Arts & Culture

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Book Review: Rough Ideas

Jul 17, 2020

Stephen Hough is an award winning pianist, but is also considered a polymath. A polymath being 'a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.' Perhaps this is why his book Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More has such a broad and ambiguous title. Is Rough Ideas a rough read or is it clearer than the title suggests? West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Sand Talk

Jul 10, 2020

Do you ever feel confused about the world? Fed up with the inescapable vastness of the universe and our lack of understanding about our place in it? Author Tyson Yunkaporta has a simple solution: draw symbols on the ground! Joking aside, his book Sand Talk is a book like no other that gives views on just about everything through an "indigenous perspective." West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Officer Clemmons

Jul 3, 2020

Tomorrow is the birthday of our nation, and it is a perfect day to talk and read about unsung American Heroes. Officer Clemmons, the recurring character of the Mister Rogers TV Show, is one unsung hero. Officer Clemmons: A Memoir gives the autobiographical account of the amazing story behind this man. Dr. Clemmons encapsulates Mister Rogers' good nature in a time where we all might need some. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Longest Line

Jun 26, 2020

A great man or woman once said, "The shortest distance between two points is a line." This had to be the intial thought process behind the building of the Pan-American Highway, right? It being the longest road covering the Americas and all. Well, in the book The Longest Line on the Map, author Eric Rutkow gives us the complete history on this fascinating road. So, next time you are trying to drive from north Alaska to southern Chile, you'll know who to thank. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: What Set Me Free

Jun 19, 2020

Brian Banks is a former NFL Linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He could easily be an overlooked player, but he has a story like no one else. Banks was an unfortunate victim of falsely accused rape as a black man. The odds were against him. What Set Me Free shares this autobiographical story of how he was able to handle this false accusation and a six year prison sentence that crushed his dreams. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

See You in the Piazza

Jun 12, 2020

The country of Italy has been facing plenty of sad news recently, but West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel reminds us of the beauty of Italy through his review of See You at the Piazza. Author Frances Mayes takes  readers on a journey through the hidden secrets of one of the most visually and culturally appealing countries in the world.

Book Review: The American Story

Jun 5, 2020

At a time that seems so significant in our American history, perhaps it is good to see the path that led us here. The American Story is a collection of dialogues with some of the best U.S. historians. The professional interviewer David Rubenstein leads these discussions, capturing fresh insight on pivotal moments in the story of America. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: The Expectations

May 29, 2020

 Life has plenty of expectations. In our teenage years, these expectations can build pressure, ego, frustration, and plenty of other feelings. Expectations by Alexander Tilney is an exploration of this theme.

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We have something truly special to offer you for Memorial Day weekend. In memory of those we have lost during the pandemic and in honor of those who are on the front lines of this global struggle, WGBH and PRX are thrilled to present a LIVE broadcast by Yo-Yo Ma.

The 2.5-hour program will be performed live in the WGBH studios. Yo-Yo Ma will treat audiences to the six Bach Suites for unaccompanied cello. Tune in Sunday at 3 PM on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM and

Book Review: The Mechanical Horse

May 22, 2020

There are many names for the bicycle: Bike, cycle, two-wheeler, Bichael (its full name given by the internet), the penny farthing, etc. This fascinating nonfiction book uses the nickname The Mechanical Horse. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.