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Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died

Elaine Stritch, whose talent led to a substantial career on Broadway and in cabarets, died today at age 89. She had been living in her native Michigan, where she moved last year from New York.
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In Stories Of Muslim Identity, Playwright Explores Fault Lines Of Faith

Ayad Akhtar plumbs his past to grapple with what it means to be Muslim in America. While some accuse him of airing dirty laundry, Akhtar uses such questions not just for rupture but also for renewal.
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Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

This summer, Kenya came to Washington, D.C. Artists, runners and Maasai elders were part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They spoke with us about music, goats and fusing tradition and modernity.
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For Audra McDonald, Experience And Raw Emotions Make Better Music

McDonald has won more Tony Awards than any other actress in Broadway history. In this encore broadcast, McDonald talks about funneling her personal emotions into the songs she sings on stage.
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Ending on a High Note: NSO Players Look Back

This summer the National Symphony Orchestra says goodbye to seven members, who collectively made 251 years of music with the group. Kojo sits down with three retiring NSO players to talk about music, memories and moving on.

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How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart

Poetry has deep roots in music — in fact, in some cultures, poetry and song are the same word. Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet's Glossary, explains how poets use rhythm to reach their readers.
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Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells NPR's Scott Simon why Cuba can't hold on to its ballerinas.
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An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Army Pvt. Danny Chen fatally shot himself in Afghanistan in 2011. The real-life tragedy has inspired a new production by Washington National Opera with a libretto by playwright David Henry Hwang.
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Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

In remembrance of the life of actress and activist Ruby Dee, Tell Me More presents an encore broadcast of Michel Martin's 2007 interview with the legendary actress and activist.
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Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday

Audra McDonald just won her sixth Tony, the most wins by anyone to date. McDonald is a Broadway staple, and she earned her latest Tony playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.

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