#TBT: The Bourne Identity and Blockbusters of 2002

Cover of Bourne Identity

The latest entry in the popular movie series that began in 2002 with The Bourne Identity opens in theaters Friday. Based on the character from Robert Ludlum’s series of the same name, the franchise has produced multiple sequels: The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, both starring Matt Damon, as well as 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which […]

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Podcast Pairings

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To close out Audiobook Month, let’s take a look at another listening experience that seems to have exploded in recent years—the podcast. These audio shows are so popular now that there are even podcast conferences. One of which is happening in Chicago next week: Podcast Movement 2016. I’m a big fan of these shows, which […]

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Listen All the Way

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June is winding down, but summer has just begun! As we continue to celebrate Audiobook Month, we've set our sights on great titles for those of you hitting the road. As fun as road trips can be, there are only so many rounds of I Spy or 20 Questions a person can take. Give everyone a break […]

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Listening to Dear Old Dad

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Fathers play huge roles in our lives. From childhood to adulthood, they shape who we are. There are funny dads, brilliant dads, troubled dads and sometimes absent dads. In honor of fatherhood and as we continue our celebration of Audiobook Month this June, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite audiobooks by or about some remarkable fathers. Published […]

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#TBT: The Cold War

Cover art for The Americans season 1 DVD

On November 19, 1990, the leaders of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe signed the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which dramatically reduced conventional weapons in Europe, bringing an end to the Cold War. To commemorate the occasion for this Throwback Thursday let’s take a look back at the Cold War […]

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#TBT: John Lennon and 1970

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October 9 marks the 75th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth. In honor of the occasion, let’s look back at 1970 for Throwback Thursday. On December 11, 1970 Lennon released his first solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. His debut featured the single “Mother” as well as other Lennon classics: “Working Class Hero” and “God,” which, […]

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On the Road with Audiobooks

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As we continue to celebrate Audiobook Month in June we’d like to share some titles for anyone venturing out on a road trip this summer. Let’s start with an award winning title. Not only did Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction this year; it also took home an […]

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Spring Cleaning

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The weather can't seem to decide if it's spring or winter. So with plenty of cold and rainy days ahead to put a damper on outdoor plans, it’s the perfect time to tackle those dust bunnies and overflowing closets. Daunting, you say? Why not consult the experts? Who better to start with than the queen of […]

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In Memoriam


The world lost many great writers, artists and performers in 2014. Whether through their written words or performances on stage and screen, they entertained, inspired and gave joy to many. Let's take a moment as we come to the end of another year to remember them. Maya Angelou Lauren Bacall Shirley Temple Black Roberto Gomez Bolanos […]

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Serial: A Podcast


Have you been listening to the Serial podcast? If you’re a fan of true crime or hard-hitting journalism, this is a must for you. The premise: Journalist and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, hosts this nonfiction podcast unraveling the story of a 15-year-old murder case. Each week Koenig delves into details of the case. […]

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