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Photo Courtesy of Victor Lodato

Author, playwright, former NEA Solo Artist Fellow

Author Victor Lodato has written two highly acclaimed novels Matilda Savitch and Edgar and Lucy. Nearly a decade in the making, Victor calls Edgar and Lucy “my New Jersey gothic.” And he’s not wrong. It’s an epic novel that’s part mystery, part love story, part ghost story, part family drama. It is both unexpected and perfectly believable. It’s set in Victor’s native New Jersey, in a working class Polish/Italian family much like Victor’s own. But that’s where the similarity ends. Edgar and Lucy are a son and mother; and, while the book concentrates on one very difficult year in their lives, it actually examines their relationship over the course of their lifetimes. It has its comic moments and heartbreaking ones—both with an attention to character and language. Happily, Victor Lodato is as thoughtful and compelling as his book. In this podcast, we talk about his very complicated characters, his childhood in New Jersey, why he was attracted to theater, and his move to novels.

Step

Behind the scenes of the award-winning documentary STEP.

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Four National Heritage Fellows

Celebrate Traditional Irish Music

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Illustration by Brian Stauffer Photo credit Jason Hornick

Playwright

Her play Intelligence is a political drama that centers on accountability.

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Photo copyright 2014 Sharona Jacobs Photography.

Big Read author and 2006 NEA Literature Fellow

Pretty Monsters combines the ordinary and the magical—with flair.

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Award-winning orchestrator and music director

Alex Lacamoire  on bringing Hamilton and In the Heights to life on the stage.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Locke

Lakota Flute-player, Hoop-dancer, and 1990 National Heritage Fellow

By performing and teaching Lakota flute and dance, Kevin Locke brings the past and the future together.

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Disability/Arts Advocate

Equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor.

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Photo by Dorothy Darr

2015 NEA Jazz Master

The saxophonist/flutist/composer talks about expanding the tradition and language of jazz.

Margot Livesey
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NEA Literature Fellow

Author Margot Livesey discusses The Flight of Gemma Hardy -- her reimagining of Jane Eyre. [32:40]

Michele Lowe
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Playwright

Michele Lowe discusses the process that moved her award-winning play Inana from page to stage. [32:07]

Jonah Lehrer
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Author

Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, discusses the new science of creativity. [34:06]

Laura Lippman
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Novelist

Laura Lippman talks about crime fiction, journalism and the social novel.  [30:30]

Billy Luther
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Filmmaker

Billy Luther explores different facets of his heritage in his documentaries. His latest looks at a little known celebration of the Laguna Pueblo, Grab Day. [26:38]

Liz Lerman, Part 2
Lise Metzger

Choreographer

In part 2 of our conversation with Choreographer Liz Lerman, we explore false dichotomies, including the one that opposes art to science. [25:11]

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