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Composer, Conductor, Commentator

Let’s celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with a trip to Broadway! Bernstein only composed a handful of shows on Broadway, but he was a game-changer. From On the Town to West Side Story, Bernstein mixed genres and styles of music—incorporating jazz, blues, ragtime, Latin sounds-- mixing them with popular song traditions and the rhythms of the streets and then filtering it all through a classical voice. He was fluent in all languages of music and so created a music distinctly his own. Composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow takes us on a musical journey through Bernstein’s Broadway career. You may know Rob from the public radio program “What Makes It Great?” in which he takes listeners inside of music to explore that very question. Explore Bernstein’s Broadway music with Rob Kapilow (and me) in this week’s podcast!

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Senior Director of Education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap is integrating art with fundamental science and math learning for young children and the data show significant results.

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Sculptor and auto mechanic

Auto Mechanic Harold Kyle plays with movement, balance, and shadows in his sculpture.

Ellsworth Kelly
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Artist and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient

Ellsworth Kelly: the gloriousness of color and form.

Janet Kagan
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Art-Force Director

Art-Force: Artists revitalizing rural manufacturing.

Brian Kisida
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Researcher, Education Reform Brian Kisida

"Art Makes You Smart" and Brian Kisida co-published a study that proves it! [27:05]

Matt Kaplan
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Author

Matt Kaplan takes a scientific look at the monsters that scare us…and why we love it. [32:54]

Tony Kushner
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Playwright and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient

In the second of our two-part interview, talk about his latest play and his screenplay for the movie, Lincoln

Tony Kushner
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Playwright and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient

In part 1 of a two-part interview, Tony Kushner talks about his early attraction to theater and writing Angels in America. [28:50]

Maxine Hong Kingston
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Author and 2013 National Medal of Arts recipient

Maxine Hong Kingston discusses her path-breaking books. [22:55]

Aditi Brennan Kapil
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Playwright, Actor, Director

Aditi Brennan Kapil discusses the ways her mixed cultural background informed her play, Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Story. [29:32]

Led Kaapana
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2011 National Heritage Fellow

Slack key guitar master Led Kaapana talks about making music the Hawaiian way. [27:19]