Performing Arts

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood’s golden age.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

TED
November 21, 2014 | NPR · Megan Washington is one of Australia’s most popular singer-songwriters, and since childhood she has had a stutter. She discusses how she finds quiet and serenity in singing.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.
 

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November 15, 2014 | WNYC · Down syndrome and two major surgeries couldn’t stop Hema Ramaswamy, who turned to classical Indian dance as a form of artistic and physical healing.
 

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November 14, 2014 | NPR · Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator.” She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.
 

TED
November 14, 2014 | NPR · Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.
 

TED
November 14, 2014 | NPR · Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic’s role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.
 

TED
November 14, 2014 | NPR · Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.
 

 

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News

November 28, 2014 | NPR · The video was posted to a Facebook page called My Stealthy Freedom showing Iranian women defying the country’s strict laws on female dress.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Following a decision by OPEC ministers not to cut production, crude prices have fallen to a four-year-low before rebounding slightly.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Sure as the season, some toys that turn up on the most-popular lists are also considered a safety hazard. So best to skip the LED crossbow, eye doctors say.
 

Arts & Life

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s show, Guy Raz of NPR’s TED Radio Hour joins us to talk about kids’ movies and the cultural fascination with outtakes.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood’s golden age.
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · A remembrance of murder mystery writer PD James, who died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England.
 

Music

November 28, 2014 | NPR · Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons’ hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band’s history, including why its songs had some “anger” in them.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays “They Didn’t Believe Me” and joins host Marian McPartland for “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

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