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August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For the first time, hear August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," recorded live in The Greene Space.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Dangerous Idea: Universal Recess!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mary Kay Zuravleff's Dangerous Idea?  Universal Recess.  For everyone.  Eight times a day.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson, and Infinite Possibilities

Friday, March 13, 2015

In a new play, a simple encounter between a man and a woman veers into an exploration of choice versus destiny.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Could Go Wrong in a Vegas Wedding?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tony Danza and Rob McClure star in "Honeymoon in Vegas." A commitment-phobic man tries to elope with his girlfriend in Vegas, but has to battle it out with a gambling widower.

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The Takeaway

New Musical Captures Great Migration & Journey Towards American Dream

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The new musical "Stagger Lee"  features songs that tell the stories of the goodbyes and farewells that came with the Great Migration, a journey made by millions that reshaped our nation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ozzie and Harriet, Pulled Apart By The Vietnam War

Friday, November 21, 2014

“Sticks and Bones,” a savagely comic portrait of an average American family pulled apart by the return of a son from the Vietnam War.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Problems of "Straight White Men"

Monday, November 17, 2014

A new play confronts the privileges afforded to straight, white men.

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On Being

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention [remix]

Thursday, August 07, 2014

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spi

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On Being

[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 07, 2014

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spi

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The Takeaway

Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playgrounds are much safer and calmer in today's age of concerned parents and lawsuit-fearing school districts, and when kids want to play outside their options are sometimes limited. Architect David Rockwell weighs in on the future of playgrounds. 

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The Takeaway

Latest Medicine on Prescription Pads: Outdoor Play

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In a pilot program called “Outdoors Rx,” doctors write prescriptions for kids to participate in outdoor activities, in an effort to promote better health and prevent chronic illness.

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On Being

Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character [remix]

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Community

FULL VIDEO | August Wilson Talk Series: Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WNYC

Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or story lines. 

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The Greene Space

August Wilson's American Century Cycle

Monday, July 01, 2013

August Wilson's celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. Join us for an historic series in The Greene Space as an extraordinary cast of actors and directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to make the first-ever recording of all ten plays.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Conversations with the 2012 Tony Nominees

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday, May 1, and you can hear Leonard's conversations with many of this year’s nominees. (You can find a full list of the nominees here.) The awards will be presented on June 10.

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The Takeaway

Trayvon Martin Story Echoed in New Play

Friday, April 13, 2012

The new play Slip/Shot opens tonight in Philadelphia. The play is set in 1962, at Florida State University in Tallahassee, and centers on the case of a 17-year-old African-American boy. The boy is unarmed, walking home from his girlfriend's late at night, when he is shot and killed by a white security guard. The local sheriff declines to press charges, and the security guard walks free. The story of Slip/Shot directly parallels the Trayvon Martin case, but playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger started working on the play months before the world had ever heard of Trayvon or George Zimmerman. And while Slip/Shot is set in the midst of the civil rights movement, its themes easily resonate today.

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The Takeaway

David Henry Hwang on His New Play 'Chinglish'

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Perhaps this has happened to you before. You’ve said something that someone misunderstood — with or without a translator. Due to culture, language, or even gender, a statement like "I appreciate your frankness" comes across as "I enjoy your rudeness." The new play, "Chinglish" pays tribute to, and pokes fun at, these moments when something gets lost in translation. The play is in both Mandarin and English. And because the show has subtitles similar to those at the opera, the audience is fully in on all the jokes, even when the mono-lingual characters are not. 

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The Takeaway

Jesse Eisenberg on His New Role Off-Broadway

Friday, October 21, 2011

At the age of 27, Jesse Eisenberg tackled the role of a lifetime. Playing Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," Eisenberg racked up dozens of nominations and awards. But his newest project is off-Broadway at the tiny Cherry Lane Theater here in New York. Jesse Eisenberg wrote and is starring in a new play called "Asuncion." The play explores what happens when a Filipina woman moves in with two ultra-liberal young men. Eisenberg plays Edgar, a bright, young man obsessed with saving the world.

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