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'Pullman Porter Blues' Travels Back In Time

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with actor Larry Marshall and playwright Cheryl West about Pullman Porter Blues, a play that tells the story of three generations of African-American railway porters in 1937.
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Hispanics Call For Kennedy Center Honors

After 35 years and 186 artists, only two honorees have been Hispanic — Placido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002. "When you paint that picture and you leave the Latino artist community out of it, there's a huge hole," says Felix Sanchez, president of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
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The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

Peony Pavilion is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. An adapted version of the dream-like opera will take place at the Metropolitan Museum.
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Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

The old organ was in bad shape and beyond repair. Now, after more than two years of construction and installation, a new organ has arrived and will make its debut on Nov. 27.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Takes Evangelism To Broadway

Kathie Lee Gifford is best-known to millions of people as the perky morning TV host, who spent years paired with Regis Philbin and is now on the Today show. But Gifford has written the script and lyrics for a new Broadway musical, Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. How will Gifford fare in the pressure cooker of Broadway?
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Past is Present in 'An Enemy Of The People'

Although it was written in 1882, Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People still resonates today. Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines, the stars of a new production of the play, join Ira Flatow to talk about the play's themes of power and truth, and the role of whistle-blowers.
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Covering The Arts In Tumultuous Times

Journalist Jacqueline Trescott started at The Washington Post in the 1970s, during a time of social and political upheaval. But she made her mark by covering the arts, theater and film. Trescott speaks with host Michel Martin about being a young African-American reporter, starting her career at that tumultuous time.
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Pacino To Earn $125,000 Per Week In 'Glengarry'

Actor Al Pacino is returning to Broadway in November to star in David Mamet's classic play, Glengarry Glen Ross. He's playing a different character from the one he playd in the movie version 20 years ago. According to Bloomberg News, he's making $125,000 per week, plus a cut of the show's profits — one of the biggest pay packages ever for a Broadway performer.
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A Celebration Of Janis Joplin And All Her Swagger

In her short time on the scene, Joplin helped define the music of a generation with her bluesy rasp. A musical honoring her talent and her muses is playing now in Washington, D.C. While it doesn't get into the darker chapters of her life, the show is captivating lifelong fans — including the lead actress.
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A Conversation With Singer, Actor And Dancer Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen's TV, film and stage career has spanned decades, with roles in the miniseries "Roots" and numerous Broadway musicals. A devastating accident gave the Tony Award-winning actor a reason to embrace life. He talks with Diane about his career and recent efforts to raise awareness about diabetes.

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