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A 'Caesar' With An African Accent

The plays of William Shakespeare are known for their enduring universality, so the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Julius Caesar -- set in a chaotic African dictatorship, with an all-black cast — makes a certain sense.
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Was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. An Ordinary Guy?

The Mountaintop is an award-winning play about the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died. But some critics don't love playwright Katori Hall's portrayal of the civil rights icon as a regular guy. Hall tells host Michel Martin why she found it important to focus on the man, not the myth.
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David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise"

A musician travels the world to study the science of bug music: what we can learn from sounds of crickets, cicadas and beetles.

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Former Social Security Commish Writes Haiku

Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the 'Muses and Metaphor' series — where listeners submit their own poems via Twitter. Today's tweet comes from former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue, who not only has a fondness for crunching numbers, but is also a published poet.
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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen: On The Edge

Local bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is celebrating three "Wammie" awards and a new label. The band joins us to play some tunes from their latest album, "On the Edge."

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Comedian D.L. Hughley Shares 'Savory And Sweet' Songs

D.L. Hughley is an actor-comedian, and currently a top 10 competitor on Dancing With The Stars. For Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' series, he shares some favorite songs that he calls 'savory and sweet' — including an unlikely pick, a folk song that makes him think of his parents.
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'Sleep Rock Thy Brain' Play Uses Science As Inspiration

The Humana Festival of New American Plays is a major event in the theater world. More than 400 plays by some of the world's top playwrights have made their world premieres there since Actors Theatre of Louisville founded it in 1976. And every year Actors Theatre commissions a play specifically for the company's apprentice actors. This year's apprentice show, Sleep Rock Thy Brain, is a suite of three one-acts that all use brain research and stage flying effects to explore the experience of sleep and dreams.
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Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy' And Tom Hanks Make Their Broadway Debuts

Lucky Guy is one of the spring theater season's most highly anticipated plays. It stars Hanks, in his first Broadway performance, as tabloid journalist Mike McAlary. Director George Wolfe calls Ephron's last play "a love poem to journalism."
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For Female Magicians, The First Trick Is Being Accepted

Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan talks to female magician, Dorothy Dietrich, on the struggles of being a female in a male dominated magic world.

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