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

A press photo of Sylvia Robinson from around 1992. Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Sylvia Robinson, Who Helped Make 'Rapper's Delight,' Has Died

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Maria Bello plays Detective Jane Timoney — a revamped version of Helen Mirren's iconic Jane Tennison — in NBC's remake of the British drama Prime Suspect. Patrick Harbron/NBC hide caption

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NBC's 'Prime Suspect' Hopes To Fill Some Very Big And Very British Shoes

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Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80's July 15 show at Grand Performances in Los Angeles. For over 25 years, Grand Performances' free shows have drawn diverse crowds to downtown L.A. RJ Sakai/Courtesy of Grand Performances hide caption

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Free Music In The Heart Of The L.A. Sprawl

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Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson on stage in New York around 1978. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns hide caption

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Nick Ashford, Songwriter, Singer And Producer, Has Died

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Jennifer Lawrence, as Ree Dolly in Winter's Bone, on the front porch of Frank Layson's house in southwestern Missouri. Layson's hand-built house served as the home for the Dolly children in the film. Sebastian Mlynarski/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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On Location: The Frozen Ozarks Of 'Winter's Bone'

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Best Buds From Back In The Day: Ernie and Bert on the set of Sesame Street in 1970, the year after it premiered. Children's Television Workshop/Getty Images hide caption

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They're Just Best Friends. That's It. Seriously

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Archer Mayor exposes the seedy underbelly of Brattleboro, Vt., in his mystery novels. But it's a challenge to bring out the dark side; Brattleboro, and Vermont in general, the author says, are "inordinately pleasant" places. Ken Gallager hide caption

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Brattleboro: Vermont's Hotbed Of Fictional Crime

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