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In China, A Persistent Thorn In The State's Side

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows the famous artist around the world as he repeatedly irks Chinese authorities with his art and political critiques. Fresh Air's John Powers says the documentary casts important light on the fight for greater freedom in China.
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Expressing The King Of Pop With Music, Acrobatics

'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour' is currently the top grossing live show in North America. The Cirque du Soleil production earned more than $79 million dollars the first half of this year alone. But it's pretty easy to be the hottest ticket in town when your primary focus is the King of Pop. Host Michel Martin speaks with the show's artistic director Tara Young about the concert-like, acrobatics-infused tribute to Michael Jackson.
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At Bravo, A Pop-Culture Kingpin Works Day And Night

Andy Cohen made the cable channel an unlikely focus of water-cooler talk by developing the Real Housewives series. After work, he hosts a nightly talk show — and he's not looking to stop doing either anytime soon.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 26

Art-o-mat, PM @ the TM, and a whole world of water.

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'The Jeffersons' Left Lasting Television Legacy

Sherman Hemsley, who played the character on the TV shows All In The Family and The Jeffersons, died Tuesday at the age of 74. But the impact and legacy of the character he played remains. Audie Cornish talks to Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times about how the character George Jefferson fits into TV's history.
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For Ai Weiwei, Politics And Arts Always Mix

Alison Klayman's documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry shows the famous Chinese artist's struggle against authorities. Klayman spoke to NPR's Robert Siegel about her film as well as Ai's artwork and politics.
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Thai Dancers Raise Money To Provide HIV Counseling

A group of current and former Thai sex workers dance at the Global Village to advocate for HIV/AIDS counseling and support services for gay sex workers throughout sex workers.

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Puppets Used To Convey HIV, STDs And Other Tough Topics

The Kenyan troupe U-Tena uses theater to promote awareness of HIV, but when things turn to more touchy topics like genital mutilation and rape, the group turns to a pair of puppets.

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Hemsley Remembered As Obnoxious, Beloved Jefferson

Actor Sherman Hemsley was best known for his role as George Jefferson on the hit sitcom The Jeffersons. He died Wednesday at the age of 74. Host Michel Martin speaks with Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans about the actor's career and the impact his roles had on TV and in our culture.
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Sherman Hemsley, TV's George Jefferson, Dies

The actor known for his headstrong, high-strung character in The Jeffersons sitcom has died. He was 74.

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