Lagniappe

Here’s a reminder that the three part PBS series The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer based on the Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller by Siddhartha Mukherjee begins on PBS March 30th.  The six hour series will be shown over three consecutive nights.  Check your local PBS channel for dates and times in your area.

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NatGeo

Some think it’s the most striking photograph ever taken.  What’s the story behind it and behind the photographer who took it?  CNN has the answers.

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If you own a Kindle reader you might be interested in BuzzFeed’s list of 21 things you didn’t know you could do with your Kindle.  Some of the tips can come in handy with any tablet.

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Esquire magazine compiled a list of new movies in theaters, on Netflix, and on DVDs that you might enjoy in April.  You’ll find the article here.

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The New York Times offers a weekly book-related podcast that included book reviews, conversations with authors and the latest news in the book publishing industry.  Here is a list of past podcasts.  Click on the date of the podcast that interests you to listen to it.  Be aware that the NYT only allows you to read or listen to 10 items free of charge each month.

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Daily Beast Longreads

Most of us try to pack as much into every single day as we can.  That carries over into our reading as well.  If you’re busy, you want to read short articles about current ideas and events rather than long ones.  Thankfully, there are a few outlets on the internet that encourage you to slow down and to take time to really immerse yourself in absorbing, long articles.  One of the sites is The Daily Beast’s weekly list of the best longreads.  Another is the website called Longreads.  A third is the site called Longform which is sponsored by the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh.  In all three cases the articles are chosen from various websites around the internet – Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, New Yorker, Smithsonian, Wired, New York Times Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, and Pacific Standard to name a few.  Give longreads a try.  You may be pleasantly surprised at how much you will enjoy them.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, April 5, 2015 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and former investigative reporter Ronald Kessler.  His books include The Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded, The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI, and The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents.

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