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Artist Don Becker creates automatons after being laid off from his job during the pandemic. This mechanical sculpture features a woodcutter being thwarted by trees. Barry Gordemer/NPR hide caption

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Automatons Keep Gears Turning In D.C. Artist's Brain During The Pandemic

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Increased car and foot traffic coupled with rising sea levels has driven parts of the Tidal Basin area underwater. Sam Kittner/Tidal Basin Ideas Lab hide caption

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American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, captures a filmed performance of David Byrne's acclaimed Broadway production. David Lee/HBO hide caption

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Kevin Young was recently named as the next director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He starts in January. Melanie Dunea hide caption

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Poet Kevin Young Says Thinking About Black Culture, Like Writing Poetry, Is A Calling

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Artist In Residence Creates Portraits Of Reform At The District Attorney's Office

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After he meets Elena (Jessica Cressy), Martin Eden (Luca Marinelli) becomes determined to rise above his lowly circumstances and prove himself worthy of her love. Francesca Errichiello/Kino Lorber hide caption

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This Sumptuous Retelling Of 'Martin Eden' Stays True To Jack London's Novel

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Goes Daily

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"The Writing On The Wall" art installation projects writings by incarcerated people onto the sides of buildings, such as The New York State Supreme Court Building, above. Chemistry Creative hide caption

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'The Writing On The Wall' Finds Poetry Behind Bars, Projects It Onto Buildings

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The 'I Survived' Books Are Perfect Reads For An Anxious Age

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After making a new life in the U.S., Jacob Moscovitch's mother, or Imma, raised three kids and led the household while working a part-time job. Moscovitch says his older sister Simone told him, "Imma is my superhero, no cape necessary." Here, Imma stands for a portrait in her bedroom on May 8. Jacob Moscovitch hide caption

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