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Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger. Best known as the front man of the band Booker T. & the M.G.’s, He won a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement and along with the band, he was inducted into the Rock and  Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. He continues to record and tour both as a solo artist and as head of the “Booker T’s Stax Revue. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical Continue reading…

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John Hodgman

John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, That Is All, and Vacationland. He is the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast and also contributes a weekly column under the same name for The New York Times Magazine. His new book, Medallion Status, is a thoughtful examination of status, fame, and identity–and about the way we all deal with those moments when we realize we aren’t platinum status anymore and will have to get comfortable in that middle seat again.

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Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps is an actress best known for roles in cult TV classics like Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, Cougar Town, ER, and, most recently, HBO’s Vice Principals. She has appeared in fan-favorite films such as Made of Honor, I Don’t Know How She Does It, He’s Just Not That Into You, White Chicks, and The Gift. She also was one of the writers of the hit film Blades of Glory and hosted of late-night talk show Busy Tonight, on E!. This Will Only Hurt a Little showcases Busy’s wry wit, skillful storytelling, and an unvarnished perspective that is by turns vulnerable Continue reading…

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Susan Rice

In her memoir, Tough Love, Ambassador Susan Rice recalls pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy delivering an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country. She served as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Debbie Harry & Chris Stein

Debbie Harry is a musician, actor, activist, and the iconic face of New York City cool. As the frontwoman of Blondie, she and the band forged a new sound that brought together the worlds of rock, punk, disco, reggae and hip-hop to create some of the most beloved pop songs of all time. With Blondie she has sold millions of albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Chris Stein is the co-founder, songwriter, and guitarist of the iconic punk band Blondie. His photographic work has been featured in galleries and press around the Continue reading…

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Brad Smith

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and one of the tech industry’s broadest thinkers, shares a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates. He leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 56 countries. He plays a key role in spearheading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability.  

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