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American Exceptionalism Gone Wrong, And The Economic Return On NEA Arts Funding

Joan Marcus

In America, the split between conservatives and liberals can be dramatic. Today, we find out how the concept of American exceptionalism can divide and separate us from ourselves and our Western counterparts. Then,  Actors' Equity president Kate Shindle makes the economic argument to keep funding of the National Endowment for the Arts in the federal budget. She also talks about her role and the issues explored in the groundbreaking musical Fun Home.

Kate Shindle will appear in 'Fun Home' at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts from May 30 through June 4. Visit for ticketing information.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.