Walk into a pre-school classroom in America today and Erika Christakis says it’s likely you’ll see some familiar décor: alphabet charts, bar graphs, calendars, and schedules. It’s all part, says the expert in early child education, of a nationwide drive to make sure kids are ready for school at a younger and younger age.
Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about his career and the Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival. The festival is currently showcasing the Silk Road Project, which explores the cross-pollination of ideas, cultures, music, and art that occurred along the ancient trade routes between Europe and Asia.
- Yo-Yo Ma Acclaimed cellist
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