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Dance, Dance, Revolution: When An American Fell In Love With Castro's Spy Chief

A fairy-tale romance between a dancer from Connecticut and a young Cuban studying at Columbia turned into a political thriller — and resulted in the unlikely birth of a new art form in Cuba.
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Shirley MacLaine: "Above The Line"

Oscar-winning actress and best-selling author Shirley MacLaine talks about her long career in film, making a new movie in the Canary Islands and the power of personal insights that can be pulled from our long-forgotten memories.

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Have 5 Hours To Spare? See Bolaño's Epic '2666' Onstage

Roberto Bolaño's posthumous novel 2666 weighs in at more than 900 pages — a challenging read, to say the least. Now Chicago's Goodman Theatre has adapted it as a 5 1/2 hour stage production.
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Pen-Pal Passion Is Revived In Broadway's 'She Loves Me'

A revival of the 1963 musical She Loves Me opens Thursday on Broadway. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (whose Fiddler on the Roof is also back on Broadway) join Fresh Air.
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'Zimerican' Playwright Danai Gurira Brings African Stories To American Stages

You may know Gurira as Michonne, the samurai sword-wielding zombie slayer on The Walking Dead. But she's also an award-winning playwright and this week, two of her works are opening in New York.
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In Honor Of #InternationalWomensDay, A Playlist Of Ladies Who Rock

Check out the songs (and back stories) of women musicians from around the world.
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'1984' On Stage: Big Brother Is Still Watching You

An award-winning London stage adaptation of 1984 has just transferred to the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. The actors say Orwell's dystopian novel remains ominously relevant today.
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Are Washington's Audiences Too Subdued?

If you frequent Wolf Trap shows or Kennedy Center performances, you may think of D.C. audiences as somewhat...relaxed.

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Farewell to Downton Abbey

The final episode of Downton Abbey airs on Masterpiece on PBS Sunday, March 6. We'll discuss the appeal of the international hit and look at the history that inspired this upstairs-downstairs British drama.

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'Spotlight' Wins Best Picture At 2016 Academy Awards

Mad Max: Fury Road just about swept the early categories, but it was Spotlight that ultimately took home the top prize. From open to close, NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew tweeted all the action.

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