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Photo credit Fireworks by Grucci

President and pyrotechnician at Fireworks by Grucci

Fireworks are such a wonderful amalgam of artistry, science and tradition; and, for six generations the Grucci family has been lighting up the skies with innovative pyrotechnics. Just in time for July 4, I speak with President and CEO of Fireworks by Grucci Phil Grucci and his daughter Lauren who is a pryrotechnician and photographer. In today’s podcast, we learn how the Grucci family put these glorious displays together. From the Brooklyn Bridge centennial to the bicentennial of “The Star Spangled Banner” and all the July 4 celebrations in-between, Phil and Lauren take us behind the scenes of these spectacles of color and light: we learn about the innovations they led in pyrotechnics, the amount of planning that goes into each event, the magic when it all comes together, and the family history that remains at the center of the work. It’s a great way to celebrate July 4!

Linda Goss
Photo by Edwin Remsberg

2019 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Storyteller

Storyteller Linda Goss, one of the pioneers of the Black Storytelling Movement, has just been named a 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellow. Goss is known as “Mama Linda” because of her pathbreaking work, which includes co-founding (with Mother Mary Carter Smith) the National Association of Black Storytellers, unearthing and documenting nearly forgotten stories, serving as a mentor to younger storytellers, and her own exuberant way of telling stories. From the beginning, Mama Linda has recognized the transformative power of storytelling and the importance of bearing witness. She’s a mesmerizing speaker—beginning each storytelling session with her trademark bells and a call to the community to come and listen. She draws listeners into the heart of the story she’s telling; she’ll draw you into the podcast as well! The NEA National Heritage Award is the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Have a listen—you’ll see why Mama Linda is a national treasure.

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Photo courtesy of Arena Stage

Actor

From Hotspur to Antonin Scalia, actor Edward Gero can (and does) play all manner of parts. An actor’s actor, he is a shining light in Washington DC’s theater community. He began his career as a classical actor playing some 60 roles for over 26 years at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. But he made the transition to contemporary work seamlessly. Bringing an authenticity and precision to roles as disparate as Mark Rothko in Red, Harry Brock in a revival of Born Yesterday, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and Antonin Scalia in The Originalist a role that was created for him. In this podcast, Gero talks about playing Shakespeare, his move to contemporary work, how Washington DC is a distinctive theater-town, and the power and wonder of theater. He is smart, funny and generous—a true bon vivant. Enjoy!

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Photo by Kim Meijer

Actor and Voice Artist

An aural shape-shifter.

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Photo by Kwaku Alston

Actor

Taking on the role of a lifetime: Rosa Parks in Behind the Movement

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Photo courtesy of Seth Gadsden

Director: Indie Grits Labs

More than a film festival.

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Actor and producer

An iconic role in the iconic play Sunday in the Park with George.

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Photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill

2017 NEA Jazz Master, Celebrated by his son Fitz Gitler

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Photographer and author

Her book Balancing Acts takes us backstage with dancers who are mothers.

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Photo courtesy of Kirsten Greenidge

Playwright and former NEA/TCG Award-winner

In her new work Baltimore, playwright Kirsten Greenidge grapples with the issue of race on college campuses.

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Founder and Editor of Highway

How a writer created the music magazine he wanted to read.

Nicole Gomez Fisher
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Director and writer

Nicole Gomez Fisher brings it all back home in her film, Sleeping with the Fishes. And goes on to win the award for Best New Director at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

M. Evelina Galang

Photo courtesy of M. Evelina Galang

Writer

M. Evelina Galang's work spans generations with her writing of young Filipina-Americans and the surviving World War II "comfort women." [22:15]

Lorraine Gordon

Photo by Eric Ogden

2013 NEA Jazz Master

The owner of the legendary club, The Village Vanguard, talks about her life in jazz. [32:52]

Clive Gillinson

Photo by Peter Murphy

Executive and Artistic Director, Carnegie Hall

Clive Gillinson on bringing Carnegie Hall to all New Yorkers. [34:36]

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