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Edwinge Danticat headshot
Photo by Jonathan Demme

MacArthur Fellow and Big Read author

We explore the writing of her powerful memoir, Brother, I’m Dying.

Headshot of a man.
Photo courtesy of J. Dash

Musician, composer, producer, and arts advocate

You might know J. Dash as the man who wrote and performed the double platinum song “WOP,” but that hardly scratches the surface. J. is a musician, composer, and producer who is also a great advocate for arts education. He works with schools in his hometown city of Jacksonville, Florida, and his current town of Austin, Texas. And J is a longtime volunteer with the National Association of Music Merchants’ Foundation, or NAAM, making yearly trips to Congress to lobby for more Title IV funds and working with students trying to break into the music industry. Even though he is best-known in the hip hop world, J. Dash is also a big fan of jazz and blues (he used to play in a blues band). And he also has begun to score films and television shows. Have I mentioned he has a parallel career as a computer scientist? What sparks his creativity and how does he juggle all the aspects of his careers? Listen to the podcast and find out…..

Richard Davis
Photo by Ken Halfmann

2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis

One of the great bassists Richard Davis remembers a few of jazz musicians he's played with -- like Sun Ra, Ahmad Jamal, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, and Eric Dolphy.

Richard Davis playing bass
Photo by Ken Halfmann

2014 NEA Jazz Master

Bassist Richard Davis talks about his musical life outside of jazz -- working with folks like Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky. [30:08]

Olivia de Havilland
Photo courtesy of Olivia de Havilland

Actress (National Medal of Arts recipient)

One of America's most beloved stars spills some backstage secrets while discussing career highlights. [27:52]

Jack DeJohnette
Photo by Dion Ogust

2012 NEA Jazz Master

Part 1: Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette talks about his early career. [31:53]

Jack DeJohnette
Photo by Dion Ogust

2012 NEA Jazz Master

Part 2: The 2012 Jazz Master discusses his approach to music. [23:57]

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Photo by Bill Phelps

Rapper, Singer, and Writer

Finding the intersection of science and love.

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Photo by Nina Subin

Author

The National Book Award winner talks about Julia Alvarez, Oscar Wao, and the wonder of reading.

David DiChiera
Photo courtesy of Mr. DiChiera

NEA Opera Honors recipient

The only general director to found and lead two opera companies (Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Pacific), David DiChiera talks about his career, bringing opera to Detroit audiences, and composing his first opera in his 60s. [32:30]

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