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    January 12, 2015  

    The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities turn 50 this year. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Jane Chu of the NEA and William “Bro” Adams of the NEH about the contributions artists and humanists make to American society and the political pressure arts agencies feel to prove their worth. Continue reading

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    January 4, 2015  

    Site-specific theater, a growing art form that immerses audiences into productions, has become a tool for some producers to save money by defraying pricey traditional staging. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green reports on a show playing from a particularly unconventional site in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading

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    November 13, 2014  

    Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt are best friends. Three years ago, these teenagers with Down syndrome had the idea to make a zombie movie. Now, with help from their supporters, they have raised more than $50,000. The NewsHour’s Mike Melia reports on their project and how it reflects a shift toward empowering people with developmental disabilities to express themselves creatively. Continue reading

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    November 11, 2014  

    A private collection of African-American art went on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art this week. The collectors are none other than philanthropist Camille Cosby and her husband, comedian Bill Cosby, who began acquiring pieces early on in their 50-year marriage. Gwen Ifill interviews the Cosbys about the exhibit and some of their favorite works. Continue reading

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    November 11, 2014  

    Some of the difficulties that veterans face when they return to civilian life often goes unseen by most Americans. Detroit Public Television reports on photographer Jennifer Karady’s attempt to capture the memories and experiences of veterans. Continue reading

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    November 10, 2014  

    In January, a street criminal tazed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond and stole his precious Stradivarius violin. Unfortunately for the thief — who was sentenced to seven years in jail Monday — the police commissioner in charge was a symphony devotee. Buzz Bissinger of Vanity Fair joins Jeffrey Brown to tell the tale. Continue reading

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    November 2, 2014  

    Alexander Calder was one of the modern masters of art — breaking the mold on sculpture in the 20th century. Nearly 40 years after his death, Calder’s work continues to captivate. WGBH’s Arts Editor Jared Bowen sat down recently with the Chief Curator of the Peabody Essex Museum near Boston to discuss Calder and his creations. Continue reading

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    October 21, 2014   BY Ashira Morris 

    The contract, which both sides have labelled a success, allows the book publisher to set the price of electronic and print books sold on Amazon. Continue reading

  • HIGH DRAMA  monitor  klinghoffer
    October 20, 2014  

    An opera slated to open at the Met in New York has stirred very strong feelings beyond the arts community. “The Death of Klinghoffer” is based on a real and recent tragedy: the hijacking of an Italian cruise ship and the murder of a disabled Jewish-American passenger in 1985. Jeffrey Brown examines the criticism that the production glorifies terrorism. Continue reading

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    October 12, 2014  

    James Earl Jones, the 83-year-old acting legend who recently made his return to Broadway in the play “You Can’t Take It With You,” discusses the highs and lows of his six-decade-long career, from his modest beginnings suffering from a stutter to a celebrated star of stage and screen with one of the most recognizable voices in the world. NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

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