On an overcast late-spring afternoon, a group of bird lovers from the Earth Conservation Corps are in a boat on Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia River, and point out an osprey circling overhead. "This is like their summer vacation spot and where they have their young," says Bob Nixon, in the boat. "Then they spend most of their lives in the Amazon."
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a brilliant, scalding and essential play that is often revived. But the Complete Works Project in Oregon won't present the play this fall because the estate of the playwright, Edward Albee, won't give permission for them to cast an African-American actor in the featured role of Nick, a young professor.
The play's director, Michael Streeter, refuses to fire an actor for the color of his skin.
"I am furious and dumbfounded," he wrote on Facebook.
The battle over Philadelphia's soda tax is far from over, even though it went into effect back in January. As Katie Colaneri from member station WHYY reports, the soda industry is still fighting the tax in court and in the court of public opinion.
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