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Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple, delivers the keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in 2003 in San Francisco. Jobs created a personal uniform for himself that featured a black turtleneck from Japanese designer Issey Miyake. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Vision divine du 11 Mars 1948, is a series of eight drawings by Ivoirian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré. They depict a vision that Bouabré said he experienced that year: "seven colored suns" creating a "circle of beauty around their 'mother-sun.' " This piece and other works from Bouabré are part of an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art. The Museum of Modern Art hide caption

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The Horniman Museum's collection of artifacts from the ancient kingdom of Benin includes 12 brass plaques, ceremonial objects and a key 'to the king's palace'. Horniman Museums and Gardens hide caption

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Harlan shares a collage of images from a family beach trip. She knew she wanted photos of a sandcastle, her family at the beach at dusk, downtime at the house and the cousins playing together in the pool. Creating a "shot list" in advance of images she hoped to capture helped her "leave her trip with no regrets," she says. Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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How to take better (and more distinctive) photos on vacation

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Lesia Khomenko, Max in the Army, 2022. Oil on canvas, 84.5 x 57.5 inches © Lesia Khomenko hide caption

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The Ukrainian women who make art in the face of war

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Many of Megan Miranda's thrillers make nature — the deep woods or a steep trail — a central and often menacing character. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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How do you write a captivating thriller? This author found clues in the woods

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Artist Tunde Olaniran's 'Made a Universe' opens a portal at a Detroit museum

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Yoshikazu Netsuno (left) watches his son Shinichi hammer a thick stack of specialized paper. In between each sheet is a thin layer of gold leaf. "My son is going to take over this business, so in our case, we had a successor," Netsuno says. "Many other artisans' families in Kanazawa were not so lucky." Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Japan's traditional crafts are struggling to survive the country's population decline

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Franklin Armstrong made his debut in the Peanuts in 1968. Peanuts Worldwide LLC hide caption

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A project named for 'Peanuts' character Franklin aims to boost Black animators

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James McNeill Whistler's Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, 1861–1863 National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Whistler's Mother, meet Whistler's very, very close friend at the National Gallery

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An X-ray image shows this previously unknown self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh painted on the reverse side of his painting Head of a Peasant Woman. Graeme Yule/National Galleries of Scotland hide caption

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Takahashi's original comic inspired a worldwide craze, including an anime television series, and a popular trading card game. Christy Radecic/Invision/AP hide caption

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'Yu-Gi-Oh!' creator Kazuki Takahashi found dead

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