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The Great War of the Californias

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The Great War of the Californias

The Great War of the Californias

The Great War of the Californias

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Before there was television — or even photography — the great battles of history were documented with paint on canvas. Playing off the perennial feud between San Francisco and Los Angeles, artist Sandow Birk has revived that tradition. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports on Birk's series of paintings depicting a bloody, fictional civil war between North and South for control of California, and a mock documentary of the war based on Birk's art.