It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios’ control of talent and distribution was as airtight as could be hoped. But the industry’s relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy - hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too "un-American" in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America’s mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew?
"Had a lot of fun with this book!"
Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.
"A good listen - A valuable book"
There's a wealth of information out there for expectant moms on pregnancy and birth, but so often the dad is left out of the conversation. Male midwife Mark Harris seeks to redress the balance with this new book, drawing on his decades of experience with couples as they make the transition to being new parents. Covering topics from massage to sex and pain relief during labor to breastfeeding, this is a lively, honest, and frank discussion of pregnancy and birth from a man's point of view.
"Excellent choice for fathers-to-be at every level"
The disappearing Arctic sea ice has given rise to towering waves that have far-flung effects on climate and ecology.
Eric Rey pulls a plastic container half full of cooked rice out of his briefcase. The fat, brown grains look like normal rice. They smell like normal rice. When I gingerly raise a few grains to my lips, they even taste like normal rice: soft, chewy and a little bland. I have to stop myself from reaching for a bottle of soy sauce here in the kitchen of Arcadia Biosciences’ offices in Seattle - Rey is the chief executive of the biotechnology company - to add a little salt.
Coming of age in America by way of the baseball diamond, left-hander Henry Wiggen grows to manhood in a right-handed world. From his small-town beginnings to the top of the game, Henry finds out how hard it is to please his coach, his girl, the sports page and himself - all at once. Starring Edward Asner, Amy Pietz, and a full cast!
"A great set up for "Bang the drum slowly"."
In The Way to Win, two of the country's most accomplished political reporters explain what separates the victors from the victims in the unforgiving environment of modern presidential campaigns.
"Witty and Windy"
The antennas belong to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), a former U.S. military facility near the hamlet of Gakona. The array will beam 2.1 megawatts of radio energy into the ionosphere—the region that starts at 100 kilometers above the ground, where solar photons and charged particles crash into Earth’s atmosphere. There the radio signals will excite electrons and turn them into waves of relatively hot ionized gas, or plasma, in a narrow slice of sky.
Roomba has a new friend. Researchers have developed a robot that can help clean the kitchen.
"Obama, in Dallas, Seeks to Console and Reassure" is from the July 12, 2016, US section of The New York Times. It was written by Gardiner Harris and Mark Landler and narrated by Sam Scholl.