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Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Makes the Clothes that Make the Movie

Colleen Atwood is among the most celebrated costume designers working today, with a cabinet-full of trophies for her work in film, television, and Broadway. Among those statuettes are a trio of Academy Awards and, this Sunday, she may well make it a quartet, as she is nominated for her work on "Into the Woods"


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A Touching Investigation — of Touch

In his new book, "Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind," Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David J. Linden investigates the human sense of touch, how physical stimuli are translated into sub-conscious emotional responses, and the surprising things we don't fully understand about this essential sense.


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Andrew Jarecki Documents a Strange, Dark Life

Best known for his film "Capturing the Friedmans," Andrew Jarecki's new documentary mini-series for HBO, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," examines an unusual real estate scion who, while never convicted of any crime, remains a suspect in multiple unsolved deaths.


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‘White Earth’ Shows an Oil Boom through a Child’s Eyes

Nominated for the Academy Award for best short documentary of 2014, the 19 minute long "White Earth" examines the lives of the citizens of a small North Dakota town when an oil boom hits. Filmmaker J. Christian Jensen explains his choice to focus on the outsider perspective of children, rather than going the standard political documentary route.


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‘CITIZENFOUR’ Documentarian Laura Poitras on Recording History

Laura Poitras is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. In 2013, she was two years into making a new film about surveillance, when she received an encrypted email from an anonymous source calling himself Citizenfour. That source turned out to be NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and she would find herself documenting his leak — and the personal and political consequences — as they unfolded.


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An ‘Unlikely Farmer’ Shares Her Stories

Author Antonia Murphy is an award-winning journalist from San Francisco who landed in New Zealand, where she and her husband set up a 12-acre farm homestead. Her new memoir tells her personal stories of growing farm and family on foreign soil.


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Punk Legend Viv Albertine of The Slits on Rules and Rock

The punk movement of the 1970s was all about rebelling against the establishment - but it wasn't quick to embrace changing roles for women. Viv Albertine was among a group of feminist pioneers in the scene who paved the way for Riot Grrl and everything after.


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Sound Man Glyn Johns on Recording an Era

Glyn Johns was the engineer and producer of some of the most popular rock songs ever recorded, including classics from artists like The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and Neil Young. He has a new book about that experience, "Sound Man."


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Ruben Östlund Leaves Audiences with Questions

In Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund's fourth feature film, he depicts a family unable to trust each other after the father flees a disaster, raising questions about the roles we all play in society and relationships.