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Novelist and NEA Literature Fellow

In Jennifer Haigh’s fourth novel Heat and Light, she returns to the fictional town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania: its prosperity withered with the closing of the coalmines. So when it’s learned that the area is rich in natural gas, many people are eager to sign over their mineral rights to energy companies. And the debate about fracking and all that it entails upends the community. Jennifer Haigh knows her subject well; she was raised in a former coal town that also sits on deposits of natural gas. In our conversation she talks about her hometown and how it’s become the basis for much of her writing, the pull of the past on the present and the legacy of North Appalachia’s geology.

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Poet and essayist Seema Reza investigates loss and love with ruthless honesty and lyrical power in her book, When the World Breaks Open. In this week’s podcast, Reza discusses writing her life and her determination to reveal herself on the page through poems, essays, fragments and observations, recipes—whatever it took to tell her story precisely and thoroughly. The result is at times heartbreaking but not grim. She owns her sorrow, but she’s also fierce and joyful in her determination to be known for herself.

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Guitarist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master

Guitarist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Pat Metheny creates music that challenges easy description: he can play free jazz (as he did with Ornette Coleman in Song X) as well as acoustic guitar and pretty much everything in-between. In this tune-filled podcast, we talk to Pat Metheny about the music he plays, the people he’s played with and making the music you want while making a career in music.

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Poet and 2015 NEA Literature Fellow

Her poetry collection Scriptorium illuminate her Appalachian Roots.

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Pianist and 2108 NEA Jazz Master

Uncovering new dimensions of music.

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Urban Arias Opera Company

Contemporary opera for contemporary audiences.

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Author of The Big Read selection "Station Eleven"

A novel about what endures when civilization ends.

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Vocalist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master

Making music without boundaries.

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Rapper, Singer, and Writer

Finding the intersection of science and love.

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Actor and Voice Artist

An aural shape-shifter.

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Novelist, essayist, graphic novelist

His novels take a satirical look at race and identity.

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Actor

Taking on the role of a lifetime: Rosa Parks in Behind the Movement

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Film director

The making of the independent film Little Boxes.

Please note: This interview took place before the unexpected death of Nelsan Ellis who stars in the film Little Boxes.

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Director

Interpreting history with All the Way and The Great Society.

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Director: Indie Grits Labs

More than a film festival.

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