Performing Arts

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · “All of us have chased the American dream so there’s something very universal about it,” the Irish actor says. O’Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck’s novella.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Dean’s “Paul Robeson” originally starred James Earl Jones when it opened on Broadway in 1978. It would go on to several revivals in New York and Europe.
 

Joan Marcus
April 14, 2014 | NPR · Steven Soderbergh’s new play confronts the topic of school shootings head on, peering into the shattered lives of the survivors and the stories they tell.
 

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April 11, 2014 | NPR · Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin is in the U.S. for the first time since he was injured last year. He says he hopes ballet will help soothe international tensions.
 

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April 8, 2014 | NPR · Leon says he likes to attract diverse audiences, so different cultures rub together in the crowd. This spring, he’s directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and a new musical inspired by Tupac.
 

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April 7, 2014 | NPR · The 5-foot-3 dynamo poured his uncanny energy into a lifetime of roles alongside Hollywood’s biggest stars. Rooney, whose sunny portrayals of youth earned him an honorary Oscar, died Sunday.
 

Teresa Wood
April 5, 2014 | NPR · The new play recounts two tense weeks at the mountain retreat as President Jimmy Carter helped broker a peace between Israeli prime minister Menachim Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
 

AMC
March 27, 2014 | NPR · While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series’ final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.
 

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March 27, 2014 | NPR · “It is under the pressure of desperation that extraordinary things can happen in a human life,” says the South African playwright. Fugard staged an interracial play in Johannesburg in 1961.
 

March 25, 2014 | NPR · It’s not all that common for Broadway actors to work with each other over and over again. But right now, two sets of stars are enjoying their third shows together — which can be good and bad.
 

 

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News

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The military’s training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Search teams are digging through ice and snow on Mount Everest in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing. Survivors say the avalanche was like being trapped in a cloud.
 

Arts & Life

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he’s not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
 

Ricardo Solis
April 19, 2014 | NPR · The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR’s Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.
 

Music

April 19, 2014 | NPR · Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full “jazz orchestra” of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The songs, videos and musical moments that stopped the All Songs host in his tracks. This week: A cat video, a live double rainbow and all the soles you can shake a camera at.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as a percussion instrument — with surprisingly shimmering results. He also performs a piano piece he wrote at just 16.
 

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