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Alicia Graf Mack thought her dancing days were over when an autoimmune disorder forced her to hang up her toe shoes. But now she's back, dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and determined to make the most of her time on stage.
Rebecca Sheir continues her series on Virginia's Holy Cross Abbey, a 62-year-old Trappist monastery whose future hangs in the balance. This time, we explore the monks' new farming partnership with their neighbors across the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.
A 7-foot tall statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass is more than just a tribute to the man. It's a larger-than-life reminder of the fight over voting rights and statehood for Washington, D.C.
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