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Liz Coleman on the TED stage in Long Beach, CA. Asa Mathat/TED hide caption

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

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Dancers with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform in Madrid in 2009. In accordance with Cunningham's wishes, the company shut down soon after his death. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Exhibition Celebrates Merce Cunningham And His Choreography Of Chance

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Somali refugee Asad Abdullahi is played by four different actors, each wearing the same white hat: (left to right) Zoleka Mpotsha, Ayanda Tikolo, Siphosethu Juta and Luvo Tamba. Keith Pattison/Courtesy of BAM hide caption

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'Man Of Good Hope' Tells A Somali Refugee's Story — In Song

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Has 4 Musicals On Broadway — At The Same Time

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As Trump Mulls Funding Cuts For The Arts, An Artist Argues Against The NEA

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Broadway's Getting A New Theater, Which Is Also Its Oldest

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Actress Anika Noni Rose stars in the new BET series, The Quad, as president of a fictional HBCU. Melissa Kuypers /NPR hide caption

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30 Years After 'A Different World,' 'The Quad' Brings HBCU Life Back To TV

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The play Roe shows Norma McCorvey, aka "Jane Roe," (Sarah Bruner) pleading with her doctor (Richard Elmore) to give her an abortion. C. Stanley Photography/Courtesy of Arena Stage hide caption

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New Play About 'Roe V. Wade' Is A Prism For Looking At The American Divide

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James Earl Jones stars in August Wilson's Fences in 1985. Fences is one of several plays Wilson premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre. William B. Carter/Courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations hide caption

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Yale Repertory Marks 50 Years As A Theater Incubator

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'Pretty Big Movement' Takes On Dance Company Stereotypes

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Khoshaba Jaber, an Assyrian living in West London, plays a tambura, a traditional instrument known as the "mother of strings," after singing an epic poem he learned in his boyhood village in northern Iraq. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

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Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

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Lin-Manuel Miranda performs on Hamilton's opening night in August 2015. "It was an enormous challenge to do that show every night," he says. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images hide caption

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

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Actor and activist Jesse Williams says he believes his efforts are making a difference but gives credit to those who inspire him, among them black women and the black LGBTQ community. Melissa Kuypers /NPR hide caption

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Actor And Activist Jesse Williams: 'I'm Certain I'm Making A Difference'

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