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Racial Diversity Grows On Network Television, But Will Quality Lag Behind?

Network TV's fall schedule has a lot of new shows with non-white stars and casts. But NPR television critic Eric Deggans wonders if those series will explore race and culture as well as current shows.
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Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

Late Show host David Letterman said goodbye Wednesday night with his trademark self-deprecating sarcasm. He left as he had arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.
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'My Fair Lady' Couldn't Actually Dance All Night, So These Songs Had To Go

The musical has some of the best-known songs in Broadway history, but it originally had other tunes that almost no one knows. Some of those songs were recently performed for the first time in decades.
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'Mad Men' Finale: A Love Letter To Fans Filled With Mostly Happy Endings

AMC's Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. Fans may have loved how characters' stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.
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American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Over the ABT's three-quarters of a century, the company has stuck to its mission of presenting classics like Swan Lake along with works of contemporary choreographers.
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Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Harper Collins Audio is releasing a vinyl edition of Amy Poehler's book, Yes Please. The publisher thinks the combination of old media plus the popular Poehler will attract a young audience.
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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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