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In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:38pm

It took Queen Latifah more than 20 years to bring the life of pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. "Inhabiting her has inhabited me," she says.

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Not My Job: Tony Robbins Gets Quizzed On Laziness

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 8:10am

The life coach behind the Unleash the Power Within seminars has built his career around motivating people. We invited the go-getter to answer three questions about incredibly lazy people.

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In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

Bhi Bhiman had an all-American childhood, but his songs have an international character. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his childhood, his politics, and his new album, Rhythm and Reason.

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American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

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

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

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

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:47am

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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The Gates Of Liavek Are Open Again In 'Points Of Departure'

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 6:03am

For years, readers wishing to see the shared world of Liavek had to go via crumbling paperbacks. Now, authors Patricia C. Wrede and Pamela Dean have reprinted their stories of the magical trade city.

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Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:43am

Mark Z. Danielewski's epic 800-page tale of a girl and a cat wants to be the stepping stone to a new understanding of the novel — but critic Jason Sheehan says it's undone by too many parentheses.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pitch Perfect 2' And Summer Movies

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 8:48pm

On this week's show: Pitch Perfect 2 is just the beginning of our summer movie preview. Plus, books and music make an appearance as we talk about what's making us happy.

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