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Emily Esfahani Smith

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…

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…

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…

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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