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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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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