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16
FEB

Rising Star Chef Proves There’s No Gender in Cooking

Naomi Pomeroy is a young, successful chef working in Portland, Oregon. When she got into the business, she knew it was traditionally dominated by men, but that didn’t stop her. Today she is an award-winning professional, owner of a restaurant simply called Beast. She is also the author of a cookbook and a television personality. Karina Bafradzhian met with the chef to learn her story. 
10
FEB

Carnivals, Festivals Help Dispel Winter Doldrums

At this time of the year people in many countries chase away winter doldrums with cheerful festivals, costumed parades, masked balls and other traditional events. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports the carnival season has begun and will culminate on February 25th on so-called Fat Tuesday, a day before the start of the somber season of Lent.
10
FEB

The Academy Inclusive to non- English Films

The night was characteristic with evenly distributed Academy Awards among men and women in many categories and, though minorities were mostly excluded, the South Korean film Parasite triumphed with four Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture. Penelope Poulou tells us more.
07
FEB

Hollywood Costumes Get Their Close Up

Costume Design is a big deal when it comes to Hollywood. That's why the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising put together an annual exhibition that features costumes from the Oscar-nominated movies. The exhibition is free, and anyone can take a look at the costumes that made their favorite movies feel real. Angelina Bagdasaryan has the story narrated by Anna Rice.
07
FEB

French Movie Les Miserables Unleashes Debate in France

A gritty tale set in France’s disenfranchised suburbs, or banlieues, ranks among the finalists for the best foreign language film at Sunday’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles. However, Les Miserables has also unleashed a debate about what has changed in France and what has not.  For VOA, Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of Montfermeil
06
FEB

Women Enter Afghanistan’s Male Dominated Restaurant Industry

Women are slowly moving into Afghanistan's male-dominated restaurant industry. And one entirely women-run restaurant in central Afghanistan’s Bamyan province is attracting food lovers from the region. VOA’s Zafar Bamyani gives us a taste of the restaurant in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard
06
FEB

Oscars Seen as Slow to Embrace Diversity

Only two of the 20 actors and actresses nominated for an Oscar this year are minorities, and no women were nominated in the Best Director category. Upon announcing the Oscar nominations, actress Issa Rae made a point of that by remarking, “Congratulations to those men.” But why is there lack of female and minority representation four years after the Academy announced it would strive for greater diversity? VOA’s Penelope Poulou spoke with experts about the Oscars.
 
04
FEB

The Stories Behind The Academy Awards

It's Oscar week in Los Angeles, and until the awards are handed out on Sunday the city will be ground zero for parties. Many of these events and traditions go back decades – to the time when Hollywood actors weren't multi-millionaires and the Award Ceremony was invented. Angelina Bagdasaryan has the story narrated by Anna Rice. 
30
JAN

Super Bowl Security Ramps Up in Miami

Miami, Florida will host the 54th Super Bowl this Sunday. The Super Bowl is the championship American football  game for the top two teams in the sport's two separate divisions. Thousands of fans, hotels and restaurants are getting ready for an entire weekend of celebrations. And there's high security to match this giant event. VOA's Cristina Caicedo Smit reports. 

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