Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1947 musical Allegro is being revived by Classic Stage Company in New York. The original cast of Allegro included 100 performers; the new revival has 12. Matthew Murphy hide caption

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Theater

Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.

Critics took issue this week with a book that portrays Computer Engineer Barbie needing help from boys in order to make a video game and fix a virus. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Book News & Features

Computer Engineer Barbie Gets New Set Of Skills

The 2010 book Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer faced fresh criticism this week for showing Barbie designing a game, but relying on male friends to code it for her. Leave it to the Internet to find a fix.

The Wall, Jacumba, California an image photographer Richard Misrach captured in 2009. Richard Misrach/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles hide caption

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Around the Nation

Lost — Then Found — Along The Border, Objects Become Art

A photographer's journey along the U.S.-Mexico border turned up dramatic images of lost possessions. A composer turned those items into instruments that echo the desolate landscape.

Some businesses in Ferguson have boarded up their windows in anticipation of the grand jury announcement whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Race

Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

A grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., may be near. Residents and businesses are preparing for what comes next.

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J Mascis, Famous For His Volume, Turns It Down

The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world's loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic in the NPR Music offices.

Civilians who had just recently arrived in Yola prepare to flee again, this time in a large open-top truck headed to the city of Jos. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

Many of the displaced ended up in camps in the city of Yola. Now they're racing further away as concerns grow that Yola also faces attack, and that the government isn't doing enough to stop it.

Goats and Soda

Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

As Ebola surges in the east African country, the capital city sends surveillance teams into the neighborhoods to record who might be sick with the virus — or already dead.

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