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Getting "Close" At The Corcoran

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We head now to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where the portraits of artist Chuck Close are on display. They're made from some of the most basic shapes and colors:squiggles and lines, bright circles and blobs, that, when viewed from afar, add up to the most expressive and iconic paintings in the world of modern art. Stephanie Kaye met with Chuck Close in one of the Corcoran's galleries to talk about his life and work.

Artist Chuck Close, speaking with Stephanie Kaye. The exhibit Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration will be on view at the Corcoran through September 12th.

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More On Nate Parker And 'Birth Of A Nation': Join Our Twitter Chat, 2PM EST

On this week's podcast, we dug into rape allegations filed 17 years ago against the highly lauded black actor and director. Join Gene Demby and the Code Switch team to continue the conversation.
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Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

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