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Current Event May 19, 2017

Debate: Will the Circus Survive?

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus have announced they will close after 146 years in the circus business because of high operating costs and low ticket sales. However, at the New England Center for Circus Arts, performers are still training to become performers. With the most well-known institution of the American circus industry shutting down, it is up to the new generation of performers to redefine the circus’ place in American culture. Listen to learn more about how young performers thinking about the future of the circus, and then debate whether the circus will survive.

Economics Arts

Story Length: 4:38

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National Public Radio © 2017

AIR DATE: 01/16/2017

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