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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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A Reggae Romp For The Family, With Marley's Music At Heart

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Cedella Marley about her new off-Broadway musical, Three Little Birds. It's adapted from her children's book — which itself was inspired by the song written by her father, the late reggae superstar Bob Marley.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off New Tour

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most renowned performing arts companies in the world. They've kicked off their 2014 North American tour and they're blending old favorites with new performances. Host Michel Martin speaks with the company's artistic director Robert Battle.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman On His Portrayal Of Willy Loman

Many famous actors have played the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Philip Seymour Hoffman became the fifth actor to play the harried, 63-year-old Loman on Broadway. (Steve Inskeep's conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman initially aired on April 12, 2012 on Morning Edition).
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'After Midnight,' And The Cotton Club Is Swinging Again

The legendary Harlem nightclub and the artists and music it's synonymous with are being celebrated in a new Broadway revue. Jeff Lunden talks to cast members and the creators about the pleasures and perils of paying homage to a place with a problematic history.
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Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

Karachi is Pakistan's economic hub, its major port and its largest city. It's also the country's most violent and crime-ridden city. But it's not all blood and thunder. Witness the musical Grease, now playing to packed houses in Karachi.
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A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie

The song "Alone Yet Not Alone" had been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter tells NPR's Scott Simon why the Academy rescinded the nomination.

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