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Percussionist Clayton Cameron dissects the mathematics of improvisational jazz, demonstrating how numerical patterns make him a better musician.
When Randall Munroe volunteered to teach physics to high schoolers, his textbook approach to teaching the subject fell flat. Then he realized a way to get the kids excited about math --<em> Star Wars.</em>
The comedian wrote and stars in<em> Fish in the Dark</em>, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. David says the idea came to his "twisted mind" when his friend's dad passed away.
The drama, about the aftermath of a racially charged home invasion, challenges its many characters' viewpoints. Ridley says he wanted to explore "what happens when those truths start to fall away."
The Web series centers on a pot dealer who bikes around Brooklyn delivering to clients. Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair say they drew on their experiences and friends' generosity to make the show.
Tina Fey co-created the quirky comedy <em>The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt </em>for Netflix<em>; </em>John Ridley made the emotionally raw drama <em><em>American Crime</em></em> for ABC. TV critic David Bianculli says they're both good.
CBS' new cop show <em>Battle Creek</em> is based on a 12-year-old script by <em>Breaking Bad</em> creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.
Andrew McCarthy may be best known for his acting roles, but he's also an accomplished travel writer. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with McCarthy about travel writing and discovering his roots in Ireland.
A new comedy series, <em>The Last Man on Earth,</em> features your average guy who becomes humanity's last hope. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Will Forte, the creator, writer and star of the show.
Women and minorities continue to be under-represented on TV and in film, both behind and in front of the camera, according to a new study — even though diverse films and shows make more money.
NPR host Arun Rath remembers the late Leonard Nimoy, and the personal significance of <em>Star Trek</em>'s Spock as a biracial character on television.
We all know public radio types are pretty sharp, right? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Laura Lorson about her appearance on <em>Jeopardy!</em> Lorson hosts <em>All Things Considered</em> on KANU in Lawrence, Kan.
Leonard Nimoy died Friday at the age of 83. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the man who was best known for his role as Spock.
The <em>Star Trek</em> actor, writer, poet and photographer has died of lung disease at 83. NPR's Neda Ulaby has a look back at the long career of the man who was (and was not) Spock.
Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about Scott McCloud's <em>The Sculptor </em>and recommend other graphic novels you might enjoy.
It's a week of good TV as we say farewell to Pawnee, Indiana and dive into the story of <em>Breaking Bad</em>'s grimy defense attorney, who now has his own prequel.
New episodes of Netflix's <em>House of Cards</em> debut today, and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says this season's challenges may please critics who say the show's vision of Washington, D.C., runs too smoothly.
The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."
As much of the country shivers in the grip of a nasty winter, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello ponders cinematic heat — the movies that smolder, swelter and sizzle no matter what the mercury says.
The British series is set during and after World War II. Detective Foyle tackles crimes connected to the war — murder and spying, black markets and profiteering. It's "terrifically entertaining."
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