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Graham Beal headshot
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.

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.

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.

Tonya Beckman head shot.
 

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.

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.

Barry Bergey headshot.

Retired NEA director of Folk and Traditional Arts

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

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.

Sheila Black
Photo courtesy of Sheila Black

Poet

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

Daniel Beaty
Photo by Don Ipock, courtesy of Arena Stage

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]

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]

Nicholson Baker
Photo by Margaret Brentano

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]

Nancy Buirski
Photo courtesy of Nancy Buirski

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]

Joan Myers Brown
  Photo courtesy of Philadanco!

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]

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]

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]

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