entertainment

Welcome to the second installment of Read, Watch, Binge! our summer recommendation series. As you may recall from last month's list, we were tired of algorithms that only matched books to books or movies to movies. So this month, we've enlisted the help of real live humans to pair books with movies, musicals, TV, comics, podcasts and more.

In 2015, after winning an Emmy for her work on Inside Amy Schumer, comedy writer Jessi Klein made one important stop before heading to the award show after-party — to pump breast milk in a backstage dressing room. Klein's son was 3 months old at the time, and she says that while winning the Emmy was "genuinely awesome and exciting," she also knew it wasn't going to change her life.

Comic Louie Anderson has had a hugely successful stand-up career for the past 30 years, but he admits he wasn't a very good actor early on. "I didn't know who I was or how to do it," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

British actor Alan Rickman, a veteran of dozens of films, has died at age 69. Recently, Rickman was most well-known for portraying the complicated villain Severus Snape in the films based on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.

"Rickman had been suffering from cancer," The Guardian reports.

After numerous drawings without a big winner, there were at least three winning tickets sold for the record Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion.

We don't know who those lucky people are — but as The Associated Press reports, we do know they bought their tickets in California, Tennessee and Florida. The news service says:

When the final episode came, after weeks of accolades and tributes to his genius, David Letterman made sure he punctured the emotion of the moment with a little old-fashioned, self-deprecating sarcasm.

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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Val Dumond, author of "Doin' the Puyallup," about how the Washington State Fair has changed in the last 114 years.

Ever since Netflix debuted the show “Orange is the New Black,” Larry Smith has had to contend with being known as the “real Larry.” Larry is the husband of Piper Kerman, whose memoir “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” is the basis of the series, which features characters named Piper Chapman and Larry Bloom.

Rob Sheffield On The Fascinating World Of Karaoke

Aug 16, 2013
Rob Sheffield's book "Turn Around Bright Eyes."

Karaoke fascinates some and leave other baffled. Rob Sheffield is in the former category. The Rolling Stone contributing editor has written a memoir about love and karaoke and he sits down to take Ross Reynolds into the fascinating and often strange world of karaoke. 

Why Are The Mariners Getting Into The Television Business?

Apr 18, 2013
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The Seattle Mariners are likely to see an increase in future revenue now that they’ve purchased a controlling interest in ROOT Sports Northwest — the cable network that broadcasts their games. Up until now, the Mariners have been required to share their TV revenue with other major league baseball teams. By controlling their TV rights the Mariners will be able to keep much of that revenue for themselves.

So how will this impact their success on the field? How has this worked out for other teams? Ross Reynolds talks with sports editor for The Nation, Dave Zirin.

Favorite Interviews: Comedian David Alan Grier And Chef Eddie Huang

Apr 4, 2013
Fresh Off The Boat
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Our spring membership drive continues with two of our favorite recent interviews. First, we listen back to our conversation with actor and comedian David Alan Grier. He joined us in the studio to talk about his 30-year career in entertainment, from the theater to television's "In Living Color" to Broadway. Then, we revisit our talk with restaurateur Eddie Huang about food, hip-hop and the experience of growing up a first-generation immigrant in the US.

Nick Offerman Both Is And Isn't Ron Swanson

Mar 14, 2013
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Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, the libertarian government official on the TV show Parks and Recreation. Ross Reynolds talks to actor Nick Offerman about libertarianism, Hempfest, acting and cupcakes — kind of.

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David Hyde talks with Frank Rich about the historical significance of Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained" and why Rich thinks it deserves to win an Academy Award for best picture. Then he turns to historian Sean Wilentz who thinks it is not "Django Unchained" but Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that is the historically accurate and significant film that deserves the Oscar.

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Some Olympia lawmakers are backing a bill to let movie theaters and live performance venues apply for liquor licenses to serve beer and wine. The bill is sponsored by Democrat Jim Moeller, who represents Vancouver. Ross Reynolds finds out the likelihood of moviegoers cracking a cold one at a theater near you.