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Martin O’Malley Dines with Undocumented Family

Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley accepted an invitation to dine with an undocumented family, becoming the first presidential candidate to do so while on the campaign trail. O’Malley ate a mid-day meal with the Ramirez family of Austin Texas as part of a handful of immigrant-rights advocacy groups invitation to participate in “DAPA Dinners,” named for President...

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Michael Flatley’s Last Dance

This month, Michael Flatley will make his final stage performances during a special run this fall at the Lyric Theater in on Broadway. The run brings a re-worked and enhanced version of his signature “Lord of the Dance.” This version, now called “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games,” has been on the West End stages for the year, but moves to New York for an opening night of November 7th...

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Dramatizing America’s Role
in the 1916 Easter Rising

A one-time performance in New York later this month seeks to dramatize America’s role in the 1916 Easter Rising. Often an overlooked aspect of the Rising, the voices of America, and Irish Americans were as varied and complex as in Ireland, with mixed results and effect. On November 18th, “Voices in America and the 1916 Easter Rising” brings them to the fore, weaving together proclamations,...

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Danny Boy for the Mets

Mets playoff superstar Daniel Murphy has a new walk-on song for the World Series this year – Danny Boy, with a twist. Irish actress and singer Maxine Linehan re-wrote the Irish traditional song “Danny Boy” with baseball-themed lyrics in honor of the Mets’ infielder, who hit a record-breaking seven home run streak in the post-season. Murphy, who currently walks to bat to “Shipping out to...

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From the Archives:
Bill Murray, 1988

ED: In 1988 we sent T.J. English to Bill Murray’s home to talk to him on the occasion of Scrooged, out that November. English, who still had the tapes from that conversation, sent them to PBS’s Blank on Blank podcast, which posted the final animated Bill Murray episode this week, along with the longer podcast with outtakes (below) and it’s everything we could have expected....

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