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Deepwater, Center-Stage: Disaster Through Survivors' Eyes

Spill tells the story of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Eve Troeh of WWNO reports that the playwright, who helped create The Laramie Project, crafted the drama from interviews with real participants.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Comedian David Brenner

Brenner appeared on The Tonight Show more than 150 times, often as the substitute host. The comic died Saturday at 78. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1990.

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Road Between Broadway And Hollywood Isn't A One-Way Street

For years, the relationship only went one way: from stage to screen. But this spring, four big musicals are based on films, including favorites like Rocky, Aladdin and The Bridges of Madison County.
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The Unforgettable Performance Ed Harris Doesn't Remember

In a community theater production in 1973, Harris went into another zone. The Oscar-nominated actor says he totally embodied his character, and he's been chasing that high ever since.
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A Lifelong Radio Man Wins New Fans With 'Big Broadcast'

As the host of WAMU 88.5's beloved "Big Broadcast," Ed Walker introduces a new generation to the golden age of radio.

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For Kathleen Turner, Success Requires The Courage To Fail

The actress is playing Mother Courage onstage in Washington, D.C. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with her about her singing debut, as well as her long and illustrious career.
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Dangerous Dad Of 'Scandal' Turns The Tables

Actor Joe Morton is probably best-known these days as one of TV's toughest dads, playing Rowan Pope on Scandal. Morton talks about the show's return, plus his 40-year career in film, TV and theater.
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Black, British And 'Brain Drained': Playwright Takes Charge In Baltimore

As part of Black History Month, host Michel Martin asks actor, playwright and theater director Kwame Kwei-Armah why he, and so many other British actors, have chosen careers in the U.S.
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Last Of The 'Sound Of Music' Von Trapps Dies At 99

Maria Von Trapp, the last of the seven-member Trapp Family Singers that inspired the play and film, died on Tuesday at her home in Vermont.
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Where Are The Heroes To Save Pittsburgh's African-American Center?

The August Wilson Center opened in 2009 as a hub for African-American culture. Now it's up for sale, unable to pay its bills, and some wonder why the Center has been allowed to fail.

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