Baked in America:The generous art of brownies cupcakes whoopies muffins and more David Lesniak/ David Muniz
Across the United Kingdom, streets are lined with Union Jacks in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee — 60 years since she inherited the crown in 1952. But with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee only a decade behind them, a royal wedding last year, and the Olympics coming up this summer, are Britons up for yet another party?Next, Nina Arianda is the it-girl on Broadway — she’s nominated for a Tony for her performance in David Ives’ comedy Venus In Fur. The show is a play within a play: a writer has adapted an erotic novel for the stage, and he’s having a hell of a time casting the lead. Enter Vanda: a sexy, sly actress who is by turns sultry and bombastic, and pretty much takes over the show. Then, in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, a black family buys a house in an all-white neighborhood — and even before they move in, the neighbors are up in arms. Karl Lindner, a member of the Clybourne Park property owners association, visits the buyers, suggesting that ´´Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities.” Following that, the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma formed over a junior high obsession over the tortured music of Morrissey. ´´I loved him so much it hurt,” says singer Nina Diaz, who was only 13 when she joined the band. ´´I turned vegetarian after that, started reading Oscar Wilde, eating yogurt and bagels and trying to be just like him.” Bassist Jenn Alva remembers, ´´We had posters all over the room, and we would talk to them.” After that, according to the Entertainment Software Association, 72% of American households play videogames while, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, 67% of Americans went to the movies. If those figures are both correct, videogames might now be the great American pastime. And finally, WNYC listener Julie Bayley grew up watching daytime talk shows to catch comics like Rodney 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120602/rt_stud_120602_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Uplifting stories of innocent people who survived the ordeal of incarceration and were eventually set free. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Kurtis with stories, chapters and poetry performed by Roxane Assaf-Lynn, Della Brown, Wren T. Brown, Eugene Byrd, Christine Ebersole, John Forté, LisaGay Hamilton, Ashley Judd, Paige Kaneb, John Kessler, Ricki Lake, Courtney Lance, Edward Lance, Linda Garcia Merchant, Laraine Newman, Esai Morales, EJ Murray, Nikki Pope, Maurice Possley, Richard Steele, Eibur Stepney, Lynch Travis, and Lisa Zane. Imagine you are in prison for a crime you did not commit. You cannot believe what has happened to you and you´re certain the system will correct the error - yet years later you´re still behind bars. In Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope those who have been wrongfully convicted tell stories of hope, redemption, and how they continued to believe that the system that put them behind bars would eventually find them innocent. Get a glimpse of life inside some of America´s prisons and discover how each exoneree survived, and in some cases thrived and prevailed against overwhelming odds. Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope is a collection of true stories told by wrongfully convicted men and women as well as their families and friends. Each former inmate reveals what gave them the hope that they would be exonerated; how they continued to sustain hope, sometimes for more than 20 years; and what they did to keep their humanity in one of the most inhumane of all places. Exoneration is only the beginning for these brave men and women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Kurtis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069774/bk_acx0_069774_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ty Barnett, a Chicago native, got his start at Seattle´s ´´Comedy Underground.´´ Since then, his star just keeps rising! Dedicated to ´´bringing the funny´´, his shows have been called ´´hilarious´´ (Whoopi Goldberg), ´´thought provoking´´, ´´edgy´´, and have earned him countless Television appearances on every major network including The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Samantha Who, and Bad Boys of Comedy. He has a notable presence online through his web series ´´This is the Bulls@%t I´m Talking About´´. Ty has the rare ability to make you, your kids and your grandma laugh. He´s ´´a tremendous talent´´ and a ´´truly gifted performer´´. His previous CD Bout Damn Time is one of the most played/requested albums on SiriusXM. He has a Comedy Central special and a one hour special (Issues) and this year this brand new CD Grown Man...Baby Steps. He was one of the final two on the most watched and only Emmy-nominated season of Last Comic Standing. Jay Leno says Ty is: ´´...one of the funniest comedians working´´ and the Hollywood Reporter called Ty ´´one to watch´´. Barnett is a series regular on Discovery Family Channel´s Babies Behaving Badly and Beasts Behaving Badly. He was also the host of The Food Networks Mealin´ and Dealin´. You may have seen him in a recurring role on Til Death on FOX, Life In Pieces on CBS, or perhaps the sitcom Samantha Who, Nick Mom´s Night Out or Tosh.O. He has also appeared in a myriad of national commercials, including Farmers, Toyota, Bank of America, and many more. With charm and style that transcend race and age, Ty´s ability to rock any and all audiences has made him an international favorite on stages from the South Side of Chicago to theaters in London. You don´t ´´go to´´ a Ty Barnett show, you ´´hang-out´´ with Ty Barnett. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ty Barnett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000194/pf_roar_000194_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.