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Putin 101: Understanding Russia's 'Strongman'

Angus Roxburgh, a British journalist who has been covering Russia for over two decades, offers a new look at the enigmatic Russian leader in The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia.
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Finding Room For Fashion In The Courtroom

Tricia Elam once worked in a small Washington, DC law firm — where she learned, to her dismay, that proper attire meant plain suits and flat shoes. But she discovered a way to combine her passions for justice and fashion. She shares her vision with host Michel Martin. Elam is profiled in this week's Washington Post Magazine.
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One Year Later, 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'

A small group of engineers, soldiers and firemen risked their own lives to help prevent a complete meltdown after the quake and tsunami hit. Investigative reporter Dan Edge chronicles the aftermath of the disaster in a new Frontline documentary.
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Alexandria Seeks Votes For Arts Poll

Alexandria, Va. is looking to continue it's streak of Top 10 finishes in American Style Magazine's yearly poll of top places in the country for the arts -- the city is beseaching residents and admirers alike to vote.

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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 28

The Wire turns ten, Venice comes to Columbia, and Duke Ellington gets Smokey.

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Chinese Architect Wang Shu Wins The Pritzker Prize

For the first time, the Pritzker Prize has been awarded to an architect based in China. Wang Shu, 49, is interested in preservation, working slowly and tradition — ideals that are often at odds with today's booming China.
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'Tinderbox': How The West Fueled The AIDS Epidemic

Journalist Craig Timberg, the former Johannesburg bureau chief for The Washington Post, says international AIDS organizations working in Africa went off in the wrong direction in fighting the spread of HIV across the continent.
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China On The Court: NBA Meets The 'Brave Dragons'

A new book follows an American basketball veteran as he coaches a struggling Chinese pro basketball team. Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Yardley has a courtside seat from which to observe China's frantic capitalist expansion and its ambivalent fascination with all things American.
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'Man Or Muppet?' Tops Oscar Voter's Playlist

Producer and director Reginald Hudlin is one of the few African-American voting members of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hudlin is also a father. He shares the songs he listens to with his kids, as part of Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear.'

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