Mandalit del Barco As an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics.

More than 500 items from the Captain Kangaroo show — including Dancing Bear's life-sized costume. Nate D. Sanders Auction House hide caption

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Nostalgia For Sale As Captain Kangaroo's Pals Are Auctioned Off

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Will 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Gain Emerald Status?

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Handguns collected in South-Central Los Angeles as part of a Gun for Gift Card exchange in 2009. One teenager here says getting a gun on the streets is just "one phone call away." Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South L.A. Teens Doubt New Laws Will Change Gun Culture

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South Park Duo Creates Production Studio

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Hollywood Execs Shift Programming After Newtown Shooting

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Singer Jenni Rivera Presumed Dead In Plane Crash

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Independent Movies Embrace On-Demand Platforms

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Juanes' latest album is all acoustic, and was recorded in front of a live audience as part of MTV's Unplugged series. MTV hide caption

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Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears

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Workers dismantle an installation that was set up for the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Paris. It had been scheduled for Friday night but was canceled after a gunman killed 12 people at a Colorado opening of the same film. Jacques Brinon/AP hide caption

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'Dark Knight' Events Canceled, Theaters Add Guards

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Jerry Seinfeld is premiering a Web-only series Thursday called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The new show features fellow comedians like Larry David, Ricky Gervais and Michael Richards. John Shearer/Invision for David Lynch Foundation/AP Images hide caption

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Seinfeld Hits The Web, Still Talking About Nothing

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Country's First Female Star Kitty Wells Dies At 92

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Myisha Areloano, Adrian James, Jahel Campos, David Vuenrostro and Antonio Cabrera camp outside President Obama's campaign headquarters in Culver City, Calif., on Friday to protest his immigration policies. Grant Hindsley/AP hide caption

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Is Deportation Freeze A 'Big Relief' Or 'Cynical Ploy'?

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English-Language News Launched By Univision, ABC

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The fifth-graders from L.A.'s Pico Union neighborhood, who rarely get to spend time in nature, say it was the best field trip ever. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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A New Destination For Kayakers: The L.A. River?

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