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Kennedy Center To Begin Search For New President

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The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is launching a search for a new president. Current President Michael Kaiser has held the title for 12 years. He came to Washington, D.C. after leading London's Royal Opera House. But his contract ends next year. Now, a search committee headed up by Chairman David Rubenstein and board member Anthony Welters is looking for a replacement.

Rubenstein says the position is unique because it involves overseeing an opera company, two orchestras, a ballet company and extensive theater, dance, and jazz programs.

The president oversees a $200 million annual budget and is responsible for raising about $80 million each year.

The Kennedy Center is among the busiest performing arts centers in the country, and runs an extensive arts education program that was started by current president Michael Kaiser.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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