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On Stage, In Marriage, These 2 Alvin Ailey Dancers Learned The Steps Together

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 4:19pm

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims met at work — at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Over 15 years of marriage later, they have some advice for balancing it all and sustaining a marriage.

(Image credit: Nan Melville /Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)

New York Fashion Week: For The 1st Time, Models Get Private Changing Areas

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:55pm

This year's New York Fashion Week models will have access to private changing rooms for the first time. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Sara Ziff, the founder of Model Alliance, about the new guidelines.

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:55pm

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

(Image credit: Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images)

'Text Me When You Get Home' Celebrates The Complexities Of Female Friendship

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 9:00am

Women in the Middle Ages were excluded from many realms: the law, universities, and surprisingly, from friendship. Clearly, that's changed — and Kayleen Schaefer's new book examines how and why.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

The Young Men Who Make A Living As Paid Personal Dancers In Brazil

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:02am

It's carnival season in Brazil and the streets are pulsing with music and dancing. But for some Brazilians, that need to dance with others is year round — and worth a big expense.

Hamilton's Aaron Burr Has Some Culinary Advice: Talk Less, Cook More (Creatively)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:00am

On Broadway, Daniel Breaker shines as Alexander Hamilton's greatest rival. In the kitchen, he also creates a stir, sir. But whether acting or cooking, both require perseverance and experimentation.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/Hamilton Uptown LLC)

In 'Heart Berries,' An Indigenous Woman's Chaotic Coming-Of-Age

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:33am

Terese Marie Mailhot's new memoir is an effort to draw art from mental illness, lost love and her family history on an Indian reservation in British Columbia.

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'A Mouth Is Always Muzzled' Is A Sprawling Look At Art And Resistance

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:00am

Natalie Hopkinson's new book takes her ancestral land of Guyana as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging look at art and the role of the artist in shaping politics, culture and the future itself.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Dee Rees and Mary J. Blige Dug Into Their Roots To Make 'Mudbound'

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 5:01pm

The director and singer/actress both drew upon their families' history to make the Oscar-nominated film. "I think I'm always exploring this idea about the battle being bloodier at home," Rees says.

(Image credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix)

A Podcast Playlist For All Those Looking For Love (Stories)

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 10:58am

NPR may not be able to help you with your love life, but we do have something else to offer this Valentine's Day: a playlist of the best love stories in podcasting.

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In 'Catnip,' Love And Loss Sketched Out In Cat Cartoons

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

Michael Korda's new book Catnip: A Love Story collects the doodles that he created based on his wife's cats in order to comfort her during her battle with a malignant brain tumor.

(Image credit: Michael Korda/Countryman Press)

A New Monologue For Eve Ensler, Re-Enacting Life With Cancer

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

The playwright and activist behind The Vagina Monologues stars in the new one-woman show In The Body Of The World, which explores her efforts to empower women in Africa amid her own health struggles.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/Courtesy of the artist)

Not My Job: We Quiz The Mayor Of South Bend, Ind. About North Bend, Wash.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 6:29am

Pete Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes scholar, an Afghanistan veteran and the millennial mayor of an Indiana city. We ask him three questions — about a small town in Washington state.

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'Winterfolk' Cloaks Harsh Reality In Fairy Tale Mist

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 6:00am

Janel Kolby's novel about a fairy-tale-loving young girl living in a homeless encampment outside of Seattle is a brutally realist tale, told as if it happened once-upon-a-time.

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YouTube Pulls Ads From Vlogger Logan Paul After He Uses Taser On Dead Rats

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 4:54pm

The video platform has temporarily shut off his revenue stream, citing a "pattern of behavior" that the company says is potentially damaging to other creators.

(Image credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

New Oral History Captures The Magic Of 'Angels In America'

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:09pm

Authors Isaac Butler and Dan Kois celebrate Angels in a new book, The World Only Spins Forward, that collects the memories of everyone from playwright Tony Kushner to Congressman Barney Frank.

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Clint Eastwood Celebrates Old-Fashioned Heroism In 'The 15:17 To Paris'

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

In 2015, three Americans on a Paris-bound train stopped a terrorist attack in progress. Eastwood recreates the incident — and audaciously casts the real-life heroes as themselves — in his new film.

Remembering John Mahoney, The Tony Award-Winning Actor And 'Frasier' Star

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:04pm

Mahoney, who died Sunday, was born in Britain and didn't start acting until he was 37. He went on to appear in films like Say Anything and Barton Fink. Originally broadcast 1990.

Do You Know This Justice? Massachusetts High Court Wants You To Help ID Him

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 1:05pm

There's a portrait of a mystery man hanging in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He may have been a judge between 1780 and 1820. Maybe. Officials are appealing to the public for any insights.

(Image credit: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court via AP)

Our Nation's Capital

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:51pm

In the final round of our D.C. show, each answer contains the word "nation."

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