Arts & Life

Music Interviews
6:14 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.
Frank Masi Courtesy of HBO

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:16 pm

A Mississippi car accident in 1937 cut short the life of Bessie Smith.

She was just 43 years old. But she'd already established her legacy as "Empress of the Blues" — a pioneering American performer who demanded respect and equal pay in a world dominated by men and controlled by whites.

She'd also achieved a degree of infamy for her boozing, her brawling and her sexual appetites.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:10 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Not My Job: Tony Robbins Gets Quizzed On Laziness

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, shown in California in 2010, is the author of numerous self-help books. His latest is Money.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 5:12 pm

Tony Robbins has been traveling the world for decades giving his intensive three-day seminars on improving your life, and he's written a number of best-selling books.

The life coach is famous as a go-getter. So we invited him to answer three questions about stay-putters — incredibly lazy people.

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Performing Arts
7:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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Performing Arts
7:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Boston Pops Gives The Audience What It Wants

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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Music Interviews
7:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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Bhi Bhiman grew up in St. Louis. He played baseball. He listened to Michael Jackson. He watched "Back To The Future." He grew interested in music, and today, Bhi Bhiman writes and sings songs that have an international character.

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Dance
7:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Sat May 16, 2015

The Gates Of Liavek Are Open Again In 'Points Of Departure'

When I'm feeling low, there's a city I like to visit. This particular city is contained within a handful of shabby 1980s paperbacks around which I coil as protectively as a dragon around her hoard (though the city in question contains no actual dragons): The city of Liavek.

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Book Reviews
5:43 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Ariel Zambelich NPR

For five minutes, I thought this was it — the novel that was going to kill the novel. The book which, finally, was going to bridge that psychological, ideological and semantic gap between the fusty old books of our grandparents' age (just a bunch of words on paper representing characters, plot, action logically progressing to a known and comprehensible conclusion) and the mythical books of our future (which would have none of this, being composed exclusively of smells, or written on lasers or whatever).

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The Record
5:35 am
Sat May 16, 2015

B.B. King And The Majesty Of The Blues

B.B. King performs at the Newport Jazz Festival at Yankee Stadium in 1972 (the festival temporarily relocated to New York in the 1970s).
David Redfern Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:42 am

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Monkey See
9:48 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pitch Perfect 2' And Summer Movies

Pitch Perfect 2
Richard Cartwright Universal Pictures

This week's show came to you a little late, because that's how much we wanted to drag our pal Petra Mayer of NPR Books to see Pitch Perfect 2 with us before we taped.

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