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Thanks to Louise Dillery who subs for Caryl tonight and M.J. Gilmore who is the engineer.
Tonight recalls the Liberation of Paris with music of the period and an eye-witness account by Louise, who was there celebrating and taking cover behind a statue of a lion, as Nazi snipers made a last stand.

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Lev Grossman talks with us about his fantasy novel The Magician King. Lev is the senior writer for Time Magazine as well as its book critic, and The Magician King is the sequel to The Magicians, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Also joining us is Antonia Felix, whose book Sonia Sotomayer: The True American Dream has just been released in paperback. Booklist has declared it necessary reading.

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Sweet summer covers, bird songs lots of new releases!

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Cumbias, gaitas Colombianas, samba, xote, forro, Caetano live in Bahia; agrega la Salsa, y como siempre, el rincon de Cachao!

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Danny Sigelman joined Spin with Cyn, sharing favorite songs and talking about his writing, including his new Seven Inches of Minnesota Music series.

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DJ Izzy plays a retrospective of songs by the dynamic songwriting duo, Leiber & Stoller, to honor lyricist Jerry Leiber who passed on August 22, 2011.

Then Liberty Finch prepares for the Great Minnesota Get Together with a helping of fair-inspired pop-on-a-stick!

More about Leiber & Stoller

They began their partnership in 1950 at the age of 17 when they discovered that they shared a passion for the Blues. By the age of 20, Leiber and Stoller had seen their songs recorded by such artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, Little Esther, Charles Brown, Little Willie Littlefield, and Ray Charles. But the hits began with Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton’s recording of “Hound Dog” in 1953. This record, and others written and produced by them, caught the attention of Atlantic Records.

With his recording of Hound Dog, Elvis became a household word. Presley went on to record more than twenty Leiber and Stoller songs, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Loving You,” “Love Me,” “Treat Me Nice,” “Don’t,” “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care,” “Bossa Nova Baby,” “Santa Claus Is Back In Town,” “She’s Not You,” and “Trouble.”

In 1969, the team produced the Peggy Lee recording of their composition, “Is That All There Is?” According to music critic Robert Palmer, “Is That All There Is?” was the song that “…clearly pointed to the direction their new work would take,” signaling that, “…the Golden Age of Rock & Roll had come to an end.”

Leiber and Stoller have been the recipients of countless awards and honors, including inductions into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the greatest compliment to any songwriter is to have his songs recorded by the best in the business. Artists who have recorded songs by Leiber and Stoller include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, James Brown, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Joe Williams, Tom Jones, Count Basie, Edith Piaf, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Luther Vandross, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, and over a thousand others.

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