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Fashion Matters In Tough Times, Says Top Designer

Kevan Hall is showing off his latest designs at the Washington Club on Friday. The Detroit-born designer is known for dressing the likes of Vanessa Williams, Salma Hayek, Celine Dion — even First lady Michelle Obama. Hall speaks with host Michel Martin about his career, and explains why fashion consciousness still matters, even when many Americans are focused on the struggling economy.
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Iraqi Designer's Vision: Covered, Still Sexy

Hana Sadiq dresses the royal families of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. She draws on Arab culture for her techniques, creating elegant looks for modern Arab women using embroidery, vibrant colors and even calligraphy.
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'All-American Muslim' Carves Path To TLC

A new reality TV show debuting Sunday aims to shed light on a group of Americans who often feel misunderstood as they juggle nationality and faith. All-American Muslim focuses on five families in Dearborn, Mich., which is of the most established and largest communities of Muslim Americans in the U.S. Suehaila Amen, who's featured on the show, speaks with host Michel Martin.
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Dunst: Expressing Something Blue In Melancholia

The actress stars in Lars von Trier's new psychological drama Melancholia, about depression and the end of the world. She talks about making the film and about working with Von Trier, whose controversial remarks about Hitler got him kicked out of this year's Cannes Film Festival.
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For Gertrude Stein, Collecting Art Was A Family Affair

In the early 1900s, Gertrude Stein and her brothers filled their Paris apartments with avant-garde art. The Steins bought paintings right out of the studios of young, scandalous artists — Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and others — who met and mingled at the Steins' salons.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 10

Sounds from Choral Arts and Norman Scriber, more theater from the Fringe and prints from Jake Muirhead.

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Eddie Murphy Will Not Host The Oscars

Eddie Murphy has resigned as the host of the 2012 Oscars.
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Life Without Plot In 'Leaving The Atocha Station'

Lerner captures the sense of everyday life with an unusual focus on thoughts rather than incident, betting on the premise that these thoughts are the events, rather than the stuff in between them.

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