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Alexis Coe didn't realize all of the opportunities a history major brings

Feb 12, 2020
Like our own Kai Ryssdal, Alexis Coe is a history-student-turned-podcaster, but when she was in grad school, her path wasn't always so clear.
Historian and hyphenate Alexis Coe.
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How "The Nutcracker" became a holiday classic

Dec 13, 2019
Tchaikovsky's ballet is a holiday institution and a big cash cow for dance companies. But it wasn't always that way.
"The Nutcracker" wasn't always a holiday tradition.
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Alison Roman gives some food for thought on writing a cookbook

Oct 28, 2019
Alison Roman is a food columnist for the New York Times and Bon Appétit.
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How Frederick Douglass taught Amanda Gorman how tech can be a tool for social justice

Oct 25, 2019
The National Youth Poet Laureate answered the Make Me Smart question.
Poet Amanda Gorman says she writes "about hope, so that I can directly challenge that stereotype that black women are just wedded to fury.” Above, she performs at the AltaMed "Power Up! We Are the Future" gala in Beverly Hills in 2016.
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How Elizabeth Warren learned personal bankruptcy isn't a rich people problem

Apr 10, 2018
Personal bankruptcy is a middle-class problem, says Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) listens to testimony from witnesses during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing.
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