Performing Arts

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September 26, 2014 | NPR · As classic sitcom Gilligan’s Island celebrates its 50th birthday, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it is an example of a show much loved by fans despite widely acknowledged mediocrity.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · The firestorm kicked off by a New York Times analysis of TV’s most successful black female showrunner mostly highlights how some struggle to handle new voices taking over the cultural conversation.
 

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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 19, 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.
 

 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Leung Chun-ying says Beijing will not accede to demonstrators’ demands for democratic reforms. Meanwhile, activists have vowed a new phase of civil disobedience on Wednesday.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher. That’s almost twice the rate of their baby boomer parents.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · New drugs and vaccines can take years to develop. But health officials and researchers are accelerating tests of experimental drugs to fight the outbreak in West Africa.
 

Arts & Life

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it’s the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.
 

September 30, 2014 | NPR · Kim Zupan’s debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that’s as honest as it is unsettling.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Director David Fincher’s excellent adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl relies on stellar performances and ultimately on a diabolically twisting narrative structure.
 

Music

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Grab yourself two free handfuls of new tunes selected by our panel of public-radio hosts, including new music from King Tuff, Sarah Jaffe, Frazey Ford, The Gotobeds, Hollie Cook and more.
 

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September 29, 2014 | NPR · In the West, we’re used to hearing dance music at weddings. In southern Madagascar, guests might hear tsapiky, a regional guitar-band music, at funerals, as well as any other number of ceremonies.
 

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September 29, 2014 | NPR · At 46, Joshua Bell leads nine young musicians in the 30-minute HBO documentary Masterclass. Here, the violinist gives advice on finding yourself in the music.
 

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