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'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard

A new play about Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, begins previews this week with Harry as a grown up. Grown, too, is the "Potter Generation," the kids who were the first to read the books when they came out. Their experience — maturing alongside Harry — was unique.
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Chicago's Fine Arts Building Has 10 Floors But Innumerable Stories

On a prime block of Chicago's Michigan Avenue stands the Fine Arts Building. Producer and violinist David Schulman takes us on an audio tour with the people who know the building the best.
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British Playwright Peter Shaffer, Who Wrote 'Equus,' Dies At 90

Playwright Peter Shaffer has died. He was best known for Equus and Amadeus, both of which became movies.
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Broadway Producer Scott Rudin: 'I'm A Complete Product Of Mentorship'

Rudin, who started in theater at age 15, owes a lot to the producers who taught him his craft. "They were giants," he says. All five of Rudin's current shows have been nominated for Tony Awards.
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In 'The Dresser,' Anthony Hopkins Brilliantly Comes Undone

Anthony Hopkins says his turn as an aged and increasingly faulty actor performing King Lear in a small theater during World War II is one of his favorite roles in a career full of memorable ones. He stars in the BBC adaptation of the play, The Dresser, along with Ian McKellan. Hopkins, who seized pop culture fame in 1991 for his portrayal of the psychopathic psychiatrist Hannibal Lector, started his career in the British theater and has no sense of lingering romance about it.
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From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died in December at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.
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Taylor Swift, Aryan Goddess?

Haters (of a multicultural society) gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Meanwhile, Swift will continue to bask in her utterly unremarkable whiteness.
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Candice Hoyes Sings Blackness, Womanhood And History On Her New Jazz Album

When Candice Hoyes sings, she's channeling a legacy of black women in jazz. Her debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, celebrates the genre's storied roots.
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Mary Chapin Carpenter On Her 14th Album, "The Things That We Are Made Of"

Mary Chapin Carpenter joins Diane to talk about her new album, the "artistic insight of middle age" and rewriting her life story in new ways.

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Archaeologists Find Early Shakespeare Theater Was Rectangular

Archaeologist Heather Knight tells NPR's Scott Simon about how the Curtain Theatre, where Shakespeare staged early plays, was rectangular and not round.

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