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In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

"New Orleans buries too many of its young," Wynton Marsalis says in the documentary's introduction. The Whole Gritty City, airing Saturday on CBS, follows young students who take refuge in New Orleans marching bands.

From Top Model To Black Panther, Yaya Is 'Truly African-American'

Whether competing on America's Next Top Model or acting in Lee Daniels' The Butler, Yaya Alafia has never shied away from issues of race and identity. She talks to host Michel Martin as part of a special series for Black History Month.

Will Comcast Get Federal OK To Buy Time Warner?

The nation's No. 1 and No. 2 cable companies would come together if Comcast's plan to buy Time Warner for $45 billion goes through. Before that can happen, though, federal lawyers are expected to consider the effect of such a combination on consumers.

Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91

The comedian was one of early network TV's biggest stars, and he didn't do smut or smarmy remarks. Caesar did skits: grown-up, gentle comedy for the whole family. He died Wednesday morning at his home in Beverly Hills.

Comedian And Actor Sid Caesar Has Died At 91

The multitalented Sid Caesar, who took live and complex comedy skits on the air as a pioneer in 1950s TV, has died at 91. Caesar, who established a new comedic tradition in America before he was 30, died in Los Angeles this week.

Have A Lot Of Free Time? Watch All Of NBC's Olympic Coverage

NBC says its coverage of the Winter Olympics has drawn more than 100 million viewers over its first weekend. That indicates lots of interest in the games, which will fill 1,539 hours of coverage across NBC's broadcast network, cable channels and online. We have some suggestions for watching the Sochi Olympics — from the regular network broadcast to cable to the Internet.
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The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes

A popular BBC series and a lawsuit over whether his stories are in the public domain are drawing attention once again to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of one of literature's most iconic characters: Sherlock Holmes. We consider the enduring appeal of the "canon" of four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes and Watson, and the many interpretations they've inspired on page and screen.


Blowing Away The Limits Of Convention

A Tunisian inventor has come up with a new design for wind turbines that may be cheaper and more efficient than current models. has this and more stories about moving beyond expectations, from HBO's True Detective to smart technology that's making us better tippers.

For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

In the animated world, just about anything goes: Toys talk, mice are chefs, and pandas do kung fu. In animation, the sky's the limit. In this encore broadcast, we learn about the hundreds of people working on big studio features who spend their days figuring out how to manufacture this silliness from the ground up. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 27, 2013.)

Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting'

As the Winter Olympic Games get underway in Sochi, host Michel Martin speaks with Russian culture expert Jennifer Eremeeva about what the opening ceremonies can teach us about Russia and its people.