Around the Nation

BY Saskia De Melker  November 15, 2011 at 10:05 AM EST

Here are some of this week’s arts and culture stories from public broadcasters around the nation.

WNET looks at the issue of marriage equality with premiere of “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.” Watch a panel discussion about the production, which is composed of nine short plays by eight award-winning playwrights:

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Bassist Paul Collins of the band Beirut talks to WXPN’s The Key about songwriting, suits and his appreciation of accordions.

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On Thursday, ITVS will air the film “We Still Live Here,” which tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag Indian language, the first language without native speakers revived in the United States. You can also watch the NewsHour’s special excerpt of the documentary as well as our dispatch with the filmmaker.

Watch We’re the People Who Met the Pilgrims on PBS. See more from INDEPENDENT LENS.

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OPB recently had a studio session with indie-rock band the Fruit Bats and talked with frontman Eric D. Johnson about the band’s last two records, their sonic evolution and their recent relocation to Portland.

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The Read/Write Library preserves Chicago’s handmade and grassroots printed works, and shows how local writers influence each other as well the city’s cultural landscape. Watch and read the Chicago News Cooperative’s feature on this unusual library.

Cataloguing Chicago’s Cultural Landscape from Chicago News Cooperative on Vimeo.