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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has had several confrontations with Chinese authorities. Beck Harlan/NPR hide caption

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'They Love Freedom': Ai Weiwei On His Lego Portraits Of Fellow Activists

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Senior conservator of paintings Ann Hoenigswald works to fill in elements of Paul Cézanne's Riverbank c. 1895 in the National Gallery of Art's Paintings Conservation Lab in Washington, D.C. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

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Lewis used leftover house paint to brighten the walls of the tiny home in Marshalltown that she shared with her husband. Steve Farmer/Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hide caption

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Listen to the Story

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Marlene Dietrich in a publicity photo for the film Dishonored (1931), in which she plays an Austrian spy. Eugene Robert Richee/Deutsche Kinemathek - Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin / Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery hide caption

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Gallery Gives Movie Star Marlene Dietrich The Big-Picture Treatment

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Elise tries robo toilets in Japan. Illustration by CJ Riculan/NPR hide caption

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WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

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Baked crema Mexicana doughnuts with a blood orange glaze, as featured in the food blog Chicano Eats. On his bilingual blog, Esteban Castillo shares traditional and fusion Mexican recipes. The blog has a stunning, minimalist aesthetic meant to challenge the way people see Mexican food. Esteban Castillo hide caption

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Esteban Castillo

Krisel said he wouldn't like to live in the desert, "but I like it as a locale for my architecture." Above, one of his designs perched on a mountain in California. Darren Bradley/Courtesy of Darren Bradley hide caption

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William Krisel, Architect Who Helped Define California Modernism, Dies At 92

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Polar Photographer Shares His View Of A Ferocious But Fragile Ecosystem

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Dad called these "his and hers chairs." He would sit beside Mom, his partner and wife of 34 years, as they got their weekly chemotherapy treatments. Howie Borowick had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and wife Laurel was in treatment for breast cancer for the third time. For him, it was new and unknown. For her, it was business as usual, another appointment on her calendar. Nancy Borowick hide caption

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Our Last Year Together: What My Camera Captured As My Parents Died Of Cancer

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Scaffold, a sculpture by Sam Durant, stands in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The art work is a reflection on the country's long history of institutionalized killing and references the hanging of 38 Dakota men among other executions. After swift community outcry, it will be dismantled and later ceremonially burned. Evan Frost/MPR News hide caption

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After Outcry, Sculpture Depicting Dakota Tragedy To Be Dismantled, Burned

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Frédéric Bazille's The Family Gathering has none of the quick, airy brushstrokes his future impressionist peers would discover; but the sunshine is there, as are the bright colors. Musee d'Orsay, Paris/Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

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