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Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city.

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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The hip-hop drama ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.

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These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Forbidden City was part of a Chinese-American nightclub scene that flourished in 1940s and '50s San Francisco. But between racial taunts and scandalized parents, its performers didn't have it easy.

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A Travel Show For Your Favorite Weird-Museum And Dance Enthusiast

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ovation's American Canvas has a lot of fun in San Francisco, starting with the art installation at Alcatraz.

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New HBO Now Streaming Service Shows Consumer's Will Is King

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HBO on Monday announced a new service presenting its shows online without a cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it also shows the power of consumers to bring change in a digital world.

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Helen Mirren Extends Her Elizabethan Reign In 'The Audience'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Playwright Peter Morgan eavesdrops on more than 60 years of private conversations between Queen Elizabeth II, played by Mirren, and her prime ministers in The Audience.

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After 60 Years Of Fabulousness, Dame Edna Embarks On Her Farewell Tour

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The housewife and superstar — a creation of Australian comedian Barry Humphries — says it's not entirely clear what her retirement will look like. "I'm a restless spirit," she says.

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TED Radio Hour

What Are The Mathematics of Jazz?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.

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Fresh Air

Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. David says the idea came to his "twisted mind" when his friend's dad passed away.

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'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

Sunday, March 01, 2015

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.

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Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.

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Morning Edition

This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

Friday, February 27, 2015

New episodes of Netflix's House of Cards debut today, and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says this season's challenges may please critics who say the show's vision of Washington, D.C., runs too smoothly.

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An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

Friday, February 20, 2015

While immigration is a subject of some of the most intense political debates in this country, inaugural poet Richard Blanco says it also drives his art. He shares his journey of becoming an American.

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Popular Mexican Actress Lorena Rojas Dies

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

She acted in telenovelas, but also made a name for herself in film and on stage.

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All Things Considered

One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has written a trilogy of provocative and fantastical explorations of race. His latest, based on a 1859 melodrama, pokes fun at conventions while raising difficult questions.

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All Things Considered

Comedian Bill Burr Says Stand-Up In Asia In Its 'Lenny Bruce Years'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Burr — just back from a trip to India — about comedy abroad, and how difficult it is for an American to find material that will make the world laugh.

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All Things Considered

'Shesh Yak' Explores A Society Torn Apart By The Syrian Civil War

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The off-Broadway production is the work of a Syrian playwright trying to sort out the fear and distrust that have torn his country apart. It's written for audiences who only know Syria from the news.

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For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Whether they find Valentine's Day "icky," or the "Christmas of love," stand-up comics Jim Gaffigan, Marina Franklin and Ted Alexandro all find plenty of funny material in romance — or the lack of it.

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Australia To Compete In The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This is the first time an Australian will compete in the song competition that brings in nearly 200 million viewers. The big question is: who will represent Australia at the event in May?

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For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's hero is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her. "I feel like I'm doing this to find out what's next in my life," Mitchell says.

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