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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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'The Artist' The Right Pick For 'Best Picture'?

Host Michel Martin dishes on the wins, losses, and fashion faux pas of Sunday night's Academy Awards. She checks in with Wesley Morris, film critic for The Boston Globe, and Sheila Marikar, entertainment reporter and producer for ABCNews.Com.
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Black People: Naturally Cool?

A new collection of essays ponders the provocative question of whether black people are naturally cool or if they must work at it. Margo Jefferson and Helena Andrews share their thoughts in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. They speak with host Michel Martin.

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