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Up Close With Houston Ballet’s Lauren Anderson

Posted on · Houston Ballet made history 25 years ago when Lauren Anderson became the first African-American woman to earn a role as principal dancer at a major company. But what has changed since then? News 88.7’s Amy Bishop visited Anderson to find out. (Above: At 50 years old, ballerina-turned-teacher has the sculpted arms of an athlete and the […]

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Remembering Rita and Plan Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 24, 2015)

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

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Why Aren’t There More Ballet Dancers of Color? Discussing Diversity in Dance

Posted on · Ballet has found itself struggling to keep up with the times when it comes to diversifying. For more than 200 years, ballet positions like the arabesque and Plié have endured almost unchanged, but today the dancers performing these moves are no longer always white. Houston, which prides itself on being the most diverse city in America, has actually […]

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HHS, New Sheriff & Drug Lawsuits: Wednesday’s Show (June 17, 2015)

Posted on · Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek recently announced his resignation. He’ll step down July 1. His deputy, Chris Taylor, will replace him. Janek’s departure comes as the agency faces a number of issues, including a controversy surrounding a no-bid contract with an Austin-based technology company to detect Medicaid fraud. On this edition of […]

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For This Houston Family, Ballet Is Life

Posted on · When Houston Ballet’s Spring Showcase hits the stage this weekend, five of the dancers will be siblings. So how did two parents – who admit they are not the best dancers – produce a family of ballet enthusiasts? News 88.7’s Arts and Culture Reporter Amy Bishop went to downtown Houston to learn more about Houston’s Westerman […]