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May 29: Driving Miss Norma & Death Need Not Be Fatal

Norma Jean Bauerschmidt lived a quiet northern Michigan life for 90 years, never even crossing a state line.  It took jarring events … the death of her husband of 67 years, followed by her own diagnosis of a terminal illness two days later …  for Norma to stop existing and start living, telling her doctor, “I’m hitting the road,” rather than spending her final days in a hospital bed.

Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying “Yes” to Living chronicles a road trip and embracing of life nine decades in the making.  Authors Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle are professional nomads who retired early to travel cross-country full- time in their Airstream trailer with their dog Ringo.

Also today, being the last remaining child of Angela of Angela’s Ashes fame, coupled with being Irish, Malachy McCourt has a certain expertise on death.  His latest book, Death Need Not Be Fatal, is of course about the rituals of death … for instance, why do we keep our lights on in funeral processions … but it also is about laughing, tears, brotherhood, poverty, the famous, and living life to the fullest.

Malachy McCourt is an actor, writer, politician, and younger brother of famed writer Frank McCourt.  He was the 2006 Green Party candidate for Governor of New York and has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, and has authored several books.

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Inspirational, Travel & Adventure

Apr 17: Science of the Magical & An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

 

From the Biblical parting of the Red Sea to the science behind the mutant X-Men, Matt Kaplan has studied it all.  Discovering the truths associated with legendary myths, fantasies, and magic are all in a day’s work for Matt, and he shares his fascinating findings in Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers.

Matt Kaplan is a science correspondent with The Economist and has written for National Geographic, Nature, and The New York Times.  In his free time, he travels the world exploring our most cherished myths and legends.

Also today, Jonathan Franklin chronicles the astonishing true story of Salvador Alvarenga, who survived a 14 month ordeal at sea after his boat’s motor went out and heavy winds carried him and his partner far from shore.  438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea inspires the unbreakable will to live of the human spirit.

Jonathan Franklin regularly reports for GQ, The Guardian, and Esquire with a focus on Latin America.  He also produces documentaries broadcast by The New York Times.

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