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LISTEN | ‘Tiny Desk Concerts’ on NPR

These 10- to 20-minute intimate concerts harken back to the days of MTV Unplugged. The Tiny Desk Concerts (literally, filmed at a desk in the NPR offices) are an up-close look at the personalities and music of favorite performers. They’ve given fans a chance to glimpse hip-hop acts like Wu-Tang Clan and Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals spitting rhymes and talking to the crowd without the barrier of an arena-sized sound system. Tiny Desk Concerts range in style from countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo to saxophonist Cautious Clay, featuring acoustic singer-songwriters, Latin dance music, and everything in between. They are perfect for a break at the office or a background concert during dinner. Tiny Desk Concerts are available free on NPR.org and YouTube.

 

READ | ‘The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation’

With a title like that, you might be expecting a pretty picture book with fancy-font quotes interspersed with tips like “Drink a smoothie!” or “Get more vitamins.” Instead, author Michael Matthews’ book is a pretty philosophical and scientific look at what makes us humans tick, and how to think to achieve better results at anything, including fitness. It doesn’t sugarcoat the hard truths and early on, urges readers to embrace “the suck” of grinding out the work. Matthews also addresses setting goals, being positive but not too positive, and what complaints do to the subconscious mind. Available for $7 to $15 in digital and printed formats.

 

 

 

WATCH | ‘Icarus’

Icarus is an Oscar-winning documentary, by American filmmaker Brian Fogel, who essentially embarks upon a doping experiment, investigating the ubiquity of the practice in professional and amateur cycling. When his investigation gets deeper, Fogel uncovers an international doping scandal involving a Russian scientist, the 2014 Sochi Olympics, switched urine samples and mysterious deaths. The film won Best Documentary at the 2018 Academy Awards, has a 93 percent rating on IMDB and is now available on Netflix.

 

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