The Inside Scoop On Octopus! From Penguin’s Beaks & Geeks Podcast

Katherine Harmon Courage

octopus bookTo celebrate the forthcoming paperback release of Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea, I talked with the awesome folks at Penguin’s Beaks and Geeks podcast.

Listen in to get the full inside story on the book–all the unexpected travels, creepy meals, awesome science, and the good, the bad, and the uglies of writing a book.

You can listen to the full podcast here. And if you’re gripped, grab a hardcover–or pre-order a paperback–for yourself or raddest geek on your holiday list.

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#RaisingReaders Monday: The Weather Outside is Frightful!


Icy cold wind has been whipping through our New Jersey town this past week, making me thankful I ordered a new coat for my 5 year old. (We generally deal in hand-me-downs, but the coat she was slated to wear this year survived 2 winters with each of her sisters and one with her before falling apart at the seams.) I’m also thankful (just this once) that I no longer live in Michigan – where my Dad spent his weekend shoveling snow and salting icy paths in preparation for a week of  – you guessed it – more shoveling and salting.

When the weather turns more bitter than chilly, we all spend more time indoors. If your kids are anything like mine, they start getting restless – and inventive – and downright insane – when they don’t have a chance to run and shout and climb. But rather than lose…

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Eight Sample Piano Recital Programmes by Clara Rodríguez. Season 2014-15


Clara-04 Concert pianist/ Concertista de piano Clara Rodríguez

Ocho propuestas de recitales de

Clara Rodríguez. Temporada 2014-15

Clara RodriguezSample Recitals
Programme I

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque (Clair de lune)

Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No 2

Chopin: Scherzo No 1 in B minor

Ernesto Lecuona: Vals poético, Conga de media noche, La comparsa, Malagueña.

Geroge Gershwin: Three Preludes

Teresa Carreño: Mi Teresita Waltz

Maria Luisa Escobar: Noche de luna en Altamira

Moisés Moleiro: Joropo

Programme II

Domenico Scarlatti: Four sonatas

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 57 “Appassionata”

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No 3

Isaac Albéniz: Sevilla, Sous le palmiers, Asturias, El Puerto, Granada, Córdoba

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Six Moments Musicaux Op.16

Programme III

Canción y Danza VI Federico Mompou (1893-1987)

Sonata in B flat K333 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Nocturne Op. 62 No 1 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Polonaise -fantaisie Op.61 Frederic Chopin

Dansa do indio branco Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Four Venezuelan pieces

Canción Antonio…

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“No mortal can compare to Liszt” by Clara Rodriguez


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StagedinCaracasin July2011


·Pianist: ClaraRodriguez

·Actress: CaridadCanelón

·Narrator: MiguelDelgado-Estévez

Claraenters in  darkness andsits at the piano, a dim lightbecomes strongergraduallyand she starts to play theConcert StudyNo. 3 “Unsospiro” by FranzLiszt

ACTRESS: FranzLiszt, was a Hungarian composerandpianist who has been described asthe firstrockstar.His extraordinarysuccess led toterms likeLisztomaniaandLisztFeverdueto the hysteriaproduced byhis public appearances.

NARRATOR: At the time of his birth, in Vienesse cafés, Beethoven talked to his friends of Bolívar’s triumphs in Latin America, it was the year ofthe signing ofthe first Constitution ofthe Republic ofVenezuela, it was the year of  The Great Comet…

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