. It was a shock when Kim Alexander announced at the end of this episode that this is the last one. What? Where will I hear all these awesome interviews? And get the top ten count down? Amazon, is this your fault?

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    This Is Audible, July 9, 2013

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Kim Alexander
    • Narrated By Kim Alexander
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    A real treat for listeners today, as I sit down with Karen Kondazian, author of the award winning book The Whip, a novel of the old west - plus a chat with actress Robin Weigart, who brings the audiobook to life. Maggie talks with Josh Hanagarne, who dubs himself - and his book - The World’s Strongest Librarian.

    Christopher says: "I demand my This Is Audible!"
  • 4.8 (363 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
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    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.

    Dawn says: "Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
  • 4.9 (282 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Finnemore

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others
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    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.

    Gwynne says: "Brilliant Fun!"
  • 4.9 (245 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3  by John Finnemore

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
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    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Petra says: "Still lots of fun"
  • 4.9 (214 ratings)
    The Opie and Anthony Tribute to Patrice O’Neal – Segment 1  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

    The Opie and Anthony Tribute to Patrice O’Neal – Segment 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
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    This tribute to Patrice O' Neal includes reflections from Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes, comedians Rich Vos, Joe DeRosa, and Amy Schumer. Classic Patrice appearances include a discussion on Patrice’s outfits, Wesley Snipes going to jail, awful sci-fi movies, Patrice’s WWE career, Alfred Hitchcock movies, making a lingerie girl cry, a discussion on Lady Gaga, Patrice’s glass dildos, and the punk test.

    david says: "Great comic"
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  • 4.9 (199 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010) (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
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    (186)
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    In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Siobhan says: "Funny, funny, funny!"
  • 4.8 (188 ratings)
    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription  by Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi

    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription

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    • By Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
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    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!

    Alex says: "Whoo hoo! It's CD burnable."
  • 4.9 (187 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4  by John Finnemore Narrated by AudioGO Ltd

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
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    (187)
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    (182)
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    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
  • Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned (






ABRIDGED) by Stephen Cole Narrated by David Tennant

    Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen Cole
    • Narrated By David Tennant
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    When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery.

    Eugenie says: "A great ghost story!"
  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6  by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers Narrated by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers

    The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
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    (603)
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    (335)
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    (337)

    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.

    Lucas says: "A series that changed my life"
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]  by Neil Gaiman Narrated by Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head

    Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
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    (412)
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    (399)
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    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....

    Jenn says: "Absolutely Perfect Casting"
  • Doctor Who: The Stone Rose (






ABRIDGED) by Jacqueline Rayner Narrated by David Tennant

    Doctor Who: The Stone Rose

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Rayner
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (637)
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    (394)
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    (387)

    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.

    Vincent says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
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  • Star Wars (Dramatized)  by George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation) Narrated by Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels

    Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
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    (935)
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    (616)
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    (619)

    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.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Adams Narrated by Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
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    (1231)
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    (955)
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    (959)

    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.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
  • Cabin Pressure (






UNABRIDGED) by John Finnemore Narrated by Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (320)

    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.

    Dawn says: "Fly away on MJN air with these lovable characters-"
  • Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs (Harvard Business Review) (






UNABRIDGED) by Walter Isaacson Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    (72)
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    (72)

    Best-selling writer and biographer Walter Isaacson deconstructs the late Apple CEO’s business brilliance

    Sean says: "Important Points for Aspiring Business People"
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  • The News from Lake Wobegon, 1-Month Subscription (






ABRIDGED) by Garrison Keillor

    The News from Lake Wobegon, 1-Month Subscription

    • ABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
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    "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!

    Kristen says: "Response to whole show question"
  • Ron & Fez, 12-Month Subscription  by Ron & Fez Narrated by Ron & Fez

    Ron & Fez, 12-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ron & Fez
    • Narrated By Ron & Fez
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    "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!

  • Charlie Rose: Robert Gates and Preet Bharara, July 23, 2014  by Charlie Rose Narrated by Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose: Robert Gates and Preet Bharara, July 23, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose
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    A conversation about the turmoil around the globe, with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Next, a conversation with Preet Bharara, U. S. Attorney for the southern District of New York.

  • Ron & Fez, July 25, 2014  by Ron & Fez Narrated by Ron & Fez

    Ron & Fez, July 25, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ron & Fez
    • Narrated By Ron & Fez
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    "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.

  • The Bob Edwards Show, James Nestor, Clive Cussler, and Doyle McManus, July 25, 2014  by Bob Edwards Narrated by Bob Edwards

    The Bob Edwards Show, James Nestor, Clive Cussler, and Doyle McManus, July 25, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Bob Edwards
    • Narrated By Bob Edwards
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    Journalist James Nestor was on assignment in Greece when he saw a man dive 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air. When the man returned four minutes later, Nestor decided to learn all he could about freedivers - extreme athletes who rely on their lungs instead of breathing equipment. Nestor’s interest in humans with amphibious abilities turned into a book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, And What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. Then, over 40 years ago, readers first met the fearless adventurer, marine engineer, and government agent Dirk Pitt in author Clive Cussler’s The Mediterranean Caper. A copywriter by day, Cussler started writing at night to keep himself company while his wife worked a nightshift. His book, Zero Hour, is now available.

  • The Splendid Table, Buffalo Milk, Jolie Kerr, and Maria Elia, July 25, 2014  by Lynne Rossetto Kasper Narrated by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

    The Splendid Table, Buffalo Milk, Jolie Kerr, and Maria Elia, July 25, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (17 mins)
    • By Lynne Rossetto Kasper
    • Narrated By Lynne Rossetto Kasper
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    This week we check in with the hilarious columnist Jolie Kerr about keeping kitchens clean. She is the author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. The duo behind The Perennial Plate takes us to Ethiopia for a look at the super grain teff, and we get a sense of modern Greek food with Maria Elia, author of Smashing Plates.

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  • Opie & Anthony, Bob Kelly, Dave Attell, Ari Shaffir, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Jefferies, Marc Maron, Judy Gold, Bill Burr, and Pete Holmes, July 25, 2014  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

    Opie & Anthony, Bob Kelly, Dave Attell, Ari Shaffir, Nick DiPaolo, Jim Jefferies, Marc Maron, Judy Gold, Bill Burr, and Pete Holmes, July 25, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
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    Today on O&A, we are live from Montreal at Just For Laughs. Sam hosts the Preshow and Opie joins in to talk about the staff dinner last night. Bob Kelly joins Sam and they talk to some audience members. We start our show talking about Jim's speech yesterday, we talk to the audience, Sam talks about being circumcised at 19, and we talk to 2 listeners who also had penis issues. Dave Attell, Ari Shaffir and Nick DiPaolo join the show and we talk to them about their latest projects.

  • BBC Newshour, July 25, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, July 25, 2014

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    • By Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, and others
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    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.

  • The World, July 25, 2014  by Marco Werman Narrated by Marco Werman

    The World, July 25, 2014

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    • By Marco Werman
    • Narrated By Marco Werman
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    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.

  • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Lab It  by Jim Fleming Narrated by Jim Fleming

    To the Best of Our Knowledge: Lab It

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    Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction. This week, we introduce the "Lab Lit" movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals of scientists and science culture. Plus, novelists Andrea Barrett, Elizabeth Gilbert and Lucy Jane Bledsoe discuss the ways science inspires their fiction.

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  • Marketplace, July 25, 2014  by Kai Ryssdal Narrated by Kai Ryssdal

    Marketplace, July 25, 2014

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    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.