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A Peek at Cynthia's Bookshelf

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  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?"

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    About ten years ago, I was shocked when my now-teenager asked me, "Where we you when President Kennedy was killed?" I told him I was born after that, but I was sure his grandparents would remember. They do, of course - but even 50 years later, it's hard for them to talk about that day. My mother's eyes become unfocused, and she talks about the apartment she and my Dad lived in, and going to watch the news on the neighbors' black and white television. My Dad mumbles, talks about hearing the news at his first job after college, and looks at the floor.

    "Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later" (2013) is an ABC News Special by Diane Sawyer. Sawyer narrates a collection of radio stories and interviews, along with audio clips from television broadcasts made immediately after John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963. "Three Shots" follows the story as reporters did, from Dealey Plaza to Kennedy's burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

    The Audible version includes reporter interviews of witnesses made right after the assassination that have never been rebroadcast, which are fascinating today. The interviewees are calm, sound and relate what they saw, without speculation. That's a real contrast to today's requisite "How did it make you feel?" end-of-interview question. I do remember 9-11 quite vividly of course, and the news, and I always felt like saying "Why are you asking that question? How does it help the story? Do you think you'll get an answer other than an eloquent version of scared and devastated, followed by tears?"

    Sawyer's piece also has interviews with the reporters, describing in more detail the various locations where the events happened. I was pretty startled to hear a thorough description of the Dallas Police Office basement, followed by audio of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. I realized that the screams I heard were Oswald's. Millions of radio listeners must have heard the same thing 50 years ago.

    It's a very good listen. If my future grandchildren ask me the same JFK question, I'll tell them to listen to this story.

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Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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  • "Sixty Hours of great radio Plays"

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    Allow for variable radio quality from the 30's and 40's.

    Naturally there are some plays I am enjoying more than others. however this was a great adventure for radio of it's day.
    Some are adaptations from movies of the day with the actors from the movies. Some have Orson Wells playing one or many roles. Some are adaptations created especially for the radio.
    Classics like 'War of the Worlds' and 'The 39 Steps' are here.

    A list of the plays and length would be a good addition (as a pdf). As it is, it is pot luck.

    Even the adverts for soap and soup are interesting. To their credit they did sponsor these creative radio plays.

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    Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection

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    If you are a lover of old-time radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won't want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences' attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors.

    Novie says: "It's a time capsule! I love it!"
  • 4.8 (385 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure (






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

    Cabin Pressure

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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 (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

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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

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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

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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)

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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!"
  • 4.9 (200 ratings)
    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4  by John Finnemore Narrated by AudioGO Ltd

    Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

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

    Car Talk, 1-Month Subscription

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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."
  • BBC Newshour, August 29, 2014  by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lyse Doucet, Robin Lustig, Razia Iqbal, James Coomarasamy, Julian Marshall Narrated by BBC Newshour

    BBC Newshour, August 29, 2014

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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 29, 2014  by Ron & Fez Narrated by Ron & Fez

    Ron & Fez, August 29, 2014

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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, Laura Cantrell and Doyle McManus, August 29, 2014  by Bob Edwards Narrated by Bob Edwards

    The Bob Edwards Show, Laura Cantrell and Doyle McManus, August 29, 2014

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    Doyle McManus Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, in 2000, DJ John Peel called country singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell’s debut album, Not the Tremblin’ Kind, “my favorite record of the last ten years and possibly my life.” Cantrell joins Bob in our performance studio to talk about her work and play a few tunes off her new album No Way There from Here. Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.

  • Charlie Rose: Bono, August 28, 2014  by Charlie Rose Narrated by Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose: Bono, August 28, 2014

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    A conversation with Bono, founder of ONE Campaign.

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  • The Splendid Table, Homemade Ice Cream, Jeni Britton Bauer, Andrea Nguyen, Susan Glasser, and Katy McLaughlin, August 29, 2014  by Lynne Rossetto Kasper Narrated by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

    The Splendid Table, Homemade Ice Cream, Jeni Britton Bauer, Andrea Nguyen, Susan Glasser, and Katy McLaughlin, August 29, 2014

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    This week we're cooling off with homemade ice cream from ice cream maven Jeni Britton Bauer, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, talks about irresistable Vietnamese salads. We look at the ways in which food is used as a political tool with Susan Glasser, former editor in chief of Foreign Policy, in the story "Eat, Drink, Protest," which appeared in Foreign Policy's food issue (Glasser is now editor of Politico). The Wall Street Journal's Katy McLaughlin explains her story on edible fashion. Jane and Michael Stern visit Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana.

  • To the Best of Our Knowledge: Global Noir  by Jim Fleming Narrated by Jim Fleming

    To the Best of Our Knowledge: Global Noir

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    Get your fix of travel and crime fiction in one hour. Today, we explore the latest in international crime fiction -- from Israel, Kenya, Denmark, Spain and more. Crime is the one literary genre that crosses every border and every nationality. Because yes, we're just that bloodthirsty.

  • The World, August 29, 2014  by Marco Werman Narrated by Marco Werman

    The World, August 29, 2014

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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.

  • Opie & Anthony, August 29, 2014  by Opie & Anthony Narrated by Opie & Anthony

    Opie & Anthony, August 29, 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 discussing Anthony's Borgata weekend, Bobo calls in with an update on Lady Di, we talk to Lady Di on the phone, and we discuss Lady Di's judgments and liens against her. The lead singer of GWAR is reportedly dead, we discuss the missing Malaysia flight, we watch a clip of Louis CK and Bradley Cooper, and we discuss famous people who listen to the show. Dominic Monaghan stops by to talk about conspiracy theories and the new season of his show. Hulk Hogan stops by to talk about his career in wrestling and the upcoming Wrestlemania 30. Comedian and SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan stops by to talk about his career and new TV show. We wrap up discussing how the missing plane might finally be found. Finally, Sam hosts the Post Show.

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  • Marketplace, August 29, 2014  by Kai Ryssdal Narrated by Kai Ryssdal

    Marketplace, August 29, 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.