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November 15, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: Persian Puppets Go to China

“Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic” is a shadow puppet play like no other that’s been drawing big, sold-out crowds in the U.S. and around the world. Now the Iranian production is being performed in China, where puppetry originated.

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September 25, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: Just Tri It!

Journalist and tri-athlete Jackie Faye has proven that she can do anything an (IRON)man can do and hopes young women worldwide will be inspired to try new challenges.

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September 10, 2018

Full Frame: Meet China’s “Handsomest Monk”

There’s much more to China’s “handsomest monk” than his imposing height and striking looks. As CGTN’s Sean Callebs discovered, he’s breaking stereotypes and changing perceptions about his faith one fan at a time.

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September 4, 2018

Recipe for Life: Sam Lek

Sam Lek’s unique cocktails are very popular with his long-time clientele in D.C. But most people will tell you that it’s Sam himself that makes “happy hour” a truly memorable experience.

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August 30, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: One Memory at a Time

With the aim of giving his new caregivers an insight into the man he was before Alzheimer’s disease stole his memories, journalist Jay Newton-Small wrote her father’s life story like one of her magazine articles. The impact transformed his care and now her organization, MemoryWell, aims to give other families living with Alzheimer’s disease the same resources.

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August 23, 2018

Full Frame: Happiness in a Can

SPAM® — the canned meat product loved by millions of people around the world — has a surprising history. In Hawaii, where the blue cans have their own annual festival, it’s always been a pantry staple, but now it’s also popping up on fine-dining menus. This week, Full Frame digs into all things SPAM®!

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July 30, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: Prescribing Pain

The United States is deep in the throes of an opioids addiction epidemic. Behind every disturbing statistic, there is a family in mourning. But Colin Riebel’s parents are committed to sharing the story of his struggle with as many people as possible — so that his death, and their pain, are not in vain.

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July 10, 2018

Recipe for Life: Chris Hill

CGTN’s Asieh Namdar caught up with chef, author and restaurateur Chris Hill and tried her hand at a true Southern classic – shrimp and grits. We’re pretty sure her friends and family in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia will approve!

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July 6, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: All the World’s a Stage

“Xiqu” or “Chinese Opera” is one of the oldest forms of performance art in existence. Students, from many different cultural backgrounds, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa are learning the many – and demanding – nuances of the art form. Proving that the Bard was on to something when he declared “all the world [to be] a stage”.

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July 3, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: Braided with Aloha

Leis are much more than an accessory in Hawaii – they’re an opportunity to celebrate all that the “aloha spirit” embodies. And for expert lei-maker Meleana Estes, they are a tribute to legacy and tradition.

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June 27, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: Solo Act

Sarah Chang has is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished soloists on today’s classical music scene. She shares her journey from child prodigy to headliner in this Full Frame Close Up.

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June 7, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: Enduring Credit

Filmmaker Robin Lung has made a career of bringing minority and female stories to life. In her documentary, “Finding Kukan”, Lung quests to solve the mystery surrounding a landmark American film that has been lost to audiences for decades and is only now giving credit where credit is due.

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May 10, 2018

Recipe for Life: Irena Stein

Restaurateur Irena Stein believes that food is the universal equalizer that could resolve almost any conflict. CGTN’s Asieh Namdar visited Irena at home where she shared her passion for cooking and how it has empowered her to promote acceptance and understanding when faced with hate.

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April 24, 2018

Full Frame: The Echo of Your Heart and Mind

Yuan Sha has mastered the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument. Now she uses her deep connection with the melodies of the guzheng to cross cultural barriers and share Chinese heritage with the world.

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March 29, 2018

Recipe for Life: Hilda Labrada Gore

Ironically, health coach Hilda Labrada Gore didn’t always have the healthiest diet. Asieh Namdar dropped in on her to find out how that changed (and proved that the garlic press struggle is real!).

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March 22, 2018

Recipe for Life: Debby Kim

CGTN’s Asieh Namdar drops in for tea and meets the woman behind Lady Camellia – a unique tea room in Washington D.C. Tea time has never been so much fun!

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March 16, 2018

Recipe for Life: Fadi Jaber

CGTN’s Asieh Namdar drops in on pastry chef Fadi Jaber and finds a little peace of heaven in his decadent chocolate desserts and an unlikely success story in the talented baker.

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March 13, 2018

Full Frame: Practice Makes a Star

She made her professional debut at the age of 10 and a decade later is being recognized as one of chamber music’s rising stars, but Simone Porter’s success has as much to do with hard work and sacrifice as it does musical talent.

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March 6, 2018

Recipe for Life: Daphne Maxwell Reid

If you grew up watching television in the 90’s, you’ll recognize Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Viv from the popular American sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. But did you know that she is also an accomplished fashion designer and photographer? CGTN’s Asieh Namdar was treated to Reid’s talents in the kitchen as well.

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February 28, 2018

Full Frame: Clicking a Path

A new British study has revealed secrets to “echolocation” — a technique used by some blind people to navigate the world. Full Frame’s Sandra Hughes finds out how it works.

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