Performing Arts

CBS
May 21, 2015 | NPR · Late Show host David Letterman said goodbye Wednesday night with his trademark self-deprecating sarcasm. He left as he had arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.
 

AP
May 20, 2015 | NPR · The musical has some of the best-known songs in Broadway history, but it originally had other tunes that almost no one knows. Some of those songs were recently performed for the first time in decades.
 

AMC
May 18, 2015 | NPR · AMC’s Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. Fans may have loved how characters’ stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.
 

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May 14, 2015 | NPR · No one has been a late-night TV host longer than David Letterman, who retires Wednesday after 33 years. Here’s what he told TV Critic Eric Deggans about leaving the Ed Sullivan Theater one last time.
 

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May 11, 2015 | NPR · The 82-year-old playwright says he thought he was done writing about South Africa after apartheid ended — but there were more stories in him, like this tale of a farmer who paints his life on rocks.
 

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May 11, 2015 | NPR · Tonight, a new play by Athol Fugard opens off-Broadway. It’s based on the story of Nukain Mabuza, a poor farm laborer in South Africa who was obsessed with creating a garden of painted rocks.
 

ABC
May 8, 2015 | NPR · TV networks officially reveal fall schedules next week, but word has already spread on some new shows and cancellations. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says early trends include more diversity, big names.
 

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May 2, 2015 | NPR · The musical’s heroine was inspired by an English-Indian governess who really did travel to the king of Siam’s court. The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, has received nine Tony nominations.
 

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April 28, 2015 | NPR · The political, one-woman play starring Anne Hathaway seems to be the opposite of what Taymor — the creative force behind Broadway’s The Lion King and Spider-Man musical — is known for.
 

Alexandra Starr
April 28, 2015 | NPR · As ABC’s Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country’s ballroom dance scene.
 

 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · The symbolic gesture was aimed at reunifying two nations still technically at war. But an event staged in the name of peace ended up exposing some distrust that’s lasted for decades.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Social justice is part of the recipe at New York’s Greyston Bakery. The firm, whose clients include Ben & Jerry’s, hires locals whose legal status or work history might otherwise make them unhirable.
 

AP
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests overnight Saturday as angry residents protested the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.
 

Arts & Life

Emily Bogle
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Naomi Novik’s latest is a re-worked “Beauty and the Beast,” with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it “moving, heart-breaking, and thoroughly satisfying.”
 

May 24, 2015 | NPR · M.G. Vassanji’s book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.
 

NPR
May 23, 2015 | NPR · It’s Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi’s new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.
 

Music

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Experimental artist Holly Herndon, who mashes up collected sounds, dance music and pop, reflects on society’s relationship with technology on her new album, Platform.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 23, 2015 | NPR · The polymath pianist and composer has released three new albums — including a recording of his own Mass, whose writing was interrupted by a disastrous car accident.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · A defense of the monumental, enduring, deceptively complex Swedish pop quartet, and the underlying emotion that has helped its hooks connect with fans for generations.
 

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