Performing Arts

Fox TV
September 22, 2014 | NPR · As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway’s landscape, and whether it matters.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · On the anniversary of the iconic series, NPR’s Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography about how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
 

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September 13, 2014 | NPR · The Daily Show correspondent will become the first black co-anchor of Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update.” NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says his hire could help diversify comedy well beyond NBC.
 

September 9, 2014 | NPR · In her new children’s book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. “It’s hard to be the one that stands out,” she says.
 

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September 4, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Eric Deggans says the comedian was a show business survivor whose tireless work ethic kept her relevant long after other comics would have faded away. She died Thursday at 81.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR’s Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, American audiences are the ones who miss out.
 

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.
 

 

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News

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September 22, 2014 | KQED · You’d think that mosquitoes wouldn’t like drought, but that’s not what’s happening in California, where stagnant water breeds more mosquitoes. Cases of West Nile virus have doubled since last year.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · The eruption has been going for weeks. So far it hasn’t been catastrophic, but it has been creating new ground.
 

September 22, 2014 | NPR · The men are described as senior Afghan army officers who were vetted before being allowed to participate in the exercise. They are not considered a threat, officials say.
 

Arts & Life

Fox TV
September 22, 2014 | NPR · As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · On Friday night, Shonda Rhimes spoke about her hugely successful television career, her love of the National Spelling Bee, and the New York Times article that called her an “angry black woman.”
 

September 22, 2014 | NPR · A working-class activist anchors this graphic novel portrayal of British suffrage. Sally Heathcote is a compelling mix of visual ingenuity and historical accuracy.
 

Music

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September 22, 2014 | KCRW · A new collaboration between Mary J. Blige and Disclosure, Tokimonsta and more on this week’s two-hour mix of EDM and house music from KCRW’s Jason Bentley.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · Amalie Bruun, the Danish musician behind the atmospheric black-metal project Myrkur, communes with the forest and summons the oceans.
 

Warner Classics
September 22, 2014 | WQXR · Stream a performance by the stellar Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle in a program of Rachmaninov, Bruch and Stravinsky with dazzling violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
 

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