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MacArthur Genius Winner: I Thought it Was Spam

Meet the 2011 fellows

(Newser) - When silversmith Ubaldo Vitali got the phone call, he thought it was a joke. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein nearly wrote off her email as spam. But it was neither a joke or spam: Vitali and Weilerstein are among this year’s 22 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s $500,000 “... More »

MacArthur Picks New $500K 'Geniuses'

Twenty-four creative high-achievers handed $500K

(Newser) - "Master vocalist" Dawn Upshaw is among 24 "geniuses"  awarded half a million bucks by the MacArthur Foundation today. Back from a break to treat her breast cancer, Upshaw says she hopes that "a lot of amazing music comes from it. Maybe new pieces with young singers.... More »

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