Following the success of the revival of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' which featured an all African-American cast, come the Broadway runs of 'The Country Girl' and 'Thurgood' ? all serious-minded shows that are drawing diverse theater-goers. Guest Patrik Henry Bass highlights the increase and popularity of black productions on the Great White Way.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Benson Lee, director of a new documentary called "Planet B-Boy: Breakdancing has Evolved." The film documents the global expansion of breakdancing -- including an annual hip-hop competition called "The Battle of the Year."
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with South African actor and political satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys who is touring the United States with his new one-man show, "Elections and Erections - A Chronicle of Fear and Fun."
Documentaries like ?Autism: The Musical? are showing how the arts can help autistic children express themselves and interact with others. Corbett explores the connection between autism and forms of creativity. She also addresses some of the controversies surrounding autism including the debate on childhood vaccinations and the emerging neurodiversity movement among adults on the disorder spectrum.
In Damien Atkins' play "Lucy," an anthropologist named Vivian gets custody of her severely autistic daughter. Vivian's approach to Lucy's condition leads her to an extreme hypothesis: that autism isn't a disorder ?- it's the evolution of the species. Produced by Eric Molinsky.
Maracatu is a musical and performance style from the northeastern part of Brazil. It's experiencing a resurgence these days thanks in part to a collaboration between a Brazilian group and a Brooklyn-based band.
Scholars and the OED have cited Shakespeare as the originator of more than 1600 words. While he was the first to write down many words, new research fueled by computer analysis indicates he didn't invent as many words as once thought.
The rules for performance these days are onerous in Iran. Women can't appear before male audiences. It's hard to remember that before the 1979 revolution, anyone could make music there. Including a gay academic.
Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called "Blurred Lines." It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.
The title of Alexander von Mehren's new album is called "Aéropop" and that's how he defines his music as well. The Norwegian musician says it's "airy and fresh, but still accessible like pop music and there's still a depth to it."
Kinan Azmeh is one of the rising stars of Syrian music. Born in Damascus, he moved to the United States to train at the Juilliard School in New York. He's now working on a doctorate in the city. But he dreams of returning to his hometown.
German rock star Herbert Grönemeyer is usually mobbed on the streets in his home country. This week he kicks off his first US tour and releases his first all-English language album. Grönemeyer speaks to anchor Marco Werman.
IAM has been around for 25 years and sold millions of records. They're identified with their hometown of Marseille, but what's less known is that the inspiration to start the group began in New York City.