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Black Girlhood Takes Center Stage In A Work That's Serious About 'Play'

"Black girls playing; black girl joy" — that's what choreographer Camille Brown says her new show is all about. She's taking Black Girl: Linguistic Play to stages, schools and prisons around the U.S.

ABC's 'The Muppets' Brings The Classic Characters Into Modern Culture

The fall TV season begins this week and one of the most anticipated new shows is The Muppets. It's a mockumentary, behind-the-scenes type of show that premieres Tuesday night on ABC.

Some Kids' Books Are Worth The Wait: 'They Do Take Time,' Says Kevin Henkes

The Caldecott and Newbery award-winning author says he won't publish anything he isn't proud of. His new picture book is about five figurines on a windowsill who are all waiting for something.

Keeping Loved Ones' Holiday Recipes Alive, Long After They've Left The Table

NPR's Marc Silver lost his mother-in-law in 2005. But she remains a presence at family meals this Jewish holiday season, through his dogged trial-and-error attempts to re-create her favorite treats.

Surgeon Seeks To Help Women Navigate Breast Cancer Treatment

Thirty years ago no one uttered the words "breast cancer" in public. Now there's no shortage of information, but the glut can make it hard for women to make choices about care.

'Fates And Furies' Offers A Tour-De-Force Plot, Minus Compelling Characters

Lauren Groff's new novel paints a portrait of marriage from the clashing viewpoints of a husband and wife. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Fates and Furies is "a marvel" — but that it could be better.

'Fresh Air' Remembers: Jack Larson, Who Played Jimmy Olsen On TV's 'Superman'

Best known as the oft-kidnapped cub reporter on the original Superman TV show, Larson was also a poet, playwright and librettist. He died at his home Sunday. Originally broadcast in 1993.

Remembering A'Lelia Walker, Who Made A Ritzy Space For Harlem's Queer Black Artists

Walker's Hudson River parties played a crucial role in the Harlem Renaissance: They provided a safe, welcoming space for queer black artists at a time when they were often pushed into the shadows.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 22, 2015

This week you can learn about and laugh at civic issues and how they’re handled, or see a musical performance dedicated to popular music from the 1960s and '70s.


5 TV Shows To Watch In An Otherwise Uninspiring Fall Season

The networks mostly played it safe — and boring — this year. But critic Eric Deggans found a few shows you shouldn't miss: The Muppets, Supergirl, Grandfathered, The Grinder and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.