Performing Arts

Joan Marcus
April 16, 2015 | NPR · Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it’s coming to Broadway. NPR’s Neda Ulaby reports.
 

FX
April 14, 2015 | NPR · FX’s powerful modern-day Western ‘Justified’ airs its series finale tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says its end underscores the decline of a once-powerful TV genre.
 

Getty Images
April 13, 2015 | NPR · In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party’s elite military police force.
 

Showtime
April 12, 2015 | NPR · Showtime’s dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television’s most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.
 

HBO
April 10, 2015 | NPR · HBO’s Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on television this spring.
 

Music Division, Library of Congress
April 10, 2015 | NPR · An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.
 

NPR
April 9, 2015 | NPR · For the first time, two black dancers will star in a major American production of Swan Lake. NPR’s Elizabeth Blair peeks behind the curtain to see why it has been so hard for ballet to diversify.
 

Philip Rinaldi Publicity
April 7, 2015 | NPR · “Our paths haven’t crossed — we’ve beaten a path towards each other,” says playwright David Hare. “Bill is my favorite leading man.” Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare’s Skylight on Broadway.
 

AMC
April 3, 2015 | NPR · AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last seven installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.
 

Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC
March 31, 2015 | NPR · Hilary Mantel’s popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell’s legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith’s son’s potential for reinvention.
 

 

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News

NPR
April 17, 2015 | NPR · Golf is a sport that’s been enjoyed by both Democrats and Republicans through the decades, but bipartisan golf outings may be disappearing like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the President can implement his immigration plan before his term is up.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films
April 17, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Bob Mondello reviews Tangerines, an unconventional war drama that was this year’s Estonian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
 

Clear Skies Nevada LLC/IFC Films
April 17, 2015 | NPR · The new film Good Kill is a little too blunt in its treatment of drone warfare, but strong work from Ethan Hawke as a troubled pilot helps it along.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is “dumb,” says David Edelstein.
 

Music

Courtesy of Acoustic Sounds
April 17, 2015 | NPR · What’s getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody’s making new ones.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits, about the life and legacy of the show’s founder, Bill Arhos. Arhos died Saturday at 80.
 

Mountain Stage
April 17, 2015 | NPR · Hear the singer blend folk, rockabilly, pop, rock and blues live onstage in West Virginia.
 

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