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A sign posted outside the National Zoo earlier this month declares its closure, along with the closure of all Smithsonian museums. They were all on the wish list for Jill Rorem, whose family plans were undone by the shutdown. But she's not alone: The shutdown's ramifications on the arts have been felt far beyond the Beltway. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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As Shutdown Crawls On, Artists And Nonprofits Fear For Their 'Fragile Industry'

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A bit of lapis lazuli — a rich blue pigment — is trapped within a central tooth's dental tartar on this lower jaw of a European woman who died sometime between A.D. 997 and 1162. Christina Warinner/Science Advances hide caption

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A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa A.D. 1000

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For Military Members, An Elusive Search For Fashion That Conforms

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Smithsonian Showcases Senegalese Jewelry Which Is Rich In History

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Alice Neel painted this oil on canvas self-portrait in 1980, when she was 75. National Portrait Gallery/Estate of Alice Neel hide caption

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'Eye To I' Exhibition Celebrates Over A Century Of Self-Portraiture

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Nice Things In 2018 With NPR Politics Podcast Co-Host Asma Khalid

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Acclaimed Art Museum Deals With Fallout Over Sexual Assault Scandal

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At the restaurant Siren by Robert Wiedmaier, pastry chef Maddy Morrissey uses marigold as the base for a Japanese dessert served with nasturtium leaves, flower petals and pineapple sage shortbread. Brian McBride/RWRestaurant Group hide caption

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For this year's grand prize winner, the judges were impressed by the intricate, working gingerbread gears of the clock inside Santa's workshop. Kristen Hartke/NPR hide caption

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Coloring Without Borders — a book featuring contributions from more than 80 artists — invites kids to fill in the blanks. Young artists can draw a friend for Jim Field's Squirrel (left) or finish Max Ulichney's house (right). Coloring Without Borders hide caption

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Book 'Without Borders' By 80+ Artists Lets Kids Color Outside The Lines

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A photograph by Hugh Mangum from Photos Day or Night: The Archive of HughMangum, by Sarah Stacke with texts by Maurice Wallace and Martha Sumler, Hugh Mangum's granddaughter. Image courtesy of Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Hugh Mangum/Duke University hide caption

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Michael Durand (left), husband of Kitchn Editor-In-Chief Faith Durand, and friend Chris Gardner (right) carve turkey while guests hang out in the Durands' kitchen, dirty dishes and all, at a recent party. Kitchn/Rachel Joy Barehl hide caption

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Like Moths To A Flame: Why Modern-Day Guests Always Gather In The Kitchen

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In the story "The Mole and the Sun," Mole's mother is sick. A medical seer tells him she will recover if his friend Ya Sun can orbit the earth in the opposite direction that it's rotating. The sobering moral is that you can't go against the rules of nature. Pieter Henket hide caption

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