Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Mattel's Michelle Chidoni says there wasn't any trepidation over casting a boy in a recent Barbie ad. "Barbie is a brand that's all about imagination and storytelling, whether you're a boy or a girl," she says. Moschino via YouTube hide caption

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From Dream Bride To Doll For Boys: The Evolution Of The Barbie Ad

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Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, a restaurant in New York City, has a November special: Thanksgiving dumplings filled with turkey, stuffing and gravy and served with cranberry sauce. Courtesy of Mimi Cheng's hide caption

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New York Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving In One Tasty Bite

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First-time Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven tells the story of five sisters from a contemporary Turkish village in Mustang. (From left) Tugba Sunguroglu, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan and Güneş Şensoy. Cohen Media Group hide caption

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'Mustang' Takes On Women's Rights In Fairy Tale Form

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George Takei and Lea Salonga in a scene from the musical Allegiance. Matt Murphy hide caption

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George Takei Debuts On Broadway In 'Allegiance'

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ISIS-Threatened Sites Left Off Endangered Heritage List

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The Heat, The Pressure, The Violence: Cooking Films Are The New Boxing Movies

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The Assassin isn't just a change of form for its director, Hou Hsiao-Hsien; it also puts a twist on the classic story of the roaming swordsman — or swordswoman — in medieval China. Courtesy of Well Go USA hide caption

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Renowned Director Breaks The Mold, With An 'Assassin' No One Saw Coming

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In the new Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, the deaf lead actors have doubles in the background who speak and sing for them, and everyone signs. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'Spring Awakening' Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language

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Investigative Journalist From Belarus Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature

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Punk Icon Patti Smith Releases Second Memoir, 'M Train'

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Former New York Times restaurant critic and Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl speaks in New York City in 2013. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times hide caption

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How Twitter And Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl After 'Gourmet' Folded

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Camille Brown performs a solo from Black Girl: Linguistic Play at a 2015 TED talk. Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

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Black Girlhood Takes Center Stage In A Work That's Serious About 'Play'

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Jack Larson, Who Played Jimmy Olsen In 'Superman' TV Series, Dies

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Streamy Awards For Online Video Make Bid For More Respectability

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After Superstorm Sandy, Saucedo used aid materials from the Red Cross to create Red Cross Blanket (Family Portrait as Water). Courtesy of Christopher Saucedo and LeMieux Gallery, New Orleans hide caption

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After Sandy, Katrina And Sept. 11, This Sculptor Finds Art In Survival

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