The Enduring Spirit of the Nutcracker

How the Russian Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in America

For millions of Americans, it just wouldn't be Christmas without at least one viewing of The Nutcracker. Surprisingly, the ballet never really took off in its country of origin, Russia. We learn how the fantasy of a nutcracker turned prince became a holiday mainstay.

NPR's Neal Conan speaks with guests including Jennifer Fisher, whose book Nutcracker Nation looks at historical productions fo the ballet. Fisher teaches dance history at the University of California, Irvine and writes on dance for The Los Angeles Times.

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