Podcasts

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z
Headshot of a man.

NEA Translation Fellow and Author

Michael Berry reflects on the art of translating Yu Hua’s influential novel and new Big Read title To Live into English

Headshot of a man.

Founder of the Big Apple Circus

Finding artistry in intimacy

The Birmingham Sunlights
Photo by Steve Grauberger

NEA National Heritage Fellows

The Birmingham Sunlights discuss the creation of their group and their unique "Birmingham sound" [28:50]

Sheila Black
Photo courtesy of Sheila Black

Poet

Disability through the lens of poetry. [27:59]

Carla Bley
Photo by D. D. Rider

Composer, pianist and 2015 NEA Jazz Master

Writing for big bands, choirs, and small ensembles, Carla Bley remains a graceful and innovative voice for progressive jazz.

Deborah Bond headshot with a butterfly mask covering half of her face.

Photo by Christopher Barclay

Singer

Dual Lives: Deborah Bond sings like a dream, has three cds and tours internationally. But she still needs a day job to pay the bills.

Eddie Bond
Photo by Susi Lawson Photography

2018 National Heritage Fellow

Old-time fiddler Eddie Bond was born and bred in Grayson County, Virginia, which many consider the musical heart of Appalachian old-time music. Eddie himself comes from a rich musical heritage: he learned the guitar and flat-foot dancing from his grandmother, the banjo from his grandfather, and the fiddle from neighbors. He’s a stunning musical talent picking up all three instruments very quickly and excelling at each. But Eddie gave his heart to the fiddle—winning competitions and playing across the country and throughout the world. Because old-time music is so deeply rooted in place and because Eddie Bond is a great storyteller, this is a two-part podcast. In part 1, we’ll learn about Eddie’s upbringing, the place music had in his family’s life, his own playing, and talk about the roots of old-time music.

Eddie Bond
Photo by Pat Jarrett

In Part 1 of my conversation with 2018 National Heritage Fellow and old-time fiddler Eddie Bond, we learned about his deep musical roots and the family and friends that nurtured them. Eddie said that the music has taken him to so many places, and in part 2, we follow him on these travels as Eddie brings his old-time fiddling across the country and around the world—beginning in an unlikely spot: Iraq during the Gulf War where Eddie served as a young soldier.

Valerie Boyd
Photo courtesy of Ms. Boyd

Biographer

Biographer Valerie Boyd talks about the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston. [28:17]

Headshot of a woman.
Photo by Carol Friedman

Pianist and 2108 NEA Jazz Master

Uncovering new dimensions of music.

Taylor Branch

Photo by J. Brough Schamp

Author

Taylor Branch discusses his trilogy of the Civil Rights Movement America in the King Years. [24:25]

Anthony Braxton
Photo by Carolyn Wachnicki

2014 NEA Jazz Master

Anthony Braxton may be considered avant garde but he embraces all musical traditions [40:50]

Headshot of a man.
Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Dancer, choreographer, executive director of Urban Artistry and of Next Level

Junious Brickhouse is a dancer, choreographer, and executive director of two cultural organizations—Urban Artistry and Next Level. He’s a powerhouse who is on a mission to teach and preserve urban dance traditions. There’s no question that urban dance is a vibrant and creative art form, and it’s one that’s deeply rooted in community. It is extremely democratic allowing people to tell their own stories through dance. Brickhouse sees hip-hop as modern folk art, and he is clear about its connection to the blues. As he says, like the blues, hip hop ”is rooted in our communities about things that makes us laugh and things that make us cry.” His realization of that connection brought Brickhouse to NEA Heritage Fellow and Piedmont Blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins. And he is now also dancing to the blues as part of Wiggins’ House Party. I spoke with Brickhouse backstage at an urban dance competition that he was hosting. It was a perfect setting for a dynamic conversation about urban dance both in community and around the world, his own experiences as a dancer, and his dedication to documenting hip hop’s deep value to American culture.

A woman smiles toward the camera.
Photo by Mark Higashino

Vocalist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master

Going her own way.

Headshot of a woman.
Photo by Joe Flood

Founder, CEO and President of the Capital Fringe Festival

Making theater happen in DC

Pages