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Emily Esfahani Smith
by | Nov 12, 2010

A soft-spoken Briton, Antony Thomas is not what you would call a firebrand. Sitting across from me at a Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., he has a habit of squeezing his hands together before he speaks. But this 69-year old…

by | Jul 25, 2008

Despite her parents’ legal problems, 19-year-old Latasha was elated. From a broken home in D.C., she just got word that she would be employed, for the first time, at Reagan National Airport. Her job: to pick up trash. “I just…

by | Jul 22, 2008

A bottle of champagne is broken to shards and bits against an iron fence on a sidewalk along Washington’s New York Avenue. Told to wait outside in the blinding sun for this, the press stands awkwardly to watch as Fort…

by | Jul 3, 2008

Between now and July 6, this year’s Folklife Festival will be a fine distraction for the hordes of tourists in D.C. Beginning in 1967 with an emphasis on American Indian cultures, these days Folklife introduces audiences to “diverse” and remote…

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