Composer and singer Hoagy Carmichael writing music on the piano in his London hotel room.
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December 11, 2000 Carmichael's timeless melody came to him one night while in school at Indiana University.
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Actors onstage in A Chorus Line, around 1980.
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May 22, 2000 Susan Stamberg profiles the musical's lyricist, her dear friend, Edward Kleban.
Composer Irving Berlin, circa 1918.
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March 20, 2000 "Alexander's Ragtime Band" was the revolutionary tune that launched the phenomenon known as American popular song. Called "the musical sensation of the decade" and a "public menace," Irving Berlin's hit was also, as Berlin's daughter notes, the "theme song of a generation."
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August 16, 1999 George Washington's last will and testament is being preserved. It's 200 years old, and the first serious conservation work was done in 1910. The document is in pretty good shape considering its age, but conservators have learned a lot in the last 90 years, and the new techniques are being applied.
January 15, 1999 Besides the impeachment trial underway on Capitol Hill, another trial involving sex, lies, justice and retribution is unfolding on stage at the Kennedy Center -- The Crucible. The opera, based on Arthur Miller's play, is directed by Bruce Beresford (film director of Breaker Morant and Driving Miss Daisy.
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