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Icehotel is located 120 miles above the Arctic Circle. The temperature outside is well below zero, but inside the hotel — while still, of course, below freezing — it's much warmer, hovering in the low 20s. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

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Two performers rehearse a traditional Japanese dance for Denver's 2015 Kohaku Uta Gassen. Chloe Veltman/KCFR hide caption

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A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

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Ephraim Benton, a former resident of Tompkins Houses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, is now an actor. Benton started a community-based organization called Beyond Influencing Da Hood, which puts on health fairs, film festivals and various free community events in his old housing project. This photo was taken in front of his old building in Tompkins Houses. Courtesy of Shino Yanagawa hide caption

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An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

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Sister Corita Kent stands in front of her work, including for eleanor, at Immaculate Heart College in 1964. Courtesy of Corita Art Center hide caption

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A Nun Inspired By Warhol: The Forgotten Pop Art Of Sister Corita Kent

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Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

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Eric Bransby, pictured above in his home in Colorado Springs, is still creating art at 98. "I try to make each mural a project that will somehow expand my abilities a little bit more," he says. Nathaniel Minor/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

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Depression-Era Photos Make A Mark In American Photography

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Curator Timothy Verdon says "Mary is unexpectedly fashionable" in Fra Filippo Lippi's Madonna and Child, painted in the 1460s. Provincia di Firenze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence/National Museum of Women in the Arts hide caption

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Mother, Empress, Virgin, Faith: 'Picturing Mary' And Her Many Meanings

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Look At This: Seeing The Story Inside A Photo

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Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance

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Timothy Spall finds beauty in the unlikeliest places as painter J.M.W. Turner. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

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Richard Estes, Jone's Diner, 1979, oil on canvas. (Private collection.) Click here for a closer look. Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

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