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"Approaching Ali" Blends Boxing And Opera

The North Carolina Opera is bringing boxing to the opera stage with a new show, Approaching Ali

It tells the story of North Carolina-native Davis Miller who befriended Ali after a chance encounter in his mid-30s. Miller devoted much of his life and career to writing about his relationship with his lifelong hero. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Miller; NC Opera’s development director David Walker and singer Soloman Howard who plays Muhammad Ali.

Watch some highlights from Muhammad Ali's career here:

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.