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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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Maz Jobrani Tells Jokes Without Borders

Maz Jobrani has built a career as an actor and stand-up comedian, in spite of a Hollywood system that attempted to limit him to roles as a terrorist villain. He has written a memoir about that experience, "I'm Not a Terrorist but I've Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man."


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Sichuan Cuisine is Heating Up American Tastes

The bold flavors and exotic ingredients which typify cooking from the Sichuan region of China are drawing huge crowds to small restaurants in California's San Gabriel Valley.


Limpets Are the Least Limp of All

New research suggests that the strongest creature in the world may be rather more shell-bound, small, and squishy than you would expect.


Tracee Ellis Ross – “Fridge Tree”

Tracee Ellis Ross of "Black-ish" gives us a joke that is blue and white. She stopped by to tell a story about how she has been doing this comedy thing for a while.


Mikal Cronin – “Made My Mind Up”

Mikal Cronin is often seen performing with his fellow garage rocker and friend Ty Segall, but over the course of three albums, he has distinguished himself as the poppier power-rocker of the two. His new album "MC III" comes out in May.


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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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Kenny G Takes An Etiquette Solo

Sax-man Kenny G has a new album out (probably his 14th, but he's lost count). He answers audience questions about too-long songs and too-small tips -- and tells us why 'smooth jazz' isn't edgy enough for him.