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“These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War”

Author: John S. Sledge   

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press

Pages: 296

Price: $34.95 (Cloth)

There is surely no subject more written about than the American Civil War, so it is perfectly sensible to ask whether this book is needed. The answer is an unequivocal yes, and I learned a lot.

This article discusses several plot elements of the original Twin Peaks television series, the 2016 book The Secret History of Twin Peaks, as well as this summer's Showtime mini-series, Twin Peaks: The Return.

Twin Peaks — the show and the cultural phenomenon around it — began life as the co-creation of two starkly different men: filmmaker David Lynch and writer Mark Frost.

Let's begin with a sweeping, simplistic and grossly unfair generalization: David Lynch is an artist. Mark Frost is a storyteller.

Editor's note: This story includes language that may be offensive to some readers.

Her career spans decades in film, television and theater. She has worked with the biggest names in Hollywood and on Broadway. Along the way, she has become one of them.

Jenifer Lewis' new memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, details her journey to the spotlight. It comes out next week. Lewis spoke with NPR's Noel King about the book and how her career began.

The actress Krysten Ritter is best known for strong and complicated characters like the superhero-turned-detective Jessica Jones, star of her own Netflix series. Ritter was raised in small Pennsylvannia farm town, which inspired her debut novel Bonfire, a dark thriller about about environmental pollution, secrets and abuse. "I'm from a small town, a farm, a hundred acres," she says. "A few years ago, the frackers came in and wanted to frack on the property ... not really telling them what the environmental consequences would be.

Drew and Jonathan Scott struggled for years to break into the entertainment industry. So the twin brothers decided to open a real estate services company to pay the bills as they continued trying to become stars.

Then, they got an idea — why not combine their two pursuits? And thus, the Property Brothers were born.

In the early 1970s, when many professional photographers were shooting in black and white, Raghubir Singh pioneered the use of color film to capture scenes from his homeland India. Back then, color photography wasn't always taken seriously. But Singh insisted that it was impossible to capture India's essence in black and white.

Firsthand Experience Fuels The 'Pursuit Of Memory'

Nov 5, 2017

At one point in Joseph Jebelli's new book In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's, the author interviews Carol Jennings, an elderly woman who lives in Coventry, England. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she furrows her brow as she attempts to describe what the onset of the disease felt like — an attempt hampered, of course, by the disease itself. "For a while things were going ... a bit pear-shaped ... there was some sort of thing, I'm sure, that was ... a little bit ... strange," she says, grasping for the memories as well as the words.

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Adopt a Senior Pet

Nov 4, 2017
Mindy Norton

Dogs tend to show their age because their muzzles go gray.  It's harder to tell with cats.  A cat may never go gray (unless that's its original color, like Sasha here) but its fur may thin out and it may move a little slower as it ages.  But older pets make the best companions!

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Author Anne Fadiman's father, Clifton Fadiman, was the very model of the modern, cultivated man: He quoted William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, recited Homer and Sophocles, and made clever wisecracks and pointed puns. He was a longtime judge for the Book-of-the-Month Club, the host of a popular radio and TV quiz show, and he loved wine. In The Wine Lover's Daughter, Anne Fadiman has written a memoir that winds in and out of one of her father's most personal passions.

At a young age, Scott Kelly dreamed of being a test pilot and then an astronaut, rocketing into space. He did it, and apparently liked it so much up there he never wanted to come home — last year, he set the American record for time spent at the International Space Station, returning to earth after nearly one year in orbit.

Being so familiar with the ISS, we wanted to see how familiar he was with IHOP — that is, the restaurant chain International House of Pancakes.

Click the audio link above to see how he does.

Fantastic worldbuilding sets the stage in this debut novel, as Tochi Onyebuchi conjures up a busy market city inspired by his Nigerian heritage and populates it with a group of outcast kids who shoulder the sins of the rich and powerful.

Dan Rather's career has entered a new phase. At age 86, he's again speaking to millions of people every day.

It's not at CBS, where he anchored the Evening News for decades — instead, Facebook has given him a new audience. That's where he writes essays about the news of the day.

Here's an excerpt of what he posted this past Monday, when members of the Trump campaign were indicted.

Stand At The Edge Of Geological Time

Nov 3, 2017

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Real Or Fake Kids' TV Show

Nov 3, 2017

We cashed in on some kids' show syndication money with this quiz, in which our celebri-testants must decide whether descriptions of children's TV shows are real or fake.

HIGHLIGHTS

Linda Cardellini On The Acting Challenges Of The Price Is Right

I lost the black lacquer bedroom set that I pretended to want, even though I already had one at home.

Jeff Garlin On His Own Price Is Right Experience

Sunset Boulevard

Nov 3, 2017

Comedian and actor Jeff Garlin managed to cash in on the perks of being rich and famous before he was either rich or famous. As a young stand-up comic in Chicago, Garlin was approached after a set by some frantic producers of The Oprah Winfrey Show, looking for someone to tape an appearance the next day. Sensing their desperation, Garlin decided to make some demands. "I go, 'Okay. As long as I get my own dressing room and I want it filled with bagels and donuts,'" he told host Ophira Eisenberg. The bagels and donuts were very memorable, even if his jokes were not.

Everything Starts With LA

Nov 3, 2017

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann joins Jonathan Coulton for a rendition of "All This Time," from his latest album "Solid State." Then, our two winning celebri-testants vie for the starring role in our Ask Me Another Famepocalypse reboot. We challenged them to a final round in which every answer starts with the letters "L-A."

Heard On Los Angeles: Famepocalypse Part Two

This, That, Or The Other

Nov 3, 2017

Lance Reddick and Paul Rust teamed up for a very glamorous This, That, Or The Other. Can you guess whether each phrase is the name of a TV series on the BBC, a type of flower, or an erotic technique described in the Kama Sutra?

HIGHLIGHTS

Lance Reddick On His Ideal Night In

I'm gonna give you the PG version. My wife and I binge-watching our latest whatever show we're crazy about and ordering in and cuddling on the couch. And I'm gonna give you [PG-]13— we kiss a little bit.

Paul Rust On His Ideal Night In

We wrote an audio quiz for Lance Reddick and Paul Rust that's loud, abrupt, and inaccessible to industry outsiders. We inserted the Wilhelm scream, a famous inside joke among sound editors, into the middle of iconic movie quotes.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lance Reddick On His Early Inspiration

I always wanted to be Captain Kirk, and once I found out that William Shatner was a trained Shakespearean actor, I would open up monologues and try to do them like Captain Kirk.

Paul Rust On His Hometown, Le Mars, Iowa

In International Name Only

Nov 3, 2017

Perhaps best known for playing Lt. Cedric Daniels on the HBO series The Wire, and for his stints on the iconic dramas Oz and Lost, Lance Reddick currently stars as another tough-as-nails police chief on Amazon's Bosch, and will appear in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Domestics. After conquering the world of drama, Reddick is due for a comedy break. "Goofing off is always better than working," he told host Ophira Eisenberg.

Guesstimators: Jesse Thorn

Nov 3, 2017

Jesse Thorn, host of the NPR program Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, challenged Jonathan Coulton to somewhere between zero and two guesstimation games.

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An LA World

Nov 3, 2017

Jeff Garlin and Linda Cardellini compete for a spot on our Walk of Fame in this music parody game. We rewrote "A Whole New World" from the movie Aladdin to be about famous Los Angeles landmarks, locations, and businesses.

HIGHLIGHTS

Linda Cardellini On Her First Time On A Studio Lot

It was dirty... I expected it to be fancy. It was not fancy.

Jeff Garlin On His First Time On A Studio Lot

I snuck onto Paramount every day. This was in the '80s. It was a different time.

This spring, we talked to Shereen Marisol Meraji, the co-host of the Code Switch podcast, about why she doesn't really like superhero films but was excited to see what director Taika Waititi did with Thor: Ragnarok. Shereen is a Waititi fan, having loved his work in the past, including the feature films Hunt For The Wilderpeople and What We Do In The Shadows.

Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson has a way with words that borders on magic. At least, it seems that way after watching a few episodes of CBS's newest police drama reboot, S.W.A.T.

In the new show, beefcake star Shemar Moore is Hondo, a nonwhite guy (the show isn't more specific) from a tough neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles who winds up leading a Special Weapons and Tactics police unit. Every chance he gets, he defuses tension with suspects or crime victims (often people of color) by telling them about his hardscrabble background.

There's one thing curator-producer Jeff Deutchman couldn't have known when he set out to make 11/8/16, a coast-to-coast, dawn-to-midnight look at the most recent U.S. presidential election day. Not who was going to win, but how inescapable the effects of that victory would be.

We always want to know where evil comes from, even though the "answer" rarely solves anything. Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered, sodomized and brutally dismembered the bodies of 17 young men between 1978 and 1991, came from the same Midwestern middle-class background as many Americans. He had a family and went to public school. His classmates knew who he was, and some came over to his house. In the end, none of that really explains his compulsions, which seemed to arise from some level of personal darkness most of us never have access to.

The title of Greta Gerwig's semi-autobiographical Lady Bird refers to the name— not the nickname, the name — a mildly rebellious senior gives to herself, part of the comprehensive array of quirks meant to separate her from the pleated drones of an all-girls Catholic high school. She insists that everyone call her "Lady Bird," including her parents, who grudgingly oblige, though they prefer the name they gave her, Christine, and it stings a little to see it rejected so casually.

Having cut an audacious path through any number of film genres, from Dazed and Confused to the animated Waking Life, the wonderfully gabby Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight trio all the way to his acclaimed Boyhood, Richard Linklater lands another smart one with Last Flag Flying.

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