Culture

 
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  Noir: A journey into the Afghan night

Photographer Eric Bouvet follows a group of elite French commandos embarking on a night mission in Afghanistan’s Kapisa Valley.

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  Tavis Smiley on ‘building success from failure’

Tavis Smiley has authored 13 books, hosts a television show and two radio shows. So why is he thinking about “failure”? Smiley sat down with Alison Stewart to discuss his new book, “Failing Up.”

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  Filling a gap left by budget cuts, Chicago school offers coveted music education

The People’s Music School in Chicago is trying to fill the gap in music education left by budget cuts to public school music programs. The tough part? Getting in.

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  Common-sense rules for a ‘moneyed political culture that knows no limits’

As President Obama weighs an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending, Jon Meacham discusses why we need limits on our ‘moneyed political culture.’

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Audio slideshow: Staging political dissent

In this audio slideshow, the Belarus Free Theater’s Natalia Koliada discusses life under Europe’s last remaining dictatorship, the political power of theater and the troupe’s triumphant return to New York City this spring.

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  What if there’s no hell? One pastor’s controversial question

Does hell exist? Jon Meacham comments on one evangelical minister’s controversial book, and on the importance of doubt.

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  Safe and sexy: The persona project

What makes us feel safe, and what makes us feel sexy? Photographer Sarah Hughes has spent 10 years traveling the globe in search of answers as part of her “Persona Project.”

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Bill Cunningham, man on the street

The director of a new documentary talks about getting the iconic, and famously humble, fashion fotog, to let him in.

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Kobe Bryant and the art of gay bullying

Sports heroes’ fall from grace is nothing new, but the Lakers star had a chance to stand up for kids who worship him and he threw a brick, writes Dr. Harold Koplewicz.