Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Mort Sahl, a political satirist and stand-up comedy pioneer, has died at 94 by Elizabeth Blair

Sahl started doing stand-up in the 1950s, a time when most comedians were men in suits, rattling off one-liners. Sahl wore a V-neck sweater, tucked a newspaper under his arm, and just ... ta…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:42PM

Chappelle is unapologetic in his first public statement on 'The Closer' controversy by Jonathan Franklin

In a video posted to Instagram Monday, Dave Chappelle says he's willing to meet with Netflix employees who are upset over his comedy special, which has come under fire for transphobic materi…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:18AM
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Ron and Clint Howard by NPR

Clint and Ron Howard, authors of the new memoir, The Boys, play our game called, "Mayberry, Maybe Not Berry." They are joined by panelists Maz Jobrani, Alonzo Bodden, and Karen Chee.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

With safety in mind, schools are getting their bands back together by Craig Lemoult

With students back at school this fall, classes sound almost normal — they just look a little different.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:24AM

Renowned conductor Bernard Haitink, beloved for his modesty, has died at age 92 by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink had a six-decade career leading major orchestras across Europe, the U.S. and the U.K. He was hailed as a musician's musician, prizing the art well above g…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:12AM

Peter Scolari, of 'Newhart,' 'Bosom Buddies' and 'Girls,' dies at 66 by The Associated Press

Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included recurring parts on Evil and Girls, has died after fighting cancer for two years.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:12AM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Billy Porter makes peace with himself: 'I set myself free, honey. No more secrets' by Terry Gross

Fourteen years after his initial diagnosis, the Pose actor revealed publicly that he is HIV-positive. Porter says being open about his health status felt like a rebirth. His new memoir is Un…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:06PM

Boston Modern Orchestra Project is honored for championing overlooked American music by Andrea Shea

The Gramophone Classical Music Awards recognized the group known as BMOP for its extraordinary service to overlooked American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:03AM
Saturday, October 16, 2021

Best of WWDTM October 2021 by NPR

We look back on our time with Joel McHale, Dr. Ellen Stofan, Tariq Trotter, and Phillpa Soo. Plus we share more of our time with Dulcé Sloan from our live performace in Philadelphia last Au…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

A new museum in Nashville centers the artistry of Black musicians by Ambriehl Crutchfield

Nashville has long been associated with country music. But a museum devoted to African-American music, which opened earlier this year, sets the record straight about the city's diversity

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:54AM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein illuminates a lifetime in art with a new multimedia concert by Jeff Lunden

The eloquent pianist used a work break imposed by the pandemic to learn something new: stage directing, a skill set she put to use in creating a multimedia recital.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:54AM

This new Broadway play doesn't have a script — but it does have a transcript by Alexandra Starr

Is This a Room is based entirely on the transcript of the FBI interrogation of Reality Winner, the former NSA contractor who was imprisoned for leaking classified information.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:06AM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein illuminates a lifetime in art with a new multimedia concert by Jeff Lunden

The eloquent pianist used a work break imposed by pandemic to learn something new: stage directing, a skill set she put to use in creating a multimedia recital.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:12PM
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Ilana Glazer by NPR

Ilana Glazer, co-star and co-creator of Broad City, plays our game about different kinds of glazers: donuts. She is joined by panelists Adam Burke, Helen Hong and Roxanne Roberts.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Stagehands at the Kennedy Center OK a strike, days after Hollywood crews did the same by Elizabeth Blair

Stagehands at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. voted unanimously to strike if the performing arts center proceeds with cuts.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:24PM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Here are the White House's picks to lead the National Arts and Humanities Endowments by Elizabeth Blair

The White House has announced its nominees for the next Chairs of the National Arts and Humanities Endowments. If confirmed, the NEH pick would become the first Native American to become cha…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:42PM
Monday, October 4, 2021

Broadway's comeback brings back business by Camille Petersen

Broadway has begun its reopening and ripple effects are being felt on the businesses around it from florists to bars and restaurants.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:24PM
Saturday, October 2, 2021

RZA by NPR

Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA plays our game called, "Ooh, Tang!": three questions about NASA's favorite orange drink. He is joined by panelists Josh Gondelman, Negin Farsad and Emmy Blotnick.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

You Are What You Cook by Alyssa Jeong Perry

In her memoir, Crying In H Mart, released earlier this year, author and musician Michelle Zauner explores how cooking helped her understand her identity as a Korean American after her mother…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:24AM

Broadway's 'Aladdin' goes dark soon after reopening as it battles the coronavirus by The Associated Press

The show had reopened Tuesday after the pandemic closed it for 18 months. Disney Theatrical Productions said it will cancel all shows until Oct. 12 because of infections in the company.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:18AM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Comedian Josh Johnson Dares To Make Us Laugh In A Global Pandemic by Audie Cornish

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with comedian Josh Johnson about his newfound success and how comedy has served as a processing tool for collective trauma throughout the pandemic.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:54PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Terence Blanchard's Met Opera Debut Is A Singular Achievement And A Shared Success by Nate Chinen

The composer's magnetically powerful Fire Shut Up in My Bones lands with a force of authenticity, a too-rare window into Black life in an operatic setting.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:12AM
Monday, September 27, 2021

'Dear Evan Hansen' Actor Ben Platt Escapes From Anxiety By Being In The Spotlight by Terry Gross

Platt frequently worries about the past and what's to come, but there's one place where his anxiety tends to subside. "Being on stage, for me, is kind of the antidote to that," he says.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:42PM

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Sashays Home With 10 Tony Awards by The Associated Press

The honors bestowed to the adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film included best new musical. "The Inheritance" was named the best new play, and "A Soldier's Play" won best play revival.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:32PM

Terence Blanchard Makes History At The Metropolitan Opera by Tom Vitale

Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the Charles M. Blow memoir of the same title, is the first work by a Black composer to be staged by the Metropolitan Opera.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:32PM

Highlights From The Tony Awards by Nell Clark

Moulin Rouge! The Musical took home 10 awards, including the night's biggest: Best musical. The Inheritance won for best play, and A Soldier's Play for best revival.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:32PM

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Dominated The Tony Awards by Jeff Lunden

Sunday night, more than 15 months after they were originally scheduled, the 74th Annual Tony Awards were presented.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:12AM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

4 Things To Know Ahead Of The 2021 Tony Awards by Jeff Lunden

The 74th Annual Tony Awards will be presented on Sunday, September 26 more than 15 months after they were previously scheduled. But these pandemic Tonys are by no means business as usual.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:12PM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Bowen Yang by NPR

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live cast member, plays our game called "Monday Through Friday Night Live" about local TV news. He is joined by panelists Hari Kondabolu, Roy Blount Jr and Faith …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Anime Anthology 'Star Wars: Visions' Expands The Galaxy Far, Far Away by Glen Weldon

The uneven Disney+ series views the Star Wars universe through an anime lens. The result points up the visual potential — and narrative limitations — of the franchise.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:54PM
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Yamiche Alcindor by NPR

Yamiche Alcindor, host of PBS's "Washington Week", plays our game about the week's washing: laundry. She is joined by panelists Cristela Alonzo, Brian Babylon and Tom Papa.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

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