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Swing Your Partner: W.Va. Circles Back To Square Dancing

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Communities are coming together to keep the square-dancing tradition alive, hoping to pass the heritage on to future generations. A statewide project aims to bring back what was once a pillar of small-town life.

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'Pippin' Star Patina Miller Soars On Broadway

Monday, August 26, 2013

Actress Patina Miller made a splash on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act. This year, she won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Pippin. She portrays Leading Player, the circus artist who guides a young prince in finding meaning and magic in his life. Miller speaks with host Michel Martin about the intense physical training and personal sacrifices that went into recreating Pippin.

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Classics For Kids

Rodeo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Aaron Copland’s Rodeo takes place on a ranch out west. This week on Classics for Kids, saddle up and enjoy the story of the cowboys and girls who gather together for a barn dance to celebrate the end of their week.

Classics For Kids

Meet Agnes de Mille

Saturday, August 17, 2013

From the time she was little, Agnes de Mille loved to dance. During her long career, de Mille helped transform both American ballet and musical theater. This week on Classics for Kids, meet Agnes de Mille.

Soundcheck

Dance Beats Take Country Music To A New Level

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

There’s a new trend in country music: remixing. Emily Yahr of the Washington Post breaks it down for Soundcheck. 

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Radiolab

And Now For Something Completely Different

Saturday, August 03, 2013

I don't know what this is, or what it cost this guy to do what he does to his knees, or to the top of his skull. I don't know what I'm listening to. I only know that what happens in this video is beautiful.

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Soundcheck

Get To Know: AlunaGeorge

Friday, August 02, 2013

Before they even released their debut album earlier this week, British electro-R&B duo AlunaGeorge were topping the British charts with a collaborative dance track called "White Noise." Now, the duo's full-length Body Music is out -- and it's getting some pretty positive attention. Katherine St. Asaph, who wrote about the band for MTV Hive, joins us to explain why the band is blowing up, and what the album holds. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

George Balanchine, Liidia Ivanova, and Revolution

Monday, July 29, 2013

Elizabeth Kendall tells the story of two key figures in Russian ballet: famed choreographer George Balanchine and his close childhood friend and extraordinary ballerina Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova. Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer traces the lives and friendship of these two dancers from just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine's escape from Russia in 1924, and sheds new light on a crucial point in the history of ballet.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mayor's Race; Astronaut Wives; Balanchine, Ballet, and Revolution; Beach Erosion and Protection

Monday, July 29, 2013

Andrew Meier explains why Mayor Bloomberg’s 12 years in office may be the biggest issue in this year’s mayoral campaign. Lily Koppel looks at the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, who became national celebrities as their husbands launched into space. We’ll find out about the working and personal relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and his childhood friend, ballerina Lidia Ivanova. Kate Sheppard talks about how coastal communities from Maine to Miami are adapting to rising sea levels and the threat of flooding.

Preserving Balanchine's Ballet Legacy, 30 Years Later

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's work came to define ballet for much of the 20th century. He died in 1983, but his work survived thanks to his disciples who have taken his dances to ballet companies around the world.

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Soundcheck

!!!: Bass-Pumping Dance Rock

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hear some bass-pumping dance rock, courtesy of !!!, recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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Studio 360

American Icons: Appalachian Spring

Friday, July 05, 2013

In 1942, Aaron Copland was commissioned to write a score for the choreographer Martha Graham. Dance and music in America have never been the same. Their ballet Appalachian Spring looks at the tension between community and individualism through the story ...

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On Being

Meredith Monk — Archaeologist of the Human Voice [remix]

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A kind of archeologist of the human voice, Meredith Monk says that "the voice could be like the body" — flexible and fluid with practice. The longtime Buddhist practitioner pushes the boundaries of what we can do without words.

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On Being

[Unedited] Meredith Monk and Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A kind of archeologist of the human voice, Meredith Monk says that "the voice could be like the body" — flexible and fluid with practice. The longtime Buddhist practitioner pushes the boundaries of what we can do without words.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Savion Glover's "Stepz"

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Savion Glover talks about his dance company, the legacy of tap dancing, and about “Stepz,” his new show at The Joyce Theater through July 6.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Savion Glover

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He talked to guesthost Jonathan Capehart about his latest show, "Stepz," and he also told us about some of his favorite things!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Wrangling for Immigration Reform; Tap Dancer Savion Glover; Excesses on Wall St.; Unknown Shakespeare

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest host Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard. First, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky talks about today's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza looks at the congressional wrangling over immigration legislation. Savion Glover discusses  his new show at the Joyce called “Stepz.” Former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff describes what Wall Street people do after hours. And scholar James Shapiro shares some little known facts about Shakespeare and his work!

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To Be, Or Not To Be (Covered By The AP)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Associated Press won't be reviewing dance, opera or off-Broadway shows anymore. Does it matter?

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Soundcheck

Jon Hopkins: Subtlety, Depth, And Thick Beats, In The Studio

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hear electronic musician Jon Hopkins perform live in the studio.

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Modern Movement: How The Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

Thursday, May 30, 2013

In the early 1900s, the company shed the tutus and toeshoes and took a radically different approach to dance. A new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., explores how the Ballets Russes shocked audiences and married avant-garde music and art.

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