WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Pushing the Barre: Septime Webre & The Washington Ballet

Septime Webre took over as artistic director of the Washington Ballet in 1999, and has since transformed the once-traditional institution into one of the country's most innovative ballet companies. By mixing a formal ballet vocabulary with elements of pop culture, Webre's edgy choreography draws sell-out crowds. He discusses his latest production, an eye-popping version of "Alice (in Wonderland)."

The Washington Ballet's "Alice In Wonderland"

All photos courtesy of The Washington Ballet. Costume design by Liz Vandal

Alice In Wonderland: Clips From Rehearsal

All footage courtesy The Washington Ballet and Scott Nurmi

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On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.
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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
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Environmentalists Turn To Campaign Finance Reform To Advance Cause

Frustrated by the lobbying power of oil and gas companies, environmenalists are joining the call for campaign finance reform in Washington.

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FCC Set To Change Net Neutrality Rules

On Thursday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules for how broadband providers should treat the Internet traffic flowing through their networks.

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