Friday, February 24, 2017

Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions? by Npr/ted Staff

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more ris…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Exhibition Celebrates Merce Cunningham And His Choreography Of Chance by Euan Kerr

Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move — that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Man Of Good Hope' Tells A Somali Refugee's Story — In Song by Jeff Lunden

The musical was inspired by Asad Abdullahi, who, as a child, embarked on a perilous journey through Africa. "It's sort of a Greek epic in its proportions," says director Mark Dornford-May.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber Has 4 Musicals On Broadway — At The Same Time by NPR Staff

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber hit a milestone this past week. He's the first since Rodgers and Hammerstein to have four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Broadway's Getting A New Theater, Which Is Also Its Oldest by Jeff Lunden

In New York City, the venerable Hudson Theater reopens this week, after nearly a half-century of being used for other purposes. It's the newest addition to Broadway's 40 stages.

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As Trump Mulls Funding Cuts For The Arts, An Artist Argues Against The NEA

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for th…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

30 Years After 'A Different World,' 'The Quad' Brings HBCU Life Back To TV by NPR Staff

Actress Anika Noni Rose discusses her new show The Quad. The series follows success and scandal on the campus of a fictional historically black university.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

New Play About 'Roe V. Wade' Is A Prism For Looking At The American Divide by Elizabeth Blair

Roe tells the stories of "Jane Roe" and the lawyer who argued her side of the case. Playwright Lisa Loomer says it may be a history play, but so much of what happens in it still happens toda…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yale Repertory Marks 50 Years As A Theater Incubator by Jeff Lunden

The theater — part of the Yale School of Drama — has given leading playwrights a place to refine their work. August Wilson said it was crucial to his development.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

'Pretty Big Movement' Takes On Dance Company Stereotypes

A video of a dance company in New York has gone viral, with over 7 million views. Akira Armstrong explains why she founded the dance company for "full-figured" women, called "Pretty Big Move…

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After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus To Shut Down by Emma Bowman

After struggling to remain relevant amid public concern for animal welfare, coupled with high production costs, "The Greatest Show On Earth" will come to an end in May, the company announced…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry by Alice Fordham

Driven to save his culture, an ethnic Assyrian living in Britain is recording ancient, epic tales of adventure sung by modern-day bards. The songs echo stories from ancient Greece to the Bib…

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Gethard talks of hitting rock bottom in his off-Broadway show, billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Actor And Activist Jesse Williams: 'I'm Certain I'm Making A Difference' by NPR Staff

The Grey's Anatomy co-star tells NPR's Michel Martin he's seen the effects of his actions in the public consciousness and discourse. He says he's inspired by black women and the black LGBTQ …

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Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise 'Understanding' On Stage by Jeff Lunden

What happens when you put seven cops and seven civilians in a rehearsal room once a week for 10 weeks? The result is a free show called To Protect, Serve, and Understand at the Brooklyn Musi…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Rockettes To Perform At Donald Trump's Inauguration, Whether They Like It Or Not by Maggie Penman

Donald Trump's transition team has confirmed that The Rockettes will perform at the inauguration celebration — though one dancer said on social media that she was "embarrassed and disappoi…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. …

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Taking A Crack At A New 'Nutcracker': This One's Set At The World's Fair by Jeff Lunden

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has a fresh take on the classic Christmas tale. The $4 million Joffrey Ballet production premieres Saturday, and doesn't center around a wealthy Victorian …

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

'It's (Sexy) Asian Men!' Hallelujah! by Ashley Westerman

The new short web film "It's Asian Men!" aims to tackle a big issue: Why Asian-American men are rarely cast on TV or in movies as the romantic or sexy lead. No Long Duk Dong here.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Century Later, 'Peter Pan' Still Soars On Kids' Faith In Goodness by Christopher Blank

The play "Peter Pan" has been performed at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis for decades. One theater-lover finds new meaning in the old play by watching it through the eyes of school c…

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Heart-Stopping Production Numbers Make Up For A Thin Plot In 'An American In Paris' by Lloyd Schwartz

The new Broadway musical was inspired by the hit 1951 Hollywood musical starring Gene Kelly, with music by George Gershwin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz explains why he hopes a lot of people see th…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Targeted To Teens, A German Play About ISIS Stokes Fear, Teaching Opportunities by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

A play based on the experiences of one of the few journalists to have reported from behind ISIS lines is causing controversy. Critics are wary of how students will receive the sensitive them…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

To Make It In Comedy You Have To Bet On Yourself by NPR Staff

Stephen Agyei is a Denver-based comedian who's ready to quit his day job and take his comedy full time. The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr.'s advice? Move to a coast.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

'Hamilton' To Pence: 'We Are The Diverse America Who Are Alarmed' by Jessica Taylor

Pence was met with boos and cheers as he came to see the show, and afterwards the diverse cast and crew delivered a pointed statement about what they believe really makes America great.

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'Hamilton' Cast Makes Appeal To Attendee Mike Pence, Amid Emotional Audience

Vice president-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway production of Hamilton last night. At the end of the musical, the cast of the show had a message for him.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Story Behind The 'Tea And Oranges' In Leonard Cohen's Song 'Suzanne' by Nina Martyris

Cohen's friend Suzanne Verdal fed him a black tea with pieces of orange rind in it. That tea is Constant Comment, sold by the Bigelow Tea Co. First sold in the 1940s, it remains popular even…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Anna Kendrick Says Acting Is 'The Way That I Learn About Other People'

The Pitch Perfect star started acting when she was 6. Back then, she says, she likely just did it for the attention. "Then it sort of transformed into something that was really meaningful fo…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Comedian Aparna Nancherla Makes Light Of The Heavy Stuff by NPR Staff

Nancherla is riding high with a new TV special, a tour and a new album, Just Putting It Out There — all while dealing with some difficult personal issues, like depression and anxiety, on s…

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Akron Works To Bring Joy To Voting by M.l. Schultze

Akron is one of four cities using civic-engagement grants to make voting a more playful and community-oriented act.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

This Election Is Even Tough For Comedians

For the past two years this election season has been relentless. And it turns out it's especially tough for stand up comedians. Washington, D.C. comedian Rob Maher explains.

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