Bonnie Raitt; Music from the Civil War; Amy Tan's New Novel; the Creation of Twitter

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bonnie Raitt tells us about her career, launching her own label, and winning her tenth Grammy Award for her latest album, "Slipstream." Randall Poster discusses putting together an album of music from both sides of the Civil War. Amy Tan on her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. Nick Bilton of the New York Times discusses the launch of Twitter and how the site’s quick rise in popularity sowed the seeds for power struggles.

Bonnie Raitt Rises

The 10-time Grammy winner joins us in the studio to talk about life as an independent artist and her album Slipstream.

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Music from Both Sides of the Civil War

Randall Poster, music supervisor for Wes Anderson's films and for the HBO show Boardwalk Empire, discusses putting together a new album called Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War. It features recordings by Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Earle, Karen Ellson, and Dolly Parton, Chris Thile, among others.

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Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan discusses her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. It spans more than 40 years and two continents, and resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of foreign  “Shanghailanders," both erased by World War II.

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Hatching Twitter

New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton tells the story behind Twitter, a drama of betrayed friendships and power struggles, as the founders went from engineers to wealthy celebrities. Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal tells how, as Twitter grew, the four founders fought bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and control over a company that grows larger and more powerful by the day. 

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