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How The Washington Ballet Keeps Those Sugarplums Fresh, Year After Year

After ten years of sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers, we find out how the Washington Ballet keeps its D.C.-specific production of The Nutcracker fresh.

Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite'

Scott Saul's new book, Becoming Richard Pryor, describes how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam, to being a transformative figure in entertainment.

A Prediction For How 'Serial' Is Going To End

In part one of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch editor Matt Thompson makes the brave and foolhardy decision to predict the conclusion.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 11

You can follow the personal journeys of South Africans born during apartheid or see a documentary film exploring depictions of African Americans in photography.


The Risks, Rewards And Mysteries Of Reporting From Iran

Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.

Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

Welcome to the first meeting of NPR's new book club! We're reading Hector Tobar's account of 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine. Send us your questions; we may read them on-air.

More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans

Light beer doesn't have to mean less flavor. A growing trend is offering another option. Session beers emphasize craft-beer taste with alcohol as low as or lower than big-brand light beers.

From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. She says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 10

It’s getting cold outside, but you can warm up with back-to-back nights of jazz and swing. A modern dance troupe investigates human behavior through movement.