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October 21, 2014 | NPR · One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.
 

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October 17, 2014 | NPR · Wendy Whelan, 47, will give her final performance with the New York City Ballet on Saturday. NPR spent time with the dancer as she prepared for her goodbye.
 

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October 13, 2014 | NPR · The actor says he’s been able to do a lot of different things in his life, including his role as Doogie Howser. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a “Choose Your Own Adventure.”
 

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October 9, 2014 | NPR · In the new play Colossal, a former football player, paralyzed after taking a bad hit during a game, reflects on his glory days and his struggles as a gay man in the macho culture of football.
 

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October 9, 2014 | NPR · Dancer, choreographer, director, actor and painter Geoffrey Holder died Sunday. His son, Leo, writes about the remarkable last night he spent with his father.
 

October 8, 2014 | NPR · In a new comedy album, Cameron Esposito covers strip clubs, her attraction to “women in crisis,” her awkward youth, and her bone-deep comfort in her own skin.
 

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October 7, 2014 | NPR · As The CW’s new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.
 

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October 7, 2014 | NPR · Author Mark Haddon never imagined The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would work as a play — he judged his writing by its unadaptability. But now it is one, and critics are loving it.
 

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October 5, 2014 | NPR · Legendary theater director Peter Brook is working on a new play centered on people with unusual conditions — like synesthesia, extraordinary memory or the inability to sense their own bodies.
 

 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · The man-made trees are designed to create a public space where people can gather and re-charge a battery — their own and their smartphone’s.
 

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October 25, 2014 | MPB · The University of Mississippi is making an ongoing effort to remove potentially divisive and racially charged symbols to try and make the campus more welcoming, but not everybody welcomes the changes.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · You can thank audio engineer Joe Carpenter and his 80 microphones every time you hear the crack of a bat, smack of a glove or thud of a base in this World Series.
 

Arts & Life

October 25, 2014 | OZY · Fondue sets, ice cream makers and juicers are fun to have, but they take up a lot of cash — and counter space. So a new Toronto start-up offers subscription-based access to borrowed appliances.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · At 5 foot 3, Muggsy Bogues holds the record as shortest player in NBA history. Criticism of his height started on the basketball courts of the Baltimore projects, and continued well into his career.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such “apparitions.”
 

Music

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Playing alongside Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on drums, Bruce sang such hits as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room” and “I Feel Free.”
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Christmas yields dozens of holiday albums each year. But, “Monster Mash” aside, what of Halloween?
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · The Danish String Quartet doesn’t live on Brahms and Beethoven alone. Watch the versatile group play Danish folk tunes, from centuries-old Fanø wedding dances to traditional Roskilde reels.
 

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