Professor Deleso Alford shines a light on horrors suffered for science. She tells these stories to create better doctors for the future. Regina Carter's Reverse Thread is a spirited celebration of traditional and contemporary folk music from Africa that honors its source material while using jazz to dig in deeper. Skarsgard Farms, CSA formerly known as Los Poblanos Organics, revs up a fleet of Harvest Trucks that serve concoctions crafted from fine, local ingredients. In Where Do We Go Now? Nadine Labaki and her host of collaborators create a rural Middle Eastern town sheltered from world or religious strife. Carsten Stroud's Niceville is damn-good poolside reading. And, to be fair, it even makes a go at tackling that whole literary merit thing.