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A Ballet Memorial To A Son Killed At War

Amy Wolfe's son, Colin, was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq in August 2006. Seven years later, Wolfe is paying tribute to her son in an unusual way: A ballet. Wolfe, artistic director of the Manassas Ballet, talks about her production and shares memories of her son.
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Irish Music

Kojo explores the legacy of traditional Irish music in modern America and why it still resonates with so many people without Irish heritage.

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Bolshoi Dancer Confesses To Masterminding Attack

In Russia, a prominent dancer with the fabled Bolshoi Ballet has confessed to ordering an attack on the company's director. The director suffered third degree burns after acid was thrown onto his face. For more on the scandals at the Bolshoi, Renee Montagne talks to writer Christina Ezrahi, author of Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in Soviet Russia.
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Bolshoi Dancer Admits To Organizing, But Not Executing, Acid Attack

Three men confessed Wednesday to carrying out an attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet. Sulfuric acid was thrown in the face of Sergei Filin back in January, disfiguring and nearly blinding him. Police detained three men, including a lead soloist in the company. The dancer admitted to organizing the attack. Melissa Block talks with New York Times Moscow reporter Ellen Barry about the story.
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In Moscow, Scandals Shake A Storied Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet is deeply beloved in Russia. But a series of recent scandals — capped by a nasty acid attack on the company's artistic director in mid-January — has sent shock waves through artistic circles.
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Acid Thrown In Face Of Bolshoi Ballet's Artistic Director; He May Lose Sight

Sergei Filin may have been attacked by someone who is angry about which dancers he has chosen for starring roles, his family and colleagues tell news outlets.
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Debating Government Arts Funding

As the showdown over averting the "fiscal cliff" heats up, funding for the arts isnt making headlines. But arts organizations fear big cuts, while conservatives hope to make their case for the separation of art and state. We explore the future of public arts funding.

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