The story of how Britain´s Olympic journey started 400 years ago - in the Cotswolds. It was once thought that the modern Olympics was the brainchild of Baron Pierre de Coubertin alone and put into action in Greece in 1896. The man himself encouraged the myth. But in this programme former England cricketer Ed Smith goes back to the real rebirth of the Olympic, or rather the ´Olympick´, idea and the games held by Captain Robert Dover on the hill above the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden - exactly four hundred years ago, in 1612. With the former Olympic sprinter and historian Peter Radford as his guide, Ed picks his way through the Cotswold games story and questions why Robert Dover´s name is only the merest footnote in the Modern Olympic story. And, he asks, why was it that Britain should nurture both the ideas and events that took place every year on Kingcombe Plain, later to be renamed Dover´s Hill? Producer: Tom Alban. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ed Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006335/bk_bbcw_006335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Maureen Barnett (played by three-time Tony nominee Kelli O´Hara) was once a singer renowned the world over. Now, though, things couldn´t get much worse. She´s stuck performing in dives, her daughter hates her, and she’s recovering from a severe nervous breakdown that leaves her petrified in front of large crowds. Prospects couldn’t look bleaker, when in walks Amelia Storm (Academy Award winner Shirley Jones), an aging chanteuse, offering Maureen the ability to see into the future. Maureen reluctantly accepts and finds herself haunted by visions of something dreadful happening to her daughter Holly, who is soon abducted and held for ransom. Enlisting the aid of a freshly retired policeman turned private eye named Henry Powell (Emmy winner Ed Asner), Maureen goes on a dangerous journey to get her daughter - and her confidence - back at all costs. From its atmospheric opening to its shocking conclusion, RRCA’s Songbird is a sharp comic mystery filled with laughs, romance, two-fisted action, and winning performances from Shirley Jones, Ed Asner, and Kelli O’Hara. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shirley Jones, Ed Asner, Kelli O´Hara, Tom Dheere. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/radr/000011/pf_radr_000011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Last week, the Obama administration announced a new initiative to improve a handful of the nation’s worst performing schools through arts education. The Turnaround Arts Initiative has chosen eight schools to receive $14.7 million over three years to integrate art, music, dance, and theater into their curricula. The experimental program from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, in conjunction with the Department of Education, hopes to prove that failing schools can reverse course by encouraging their students’ creative expression. Then, if you´re a fan of the reboot of British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is the patron saint of nerd cool. He´s the visionary show runner and writer behind some of the series’ most creepy and popular episodes: last season´s closer was BBC America´s highest-rated primetime program. Moffat recently reinvented another classic British superhero, who’s similarly drawn to mystery, danger, and intrigue — Sherlock Holmes. This Sherlock is set in present-day London, with re-imagined villains, high tech crimes, and lightening-fast dialogue. After that, Susan Eloise Hinton was a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, the story of rival gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She used the pen name ´´S.E.” so readers wouldn’t know she was a girl, and bought a Camaro with the earnings. ´´Some of [the novel’s] faults, like its over-the-top emotions and drama, are what make it so popular because that’s the way kids really feel,” she says. ´´You’ve got to have the hormones going before you really appreciate that book.” Following that, it’s the first poem about David Bowie to win the Pulitzer Prize. Tracy K. Smith’s collection Life on Mars contains many references to the man she salutes as the ´´Pope of Pop.” Inspired by Smith’s work, we want your poem about the star who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now. And finally, The Book of R... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120505/rt_stud_120505_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This fascinating collection of archive interviews with Muhammad Ali begins in 1965, with an interview with Harry Carpenter, and culminates with a TV interview with Joanna Lumley in 1989. Along the way Ali makes several famous appearances on Parkinson in the 1970s and talks to David Frost in The Frost Interview. The 1980s find him answering questions about his impending retirement and rumours that he is suffering from Parkinson´s disease. In the course of these appearances, he also discusses his fighting career, his frank views on religion and society, his vision of a separate black-only American state and his lack of formal education. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Muhammad Ali. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002519/bk_rhuk_002519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Science fiction offers us visions of histories we don´t know -- histories of the future and the past. Today, legendary science fiction writers talk about science, utopia, and the imagination. Plus, the winners of our 3 Minute Futures fiction contest! [Broadcast Date: September 17, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/141017/rt_tbon_141017_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Science fiction offers us visions of histories we don´t know -- histories of the future and the past. Today, legendary science fiction writers talk about science, utopia, and the imagination. Plus, the winners of our 3 Minute Futures fiction contest! [Broadcast Date: April 16, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/140416/rt_tbon_140416_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue: ´´The Vision Thing´´: Martin Scorsese risked it all and lived to risk again in Hollywood. ´´Protect and Attack: Lenovo’s New Strategy´´: The Chinese computer maker has grown and adapted as quickly as its homeland. ´´Fresh Copy´´: How Xerox plans to survive in a world without Xeroxing. ´´BioWare Gets Big with the Old Republic´´: How the founders of BioWare built their video game empire. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/fast/111201/pe_fast_111201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A brilliant college student rents a room in an old house with a witch-haunted past. His obscure studies consume his mind as strange nighttime noises drive him to despair, and terrifying nightmares become waking visions. Is he going mad, or have his dreams somehow crossed over into reality? PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hpls/000030/bk_hpls_000030_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s been 78 years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how ´´Oz´´ captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how playwright Neil LaBute, filmmaker Nora Ephron, novelist Salman Rushdie, and musician Bobby McFerrin all found magic, meaning, and inspiration in ´´Oz´´. [Broadcast Date: January 21, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/170121/rt_stud_170121_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman. He´s just won his third Pulitzer Prize, this time for his ´´clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.´´ Previously Friedman was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting from Lebanon and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Israel. He´s also the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization. (May 29, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020529/rt_whyy_020529_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.