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Culturetopia: Jumping Dogs Edition

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Susan Stamberg walked past my desk a few weeks ago, positively beaming. She'd just interviewed photographer Elliott Erwin, who's shot any number of charming, iconic images, including one you've probably seen of a black-and-white jumping dog. She was delighted about the interview, because when she'd asked Erwin how he got dogs to jump, he'd told her he barks at them. "You have to speak their language," he explained.

You'll hear that profile on NPR's podcast of the week's best arts and cultural stories. We've also got a piece about the singer Grey Reverend and one about a new adaptation of the classic Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess and the role of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks in updating the show to a more modern era.

You'll also learn about one of the very few actually good movies that's playing now in theaters, which is, perhaps surprisingly, a documentary about a Brazilian racecar driver. And finally, a piece about a style of dancing to the blues that's profoundly changed the lives of some of the people who do it.

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