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What Inspires Singer Simone

Actress and singer Lisa Celeste is better known by her stage name, Simone. She's the daughter of the late legendary singer Nina Simone, and she's appeared on Broadway in musicals such as Rent and Aida. As part of the series, In Your Ear, she shares the songs on her personal playlist.
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Vanessa Williams On Scandals, TV And Her Mom

Award-winning actress and singer Vanessa Williams stars on ABC's Desperate Housewives. She's come a long way since a 1983 Miss America scandal forced her to give up her crown. Host Michel Martin talks with Williams about co-writing the memoir You Have No Idea with her mother, who she says inspired her. Please be warned this conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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This Mother's Day, Strike Up The Band

You might be getting your mom flowers, brunch, or a card this Mother's Day. But in Mexico, mariachi bands are snapped up to serenade moms well in advance of the holiday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dan Sheehy of the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He's also a member of Mariachi Los Amigos, a Washington D.C. mariachi ensemble.
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D.C.'s Fashion Designers Find A Home At Cultural Couture

The D.C. Fashion Foundation is hoping to provide more opportunities for local fashion designers through a new fashion business incubation program that launched this week. 

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'Dark Shadows': The Birth Of The Modern TV Vampire

When it comes to monsters on television, vampires have the market cornered. And so popular are TV vampires that opening this weekend is a movie based on the grand-sire of all vampire TV shows: Dark Shadows. Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the evolution of a TV character that will never die.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 10

Fiesta Asia, Ai Weiwei, and Spiritualized.

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The History and Versatility of Jeans

Whether you've had them for years or just bought a new pair, odds are good you own at least one pair of jeans. We explore the history, culture and versatility of your favorite pair of jeans.

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Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon Was Fashion Revolutionary

The British hairstylist who rode the Mod scene in London to international fame and fortune has died. Vidal Sassoon created the short, angular haircuts that became a rage in the 1960's. His personality and fashion sense helped him create a hair care empire.

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