Piper’s April Media Recommendations

Photo: from “Mozart in the Jungle,” at TV show available on Amazon Prime


By TPH Publisher Piper Klemm Ph.D.


As a fan and huge consumer of media to keep me engaged while I’m working, traveling and during those rare moments of downtime… below are my top 10 media recommendations that have been keeping me occupied and captivated this month. Click below to learn more about each one!


1. Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime – TV show
An Amazon original series. What happens behind the curtains at the symphony is just as captivating as what happens on stage. Created by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited). This Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Amazon Original is nominated for 2 Golden Globe Awards this year. The critically acclaimed series is nominated for Best Television Comedy, and the extraordinary Gael Garcia Bernal is again up for Best Television Actor–Comedy Series.


2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – book
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South


3. S-Town – podcast
S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, and the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.


Read TPH’s review of S-Town by Stephanie Roloff by CLICKING HERE


4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – book
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.


5.  Planet Money on NPR – podcast 
The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what they’re going for at Planet Money.


6. The Value of Using Podcasts in Class, from The Atlantic by Michael Godsey – article
“‘This time, try to read for seven minutes and then take a break.’ But a few minutes later, I could see she had spaced out again. I considered the implausibility of students such as her reading the novel for homework, outside my quiet classroom.In contrast, I recently discovered my students voluntarily reading a story together, all at the same time. And they were inspired by an unlikely medium—podcasts—which is obviously ironic, as many people like podcasts precisely because they don’t have the time or inclination to sit down and read.” Read more by CLICKING HERE.


7. The Night Manager available on Amazon Prime – TV show
The Night Manager is based on John le Carre’s novel, ex-British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is recruited by MI-6’s Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms trader named Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie).


8. Hamilton: The Revolution, available on Audible – audiobook
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, is as revolutionary as its subject: the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country’s origins for a diverse new generation.


Hamilton: The Revolution gives listeners an unprecedented insight into both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages – “since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda – traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Emmy and Gold Globe-winning actor Mariska Hargitay lends her voice to the audiobook, and Miranda reads more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is included in the PDF with this audiobook.

The audiobook does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don’t throw away their shots.


9. Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) by Sean Platt, Johhny B. Truant and David Wright – book
Writing a novel? Learning indie publishing? This is the self-publishing guide you’ve been waiting for. Write. Publish. Repeat is publishing for beginners and experienced writers alike.


10. Inside Your Ride: Mental Skills for Being Happy and Successful with Your Horse by Tonya Johnston – book
Become the confident, composed, and effective rider you’ve always wanted to be! Mental skills coach Tonya Johnston, MA, has helped thousands of equestrian athletes achieve success at every level, from recreational riders to award-winning international competitors. In Inside Your Ride, she provides specific methods and clear, easy-to-follow directions to help you mentally prepare for your next ride or competition, no matter your discipline and skill level.


Read more recommendations from Piper Klemm by CLICKING HERE

About the Author: Piper began her tenure as the Publisher of The Plaid Horse Magazine in 2014. She received her B.S. with Honors in Chemistry from Trinity College [Hartford, CT] in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. She is an active member of the hunter/jumper community, owning a fleet of lease ponies and showing in adult hunter divisions.
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