Performing Arts

BBC America
August 22, 2014 | NPR · The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show’s hero, The Doctor. Capaldi says the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.
 

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August 12, 2014 | NPR · Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides and sidesplitting routines in a blizzard of accents, attitudes and goodhearted energy. He died Monday at 63.
 

August 6, 2014 | NPR · Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.
 

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August 4, 2014 | NPR · As the son of a preacher, McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he’s the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Voice-over work often demands that Arthur Chu, recent Jeopardy! champ, feign speaking English in a “Chinese accent,” rather than the meticulously practiced American English that now comes naturally.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it’s $137. What’s going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
 

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July 21, 2014 | NPR · The French theater event has long been a pillar of the performing arts world. But talk of changes to festival workers’ off-season benefits has cast a shadow over this year’s celebration.
 

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July 21, 2014 | NPR · When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you’ll be singing along, too.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · The British comedy troupe has reunited for what they say is the final time in Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fans around the world will watch the last show Sunday, either in London or via live stream.
 

Seth Freeman
July 19, 2014 | NPR · Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy’s characters.
 

 

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News

YouTube
August 23, 2014 | NPR · A couple of anglers fishing off the Fla. coast hook a four-foot Blacktip shark. And then …
 

NASA
August 23, 2014 | NPR · The Air Force colonel was among the first group selected by NASA to train for the space shuttle program. He went on to fly four missions, two as commander.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Bardarbunga, a volcano in the center of the island nation, has experienced a sub-glacial eruption and could begin sending steam and ash skyward if it melts through the ice, scientists warn.
 

Arts & Life

Fox
August 23, 2014 | NPR · The Fox animated show Bob’s Burgers, which won the Emmy last weekend for Outstanding Animated Program, brings nuance and style to its female characters – particularly young Tina, who almost never was.
 

August 23, 2014 | NPR · The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad’s Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, “so that’s what I did.”
 

August 22, 2014 | NPR · The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
 

Music

NPR
August 23, 2014 | NPR · A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from Cavalo down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the ’30s.
 

August 23, 2014 | NPR · On MTV these days, you’re more likely to catch a reality show than any music. As Spin.com editor Craig Marks tells NPR’s Scott Simon, Sunday’s VMA awards will play homage to television from the past.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · In song after song on the Detroit artist’s genre-hopping full-length debut, one thing is consistent: a powerful, undeniable voice.
 

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