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A Peek at ESK's Bookshelf

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Moscow, Russia 58 REVIEWS / 329 ratings Member Since 2011 32 Followers / Following 1
 
ESK's greatest hits:
  • An Inspector Calls (Classic Radio Theatre)

    "Make a confession to a Ghost?"

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    It's an unusual play. Film noirish, if I can put it like that. As the story unravelled I got emotionally involved, and I waited with bated breath for the ending.
    The story gave me the creeps.
    Don't get confused with negative reviews. Either read the play first or, if you buy the audio, listen till the end. 'An inspector calls' is an emotional roller coaster which starts on a rather low key but gets mysterious and macabre by the end.

  • A History of the Brain: Complete Series

    "Educational and lively"

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    It was really well-done. I enjoyed the actors who sounded eager and entertaining trying to imitate scientists' accents. What I liked about the series is that the narrators didn't hurl tons of specific terms and factual data at you at lightning speed so that you lose the plot completely. 
    The book covers a wide range of topics starting from Ancient Greece and Rome, then addressing the Renaissance period to Enlightenment up to modern times. The actors come up with curious examples from the history of brain studies (a story of a certain Anne Greene who was hanged in 1650 but died several years later, for instance). 
    Some of the scientists mentioned are Hippocrates, Galen, Leonardo da Vinci, Ibn Sina, Vesalius, Luigi Galvani, Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Otto Loewi, Henry Hallett Dale, William Grey Walter, Hans Berger, Edgar Adrian et al.
    Here's the list of some topics embraced in the book: trepanation; epilepsy; brain dissection; grey matter and white matter; the circle of Willis; neurons, dendrites and axons; nerve net theory; Functional magnetic resonance imaging. 

  • Blue Wonder (BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3)

    "Love, deceit, a false marriage and a ruined life"

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    I've never been into spy dramas, but this engrossed my attention. For an agent, it is his mission to seduce a young lady in order to obtain information, for the lady the affair ends in a disaster and shattered dreams.
    The romeo spy drama is titled Blue Wonder, which is the name of the bridge crossing the Elbe. In German the idiom ein blaues Wunder erleben means to experience a nasty surprise, and that, ironically, can account for what the female protagonist felt when she learned the truth.
    Excellent performance. Intriguing and upbeat story. Well done.

  • Theremin (BBC Radio 4: Saturday Play)

    "An imaginary story of a Russian inventor & spy"

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    This dramatization is loosely based on the life of the Soviet scientist Lev Theremin. He was the inventor of the first electronic musical instrument that bears his name. His "electronic synthesizer" caused quite a sensation all over the world. Theremin created the Rhythmicon - the first electronic drum machine, the theremin cello and terpsitone.
    As for the story, it is fictitious. Theremin wasn't kidnapped by the NKVD. He flew back to the USSR from New York, where he'd fallen in love and married an African American ballet dancer.
    But back in the USSR, Theremin was imprisoned and sent to a labour camp where he ... designed eavesdropping devices, one of the most notorious was the Great Seal bug. The 'present' had hung in the U.S. ambassador's study for years before the concealed bug was discovered. 
    Leo Theremin, or Lev Termen in Russian, was a genius, but sadly little is known about him. There is a documentary directed by S. Martin, which is too inaccurate to refer to, and a brilliant book by A. Glinsky that I can recommend. 
    The performance was rather laid-back. T. Hollander as Theremin seemed distant and even dismissive at times, in stark contrast to the passionate and sympathetic Anna (Kate Ashfield). It's their relationship that intrigued me. Psychologically, it's a curious play, but do not expect any action.
    All in all, I'd say I enjoyed this spy drama.

Bonny

Bonny Flemington, NJ, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2009

Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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  • "John Finnemore is a genius!"

    4 of 4 helpful votes

    Thank goodness Audible has all 4 seasons of this BBC radio show (plus the Christmas Special!) available. I haven't yet met my son's girlfriend, but since she was the one to recommend Cabin Pressure to him, and he in turn told me I had to listen to it, I like her already! As far as I'm concerned, John Finnemore is a creative genius. His writing and the acting of all four characters is perfect and perfectly funny, across all four seasons. Some details about the characters are revealed as the seasons progress, adding depth to the extraordinary comedy. I've listened to all the episodes of Cabin Pressure multiple times and they never get old. I anxiously await Season 5!

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    Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (384)
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    (344)
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    (340)

    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-"
  • 4.8 (384 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
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (340)

    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 (292 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
    Overall
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    (260)
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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 (252 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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    (244)
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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.

    KDB says: "Endless laughs"
  • 4.8 (215 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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    (198)
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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 (205 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
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (192)
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    (194)

    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!"
  • 4.9 (198 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
    Overall
    (198)
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    (193)
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    (193)

    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"
  • 4.8 (188 ratings)
    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription  by Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi

    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi
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    (188)
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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."
  • 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
    Overall
    (1285)
    Performance
    (1001)
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    (1007)

    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!"
  • 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
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (591)

    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"
  • 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
    Overall
    (0)
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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!

  • 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
    (384)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (340)

    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-"
  •  
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary 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 Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (234)

    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.

    Craig says: "Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings"
  • 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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    (618)
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    (347)
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    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"
  • 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
    (655)
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    (409)
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    (402)

    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"
  • Opie & Anthony 1-Month Subscription  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

    Opie & Anthony 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
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    (82)
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    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!

    David says: "Ramon, bring me a spoiled family photo"
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  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection  by Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn Narrated by Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast

    Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
    • Narrated By Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorn, full cast
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    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.

    Emily says: "Does this work as an audiobook? Yes, Minister ..."
  • 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
    Overall
    (528)
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    (386)
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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.

    C. Call says: "Creepy, but good!"
  • BBC Newshour, August 27, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, August 27, 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.

  • Ron & Fez, August 26, 2014  by Ron & Fez Narrated by Ron & Fez

    Ron & Fez, August 26, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (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.

  • Ron & Fez, August 22, 2014  by Ron & Fez Narrated by Ron & Fez

    Ron & Fez, August 22, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Ron & Fez
    • Narrated By Ron & Fez
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    Today on Ron & Fez, it's Molly's last day and we talk about overcoming adversity and how we can embrace our flaws. We also talk about the best summer movies of the 1990's. We talk to Beth from Tito's vodka about her business before talking about some of the best road trip spots in Austin, Texas. We then welcome a special guest in to surprise Molly on her last day.

  • Ron & Fez, August 27, 2014  by Ron & Fez Narrated by Ron & Fez

    Ron & Fez, August 27, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (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.

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  • Charlie Rose: James Franco, August 26, 2014  by Charlie Rose Narrated by Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose: James Franco, August 26, 2014

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose
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    An hour with actor James Franco on his career and new book Actors Anonymous.

  • The Bob Edwards Show, Paul Bogard and Eric Schlosser, August 27, 2014  by Bob Edwards Narrated by Bob Edwards

    The Bob Edwards Show, Paul Bogard and Eric Schlosser, August 27, 2014

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    Three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision because most of us never experience true darkness. In fact, there are only a handful of places in the United States where total darkness can exist. In his new book, The End of Night, Paul Bogard explores the deleterious effect of dark deprivation upon our world. Then, with the Cold War long over, there seems little threat of an all-out nuclear war. But, as investigative journalist Eric Schlosser points out in his book, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, most of those weapons are not only still out there, they are on hair-trigger alert. Drawing recently declassified government documents and his own interviews with military personnel and nuclear scientists, Schlosser illuminates our illusion of nuclear safety.

  • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Bored to Death  by Jim Fleming Narrated by Jim Fleming

    To the Best of Our Knowledge: Bored to Death

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    Who knew that the old expression, "bored to death," could actually be true? We'll discover just how harmful boredom can be.

  • Opie & Anthony, August 27, 2014  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

    Opie & Anthony, August 27, 2014

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    The guys are off today so we present this show from the archives… Sam hosts the Preshow. We start our show with Colin Quinn in studio, Lady Di is here for her internship, and Dr. Steve calls in to talk about Lady Di. We discuss the latest update on the missing plane, Marion calls in, and Marion takes on some callers. We reveal Lady Di's makeover, we find out about Lady Di working at Shop Rite, and Mike Baker calls in to talk about the missing plane. Chip gets a pet wolf, we talk about March Madness, and Lady Di shows some stuff she wants to pawn. Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars stops by to talk about his career and TV show, Lady Di tries to sell Rick some items, and we talk more with Lady Di about her life at home. Marion calls us again, and we wrap up with Lady Di.

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  • Marketplace, August 27, 2014  by Kai Ryssdal Narrated by Kai Ryssdal

    Marketplace, August 27, 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.