Arts & Culture

Season two of the hit TV series Bridgerton will roll out for fans without its hunky star, Regé-Jean Page, who played Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. Set during the Regency era in 1813 London, the show's first season was a steamy love story between Simon and Daphne Bridgerton. Their storyline ends with the birth of their first child. But the duke will not be appearing in upcoming episodes that follow other members of the aristocratic Bridgerton family.

Indoor theater has been shuttered in New York City for more than a year, due to safety concerns associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

But there are indications of slow movement on this front.

Friday is opening night for Blindness at the off-Broadway Daryl Roth Theatre. At a recent preview, there was a short line outside the theater, where invited patrons waited to see the show — a piece based on a novel by José Saramago.

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Alfonso Ribeiro

Apr 2, 2021

As a tween with great acting, singing and dancing chops, Alfonso Ribeiro was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to be in a 90-second Pepsi commercial with the Jackson 5. At the time, he was one of the leads in The Tap Dance Kid, a Broadway musical. Ribeiro told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg that the production wasn't happy about him leaving New York.

Le Pain Unquotidian

Apr 2, 2021

Demi Adejuyigbe (The Amber Ruffin Show) and Gabriel Gundacker (Our Cartoon President) rise to the occasion as they answer trivia questions about bread.

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Future Past

Apr 2, 2021

Comedians Demi Adejuyigbe (The Amber Ruffin Show) and Gabriel Gundacker (Our Cartoon President) test their sci-fi knowledge as they identify movies that were set in the future when they came out, but are now set in the past. Marty, where are the keys to the DeLorean?

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No Relation

Apr 2, 2021

In this music parody game, comedians Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live) and Jen Spyra (Big Time, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Onion) listen to well-known songs rewritten to be about historical figures who share a surname with the song's artist. And yes, Joan Mitchell and Joni Mitchell are two different people.

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Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live) and Jen Spyra (Big Time, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Onion) guess whether each clue is a baby animal, a brand of pain reliever or the name of a vampire.

Heard on Alfonso Ribeiro: Jokes About Butts And Mild Transgressions.

Check-In: Whack-A-Butt

Apr 2, 2021

Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg relives a childhood memory at a carnival.

Heard on Alfonso Ribeiro: Jokes About Butts And Mild Transgressions.

A Ruthless Ranking Of The 25 Best Muppets, According To Listeners

Apr 2, 2021

When we asked our trusty Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners to vote for the Best Muppet, we knew they'd come through. Over 18,000 votes were cast; over 150 different Muppets received votes.

Yes. Some brave, beautiful, misguided soul voted for H. Ross Parrot. As Best Muppet. That is a thing that happened.

Economic fallout due to the pandemic has been "catastrophic" for the performing arts, according to new data from the industry consulting group TRG Arts.

If any story has been inescapable this century, it's surely immigration. The subject has spawned so many newscasts, books, movies and TV shows that it takes real imagination to find an invigorating angle on such a well-worn and difficult theme.

Updated April 7, 2021 at 11:53 AM ET

Every April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we call on our audience (yes, you!) to help us celebrate the art of the verse.

Keeping with NPR tradition, we're asking for your original poems: haiku, couplets, free form, you name it. This year — our spoken wordsmiths may be pleased to know — we're adding TikTok to the mix.

How to share your poem

On Twitter: Tweet your poem, in 140 characters or less, with the hashtag #NPRpoetry.

Updated April 1, 2021 at 6:36 PM ET

When former President Donald Trump was still in office and holding rallies, he often shouted a question that provoked howls of raucous laughter from the crowd: "Where's Hunter?"

Trump was referring derisively to Hunter Biden, the son of the man who is now President Biden. Beautiful Things: A Memoir is Hunter's answer to Trump's question. He wants to tell us where he is, where he has been, and what it has taken to get him from there to here.

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