Monday, March 27, 2023

Visa fees may be hiked for performing artists traveling to the U.S. by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Travel to the U.S. for performing artists could get more expensive after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has proposed doubling the cost of visa applications.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:42PM
Saturday, March 25, 2023

WWDTM: David Axelrod by NPR

On this week's episode, we head to Tucson to talk politics with David Axelrod, the former consultant who helped get President Obama elected.Support NPR by signing up for Wait Wait... Don't T…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:58AM

The Queen's Cartoonists: Where jazz meets animation and hints of musical circus by Monika Evstatieva

The Queen's Cartoonists is a jazz band with elements of classical music, comedy and clowning that performs music live to animation, both old and contemporary.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:42AM
Friday, March 24, 2023

NYC drag queen Linda Simpson reflects on the scene that set the stage for RuPaul by Terry Gross

Linda Simpson performed in and chronicled the drag scene in the '80s and '90s, taking some 5,000 photos of performers. She calls Tennessee's anti-drag legislation "ridiculous."

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:18AM
Saturday, March 18, 2023

WWDTM: Sam Waterston by NPR

On this week's episode, guest host Karen Chee talks with legendary actor Sam Waterston about Law & Order, how to look good in a stovepipe hat, and where to see raccoons doing Shakespeare…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Drag queen (and ordained minister) Bella DuBalle won't be silenced by new Tenn. law by Terry Gross

DuBalle says the legislators behind a new law criminalizing public drag shows don't understand the art: "They think that every drag performer is doing something hypersexual or obscene."

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:51PM
Saturday, March 11, 2023

2023 marks a watershed year for Asian performers at the Oscars by Bob Mondello

With four nominations, more Asian performers were recognized by the Academy in 2023 than in any single year in its history. In other respects, this year was a step back from diversity at the…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:35PM

Nick Kroll by NPR

Nick Kroll is a brilliant comedian and one of the minds behind Big Mouth and History of the World, Part II. We Rick Roll Nick Kroll, that is, ask him questions about roles played by actors n…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:55AM

From elected official to 'Sweatshop Overlord,' this performer takes on unlikely roles by Chloe Veltman

Kristina Wong is a Los Angeles-based satirical artist with a history of taking on surprising leadership positions in real life and on stage. Her latest solo show is Kristina Wong, Sweatshop …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:01AM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Actor Topol, who appeared in 'Fiddler on the Roof' hundreds of times, has died by Jeff Lunden

Topol — the actor who went by a single name and who appeared on stage as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof hundreds of times — has died.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:53PM

Adults complained about a teen theater production and the show's creators stepped in by Elizabeth Blair

High school theater teachers fear their stages will be the next battleground in the culture war. Plays have been canceled or removed when local officials claim the content is inappropriate.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:01AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Wait Wait Anthology: Reality TV Edition by NPR

On this episode of The Wait Wait Anthology, we bring the drama and dive deep into the world of reality TV. From The Bachelor to The Kardashians, we leave no stone unturned and no suite un-fa…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:35PM
Sunday, March 5, 2023

Netflix's 'Chris Rock: Selective Outrage' reveals a lot of anger for Will Smith by Eric Deggans

Almost a year later, Chris Rock is still seething about 'The Slap' and he told an audience how much he now despises Will and Jada Pinkett Smith

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:11AM
Saturday, March 4, 2023

Malala Yousafzai on winning the Nobel Peace Prize while in chemistry class by NPR

At the age of 17, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and now a documentary she executive produced is nominated for an Oscar. And, if she answers our th…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Friday, March 3, 2023

How bills restricting drag could impact high school theatre productions by Elizabeth Blair

More than a dozen states have proposed bills that would restrict minors' access to drag performances. So where does that leave high school theatre productions like Rent or nontraditional cas…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:34PM
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The theatrical curtain call is more than just bows by Bob Mondello

You're at the theater, the last scene ends, and the cast comes out for applause. It's pretty standard today. But curtain calls once were eccentric, revealing, funny and just plain effective.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:12PM
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Best of the First 25 Years by NPR

We celebrate our 25th anniversary with Mikeael Shiffrin, Leonard Nimoy, Mae Jemison, Stephen Colbert, John Hodgman, and Ozzie Smith.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:02PM
Friday, February 24, 2023

Why I'm running away to join the circus (really) by Jack Lepiarz

Circus performance transcends age, socioeconomic status, even language. You can go anywhere in the world and entertain anyone. And for me, it's my home away from home.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:24AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Everyone & Spotify Stalking by NPR

Comedian Dulcé Sloan and Emma give your playlists the side eye. Plus we ask Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel if you should be self conscious about your bad taste in music.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:52AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Sheryl Lee Ralph explains why she almost left showbiz — and what kept her going by Juana Summers

Sheryl Lee Ralph opens up about how she rediscovered her ability later in life, playing Barbara Howard in Abbott Elementary, and how she thinks about her success later in her life.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:00AM
Sunday, February 19, 2023

Alvin Ailey's dance company marks 65 years

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Robert Battle, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, about the company's 2023 tour, which explores themes of love and joy.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:30PM
Saturday, February 18, 2023

At 3 she snuck in to play piano, at nearly 80, she's a Colombian classical legend by Betto Arcos

Teresita Gómez learned piano in secret at the exclusive fine arts school where her parents worked. She's now a celebrated classical pianist and a longtime promoter of music by Colombian com…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:43PM

An energy crunch forces a Hungarian ballet company to move to a car factory by The Associated Press

The Ballet Company of Gyor began rehearsing at a local Audi factory last month after being forced to shutter its rehearsal hall in response to soaring energy prices.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:04PM

Rosie Perez by NPR

Rosie Perez is a cultural icon, from Do The Right Thing to White Men Can't Jump to her new role on Showtime's Your Honor. She's the best part of any project she's in, but can she answer our …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Saturday, February 11, 2023

A rarely-revived Lorraine Hansberry play is here — and it's messy but powerful by Jeff Lunden

Hansberry is best known for A Raisin in the Sun — but as she lay dying, she wrote this play about the haplessness of white liberals. Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan star.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:16PM

Geena Davis by NPR

Geena Davis went from being an Oscar-winning actor to a skilled archer to an activist to an author, and she's now executive producer of CBS' Mission Unstoppable. But, can she answer our thre…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Friday, February 10, 2023

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing by Christina Tucker

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: the Switched on Pop episode about SZA, the movie Sharper, Burt Bacharach's legacy a…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:01PM

An artist's 'Healing Project,' focused on incarceration and violence, wins $1 million by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Multidisciplinary artist Samora Pinderhughes has explored mass incarceration for the last eight years. With this sizeable grant, he hopes to sustain "The Healing Project" for decades to come.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:01AM
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

The Wait Wait Anthology: Cats Edition by NPR

Introducing The Wait Wait Anthology, a deep dive into the Wait Wait archives hosted by Bill Kurtis

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:33PM

N.Y. Philharmonic chief looks to Gustavo 'Dudamel era' after historic appointment by Olivia Hampton

New York philharmonic president and CEO Deborah Borda discusses the decisionmaking process behind bringing the superstar conductor to the Big Apple.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:16PM
Monday, February 6, 2023

With Grammy win, Viola Davis earns EGOT by Mallory Yu

Viola Davis won her first Grammy for the best audiobook, narration and storytelling recording for her memoir, Finding Me. With it, she achieves the acclaimed EGOT status.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:10PM

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