Adam Gopnik has written frequently — too frequently, he laments — about the gun rampages that convulse America. Following the recent attack at a Colorado movie theater showing The Dark Knight Rises, Gopnik wrote in The New Yorker, ´´The killings will go on; the cell phones in the pockets of dead children will continue to ring; and now parents can be a little frightened every time their kids go to a midnight screening of a movie designed to show them what stylized fun violence can be.” Next, earlier this summer, one second was added to the earth´s official atomic clock. Turns out the earth is slowing by a few milliseconds a year. If we didn´t add these ´´leap seconds´´ to the official world clock every few years, experts say the time could stack up and ultimately mess up the calendar. Then, Planet Tad, a new kids’ book by Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell, is about a 12-year-old who starts a blog in hopes of attracting the attention of Natalie Portman. He struggles with middle school, his little sister, standard preteen fare. But Henry Alford wanted to find out how well it stacked up to reality. After that, a couple weeks ago, Kurt Andersen talked with the music critic Tim Page about great music that’s been overplayed to the point of inanity. Call it death by heavy rotation — and not even the Beatles are immune. ´´I’m a guy in his late 50s,” Page said, ´´and I’ve been listening to, say, Sgt. Pepper since I was 13 or 14. I don’t need to hear it again.”And finally, Hilary Hahn is a heavy hitter in classical music, a violinist who debuted at 12 and recorded the Bach partitas at 18. She’s powered through the repertoire, mastering Paganini, the Mozart sonatas, the Brahms concerto, Schoenberg, Ives. In her ripe old 20s, she began stretching beyond classical music, playing alongside singer-songwriters like Josh Ritter. Her new project goes even further outside the box. [Broadcas 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120728/rt_stud_120728_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 drama by Louise Ramsden, based on Seaneen Molloy´s blog ´The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive´, her account of learning to live and love with bipolar disorder. Originally broadcast as the ´Afternoon Play´ on 8 May 2009. Facing life as a newly-diagnosed manic depressive, Seaneen fears that Rob has become more nurse than boyfriend, and begins to wonder if the only way to save a brilliant relationship is to leave it. The play charts her determination to cope with her illness and to live life independently. Starring Séainín Brennan as Seaneen and Joseph Kloska as Rob.Also featured in the cast are Janice Acquah, Toni Midlane and Philip Fox. Comments from the blog are read by members of the Radio Drama Company. Except for Seaneen and Rob, all the characters are fictional. ´The Do´s and Don´ts for the Mentally Interesting´ was directed by Fiona Kelcher. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Séainín Brennan, Joseph Kloska. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/004842/rt_bbcw_004842_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Series 6 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy starring Christopher Douglas, John Fortune, Stephanie Cole and Sally Hawkins. Ed Reardon, author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email, attempts to survive in a world where the media seems to be run by idiots and lying charlatans.In these six episodes, Ed is now a happily-retired author. Not only that but he´s well fed, warm and happily ensconced in Berkhamsted´s premier accommodation of choice for the financially distressed. He has a new member in his writing class, Clive, who is actually impressed by Ed´s writing portfolio. But when an opportunity arises to go on a cruise with Jaz and the band, Ed takes up the offer in order to find creative reinvigoration at sea. In addition, Ed is a surprise hit when he takes part in a new Radio 4 ´topical quiz with a tasty twist´; finds himself in the money when he sells most of his possessions to a themed wine bar owned by the lovely Violet Carson; and gets a job teaching grammar to some clumsy, apostrophe-ridden phishers. Meanwhile, Elgar finds fame when he becomes an internet hit with his blog. Could Elgar be a more successful writer than Ed? Quite probably…. Written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds, Ed Reardon’s Week includes supporting roles from Stephanie Cole as Olive, John Fortune as Felix and Barunka O’Shaughnessy as Ping. Ed Reardon´s Week was voted Best Radio Programme by the Broadcasting Press Guild. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Douglas, Stephanie Cole, John Fortune, Sally Hawkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/005029/rt_bbcw_005029_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ian Katz, the features editor at the Guardian in London, and Baghdad blogger Salam Pax on this edition of Fresh Air. Katz traced and verified the identity of the Baghdad blogger for the Guardian. Salam Pax is a pseudonym - a combination of the Arabic and Latin words for peace. He began an Internet diary about life in Iraq a few months before the recent war began. It´s still going on today. Peter Maass of the online magazine Slate said ´´Salam Pax was the Anne Frank of this war - and its Elvis.´´ His blog entries have been collected in the forthcoming book, The Baghdad Blog. (Broadcast Date: September 18, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030918/rt_whyy_030918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is cultural criticism on the verge of extinction? Newspapers have laid off their theater and film critics, at least partly because blogs, websites, Facebook and Twitter allow readers to bypass the gatekeepers and publish their own opinions unfiltered, whether lengthy and measured or emotional and studded with emoji. So if everyone´s a critic online, does it mean that cultural criticism doesn´t matter anymore? [Broadcast Date: September 20, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Strainchamps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/170920/rt_tbon_170920_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A series of three brand new short stories written and performed by leading comedians. Stairlift Us Up Where We Belong, written and read by Sarah Millican, is a poignant and funny monologue exploring the tricky turning point in a woman´s life, when she goes from being thought of as useful to becoming invisible. In Spooky and the Van, written and read by Joe Lycett, seventeen-year-old Julian is writing a blog. He´s currently experiencing the weird limbo that lies between finishing school and starting university. As well as musing upon how his life might change, Julian´s neighbor, nicknamed Spooky, is providing plenty of writing material and mystery... Finally, in A Difference of Opinion, written and read by Bridget Christie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Millican. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005489/bk_bbcw_005489_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, star gazing may be the most universal moment of wonder. Neil deGrasse Tyson says he´s been awed by outer space since he first went to a planetarium. He´s been hooked on science - and wonder - ever since. Next, hold on. What is wonder? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt found that there´s not much research on awe. And when he took on the task, he discovered that they´re not easy emotions to study.Then, in the days of tall ships and explorers, people collected exotic wonders in cabinets of curiosities, wunderkameren. Writer and teacher Heather McDougal has long loved those early days of science. Her blog´s called ´´Cabinet of Wonders.´´ After that, producer Sara Nics went looking for wonder. She found curiosities aplenty, but no wonder at The House on the Rock, until... Following that, is the experience of wonder always unexpected? Or can we create opportunities for wonder? Internationally acclaimed sound, video and installation artist Janet Cardiff weighs in. In the run-up to this show, many of you sent in your stories of wonder. Here they are, crafted into an eight-part soundscape. Thanks to the techincal skill of Joe Hardtke, and the voices of Michael Arnold, Cynthia Woodland, Caryl Owen, and Peter Sobol. [Broadcast Date: September 13, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/130913/rt_tbon_130913_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue, you´ll hear how social media, Wi-Fi gadgets and a sense of shame keep people motivated. You´ll learn why an alliance with Facebook should give Microsoft an edge against search rival Google. You´ll hear why some of the world´s biggest technology companies have on-demand video on their slate for the upcoming year. You´ll learn about a new device that can scan fingerprints from up to two meters away. You´ll hear about recently discovered patters that could predict how the popularity of a news story will rise and fall in tweets and blog posts. And you’ll hear news from the worlds of Biomedicine, Technology and Communications. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/trev/110201/pe_trev_110201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Donovan Campbell was a Marine lieutenant who served three combat deployments as a company commander – two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his time in Iraq.Next, Arabic interperter Kayla Williams served in Iraq as a sergeant in a military intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division.Then, Kevin Powers served as a machine gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. His novel The Yellow Birds was a finalist for the National Book Award. After that, Colby Buzzell served as a machine gunner in a Stryker Brigade in Iraq. His war blog became the book My War: Killing Time in Iraq.And finally, ´´Night in Blue´´ a poem by Iraq war veteran Brian Turner. He served as an infantry team leader with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Unit in Iraq. His book of poetry about the war is called, Here, Bullet. [Broadcast Date: March 27, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/130327/rt_tbon_130327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Salman Ahmad grew up in both Pakistan and the United States. Trained as an M.D., Ahmad has traded in his stethoscope for a guitar and performs with his group, Junoon. They’ve sold 25 million albums and are wildly popular in Asia. Ahmad is a devout Muslim and tells Anne Strainchamps that he sees nothing in his religion that forbids music, and explains why he thinks some clerics are so strict. And we hear some of his music. Then, before there was Wikileaks, before there was Wikipedia… Before there was Facebook and Twitter and blogs… there was a computer programmer named Ward Cunningham. He’s the guy who, back in 1995, invented the wiki. He also did something even more radical. He didn’t patent it. He passed up billions of dollars in potential revenue, because he believed the internet needed to be more democratic. And why did he invent the wiki in the first place? Next, you wouldn’t think the novel Lolita would go over big in an underground women’s book club in Tehran. But literature, like the people who read it, has a way of surprising you. Azar Nafizi is the author of the celebrated memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran. She was an English professor at the University of Tehran – until she was expelled for refusing to wear a veil. That’s when she began meeting with a few of her former students at her home every week, to talk about the forbidden classics of Western literature. She tells Steve Paulson about the first time they met. Many things can evoke a memory. Like a smell. Or a touch. When Mamek Khadem wanted to evoke the memory of her native Iran during the Islamic revolution in 1979, she did it with music. Her project began when a friend in Tehran needed a soundtrack for an art installation commemorating the anniversary of the revolution. The exhibition included a photo of a baby in a bassinet with the hand of a mother rocking it. Khadem immediately thought of lullabies. And then of songs of the revol 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120831/rt_tbon_120831_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.