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Historian

Raymond Arsenault's book The Sound of Freedom examines the 30-minute concert by Marian Anderson that helped move a nation forward.

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Courtesy of Nora Atkinson

Curator of “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” at the Renwick Gallery of SAAM

Curator Nora Atkinson has brought a sense of that annual hotbed of artistic ingenuity in Nevada’s Black Rock desert with the daring and successful “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.” It’s the hottest exhibit in DC appealing to all ages. The exhibit at Renwick Gallery often has lines around the block—and for good reason. It is dazzling; focusing on massive installations that fill rooms with sight and sound. But please don’t just look. Participate and play with the interactive installations; leave a remembrance behind at the temple, lie down on pillows and watch the ceiling shift and pulsate with light. The exhibit fills the museum and spills out into the streets of Washington DC. In this week’s podcast, Nora Atkinson talks about the practical and visionary aspects of bringing this very particular desert art to Washington DC.

Caron Atlas

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Director, Arts and Democracy Project

Bread and Roses in a Brooklyn shelter: Caron Atlas demonstrates how the arts can be a critical component of disaster relief. [31:45]

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Photo by Laura Ciociola

Author

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders took Julianna Baggott 18 years to write… Julianna discusses how writing 14 other novels in a variety of genres, three collections of poetry, and a children’s series helped her finish Harriet Wolf.

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NEA Director of Music and Opera

Meet a woman who crawled under barbed wire to get on a professional stage.

David Baker
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NEA Jazz Master

David Baker discusses his immersion into jazz, from playing to composing to teaching. [26:46]

Nicholson Baker
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Author

Nicholson Baker may have written three exuberant sex novels, but he turns to his other passion in his latest book, Traveling Sprinkler: the extraordinary details of the ordinary. [27:30]

Dean Bakopoulos
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NEA Literature Fellow

Dean Bakopoulos discusses his first novel about fathers and sons in middle America's working class. [30:40]

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Photo by John Abbott

2018 NEA Jazz Master

2018 NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan is a man of many talents: impresario, club owner, producer, artistic programmer. But he would count chief among them his deep and abiding love for jazz and the musicians who create. Owner of the legendary Keystone Korner, Todd created a club where musicians ruled and audiences felt at home. In this music-filled podcast, he talks about that great San Francisco club and shares stories about his many friend-- jazz greats like Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobby Hutcherson and Sonny Rollins.

Robert Battle
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Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Robert Battle discusses his first season as artistic head of the Alvin Ailey company. [33:04]

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Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Graham Beal takes us behind the scenes of the new exhibit Frida Kalho and Diego Rivera in Detroit and shares his support for the Blue Star Museum Program.

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Photo courtesy of Jan Beatty.

Poet

The poetry of the working class.

Daniel Beaty
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Writer and performer

Daniel Beaty's play and bravura performance in The Tallest Tree in the Forest shines a light on the artistry and activism of Paul Robeson. [31:48]

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Actor

Actor Tonya Beckman: a core member of the Taffety Punk Theater Company and a Riot Grrrl in good standing. Classical theater with a difference.

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Retired NEA director of Folk and Traditional Arts

Barry Bergey shares some memories about a lifetime immersed in folk and traditional arts.

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