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Maya Lin, in 1988, examining inverted water table being fabricated for the Civil Rights Memorial she designed to be installed in Montgomery, Alabama. Adam Stoltman hide caption

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Culture

Maya Lin doesn't like the spotlight — but the Smithsonian is shining a light on her

Heavily criticized 40 years ago for her Vietnam Veterans' Memorial design, the artist-architect-activist prefers to talk about her artistic process rather than her life

State Rep. Barbara Cooper, D-Memphis, watches the vote board as her bill to limit license restoration fees passes during House session on April 12, 2006 in Nashville, Tenn. Cooper, who served in the General Assembly, died on Oct. 25, 2022. She was 93. John Russell/AP hide caption

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Simon Says

Opinion: A life lesson from these midterm elections

2 min

Opinion: A life lesson from these midterm elections

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After Jina Amini died while in custody of Iran's morality police, rappers and rap music have been a vocal presence in the deadly protests taking place in the country. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Middle East

In Iran, political dissenters find expression through rap music

6 min

In Iran, political dissenters find expression through rap music

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Maya Lin, in 1988, examining inverted water table being fabricated for the Civil Rights Memorial she designed to be installed in Montgomery, Alabama. Adam Stoltman hide caption

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Maya Lin doesn't like the spotlight — but the Smithsonian is shining a light on her

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