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January 29, 2015 | NPR · After six seasons, the final episode airs tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show is a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.
 

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January 20, 2015 | NPR · Producer Darren Bagert says there’s a boom-or-bust environment on Broadway — you’re either a huge hit or you close quickly. Two of the fall’s most highly anticipated musicals are closing this month.
 

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January 19, 2015 | NPR · Despite being long, convoluted and sometimes sleep-inducing, Swan Lake is a reliable ticket-seller for dance companies. The version most often performed today premiered in Russia in 1895.
 

January 19, 2015 | NPR · The former Daily Show correspondent becomes the only black man to host an entertainment show on late night TV. And he starts on an important occasion; the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
 

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January 11, 2015 | NPR · Streaming services like Netflix and the DISH Network’s new Sling TV are helping consumers break free of cable subscriptions. That means TV shows must find new ways to connect with their viewers.
 

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January 10, 2015 | NPR · Ninth-century satirist al-Jahiz remains a beloved figure in Islamic literature, but his modern-day counterparts — including comedian Bassem Youssef and cartoonist Ali Farzat — don’t have it easy.
 

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January 8, 2015 | NPR · At the TV Critics Association’s press tour, journalists can struggle to connect news on the industry to real life. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Tina Fey’s words on satire and freedom resonated.
 

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January 6, 2015 | NPR · As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR’s Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today’s headlines — especially on issues of race and class.
 

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January 5, 2015 | NPR · The British troupe 1927 has used vintage style and distinctive animation to make a name for itself in London and beyond. Its latest play is Golem.
 

 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in prison. Two previous rounds were also canceled.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Jeptoo, the three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, tested positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing drug. Last year, she was well on her way to winning the World Marathon Majors championship.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country’s institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China’s leaders and political system.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · In part two of David Greene’s conversation with Bill Parcells, the legendary football coach discusses how he dealt with players’ drug use, and redemption for the former Baltimore Raven running back.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · The show’s first new music show of 2015 features a fierce new track by Chilean singer Camila Moreno.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what’s going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.
 

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