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For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:35pm

At the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, former jockey Donna Barton Brothers will interview the winner on horseback. Now an analyst for NBC, Brothers won more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998.

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1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:19pm

With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best — and it's now out on DVD.

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Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:26pm

Platinum continues Miranda Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.

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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:19pm

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.

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Have We Reached The End Of The Line For The Conference Call?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers why people still jump on frustrating conference calls. While tech startups aim to kill the PIN, he says, the phone bridges generations.

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A 'New Yorker' Writer's Take On China's 'Age Of Ambition'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

On the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, author Evan Osnos discusses his new book that explores the tensions between China's economic expansion and its commitment to authoritarian rule.

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Golem Ain't Your Grandparents' Klezmer

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:57pm

The New York City band Golem describes its music as punk-klezmer. On Tanz, they mange to find new ways to balance urban irreverence with folk tradition.

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'Raisin In The Sun' Revival: A Uniquely American Story Is Back On Broadway

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:07pm

Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson star in the latest production of the play, which debuted in 1959. The revival's run is nearing its end — and Jackson says she's "in tears."

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John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:56pm

Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.

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