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Project Plié: Bringing Color To Ballet's Corps

If you've ever attended a ballet performance, you may have noticed the lack of diversity on stage. But a new initiative, Project Plié aims to bring some color to the art form. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from dancer Misty Copeland and American Ballet Theater CEO Rachel Moore.
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Point Of View: How So Many Rooted For 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White

How did the creators of Breaking Bad get millions of fans to stick by a meth-cooking drug lord season after season? The crafty use of an old editing technique in the pilot let us see the world through Walt's eyes, a film psychologist says, making it easier to excuse his immoral choices later on.
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Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. Now she criticizes changes that she used to support, like charter schools and school choice. She explains her reasoning in Reign of Error, her new book on the pitfalls of privatizing education.
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McDonald's Says Bye-Bye To Sugary Sodas In Happy Meals

From now on, the fast-food giant says, it will only market and promote milk, water or juice with its children's meals — though parents can still choose to order sodas for their children. The change comes as part of a larger plan to promote more healthful choices.
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An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars

A revival of Tennessee Williams' glorious 1945 drama opens tonight at Broadway's Booth Theater. Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones star in the play, which is partly based on the playwright's own life and family.
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'Masters Of Sex' Get Unmasterful Treatment On Showtime

The series follows the stories of science pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who helped bring sexuality into the light. Critic John Powers says it clearly aspires to be "the Mad Men of sex" -- but falls short in both its eye for detail and its retrograde portrayals of sex.
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Why Can't Fish Oil Supplements Keep Our Brains Sharp?

Contrary to earlier studies, new research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may not stave off cognitive decline. We look at why this is hard to pin down — and examine the body of evidence that finds supplements may not be as effective as eating fish meals in protecting brain health.
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This Week On Metro Connection: Coming Of Age

This week we'll bring you stories of how we grow up, grow wise, and come into our own.

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The Root 100: A Who's Who Of Black America

What do politician Cory Booker, tennis star Serena Williams and rapper Jay Z have in common? They all top this year's "Root 100," an annual list of black "influencers." The Root publisher Donna Byrd talks to host Michel Martin about who else made the list, and why.
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Ancient Jewish Tradition Meets Contemporary Design

What happens when you ask architects to re-imagine a structure mandated by the Jewish holy book? A freaking cool cultural piece of art, that's what.

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