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Headshot of Julianna Baggott
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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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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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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

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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]

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