Lagniappe

Stitcher is a website that features podcast series.  One of them is Footnoting History.  The podcasts in this series, which vary in length, include “The Rise of the British Spy Novel,” “Sherlock Holmes in Popular Culture,” and “The Eleven Lost Days” which deals with the Julian and Gregorian Calendars.  You can also access many other series from this location.  Stitcher claims to have over 65,000 podcasts, as well as radio and TV episodes available.  An app is available for smartphones, and tablets.

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The BBC’s World Book Club podcasts feature authors talking about their works and, occasionally, authors talking about the works of other authors.  The authors include Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, and Günter Grass.

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 Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie is a graphic novel that tells the life story of Agatha Christie.  An article in The Guardian gives you the lowdown on the novel.  Crime Fiction Lover and a Google search give us a peek at the contents of the book.

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 I featured Roald Dahl’s delightful short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” in my previous post, and I thought you might enjoy learning more about him.  So, here is a Smithsonian article that will fill you in on the life of this complex human being.

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 I ran across a Reader’s Digest article about 32 weird kitchen gadgets that is simply too interesting to pass up.  I’ll bet the article features some weird culinary tools that you’ve never run across before.

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 On Sunday, September 4, 2016 I will once again host “Music on the Sunny Side” on WBRH-FM radio here in Baton Rouge.  I’ll include a variety of music between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. CT, but my favorite segment will feature two numbers about trains.  The first is about a man who sells part of his house to a railroad company so it can put its tracks right through the middle of his house.  The deal he cuts allows him to live in the two remaining sections – the front and the back.  As you might expect, some funny things happen.

The second selection is from the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade which showcased Glenn Miller and his orchestra in one of the two movies he appeared in before joining the Army Air Force during World War II.  The eight minute long segment from the movie features “Chattanooga Choo Choo” which was written for the movie by Harry Warren (music), and Mack Gordon (lyrics).  The song was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from the movie Lady Be Good.

In addition to Miller and his orchestra the segment features the Nicholas Brothers doing a wonderful tap dance and acrobatics number and the gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge singing the song.  Dandridge married Harold Nicholas the following year, but they divorced in 1951.  In 1965 Dandridge committed suicide.  She was only 42 years old.  You can watch the entire segment on YouTube.

I invite you to listen to the show, and to call in, if you so desire, at 225-388-9030.  We love to hear from our listeners – wherever they are.

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 The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, September 4, 2016 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be radio talk show host Dennis Prager.  His books include Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph, and Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual.

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