Performing Arts

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March 24, 2015 | NPR · British comic actor James Corden took over CBS’s Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.
 

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March 21, 2015 | KUT · 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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March 18, 2015 | NPR · 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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March 14, 2015 | NPR · 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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March 11, 2015 | NPR · Ovation’s American Canvas has a lot of fun in San Francisco, starting with the art installation at Alcatraz.
 

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March 10, 2015 | NPR · 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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March 8, 2015 | NPR · 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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March 7, 2015 | NPR · 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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March 6, 2015 | NPR · Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.
 

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March 5, 2015 | NPR · 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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News

March 27, 2015 | NPR · For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what’s happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India’s few foreign correspondents.
 

Alli Rader
March 27, 2015 | NPR · The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn’t easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.
 

March 27, 2015 | NPR · The case was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley. Pao had sued her former employers for $16 million in damages.
 

Arts & Life

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research into the stark childhoods of murderers.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.
 

Music

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · In West Virginia, the Pistol Annies member sings country songs about her colorful rural upbringing.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops in “All The Things You Are” and duets with host Marian McPartland in “It’s Delovely.”
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · For decades, Carlos Varela has doled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.
 

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