Andrew Limbong

Andrew Limbong is an assistant producer for NPR's Arts Desk, where he produces, reports, and mixes arts pieces of all kinds. Previously, he was a producer for Tell Me More and produced segments, directed the program, and line produced the show. He originally started at NPR in 2011 as an intern for All Things Considered.

Limbong received a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Journalism, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Between graduating and arriving at NPR, he spent time living in Indonesia.

Sesame Street has been a constant presence in children's entertainment for nearly 50 years. In addition to Big Bird and Elmo and Oscar the Grouch, the program also has human characters who ground the show, teaching the muppets big life lessons and helping them on their zany adventures. But over the past few weeks, there have been some issues with the grown-ups of Sesame Street.

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Theresa Saldana, an actress and victims advocate, died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 61.

She worked in movies such as I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Raging Bull.

In 1982, she was stabbed 10 times outside her West Hollywood apartment by a man who had become obsessed with her. She survived the attack, and the man was convicted of attempted murder. But Saldana told NPR the man continued sending her disturbing, threatening letters.

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Writer Calvin Trillin thought he was giving a lighthearted look at food fads in a poem for The New Yorker magazine. Here he is reading an excerpt taken from The New Yorker's website.

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Paul Bley, a jazz pianist whose thoughtful but intuitive commitment to advanced improvisation became widely influential, died of natural causes Sunday. He was 83.

Bley was surrounded by family at his winter residence in Stuart, Fla., according to his daughter Vanessa Bley.

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Fans of music that is fast and loud - really loud - have lost someone important.

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Quentin Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight was just released this Christmas — but in some theaters, the film's launch was a blast from the past.

The movie is showing at 100 movie theaters in 70 millimeter film: an extra-wide format that has been out of use for decades, aside from a handful of film connoisseurs and artsy theaters.

Airing the film in 70 mm has, in some cases, required renovations.

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It could be that this year's Christmas shoppers are getting familiar with The Shins.

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THE SHINS: (Singing) The party's on. The feeling's here.

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Earlier this year, singer and cookbook author Patti LaBelle teamed up with Wal-Mart to make a sweet potato pie.

It costs $3.48, it's got her face on the box, and sales were just OK when it came out in September.

But today, it's a scarcity. The pies have sold out in many Wal-Mart stores and are going for up to $40 on eBay. (We found this Craigslist listing selling slices for $10 each in Washington, D.C.)

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This weekend might have been good for candy, costumes and baseball, but it wasn't great for motion pictures. In fact, it was the worst weekend at the box office this year. Here's NPR's Andrew Limbong on a rough month at the movies.

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The trailer for the new "Star Wars" movie is out. And if somehow you have managed to avoid it, here's a little summary. It's got good old-fashioned TIE fighters, light sabers, the Millennium Falcon and also some new faces.

Tomorrow, some kid named Marty McFly will arrive in a flying car.

Oct. 21, 2015, is when the first act of Back to the Future Part II is set. In the sequel, Marty McFly goes forth and back in time, and complications ensue. It's a 2015 that's different from the one we know now — but not that different.

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Alto saxophonist Phil Woods has died. You might recognize his playing on this Billy Joel song.

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BILLY JOEL: (Singing) I want you just the way you are.

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Let's take a moment now to remember a Grammy-winning songwriter.

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ELVIS PRESLEY: (Singing) Maybe I didn't love you.

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She has taught generations of children important lessons and read them a whole lot of books.

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SONIA MANZANO: (As Maria) "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" - an oldie, but a goodie.

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RUN DMC: (Rapping) My Adidas walk through concert doors and roam all over Colosseum floors. I stepped on stage...

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It was streamed on Spotify 4.2 million times in just a single day this week. Last week it streamed a total of nearly 22 million times.

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