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Media Arts Resources

Audio, video, animation, photography, and technology. From Depression-era images that captured the attention of a nation, to student-produced videos on local artists, to how to make your own blood and guts special effects, explore the ever-changing world of media arts.

Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, each student creates an original comic strip to convey a mathematical concept and explores comics as a form of communication
Grade 5 Lesson
Organize information researched on the U.S. presidential election process and constitutional rights
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will examine works of art and analyze and discuss photography
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Examine the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars
Grades 6-8 Lesson
In the first of these three lessons, students will develop a general understanding of marketing and its influence.
Grades 6-8 Lesson
In this second of three lessons, students will continue their exploration of concepts in advertising.
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will complete their advertisements, adding in details (such as color and symbols) and background/foreground space on the picture plane.
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Analyzing political cartoons will allow students to develop both factual knowledge and interpretive skills
Grades 9-12 Lesson
In a world with few real heroes, students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature.
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Examine the social impact of photography
Take Five
The skills our students need can be readily integrated into arts lessons and vice versa
Article
Children can learn about storytelling by writing and performing their own radio play
Master + Work
See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans
Article
Shadowing the president is difficult, but White House photographers must capture every moment for history
Article
When it comes to telling the true account of an event or an historical time period, there’s nothing more real or more exciting than a primary source
Series
Help students build a framework in which to embed a close study of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath
Audio Series
Learn how composers and sound designers use their tools to create or enhance mood in a film or commercial.
Video Series
A step-by-step guide to making fake blood and other stage effects at home
Video Series
DJ Kuttin Kandi walks students through the history of DJing and shows them how to get started with the art of Turntablism
Video Series
Learn about some of the major art forms in Japan—art, theater, dance, music, manga, anime, robots, and visual art installations
Video Series
Matt Alt explains the art and history of Japanese jumbo machinder toys
Video Series
The Kennedy Center's "media studio on wheels" helps schools capture stories about the arts in their community
Video Series
An excerpt from Cai's Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center
This Day in the Arts
January 04, 1950: RCA Victor announces they will manufacture the LP
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January 06, 1936: Porky Pig makes his world debut
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January 08, 1935: Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi
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January 12, 1959: Motown Records is founded in Detroit, Michigan
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January 13, 1910: The first public radio is demonstrated in New York, New York
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January 14, 1873: Celluloid is trademarked
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January 18, 1985: The first Sundance Film Festival is held in Salt Lake City, Utah
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January 23, 1977: Roots premieres on television
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January 24, 1962: Brian Epstein becomes the manager of The Beatles
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February 02, 1940: Frank Sinatra makes his singing debut
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February 05, 1919: United Artists movie studio is founded
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February 15, 2005: YouTube is launched
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February 16, 1979: Saturday Night Fever wins a Grammy for Album of the Year
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February 19, 1968: Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood premieres on television
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February 21, 1947: Edwin Land demonstrates the first Polaroid camera
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February 22, 1956: Elvis Presley's first single hits No. 1
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February 24, 1970: National Public Radio (NPR) is founded
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February 26, 1932: Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Arkansas
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February 27, 1932: Elizabeth Taylor is born in London, England
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February 29, 1940: Gone with the Wind sets award record
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March 02, 1904: Dr. Seuss is born in Springfield, Massachusetts
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March 07, 1765: Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is born in Chalon-Sur-Saone, France
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March 16, 1912: Jean Rosenthal, the first lighting designer, is born in New York City
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March 23, 1910: Akira Kurosawa is born in Tokyo, Japan
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March 25, 1942: Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee
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April 01, 1979: Nickelodeon goes national
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April 03, 1924: Marlon Brando is born in Omaha, Nebraska
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April 12, 1945: The first anime film is released
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April 14, 1896: Thomas Edison patents the kinetoscope
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April 16, 1889: Charlie Chaplin is born in London, England
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April 22, 1935: The Bride of Frankenstein opens in movie theaters
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April 28, 2003: The iTunes music store opens
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May 01, 1940: The multiplane camera is patented
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May 02, 1986: The first 3-D IMAX film is shown
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May 03, 1913: The first Bollywood film is released
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May 04, 1959: The first Grammy Awards® ceremony is held
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May 06, 1915: Orson Welles is born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
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May 08, 1914: Paramount Pictures is formed
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May 10, 1940: Daisuke Inouye is born in Osaka, Japan
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May 14, 1944: George Lucas is born in Modesto, California
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May 15, 1923: Richard Avedon is born in New York City
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May 16, 1983: Michael Jackson moonwalks
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May 20, 1908: Jimmy Stewart is born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
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May 21, 1971: Marvin Gaye releases What’s Going On
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May 24, 1941: Bob Dylan is born in Duluth, Minnesota
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May 30, 1908: Mel Blanc is born in San Francisco, California
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May 31, 1930: Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, California
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June 01, 1938: The first Superman comic is published
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June 03, 1969: Elton John releases his first album
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June 05, 1956: Elvis Presley appears on The Milton Berle Show
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June 06, 1933: America’s first drive-in movie theater opens
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June 10, 1942: Judy Garland is born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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June 14, 1881: John McTammany, Jr. patents the player piano
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June 18, 1948: Columbia Records unveils the 33 1/3 long-playing (LP) record
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June 19, 1973: Smokey Robinson releases his first solo record
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June 20, 1975: Jaws opens in movie theaters
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June 22, 2009: Kodak discontinues manufacturing Kodachrome film
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June 26, 1922: Dick Smith is born in Larchmont, New York
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June 27, 1895: Paul Galvin is born in Harvard, Illinois
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June 28, 1926: Mel Brooks is born in Brooklyn, New York
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July 01, 1979: The Sony Walkman is introduced
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July 02, 1934: Fox Film Corporation signs Shirley Temple
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July 07, 1901: Costume designer Eiji Tsuburaya is born in Sugakawa City, Japan
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July 09, 1956: Tom Hanks is born in Concord, California
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July 10, 1965: The Rolling Stones’ single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hits #1 on the charts
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July 12, 1937: Bill Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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July 13, 1923: The “Hollywoodland” sign is dedicated in Los Angeles, California
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July 17, 1913: The first pie-in-the-face is thrown on film
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July 20, 1940: Billboard publishes its first pop-music chart
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July 22, 1996: The Daily Show premieres on television
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July 23, 1926: Fox Film Corporation buys Movietone
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July 27, 1940: Bugs Bunny is introduced
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July 29, 1928: Steamboat Willie premieres in movie theaters
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August 01, 1981: MTV goes on-air for the first time
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August 02, 1932: Peter O’Toole is born in Connemara, Ireland
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August 03, 1929: The Cocoanuts premieres in movie theaters
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August 05, 1957: American Bandstand goes national
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August 06, 1928: Andy Warhol is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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August 07, 1971: The Bee Gees first hit number one on the U.S. charts
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August 09, 1930: Betty Boop makes her cartoon debut
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August 11, 1999: KISS is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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August 12, 1952: MAD magazine is first published
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August 13, 1899: Alfred Hitchcock is born in London, England
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August 14, 1945: Steve Martin is born in Waco, Texas
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August 15, 1939: The Wizard of Oz opens in movie theaters
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August 16, 1958: Madonna is born in Bay City, Michigan
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August 17, 1973: Enter the Dragon opens in movie theaters
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August 19, 1839: Daguerre presents the first daguerreotype
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August 20, 1989: Saved by the Bell premieres on television
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August 26, 1873: Lee de Forest is born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
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September 01, 1902: A Trip to the Moon premieres in France
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September 02, 1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens
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September 03, 1969: The last episode of the original Star Trek series airs on television
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September 04, 2002: Kelly Clarkson wins the first season of American Idol
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September 07, 1937: Buddy Holly is born in Lubbock, Texas
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September 09, 1926: NBC is formed by RCA
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September 15, 1954: Marilyn Monroe’s famous “skirt” scene is filmed
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September 17, 1983: Star Search premieres on television
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September 20, 1946: The first Cannes Film Festival takes place
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September 21, 1912: Chuck Jones is born in Spokane, Washington
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September 23, 1889: Nintendo is founded
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September 24, 1936: Jim Henson is born in Greenville, Mississippi
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September 25, 1968: Will Smith is born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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September 28, 1901: Ed Sullivan is born in New York City
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October 01, 1982: Sony launches the first consumer CD player
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October 02, 1950: Peanuts debuts in the funny pages
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October 03, 1955: Now It’s Time To Say Hello
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October 04, 1895: Buster Keaton is born in Piqua, Kansas
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October 05, 1969: Monty Python’s Flying Circus premieres on television
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October 06, 1927: The Jazz Singer opens in movie theaters
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October 15, 1951: I Love Lucy premieres on television
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October 23, 2001: Apple debuts the iPod
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October 24, 1930: John Wayne makes his film debut
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October 27, 1923: Roy Lichtenstein is born in New York City
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October 28, 1981: Metallica is founded
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October 29, 1962: The Beach Boys release their first record
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October 30, 1938: War of the Worlds is broadcast on the radio
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November 05, 1956: The Nat King Cole Show premieres on television
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Novmeber 09, 1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone is published
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November 10, 1969: Sesame Street premieres on television
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November 13, 1940: Fantasia premieres in movie theaters
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November 19, 1916: Goldwyn Pictures is established in Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Novmeber 20, 2007: Rock Band is released
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November 21, 1995: Toy Story, the first entirely computer-animated film, opens in movie theaters
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November 27, 1936: Robert Johnson records “Cross Road Blues”
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November 28, 1907: Louis B. Mayer opens his first cinema in Haverhill, Massachusetts
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December 02, 1982: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video is released
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December 05, 1905: Walt Disney is born in Chicago, Illinois
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December 06, 1964: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer premieres on television
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December 13, 1950: James Dean appears in a Pepsi ad
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December 14, 1987: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premieres on television
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December 18, 1946: Steven Spielberg is born in Cincinnati, Ohio
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December 20, 1946: It’s a Wonderful Life premieres in movie theaters
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December 21, 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premieres in movie theaters
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December 23, 1954: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea premieres in movie theaters
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December 28, 1970: Loretta Lynn releases her album Coal Miner’s Daughter
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December 30, 1953: The first color television goes on sale
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"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
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"Great ideas originate in the muscles."
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"If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song."
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"Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something."
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