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Black, Female And An Inspirational Modern Artist

In just the last year, 96-year-old sculptor Elizabeth Catlett has had her work featured in exhibitions from Istanbul to Mexico to New York. She broke through barriers of race and gender, yet remains unknown to all but the artists she inspires.
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Hey, I've Got Five On It!

Every answer is a familiar three-word phrase, name or title in which each word has five letters — for example, "Royal Opera House."
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'Ghosts Of Empire': Britain's Lasting Imperial Legacy

In his new book, Kwasi Kwarteng picks six territories that were once part of the British Empire and explores how decisions made by colonial administrators still influence the countries' political and economic life.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 13

Loveable animals, less lovable animals and young, mostly mad lovers.

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Museum Dedicated To All Of French Artist's Talents

France has opened a new museum honoring one of the most multi-talented, controversial and too-often-forgotten artists of the last century: Jean Cocteau. He was a poet, playwright, sculptor, painter and filmmaker. Frank Browning reports that it's all on view on the Cote d'Azur.
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In A StoryCorps Booth, Love Is 'All There Is'

If Dave Isay has learned one thing from editing his new book of StoryCorps conversations it's this: "No one should ever, ever give up hope on love," he says. "It seems like it's not in the cards for people, and then it just sneaks up behind you."
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Jazz Singer Kurt Elling Plays Not My Job

For years, Elling was the Susan Lucci of jazz: Every year he would be nominated for a Grammy, and then every year he wouldn't win. But ninth time's a charm! In 2010, he won his first Grammy, and this year, he's a favorite to win another for his latest record, The Gate.
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Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD, Or Not

According to Rolling Stone magazine, sales of vinyl albums continue to grow, setting a new record in 2010. Does vinyl reproduce sound better, or is it just a trend? Two audio experts join guest host John Dankosky to talk about the science of audio, and how perceptions can shape the sound experience.

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