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MacArthur ‘geniuses’ finally get to talk about awards

September 29, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Dorrance didn’t need to be a genius to figure out how to tell both her parents she’d won a $625,000 “genius grant” this year, despite a MacArthur Foundation request that she tell only one person before the official announcement.

The tap dancer and choreographer from New York says she “strategically” told her mother — knowing her mother would tell her father.

On Tuesday, she and the other 23 recipients finally got to talk publicly about something they’d kept to themselves and one other person for weeks.

Many — but not all — tell relatives. Environmental engineer Kartik Chandran told a mentor.

Sociologist Matthew Desmond told his wife in front of their 5-year-old son. But Desmond says the boy was more far interested in talking about Star Wars.

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