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A Star Is Reborn: Marquita Lister (Rebroadcast)

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Soprano Marquita Lister didn't let a devastating auto-immune disorder end her opera career.
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Soprano Marquita Lister didn't let a devastating auto-immune disorder end her opera career.

Washington, D.C., native and international opera star, Marquita Lister, has performed in the world's great opera houses and has sung "Bess" (in "Porgy and Bess") more than 500 times. In 2006, she became gravely ill, and her meteoric rise was interrupted. But she's worked hard to make a remarkable recovery and now is poised for her comeback. Rebecca Sheir spoke with Lister as she prepared for a recital benefit for her favorite cause: the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation.

[Music: "No Air (In the Style of Glee)" by Pocket Songs Karaoke from Karaoke Hits of Glee, Vol. 1]

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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