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Joan Chen: No More Concubine, Dragon Lady Roles

Joan Chen was only a teenager when she was awarded China's equivalent of the Oscar. Americans know Chen best for her roles in the TV series Twin Peaks and the film The Last Emperor. She is honored at this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Chen talks with host Michel Martin.
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1940s Celebrities In Full Color

It's like arriving in Oz: A D.C. exhibit features richly colored photographs of people who were typically rendered in black and white.
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The Religious Language In U.S. Foreign Policy

Historian Andrew Preston says questions in an undergraduate class he was teaching at the start of the 2003 invasion of Iraq spurred the research for his new book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith. "Once I started looking for religion [in U.S. foreign policy], it was everywhere," he says.
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Sonja Sohn: Changing Baltimore Long After 'The Wire'

For five seasons, actress Sonja Sohn played Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which chronicled life and death on Baltimore's toughest streets. When the series ended, Sohn stayed in Baltimore — to help young people straighten out their lives.
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Teen Comes To D.C. To Fight R Rating On 'Bully'

Students in the District were at the premiere of one bullying film this week, although an R rating may keep them from seeing another. One Michigan teenager came to D.C. this week to argue the case for a lower rating for the film with the Motion Picture Association of America.

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The Wild And Crazy 'Tweets Of Steve Martin'

Once a social-media skeptic, the legendary funnyman, screenwriter and banjo player now says Twitter is "sort of like heaven." His new book collects his best tweets — and some of the hilarious responses he has received from followers.
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'Emancipating Lincoln': A Pragmatic Proclamation

In a new book, historian Harold Holzer explores the carefully calibrated timing and delivery of Lincoln's ultimatum to the rebellious states. Though the proclamation has been criticized as weak, Holzer says that Lincoln did what he had to do to make the order palatable in a perilous time.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Mar. 15

In honor of Women's History Month, Art Beat is operating under Girl Power!

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