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Photo by Stefanie Keenan

Painter and multimedia artist

Creating  language with paint.

Max Brooks
Photo courtesy of Crown Publishing Group

Author

Max Brooks, author of World War Z, really isn’t kidding when it comes to zombies.

Chuck Brown
Photo by Ameen Howrani

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Musician Chuck Brown talks about his career, from honing his chops in prison in Lorton, Virginia, to developing his own musical genre in DC: go-go music. [28:49]

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Photo Courtesy of Folger Theatre

Actor

Actor Dria Brown talks about playing Joan in Bedlam’s almost postmodern production of George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan in DC’s Folger Theatre. It’s stripped down in every way: minimal sets and costumes and a cast of four; Dria plays Joan and only Joan; the other three actors juggle 26 roles. The rehearsals were interesting. We hear about her growing up in South Carolina, how time in her father’s church readied her for the role, and her desire to get the audience to engage with the performance.

Joan Myers Brown
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National Medal of Arts recipient

Founder of Philadanco!, Joan Myers Brown reflects on what goes into building a leading African-American dance company and school. [27:29]

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Courtesy of the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Curator of Photography and Visual Culture at the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Photographs that illuminate history, community and culture

Nancy Buirski
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Director

Nancy Buirski discusses her prize-winning documentary, The Loving Story, a look at a couple’s decision to remain a family and challenge Virginia’s miscegenation laws. [31:43]

Harold Burnham
Photo by Perry Ardelle Burnham

2012 National Heritage Fellow and Master Ship Builder

Harold Burnham keeps the Essex shipbuilding tradition alive and vibrant.[30:47]

Ken Burns
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Documentary Filmmaker

Ken Burns talks about his most recent documentary series on the National Park system, as well as his approach to filmmaking and his attraction to iconic American subjects. [22:24]

Headshot of Rick Burns
Photo by Kfir Ziv

Documentary filmmaker

Ric Burns' documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History celebrates dance and ABT’s 75th Anniversary.

Headshot Gary Burton
Photo by Jimmy Katz

2016 NEA Jazz Master and Vibraphonist

One of the great jazz virtuosos take us through his musical journey.

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Photo by C. Stanley Photography

Producing Artistic Director, Theater Alliance

Raymond O. Caldwell recently stepped into the role of Producing Artistic Director at Theater Alliance-the resident company of the Anacostia Playhouse. Theater Alliance is a small company that produces socially-conscious and thought-provoking work that aims to lead its audience toward positive constructive dialogue. It also happens to be terrific theater—nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards in this season alone. In today’s podcast, Raymond Caldwell talks about what it takes to create good, meaningful theater that speaks both to the neighborhood and the larger DC community. He also takes us on a journey through his own experiences as an actor and director who has worked in locations from India to Kiev to Berlin...and how those experiences inform his work at Theater Alliance.

Luke Stewart and Gio Russonello
Photo by Jason Crane

Capital Bop

Capital Bop expanding the DC’s jazz audience in unexpected places. [32:22]

Ron Capps
Photo courtesy of Ron Capps

Author, Veteran, Operation Homecoming Writing Instructor

Ron Capps helps returning service members write their way home. [27:06]

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Actor/ Company Member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From Pericles to Tupac Shakur, Wayne Carr embodies fully-realized characters on the stage.

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