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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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April 15, 2014 | WBUR · At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
 
April 15, 2014 | NPR · Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Apr 11, 2014 — Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin is in the U.S. for the first time since he was injured last year. He says he hopes ballet will help soothe international tensions.
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Mar 9, 2014 — Misty Copeland is one of the few African-American solo dancers with the American Ballet Theatre. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Copeland about her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.
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Feb 14, 2014 — When the pint-sized actress and the tap-dancing legend performed their "stair dance" in The Little Colonel, it was considered the first interracial dance performance. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores the offscreen friendship of "Little Miss Sunshine" and Bill Robinson — both icons in their fields.
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Feb 6, 2014 — The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most renowned performing arts companies in the world. They've kicked off their 2014 North American tour and they're blending old favorites with new performances. Host Michel Martin speaks with the company's artistic director Robert Battle.
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Dec 12, 2013 — Jennifer Holliday sprang to stardom in the 1980s for her Tony Award-winning performance in Dreamgirls and went on to a recording career after Broadway. But her life wasn't always glamorous: She suffered from depression and obesity, and once attempted suicide. She talks about the message she's trying to send with her forthcoming album, The Song is You.
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Nov 29, 2013 — Choreographer Elizabeth Streb pushes the boundaries of Newtonian physics—with dance. In her show Forces, dancers fly, fall, and collide in mid-air. No wonder the "action architect" has her share of scientist fans, among them, big-thinking particle physicist Lisa Randall.
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Nov 2, 2013Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about an Instagram artist with a social conscience, one man breaking into the world of belly dancing, and the timeless innovation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
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Sep 27, 2013 — If you've ever attended a ballet performance, you may have noticed the lack of diversity on stage. But a new initiative, Project Pli 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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Sep 8, 2013 — Comedian Billy Crystal has long suffered from insomnia. He tells NPR's Scott Simon his mind is constantly racing, and jokes that he sleeps like a baby — he's up every two hours.
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Sep 5, 2013 — Communities are coming together to keep the square-dancing tradition alive, hoping to pass the heritage on to future generations. A statewide project aims to bring back what was once a pillar of small-town life.
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