Arts and Entertainment

Performing Arts
12:45 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

While Breaking Bad fans were watching him portray Walt in the series' final episodes, Cranston was already reinventing himself — playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way.

Originally broadcast March 27.

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Author Interviews
2:37 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:30 am

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker with child protective services in New York City, where she worked with teenagers and families in crisis. She was, at times, responsible for removing children from their homes and placing them with foster families. The foster parents would often have children of their own.

"I was always wondering: What would it be like for those kids to have these new kids come and leave and come and leave and not want to attach to them?" she tells Tess Vigeland, guest host of NPR's weekends on All Things Considered.

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Music Interviews
6:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

Actor Craig Stevens as TV detective Peter Gunn in 1959.
Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 9:28 pm

In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:18 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Christian McBride On Piano Jazz

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 12:24 pm

Bassist, bandleader and composer Christian McBride has been a presence in jazz for more than 20 years. A veteran Piano Jazz sideman, McBride has accompanied the likes of J.J. Johnson and Cassandra Wilson on the show.

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Monkey See
2:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman star as The Doctor and Clara Oswald on the BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who.
Ray Burmiston/Ali BBC America

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:02 pm

TV's longest-running science fiction program is about to get a new hero ... sort of.

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A Blog Supreme
10:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Remembering Jazz Violinist John Blake Jr.

John Blake Jr.
Courtesy of the artist

For decades, John Blake Jr. created a rare role for the violin within the jazz of his eras. A versatile player, he worked memorably with Archie Shepp, Grover Washington Jr., and McCoy Tyner. He released several solo recordings. He taught in conservatories and mentored many outside the classroom.

Blake died Friday, Aug. 15 from complications due to multiple myeloma, according to his family. He was 67.

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Television
1:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Remembering Iconic TV Announcer Don Pardo

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Pardo died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (Al Levine/NBC via AP)

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:16 pm

You may not be able to recognize the face, but when you heard the voice, you knew exactly who is was.

Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer who became as much a part of the cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, died yesterday at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 96.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:14 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Makoto Ozoné On Piano Jazz

Kiyotaka Saito Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 12:50 pm

A world-class jazz composer and pianist, Makoto Ozoné began playing organ at age 2 and picked up piano at 12 after falling in love with the music of Oscar Peterson.

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Arts and Entertainment
3:12 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

On Stage: Chef Rick Bayless' Dinner Theater 'Cascabel'

Chef Rick Bayless has come out of the kitchen to present his cuisine on-stage in "Cascabel" at the Lookingglass Theater in Chicago. (lookingglasstheatre.org)

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:14 pm

Rick Bayless is a prominent American chef, restaurateur, author and host of the PBS series “Mexico: One Plate at a Time.” This summer Bayless has come out of the kitchen and presented his cuisine on-stage as part of his dinner theater “Cascabel.”

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Song Travels
3:08 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Curtis Stigers On 'Song Travels'

Curtis Stigers.
Mali Lazell Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter Curtis Stigers wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song for the TV show Sons of Anarchy. Throughout his career, he's been straddling genres and reinventing jazz and modern standards.

On this episode of Song Travels, Stigers joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss his journey to become a songwriter. Stigers performs his original "You've Got the Fever," and host Feinstein joins him for a duet of the standard "You Are Too Beautiful."

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