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From Brooklyn's 'Streisand' to Baltimore's 'Raisin,' arts thrive on PBS
From Brooklyn's 'Streisand' to Baltimore's 'Raisin,' arts thrive on PBS

I don't expect to find much art on TV anymore — especially on the broadcast networks. The medium started out with great promise for the arts. Prime-time variety series of the 1950s, like Sid Caesar's “Your Show of Shows,” regularly presented singers from the Metropolitan Opera alongside the zany and brilliant live comedic skits for which it was known. Entire series, like “Playhouse 90,” offered such productions as “Requiem for a Heavyweight” and “Days of Wine and Roses,” with the best Broadway actors, directors, producers and writers. But those days are long gone. One of the first things to get squeezed when money gets tight...

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