Joan Chen was only a teenager when she was awarded China's equivalent of the Oscar. Americans know Chen best for her roles in the TV series Twin Peaks and the film The Last Emperor. She is honored at this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Chen talks with host Michel Martin.
Historian Andrew Preston says questions in an undergraduate class he was teaching at the start of the 2003 invasion of Iraq spurred the research for his new book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith. "Once I started looking for religion [in U.S. foreign policy], it was everywhere," he says.
For five seasons, actress Sonja Sohn played Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which chronicled life and death on Baltimore's toughest streets. When the series ended, Sohn stayed in Baltimore — to help young people straighten out their lives.
Students in the District were at the premiere of one bullying film this week, although an R rating may keep them from seeing another. One Michigan teenager came to D.C. this week to argue the case for a lower rating for the film with the Motion Picture Association of America.
Once a social-media skeptic, the legendary funnyman, screenwriter and banjo player now says Twitter is "sort of like heaven." His new book collects his best tweets — and some of the hilarious responses he has received from followers.
In a new book, historian Harold Holzer explores the carefully calibrated timing and delivery of Lincoln's ultimatum to the rebellious states. Though the proclamation has been criticized as weak, Holzer says that Lincoln did what he had to do to make the order palatable in a perilous time.
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