Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

The buttons, symbols and signs on many modern TV remotes make for one confusing user interface. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Why Are TV Remotes So Terrible?

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FCC Chairman Had Trouble Pleasing Interest Groups, Industry

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2013 Pritzker Winner Toyo Ito Finds Inspiration In Air, Wind And Water

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Cinereach aims to support films that tell stories from underrepresented perspectives. The Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild was one of those films. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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From Louisiana To Versailles, Funding 'Vital Stories, Artfully Told'

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Reg Presley, The Voice Of 'Wild Thing,' Dies

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Competition, High Bills Hurt Cable Companies

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J.J. Abrams' Directing 'Star Wars' Is Perfect Storm For Science Fiction Fans

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Inaugural Parade Includes Military Units, Lots Of Marching Bands

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Inaugural Parade Begins At The Pentagon, Moves To D.C.

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At Tyler Perry's live performances, his gospel-tinged references aren't meant for everyone in the audience. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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In A Fragmented Cultureverse, Can Pop References Still Pop?

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Mark Gagliardi and Autumn Reeser, as aviator Amelia Earhart, perform in The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Actors dress up and read scripts onstage in front of a live nightclub audience. Jonathan Reilly/The Thrilling Adventure Hour hide caption

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'Adventure Hour' Is A New Take On Old-Time Radio

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Partners Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) decide to use a surrogate to expand their family in The New Normal. Trae Patton/AP hide caption

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Who's Gay On TV? Dads, Journalists, Investigators And Footmen

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