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Taylor Swift shakes up a slowing music industry

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PBS NewsHour
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Taylor Swift's new album is on track to sell a million copies in its first week, a milestone that will make it the only record this year to go platinum. Jeffrey Brown looks at how the young singer mastered marketing and social media, and why some stars still sell big despite a changing music industry. Continue


‘Disgraced’ interrogates definitions of identity and Islam

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PBS NewsHour
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Amir is a successful corporate lawyer living a version of the American Dream, who has turned his back on the Muslim faith of his parents. The Broadway play "Disgraced," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, tells the story of how Amir’s world and identity fall apart. Jeffrey Brown interviews Akhtar about his work and the deeper questions he’s exploring. Continue


Singer-songwriter Annie Lennox – Part 1

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Tavis Smiley
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Lennox reflects on her five decades in the music business and her new CD, "Nostalgia," which mines the Great American Songbook. Continue


Funk musician George Clinton

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Tavis Smiley
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The producer-writer-performer and one of the true innovators of pop music talks about his latest projects, including a memoir and a new CD. Continue


Singer-songwriter-musician Marty Stuart

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Tavis Smiley
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The Grand Ole Opry star and country music archivist reflects on his career and his latest release, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning." Continue


Saving South Africa's Constitutional Court art collection

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PBS NewsHour
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Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa's Constitutional Court talks to senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown about the symbolism and importance of the high court's art collection and the need to preserve it. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Musician Melissa Etheridge

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Tavis Smiley
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The Oscar- and two-time Grammy-winning artist and10-year breast cancer survivor talks about her latest project, "This Is M.E." and performs the new track, "A Little Bit of Me." Continue


Musician-songwriter Joe Perry

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Tavis Smiley
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The Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer offers an insider’s look at life in and out of one of the biggest bands in the world. Continue


Actress Cicely Tyson

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Tavis Smiley
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Into her eighth decade, the incomparable actress-activist reflects on her career and her decision to only portray strong women. Continue


Writer John Lahr

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The Tony-winning author and theater critic unpacks his biography on one of America's most brilliant playwrights, Tennessee Williams. Continue


Actor Jeremy Renner

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The two-time Oscar nominee discusses what he learned about the U.S. media in making the political drama, "Kill the Messenger." Continue


Singer-songwriter Annie Lennox – Part 2

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Tavis Smiley
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The Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winner continues to look back on her career and discusses moving out of her comfort zone with her latest album. Continue


A play that pokes fun at pain and pleasure of theater life

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PBS NewsHour
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Updated for today’s audiences, the revival production of “It’s Only a Play,” now on Broadway for the first time, lampoons life on the stage from the perspective of a fictional playwright. Jeffrey Brown sits down with starring actor Matthew Broderick and the show’s real-life playwright, Terrence McNally. Continue


Azar Nafisi views American society through its literature

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In Azar Nafisi’s new book, “Republic of Imagination,” the Iranian author uses American literary classics to explore perceptions of creativity. The new work picks up where Nafisi left off in her first memoir “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with Nafisi to discuss her new book and the difference in literary attitudes between her home country Iran and the U.S. Continue


Actress Kristen Stewart

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Tavis Smiley
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With the "Twilight" film franchise behind her, Stewart talks about her work in a series of interesting indie films, including "Camp X-Ray." Continue


TTC Extra: Feminist Critic Anita Sarkeesian & #GamerGate

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To The Contrary
PBS


Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian cancelled her event in Utah after receiving death and rape threats. She has been the target of these threats for making videos critiquing misogynistic portrayals of women in video games. These threats intensified after the creation of the #GamerGate campaign. PANEL: Genevieve Wood, Patrice Lee, Patricia Sosa, Kim Gandy Continue


Storymoja festival celebrates flourishing African literature

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PBS NewsHour
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In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also a time to remember Ghanaian poet Kofi Awooner, one of the 67 victims of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi one year ago. Jeffrey Brown reports on new voices of African literature and the future of literacy in Kenya. Continue


Sitcom creator Norman Lear talks evolution of TV

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Groundbreaking in its day, ‘70s sitcom “All in the Family” didn’t back down from tackling controversial topics. Legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear, author of a new memoir, “Even This I Get To Experience,” discusses the changing medium and changing audiences with Jeffrey Brown. Continue


Filmmaker Justin Simien

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Simien shares his feelings on the acclaim being received by his debut feature film, "Dear White People," in which he tackles issues of race with humor and insight. Continue


Finding healing with a movie about Sudan’s Lost Boys

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PBS NewsHour
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The 22-year civil war in Sudan left 2 million dead and double that number displaced. Young boys who were orphaned by the conflict became known as the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” A new film, “The Good Lie,” offers a fictional take on four such men who move to the U.S. Jeffrey Brown talks to actor and former "Lost Boy" Ger Duany and screenwriter Margaret Nagle about their efforts to tell this story. Continue


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