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.
A conversation about the opera, The Death of Klinghoffer written by John Adams and Alice Goodman. It tells the story of the hijacking of a cruise ship and the killing of one of its passengers. The opera opened recently at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and has been surrounded by controversy. Charlie is joined by two first amendment lawyers who are on opposite sides of the controversy, Martin Garbus and Floyd Abrams.
A conversation with Barham Salih, former Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, regarding the situation with ISIS, and what is happening within Iraq, and its implications beyond Iraq – Syria and the Middle East.Next, a conversation with author, Martin Amis. His latest novel is The Zone of Interest.
We’ll mark United Nations Day with a sampling of interviews dealing with the important, but misunderstood and perhaps outdated world body. First, Bob discusses the UN Security Council with American University professor David Bosco, author of the book Five to Rule Them All: the UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World. Next a visit from Jan Egeland. He was in charge of coordinating humanitarian relief for the United Nations during some of the world's most horrific recent events: the Indian Ocean tsunami, the crisis in Darfur, the aftermath of the Iraq war. Egeland's book about his experience is called A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity. Then, Michel Gabaudan is a former member of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. He shares his stories of conducting field missions around the world to gather information about the basic needs of displaced people.
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 is a US-based international news and analysis program co-produced by the BBC, PRI, and WGBH. It is hosted by Marco Werman.
Today on O&A, we’re back live on a Friday! We start off with the news that Ebola has hit New York City, and Dr. Steve calls in. Opie eats his breakfast after cockroaches walk all over his eggs. A caller doesn’t like the show, and comedian Judy Gold joins the show. Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis stops by to talk about her upcoming prison sentence.
Chef Daniel Boulud talks to Dorie Greenspan about his book Daniel: My French Cuisine, we look at the basics of cooking with coconut oil with culinary nutritionist Tricia Williams, and Jane and Michael Stern bring us the best in non-chain steak houses.
Today on Ron & Fez, the guys open the show talking about porn star Lisa Anne dating a Notre Dame football player. We talk movie cats and if being gay is a choice before welcoming comedian Vic Henley in studio and talk about the new Palin family fight audio and the NFL.
"Sleep is the best meditation." -- Dalai Lama This week, we explore the secret life of sleep, in fiction and science. We'll talk about how big pharma has medicalized sleep, and we imagine a world in which sleep is slowly going extinct.
Today on Ron & Fez, we talk about the World Series and why Fez is sad. We welcome Open Mike Eagle in studio and talk about Russell Wilson not being black enough and the wealth gap. We welcome singer Annie Lennox in studio and talk about her new album Nostalgia. We welcome comedian Tammy Pescatelli in studio and talk about Halloween costumes, teacher/student relationships and freestyle rapping.
Today on O&A, we start the show talking about Rad, Opie makes his wife birthday crepes, we talk about kids and sugar, the news is scaring people about Halloween candy again, we watch a video about the solar system. Dan Soder joins the show, and Howie Mandel stops by to promote Deal With It. We continue with Dan, a substitute teacher has oral sex with a student, and a teen spends a week at a KFC. We talk about the Soup Nazi, we discuss other restaurants, and we listen to some clips from The Todd Show.
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.
Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.
Bob spends the hour with Father Gregory Boyle in East Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Boyle has helped thousands of gang members trade a life of violent crime for an honest day’s work. Father G-Dog, as he’s been nicknamed by the community, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to find and create jobs for ex-gang members. Homeboy Industries runs five businesses of its own, including a tattoo removal parlor, a t-shirt shop and a cafe. Ever since conducting this original interview with Father Greg in 2005, Bob has called it his favorite conversation.
An hour with Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers; he purchased the NBA franchise for a record two-billion dollars. He was previously the CEO of Microsoft for fourteen years. He talks to Charlie about basketball, technology, and Microsoft.
With the elections approaching, candidates and campaigns are working hard to get out the vote. But what would it take to get people politically involved all year round? This hour we explore a few ways, whether it's by using games to make the political process more fun, or mobilizing activists through the Internet.
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"
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!"
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"
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 ..."
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"
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!
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"
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"
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"
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.
"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"
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental series of productions, subtitled "radio's distinguished series to man's imagination" that ran between 27 January 1956 and 22 September 1957. The premiere production was Brave New World, narrated by Huxley himself, with a complicated sound-effects score that evidently took a long time to construct, and comprised a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, an air hose, a cow's moo, an oscillator, and three kinds of wine glasses clicking together.
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."
Michael Hordern stars as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in four BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations. Tolkien's tales of myth, mystery, and rumbustious exploits have been specially adapted for radio by Brian Sibley, one of the dramatists of the highly acclaimed BBC radio production of The Lord of the Rings.
On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.
"The classic that shook the world"
Best-selling writer and biographer Walter Isaacson deconstructs the late Apple CEO’s business brilliance
"Important Points for Aspiring Business People"
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.
"Creepy, but good!"
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
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.
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.)