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Iraqi Dancer's Dreams Cut Short By Terrorism

An ISIS bombing in Baghdad killed more than 300 Iraqis in early July. One of them, Adil Al-Faj, known as Adil Euro, went against cultural norms as a break dancer who dreamed of dancing in New York.
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'The Phantom Of The Empire': You Guessed It, Musical And Star Wars Combined

Turning Tydes, a musical theater troupe in San Diego, does musical mash-ups that spoof Broadway shows. Ahead of Comic-Con, they're performing a mash-up of Star Wars and The Phantom of the Opera.
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Curtain Call For D.C. Actor Rick Foucheux

Kojo talks to leading man Rick Foucheux about his distinguished career on D.C. area stages and how theater in our region has changed.

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Hard Cider, Chamber Pots And Leeches: Living Like A Founding Father

River Donaghey, associate editor at VICE, spent four days living as people did in the 18th century. Donaghey tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that New Yorkers happily mistook him as an extra from Hamilton.
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A Tribute To The Late American Composer Eubie Blake

Blake's music is featured in the Broadway revival, Shuffle Along. Our tribute features live performances of his songs and interviews with pianist Dick Hyman, among others. Originally broadcast in '98.
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Mary Chapin Carpenter On Her 14th Album, "The Things That We Are Made Of" (Rebroadcast)

Mary Chapin Carpenter joins Diane to talk about her new album, the "artistic insight of middle age" and rewriting her life story in new ways.

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This Shakespeare Reconstruction Sets 'Merchant' In Post-Civil War D.C.

In District Merchants, Shylock is still Jewish, but half of the other characters are freed slaves. The playwright says he was inspired but a reference to slavery in Shakespeare's original text.

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Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is Then and Now.
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A Grisly, Humorous Dissection Of Morality In 'Anatomy Theatre'

It was once thought that evil resided inside the body. So murderers were dissected to find it. That macabre practice is the subject of a dark but funny new opera, "Anatomy Theatre."
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A Festival For Mixed-Race Storytellers — And Everyone Else, Too

The Mixed Remixed festival isn't just for folks who are multiracial. It's about connecting people from all over the world who aren't always seen as belonging together.

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