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Frank Stella

Photo by Richard Frasier

National Medal of Arts recipient

One of the most well-regarded postwar American artists still working, Frank Stella discusses his five-decade career in the visual arts, from paintings to sculptures to murals to architecture.  [21:40]

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Julia Alvarez

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NEA Literature Fellow and 2013 National Medal of Arts recipient

Writer Julia Alvarez discusses how her life as a reader led to her life as a writer and the rich source material she finds in her family's immigrant experience. [22:05]

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Rita Moreno

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National Medal of Arts recipient

Star of stage and screen--and winner of just about every performance award--Rita Moreno talks about her life as a performing artist. [28:06]

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Merce Cunningham

Photo by Annie Leibovitz

Choreographer National Medal of Arts recipient (1909-2009)

An appreciation of the life and legacy of one of our greatest choreographers. [22:52]

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David Stull

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National Medal of Arts recipient

Dean Stull talks about the latest developments at one of the nation's outstanding music conservatories. [28:07]

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Hank Jones

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Pianist (National Medal ofArts, NEA Jazz Master)

Hank Jones talks about his long career in jazz, including playing with such jazz greats as Charlie Parker and fellow NEA Jazz Master Ella Fitzgerald. [24:52]

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Richard Sherman

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Songwriter (National Medal of Arts recipient)

A world without Mary Poppins? No way. The two-time Oscar winner lets us in on how great show tunes get written. [29:58]

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Stan Lee

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Comic book writer, producer (National Medal of Arts recipient)

Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange: Stan Lee was there at the creation. [29:56]

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Olivia de Havilland

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Actress (National Medal of Arts recipient)

One of America's most beloved stars spills some backstage secrets while discussing career highlights. [27:52]

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