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Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

An exhibit at the Library of Congress is devoted to the art of theatrical design. Drawings, sketches, watercolors, posters and scale models reveal how magic and spectacle are achieved before our eyes.
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An Artist's Brainstorm: Put Photos On Those Faceless Ebola Suits

Printers blew up. People took the photo stickers home. But in the end, art professor Mary Beth Heffernan succeeded in bringing a human face to the scary-looking protective gear.
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Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

Chinese novels have dwelt mainly on the past and present. Liu Cixin is starting to change that. His science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos, and offers commentary on current events.
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Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. "It's not about one person." Driver stars in the new film comedy While We're Young.
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Storytellers Weave Tales Of Ward 8, Past And Present

We'll visit a storytelling workshop that's helping new and old residents of Ward 8 explore the themes of home.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 9, 2015

You can see what’s new in Spanish cinema or see a musical tribute to the Civil War.

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China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.
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These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.
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Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture Gets First US Show In Nearly 40 Years

Parviz Tanavoli's calligraphy-inspired figures helped revive sculpture as an art form in Iran. Now, Wellesley College's Davis Museum is giving American viewers a chance to see his work.

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