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Protest art is preserved in libraries, museums

Museums, universities, and libraries across the United States collected signs from the 2017 Women's March sites and put out a call on social media. Now these artifacts are being placed in archives and displayed in exhibitions.

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Top Picks: The Shacks' 'Haze,' the podcast 'Brains On!,' and more

The film 'Phantom Thread' is available on DVD and Blu-ray, the PBS program 'The Jazz Ambassadors' chronicles how the American government sent jazz musicians around the world as cultural ambassadors, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'Melody Gardot Live in Europe,' 'The Post,' and more

Some of the works at the Uffizi Gallery can now be viewed from your couch, Dan Bransfield’s 'Pizzapedia' is a lovely celebration of pizza’s creation, ingredients, and variations, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' Snowpoet's 'Thought You Knew'

The NPR podcast 'Are We There Yet?,' hosted by Brendan Byrne, looks at what’s next for humans exploring space, indie rock group The Decemberists reaches past its roots toward modern synth-pop with its new album, 'I’ll Be Your Girl,' and more top picks.

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Podcasts are on TV, not just in your earbuds

Podcasts like '2 Dope Queens,' 'Pod Save America,' and 'Welcome to Night Vale' are all making the transition to networks including HBO and FX.

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Top Picks: Superorganism's album, the documentary 'Jane,' and more

The Podbean app can help podcast fans find new content to listen to, 'The Shape of Water,' this year’s Oscar winner for best picture, is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and more top picks.

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5 really good off-Broadway shows

Strong shows and good acting are on display this spring in some of New York's smaller theaters. 

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Museums turn to ‘100 objects’ exhibits

Museums in Colorado, Virginia, and other locations have been inspired by a 2010 BBC series in which the British Museum presented world history in 100 objects.

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Top Picks: Jade Bird's EP 'Something American,' 'Ladies First' on Netflix, and more

'Lady Bird,' which stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, is available on DVD and Blu-ray, the Pocket Universe app can test you on stars, and more top picks.

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The Met’s not free. How do other museums do it?

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art started charging out-of-state visitors this month. Some museums, however, make free admission work. 

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Top Picks: The 'Black Panther' soundtrack, the NBC program 'Rise,' and more

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has created a YouTube series, 'How To See,' that features museum curators and sometimes the artists themselves delving into the work, Monitor movie critic Peter Rainer’s pick for best film of the year, 'The Florida Project,' is available on DVD and Blu-ray, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'I’m With Her''s album 'See You Around,' the Morecast app, and more

National Geographic was on the scene when Elon Musk made history with the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, Pixar scores again with its latest film, 'Coco,' available on DVD and Blu-ray, and more top picks.

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American Indian artist T.C. Cannon’s work reflects still-current conflicts

The poignancy and tension that run through artist Cannon’s art speak to a larger discussion going on today as the United States grapples with thorny questions of ethnic identity, land rights, and cultural heritage.

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Top Picks: The podcast 'American History Tellers,' Oscar nominees on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

Nils Frahm's 'All Melody' is the product of recording complex Saal 3, photographer Florian Nick's travels through Alberta and British Columbia yielded a beautiful time-lapse movie, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'American Folk,' Smithsonian Channel's 'Escape to the Great Dismal Swamp'

The film 'The Philadelphia Story' and its legendary trio of stars – Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart – returns to theaters, the automobiles of Pixar return with 'Cars 3,' and more top picks.

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Museums woo a new generation with 'Instagram worthy' art

Curators are increasingly crafting exhibits with selfie-seeking Millennials in mind. In L.A., a hotbed for the trend on the West Cost, installation shows sell out in minutes.

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Top Picks: The Kronos Quartet's 'Ladilikan,' 'Chasing Trane,' and more top picks

The Calendars 5 app will keep track of your busy schedule, PBS's 'American Masters – Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart' delves into the life of the 'A Raisin in the Sun' writer, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: The Sky Guide AR app, 'May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers,' and more top picks

The Viking Age Podcast is currently exploring the story of the Germanic people who influenced European culture, Sam Elliott stars as a former movie star best known for westerns in the movie 'The Hero,' and more top picks.

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Exhibit, film examine American Indians’ cultural contributions, depictions

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian explores the role that American Indian names, images, and stories have played in history, identity, and pop culture in the US. The well-received 2016 documentary 'Rumble' details how American Indians have changed popular music.

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Top Picks: 'Last Flag Flying,' 'David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef,' and more

PBS gives you a look behind the scenes with the new program 'Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents,' the AccuWeather app has all the up-to-date information you need, and more top picks.

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