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Courtesy of Jennifer Haigh

Novelist and NEA Literature Fellow

In Jennifer Haigh’s fifth novel Heat and Light, she returns to the fictional town of Bakerton, Pennsylvania: its prosperity withered with the closing of the coalmines. So when it’s learned that the area is rich in natural gas, many people are eager to sign over their mineral rights to energy companies. And the debate about fracking and all that it entails upends the community. Jennifer Haigh knows her subject well; she was raised in a former coal town that also sits on deposits of natural gas. In our conversation she talks about her hometown and how it’s become the basis for much of her writing, the pull of the past on the present and the legacy of North Appalachia’s geology.

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Photo by Bob Haggart Jr.

Pianist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master

A musical shape-shifter.

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Photo by Uli Gruber

Bassist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master

Jazz as a way of life

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Photo by Dave Hall

Author, Crime Fiction

With her character Lou Norton, Hall creates one of the few African American female detectives.

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President and CEO of Arts Quest

Reclaiming the abandoned Bethlehem Steel Plant for the arts gives a region new life.

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Sculptor

Richard Hunt talks about creating large pieces of abstract art for public spaces and reflects on his time on the National Council of the Arts.

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Photo courtesy University of California-Riverside

U.S. Poet Laureate and NEA Literature Fellow

The new poet laureate of the United States and two-time NEA fellow calls for everyone's heart to speak out.

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President and CEO of New World Symphony

Reimagining the presentation of classical music.

Wayne Henderson
Photo by Tom Pich

Luthier, guitarist, and 1995 National Heritage Fellow

Wayne Henderson on his distinctive guitars and his distinctive sound.

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Image courtesy of the NEA

A Jazz Master Double Feature!

Two legends look at their careers in jazz.

Lynn Hill
Photo courtesy of Lynn Hill

Poet

Lynn Hill discusses her participation in "Holding It Down" -- Vijay Iyer's and Mike Ladd's performance piece based on the dreams of veterans of color. [26:44]

Rachael Holmes
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Actress

At the intersection of theater and social activism: Citizen Artist Rachael Holmes. [26:52]

Al Head
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2012 Bess Lomax Hawes Award Recipient

Arts Advocate Al Head discusses the profound impact of traditional arts on communities. [28:50]

Jimmy Heath
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2003 NEA Jazz Master

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath talks about his storied career and some of the jazz greats he’s played with. [33:05]

Kerry Henderson
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Baritone, Executive Director of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Kerry Henderson talks about co-creating a festival from scratch in a small mountain town with little money and a lot of help from friends and neighbors. [25:31]

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