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The breakout song from Disney's Frozen has inspired many marginalized groups — but its message of rejecting stigma holds special resonance for disabled people and their families.
Author: Joseph Shapiro
Posted: January 22, 2019, 10:02 am
The 1976 movie Network struck a nerve with its darkly comic predictions about celebrity news anchors and the rise of infotainment. Now, a stage adaptaion is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway.
Author: Tom Vitale
Posted: January 19, 2019, 12:01 pm
We're looking at the year's most-anticipated movies.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 4:31 pm
Channing's big break came in 1949 when she was cast as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But she'll always be remembered for her role as a life-loving matchmaker and "meddler" in Hello, Dolly!
Author: Kim Kokich
Posted: January 15, 2019, 12:21 pm
John Adams' opera, which premiered in 2005, centers on the first atomic bomb test at Los Alamos, N.M. Now, a new album features a recording of Doctor Atomic conducted by the composer himself.
Author: Lloyd Schwartz
Posted: January 14, 2019, 6:25 pm
The partial government shutdown hasn't just shuttered museums in Washington, D.C. Across the U.S., and even beyond its borders, artists and the groups supporting them are grappling with the fallout.
Author: Colin Dwyer
Posted: January 9, 2019, 9:24 pm
All it took for The Hu to have an Internet breakthrough was a dramatic video and screaming guitars — plus a horsehead fiddle and throat singing.
Author: Katya Cengel
Posted: January 5, 2019, 12:00 pm
After lawsuits and pushback from Harper Lee's estate, the beloved 1960 novel is now a play. But Atticus Finch looks and sounds a little different than he did in the book.
Author: Andrew Limbong
Posted: December 26, 2018, 10:00 am
Todd Purdum's book, Something Wonderful, is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind hit shows like Carousel and The Sound of Music. Originally broadcast April 9, 2018.
Author: Terry Gross
Posted: December 24, 2018, 5:42 pm
Jackie Hoffman grew up speaking what her mother called "kitchen Yiddish" — a few words here and there. Now, she's dusting off the mama-loshen (mother tongue) for a production of the 1964 musical.
Author: Michel Martin
Posted: December 23, 2018, 10:44 pm
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