Here are three classic Alan Bennett adaptations, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. ´´Say Something Happened´´: A naive, inexperienced social worker calls on an elderly couple. But does she need more help than they do? ´´Two in Torquay´´: A middle-aged man and a middle-aged woman engage in polite conversation in a hotel on the Cornish Riviera. But neither is quite who they appear to be. Who is deceiving whom? ´´A Visit from Miss Protheroe´´: Since Mr Dodsworth retired, he has had all the time in the world. Then he has a visitor from his old firm: Miss Prothero, who is eager to tell him all the news. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hugh Lloyd, Patricia Routledge, Judi Dench. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/001500/rt_bbcw_001500_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nick Lovegrove, a director emeritus of McKinsey, a senior director of the Albright Stonebridge Group, and a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and Matthew Thomas, executive director of the InterSector Project, chairman of Young Canadians in Finance, and a member of the World Economic Forum community, write about why we need executives who can easily move among the business, government, and social spheres.This article was first published in the September 2013 issue of Harvard Business Review. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/hbsp/130911/pe_hbsp_130911_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Taken from Alan Bennett: Triple Bill, April 2007 Release. A naive, inexperienced social worker calls on an elderly couple - but does she need more help than they do? 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/002906/bk_bbcw_002906_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week, a triple header from the series American Icons, which focuses on works of art that changed the way we think about America. More than 150 years ago, Nathaniel Hawthorne put his finger on how we ostracize women for their sexuality in The Scarlet Letter. Meanwhile, Cole Porter¿s ¿Anything Goes¿ celebrates the opposite tendency in American culture: the devil-may-care slide towards looser morals. And in Untitled Film Stills, Cindy Sherman captured the way that being a woman ¿ or maybe being a person ¿ is just playing a role. [Broadcast Date: May 17, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/140517/rt_stud_140517_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blues singer Otis Taylor and Retired Lt. Col. Bradley Biggs on this edition of Fresh Air. Otis Taylor brings his banjo to the studio for a concert and conversation. He plays tracks from his new CD, White African. Taylor plays the guitar and ukulele in addition to the banjo. His music is often described as minimalist, and his lyrics are often stories of race and racism. He´s been compared to John Lee Hooker. Retired Lt. Col. Bradley Biggs was part of America´s first all-black paratroop unit called the Triple Nickles - the 555th Battalion of the 82d Airborne. The troop was trained to go to war, but instead was sent to the West Coast to fight forest fires started by Japanese balloon bombs. They were the first parachuters to fight fires and developed many of the techniques used today. Later they became the first army unit to be integrated into the ´´regular´´ army during World War II. Biggs has written a new memoir, The Triple Nickles. (Broadcast Date: August 16, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010816/rt_whyy_010816_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The powerhouse guitarist Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, calls her music a cross between pop and ´´lunatic fringe.” She tells Kurt Andersen how David Byrne and metal heroes Pantera inspired her new album. The author Rebecca Mead makes the case for George Eliot´s Middlemarch as the greatest novel of all time — all 900 pages of it. Plus, Olympic skaters in Sochi get high marks for their triple axels, but if we have to hear one more instrumental rock medley… [Broadcast Date: February 15, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/140215/rt_stud_140215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Dan Holiday opens Box Thirteen, he never knows what adventure awaits him. A former newspaperman turned novelist, Holiday crafts the plots for his books by living them. Spurred into action by letters from his readers, Dan Holiday´s adventures range from the outrageous to the dangerous, whatever the case. Dan Holiday is sure to find adventure in volume one of Box Thirteen. Episodes include: ´´The First Letter´´, ´´Insurance Fraud Scheme´´, ´´Blackmail Is Murder´´, ´´Actor´s Alibi´´, ´´Extra! Extra!´´, ´´Shanghaied´´, ´´Short Assignment´´, ´´Double Mothers´´, ´´Book of Poems´´, ´´The Great Torino´´, ´´Suicide or Murder?´´, ´´Triple Cross´´, ´´Damsel in Distress´´, ´´Diamond in the Sky´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vern Carstensen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/001074/bk_drms_001074_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pioneering Bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley and music journalist and filmmaker Robert Gordon on this encore edition of Fresh Air. Ralph Stanley´s high-lonesome vocals and claw-hammer banjo picking are considered cornerstones of American bluegrass music. He and his older brother Carter were the Stanley Brothers until Carter´s death in 1966. Recently Stanley came to wider popular acclaim when his music was featured on the triple platinum soundtrack of the movie O Brother Where Art Thou? He won two Grammys this year for his performance of ´´O Death´´ on the O Brother soundtrack. Robert Gordon´s written a new biography of blues legend Muddy Waters who is credited with inventing electric blues and creating the template for the rock and roll band. The book is Can t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters. Gordon also produced and directed an accompanying documentary of the same name that will be shown as part of the PBS American Masters series next year. (Original Broadcast Dates: July 15, 2002 and October 3, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/021227/rt_whyy_021227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pioneering Bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley on this edition of Fresh Air. His ´´high-lonesome´´ vocals and claw-hammer bango picking are considered cornerstones of American bluegrass music. He and his older brother, Carter, were the Stanley Brothers until Carter´s death in 1966. Recently Ralph Stanley came to wider popular acclaim when his music was featured on the triple platinum soundtrack of the movie O Brother Where Art Thou?. He won two Grammys this year for his performance of ´´O Death´´ on that record. At age 75, Stanley has a just released his first solo album, a self-titled CD and continues to tour. He´s recorded over 170 albums in total, and has been performing continuously since 1946. (Broadcast Date: July 15, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020715/rt_whyy_020715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders: It is the ´50s, and two war heroes have been shot dead. Defending the suspect is deemed hopeless, so the case is handed to a novice. But the novice´s superiors didn´t count on the tenacity and wit of the young and hungry Horace Rumpole as he defends the accused alone and without a leader for the very first time. This two-part adaptation of the novel by John Mortimer also marks the beginning of Rumpole´s lifelong liaison with Hilda (´´She Who Must Be Obeyed´´). Rumpole and the Family Pride: We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in the late 1950s, when they have been married for a year or two. Hilda´s cousin lives with her husband, the 17th Baron Sackbut, in Sackbut Castle on the Yorkshire Moors. Hilda and Rumpole are invited to the castle when a body is found in the grounds. Meanwhile, in London, Rumpole defends a tramp who has confessed to a triple murder. Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle: When Rumpole and Hilda attend a concert performed by The Casterini Trio, Rumpole is surprised to be approached by Elizabeth Casterini - the trio´s beautiful violinist. But then, the trio´s cellist, Tom Randall, is murdered. Elizabeth´s husband is arrested, and Rumpole agrees to defend him at the Old Bailey. Duration: 3 hrs approx. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy West, full cast, Jasmine Hyde, Cathy Sara. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002939/bk_rhuk_002939_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.