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Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.
"A charming pleasure-seeker who did the job his way"
Nancy and her friends witness an explosion and the burning of a beautiful country mansion. Fearing its occupants may be trapped in the blazing building, they rush to the rescue, and unexpectedly find themselves confronted with a mystery that seems insoluble.
"Laura Linney Deserves an Award"
My troublemaker cousin was trapped in Transratania! And before I could even squeak, my sister, Thea, dragged me along on her rescue mission. Little did we know that Transratania is the land of vampire bats! Holey cheese, bats give me goose bumps!
Rise, and be not afraid. Widespread and many-tentacled is the evil that threatens Faern. Before its heart can be found, all of the Seven Sisters will play a part, and all too much blood will be spilled...drow blood. Seven linked novellas tell seven stories of seven sisters by the creator of the Forgotten Realms world!
Following World War II, the United States secretly brought over a number of former Nazi scientists, notwithstanding their crimes against humanity. Best-selling author Annie Jacobsen details this covert plan in her new book Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America.
On the third night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Senator John Edwards (D-NC), Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee, addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 28, 2004.
"Another BRILLIANT speech by John Edwards."
Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England’s Lake District, each time on Halloween. Just before the First World War, a young woman’s corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost - the Faceless Woman - is said to walk through Ravenbank on Halloween. Five years ago, another woman, Shenagh Moss, was murdered, and again her face was covered to hide her injuries.
"Two Women Killed a Century Apart -- 3.5 Stars"
On the third night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Vice Presidential Nominee and Senator John Edwards, addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 28, 2004.
Her name is Virginia Dodge. And she’s here to kill Detective Steve Carella. An ordinary day at the 87th Precinct is about to take a turn for the worse when Dodge shows up to put a bullet in Carella’s head. And she doesn’t care if she has to take all the men in the 87th with her to do it. Armed with a homemade bomb, a handgun, and a bottle of nitroglycerine hidden in her purse, Virginia holds the entire squad room hostage as she waits for Carella. And no one is leaving until he shows up to meet his maker.
In his book, Hallucinations, neuroscientist Oliver Sacks tells stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to explain what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains. He argues that hallucinations have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and the potential to experience them is present in us all. Then, Bob talks with Rhett Miller, the founder and lead singer of the Old 97’s, about the band’s two decades together and about the music from their latest album. Their CD is titled Most Messed Up.
Bob talks to novelist and memoirist Pat Conroy about his newest book, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son.
The Life of Super-Earths is a detailed tour of current efforts to answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov, the founding director of Harvard University’s Origins of Life Initiative, takes us on a hunt for habitable planets and alien life forms.
In 2011, author and SiriusXM Symphony Hall host Martin Goldsmith traveled through Europe to piece together the tragic tale of his grandfather and uncle, Alex and Helmut Goldschmidt. Passengers on the doomed MS St. Louis, the father and son made it back to France only to be shipped to Auschwitz. Goldsmith weaves their path into his contemporary journey in his new book Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance.
> Egyptologist and award winning historian Toby Wilkinson’s new book The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt takes readers through 3,000 years of the one of the greatest civilizations in history. Then, in celebration of 40 years on the air, the PBS series Masterpiece presents a new Upstairs Downstairs, a continuation of the popular original series from the 1970s.
No one has a voice like Ken Nordine, and there’s nothing quite like Word Jazz, the audio art he created. It mixes atmospheric sound effects, free-form jazz and Nordine’s unique rumbling bass voice, pondering philosophical questions, plumbing the depths of his id, or simply wondering what’s in the fridge.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of writer Charles Dickens’s birth. The author of A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities and others, Dickens was the Victorian era’s most beloved writer. Biographer Claire Tomalin’s new book Charles Dickens: A Life sheds light on the life of this famous writer.
On November 18, 1978, 909 people killed themselves in a jungle in Guyana. A new book titled A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown tells the story of five of those who willingly followed pastor Jim Jones to South America and to their own demise. Author Julia Scheeres joins Bob to discuss the tragedy.
Carl Kasell just retired from anchoring NPR newscasts, a job held for more than 30 years. For nearly 25 of those years, Bob and Carl worked together on NPR's Morning Edition. We'll hear them swap stories and revisit highlights from Carl's long radio career.
Mark Frauenfelder is co-founder of the most popular blog in the world boingboing.net and Editor in Chief of Make magazine, a high profile advocate for America to re-engage with the physical world. Bob talks to Frauenfelder about the new Do-it-yourself movement and its promise to reinvigorate traditional American values like resourcefulness, creativity and thrift. He also has some good ideas about how to have fun making cool stuff and reducing the amount of disposable items in our lives.
The time is the Cold War. The President and Congress have entered into a nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. The charismatic chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes that the Soviets will not abide by the treaty and he begins to plan a coup, setting the stage for a suspenseful story.