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Boston Pops Gives The Audience What It Wants

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart about the By Popular Demand program, in which the audience helps pick the music the Pops plays.
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David Letterman's Top 10 Late-Night Memories (Well, Not Really)

No one has been a late-night TV host longer than David Letterman, who retires Wednesday after 33 years. Here's what he told TV Critic Eric Deggans about leaving the Ed Sullivan Theater one last time.
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Athol Fugard Breaks Fences Around 'The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek'

The 82-year-old playwright says he thought he was done writing about South Africa after apartheid ended — but there were more stories in him, like this tale of a farmer who paints his life on rocks.
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He Couldn't Stop Painting Rocks — And Now He Has Inspired A Play

Tonight, a new play by Athol Fugard opens off-Broadway. It's based on the story of Nukain Mabuza, a poor farm laborer in South Africa who was obsessed with creating a garden of painted rocks.
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ABC Brings Muppets Back To Prime Time As News Emerges About Fall Shows

TV networks officially reveal fall schedules next week, but word has already spread on some new shows and cancellations. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says early trends include more diversity, big names.
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Getting To Know The Real Story Was Key To Broadway's 'King And I' Revival

The musical's heroine was inspired by an English-Indian governess who really did travel to the king of Siam's court. The revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, has received nine Tony nominations.
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Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

The political, one-woman play starring Anne Hathaway seems to be the opposite of what Taymor — the creative force behind Broadway's The Lion King and Spider-Man musical — is known for.
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Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

As ABC's Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country's ballroom dance scene.
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The Hard Work And Close Bonds Of Competitive College A Cappella

Pitch Perfect may have made the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella look like a personality contest, but the real competition takes long hours and exacting musicianship.
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Actors' Equity Implements $9 Minimum Wage For LA's Small Theaters

Less than a week after union members in LA overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to make small theaters pay their performers minimum wage, Actors' Equity decided to go ahead and implement it anyway. Many say the move could force many 99-seat theaters in LA to close.

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