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March 30, 2015 | NPR · South African comedian Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the next host of The Daily Show. It might not be the most obvious pick, but why make the most obvious pick?
 

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless says that Trevor Noah “has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America.”
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · Turns out, the history of Kraft’s dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · In the new TV Land show, Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old who needs to get back into the job market. So she moves to Brooklyn, gets highlights, learns how tweet, and pretends to be in her 20s.
 

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · Stephen King has said his novel Carrie is about women’s power and men’s fear — an idea reporter Beth Accomando says has gotten lost in newer adaptations of the horror classic for stage and screen.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what’s making us happy this week.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · On today’s Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard’s novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, “I look at this show as Elmore Leonard’s show, and we’re all in service of him.”
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · With a name like Dong — and so few roles for Asian-American men on TV — it’s understandable that this character has been raising eyebrows. But in the context of the show, Dong makes complete sense.
 

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March 25, 2015 | NPR · Maybe it’s a sign that the U.S. does have influence in the Middle East. Lebanon’s newest reality show, The Sisters, might look familiar. It features a trio of sisters who are into fashion big time.
 

 

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News

March 30, 2015 | NPR · The measure could make it harder for states using made-to-order execution drugs to buy them. The American Pharmacists Association voted on the policy at its annual meeting.
 

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March 30, 2015 | WDET · Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · The death-row population in the state is growing because no one has been put to death in nearly a decade. Gov. Jerry Brown is asking for more money to open 100 more cells.
 

Arts & Life

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren’t even African — they’re Chinese.
 

March 30, 2015 | NET · More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we’d all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
 

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. “There is a grief in all poetry,” he writes in his latest book of essays. “Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not.”
 

Music

March 30, 2015 | NPR · NPR music critic Will Hermes reviews an album that contains the best storytelling he’s heard in a long time. It’s the debut album from Courtney Barnett.
 

March 30, 2015 | NPR · Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.
 

Mountain Stage
March 30, 2015 | NPR · Delving into exploratory jams, the band plays songs from its new album live in West Virginia.
 

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