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

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Joan Marcus
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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 KauffmanCenter.org for ticketing information.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.