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There's arguably no better person to highlight on Election Day than Fannie Lou Hamer. Born a sharecropper in rural Mississippi a month ago today in 1917, Hamer started picking cotton at age six. But she was not going to settle for a life of second-class citizenship. Drawing from her bottomless well...
Born in 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein was, in many ways, the most important American classical figure of his generation. If you’re familiar with his work, you probably know him as the man behind the score to the musical West Side Story . But Bernstein was a cultural juggernaut...
We all have our favorite beach reads, but what about beach listens? As you head to the shore this summer, we’ve put together a few podcasts that will keep the mood light and the beach vibes right. As co-founder of the Big Apple Circus, Paul Binder is a true ringleader when it comes to entertainment...
This is a story about Nancy —the podcast, not the person. That’s a line used to describe the newest show from WNYC Studios about all things LGBTQ hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low. From opposite ends of California, the two met for the first time about four years ago at the Transom Story Workshop on...
Houston native James Francies learned early on that he had perfect pitch. That gift, along with untold hours of practice, has made him one of the most sought-after pianists playing today. After graduating from the presitigous Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Francies earned a...
This year is the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth—April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia—and there are musical celebrations planned across the country and around the world. And with good reason. She is a singer’s singer, a voice like crystal with a purity of range and intonation and a...
Two years ago Creative Forces Music Therapist Rebecca Vaudreuil met Master Sergeant Michael Schneider at Walter Reed Medical Center. Newly retired from military service, Schneider was still in treatment for injuries he had suffered during deployment, including traumatic brain injury and PTSD. In...
Today, we get to hear from Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado. Twice. That's right, folks. Two blogs for the price of one. Well, two audio stories. The first in English, the second in Spanish. In mid-October, at the tail end of Hispanic Heritage Month, Betsayda Machado and the electrifying...
Roz Chast has been making America laugh out loud since 1978 when she began drawing for The New Yorker . In her cartoons, illustrated books, and graphic memoirs (her latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, comes out October 3), she deftly chronicles the oddball nature of being alive in a...
Susan Jacobs has been curating music for film soundtracks since Spike Lee's 1986 feature debut, She's Gotta Have It . Since then, she's become one of the most prominent music supervisors in the business, perhaps best known for her celebrated work on the HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies . In short,...

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