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Dancers at the Dance Mile
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5280 Feet of Footloose

The Dance Mile's website promises “5280 feet of pure awesomeness,” and under the rules section, they insist in all caps to “HAVE THE MOST FUN POSSIBLE.” It’s barely noon on Saturday, and FM has sent me to a dance party in the middle of Boston hosted nominally by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Ignobel Awards Speaker
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Jokes and Lab Coats at the Ig Nobel Awards

It was like witnessing a drinking game I didn’t know was happening — but still I wanted to be a part of it.

Kendall Square
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Kendall Square

Organizers canceled the annual Cambridge Carnival, which usually passes through Kendall Square.

Street Signs
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A Street Named For Abolitionists

The city of Cambridge is planning to rename two streets near Cambridge Crossing, located in East Cambridge, after two prominent female African American activists with ties to the city.

Street Signs
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Street Signs

North Point Boulevard will become Morgan Avenue after Gertrude Wright Morgan, an activist involved in the Niagara Movement and the establishment of the NAACP, and North Street will be Jacobs Street after Harriet Jacobs, a freed slave and prominent writer.

CGIS Poets
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CGIS Poets

Professor Ju Yon Kim facilitated the event featuring poets Tamiko Beyer, Emily Yoon, and Paul Tran.

CGIS Poets
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Asian American Poets Take a Stand

Beyer has authored a poetry collection called “We Come Elemental,” Tran placed in the Top 10 at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, and Yoon was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2017.

Arnold Arboretum
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Walking by the ‘Woods’

Four million people live in this city. The global temperature has risen by an average of one degree Celsius since the 19th century. My feet are sore, and I wish that, for a moment, I could lean back on the bench overlooking the rose garden, close my eyes, and not be interrupted by the sporadic honking and sirens blaring from Route 203.

SOS Signs in Inman Square
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Friends of Inman Square

White-haired activists shift in their chairs, whispering about the upcoming decision.

Kassi Underwood Smiling
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How to Change Your Brain

As the meditation advisor at the Harvard Innovation Lab, or i-Lab, Underwood’s practice centers around pinpointing the origin behind the common fear of what others think of us.

Isaias Medina III at HKS
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Surfer, Monk, Diplomat: The Odyssey of Isaias A. Medina III

“I've wanted to change the world since I can remember,” he informs us. “This is something printed in my heart.”

Biobus
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Driving Science Forward

BioBus originated as an experiment to test Dubin-Thaler’s hypothesis that, given the opportunity to use research-microscopes to perform hands-on experiments, anyone would fall in love with science.

Typewriters to Repair
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The Writer’s Repair Shop

“People just come in — sometimes not to buy anything,” explains Thomas J. Furrier, owner of Cambridge Typewriter Company. “They love typewriters — to talk about them, try them.”

Law Town Kenny
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The First Amendment in Permanent Ink

Considering the hustle and bustle of the convention, it’s hard to believe that as recently as 2000, creating body art of any kind was illegal in the state of Massachusetts.

Sexy Vase
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Vases, but Make It Sexy

The room we are in contains, as our tour guide explains, the majority of the museum’s antiquity holdings. We’re here on the official tour that was advertised on Eventbrite as the “Sexy Vases Tour for Parents.”

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