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Led Kaapana
Photo by Marsha Forsythe

2011 National Heritage Fellow

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

Janet Kagan
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Art-Force Director

Art-Force: Artists revitalizing rural manufacturing.

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]

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Photo by Peter Schaaf

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!

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]

Ellsworth Kelly
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Artist and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient

Ellsworth Kelly: the gloriousness of color and form.

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]

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]

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Kline

Marine Corps veteran and comedian

Marine Corps veteran Stephanie Kline is a DC-based stand-up comic. At loose ends after leaving the Marine Corps and then dealing with the end of her marriage, Stephanie turned to comedy through a workshop with the Armed Services Artists Partnership. There she found the camaraderie she had been missing and she found a way to tell her story that provoked laughter not pity from the audience. It’s not an easy path. As Stephanie says in the podcast, ”for a lot of us, we are taking some of the most painful experiences and issues, we are breaking them down and putting them together in a way to get people to laugh. That is terrifying…. (But) I think the response of laughter really helps build us back up.” Stephanie Kline talks about her time with the Marine Corps and the different kind of strength it takes to get up on a stage and let it all hang out. She’s also very funny.

Headshot of Akua Kouyate-Tate
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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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Photo courtesy of Dr Nina Kraus

Neurobiologist and director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University

Dr. Nina Kraus is a professor of neurobiology at Northwestern University where she directs the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, also known as Brainvolts. She has made the study of how we biologically process sound her life’s work. She and the Brainvolts’ team have conducted long-term, multi-year studies looking at the brainwaves of children and found that making music—whether with instrument or voice—actually makes biological changes to the way the brain processes sound which, in turn, strengthens the ability of the brain to better apprehend the depth and breadth of language and speech. Simply put, creating music builds our capacity to turn sound into meaning. Nina is passionate about sound—she remembers as a child sitting under her mother’s piano as she played. She brings that same sense of wonder and excitement to her rigorous biological research, and you’ll hear it throughout the podcast…which is a perfect way to explore the way we process sound.

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]

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

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Sculptor and auto mechanic

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