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John Maeda
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President, Rhode Island School of Design

John Maeda: designing at the intersection of art and technology [29:43]

Rebecca Makkai
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2014 NEA Literature Fellow

From beautifully crafted short fiction to page-turning gothic novels, Rebecca Makkai puts art at the heart of her work.

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Poet and host of 2015 Poetry Out Loud Finals

Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali connects stage and page.

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Creator and Host of the television series Bare Feet

As host of the Emmy Award-winning series, Mickela Mallozzi travels the world learning the traditional dances and music of each place she visits.

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Courtesy of Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen

Documentary filmmakers

Their film Spettacolo  looks at a small Tuscan village where each year life is translated into art.

Stephen Manes
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Author

Stephen Manes discusses his book Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear, his inside look at a full season of Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet. [24:58]

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Photo by Sara Houghteling

Author, physician and NEA Lit Fellow

Author, physician, and National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Daniel Mason wrote and published his first novel while he was still in medical school. The Piano Tuner received international acclaim, was translated into 28 languages, and adapted for theater and opera. Mason took time off after medical school to complete his second novel, A Far Place, which was short-listed for several literary prizes. Mason then finished his medical training and began his clinical practice and--since he’s not super-human after all--his third novel was 14 years in the making. Again,he struck gold wowing critics and readers alike with The Winter Soldier. The Winter Soldier tells the story of Lucius who leaves medical school in Vienna at the outbreak of World War I to serve in the Army. The Austrian-Hungarian empire, facing a shortage of doctors, allows medical students to staff field hospitals. Anxious for this practical experience, Lucius joins up and finds himself in a tiny village in the Carpathian mountains. He is expecting a well-staffed hospital run by experienced doctors who can mentor him. Instead, he finds himself the sole doctor in a bombed-out church doubling as a hospital whose single remaining medical personnel is a field nurse, Sister Margarete. The story that unfolds is Lucius’s medical and emotional coming of age. But the novel is also about the mad incongruity of World War I, the fleeting connections forged by war, and the growing awareness of the pervasiveness of a new condition affecting the armies—shell shock. Mason speaks thoughtfully about writing and psychiatry (his medical practice) and how his two careers are complementary and how they are not. We also talk about the joys and pitfalls of research and the attitudinal changes in medicine in the past 100 years.

Sherrie Maricle
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Drummer and Band Leader

Sherrie Maricle has played with jazz legends, leads an all-woman big band, and forges new roads for women in jazz. [29:28]

Delfeayo Marsalis

Trombonist and producer, NEA Jazz Master

Delfeayo Marsalis: it's all in the family. [34:32]

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Poet and Big Read author

Poet David Tomas Martinez’s book (and new Big Read title) Hustle explodes with verbal dexterity about street life. Born in San Diego to a working class Chicano family, David Tomas Martinez found power and strength by running with a gang. A father at 17, he ended up in college as a returning student through sheer luck, and there he found strength and power through language. David became a poet and the rough side of town and the people he knew (and knows) there became his subjects. His first collection, and first publication, is Hustle which became a prize-winning book…and a new Big Read title. David’s joy in linguistic playfulness isn’t confined to the page. His honesty, exuberance, and charm comes through in this podcast as we walk with him down the streets of Southern California; there’s violence and meanness—but also heart-stopping moments of grace.

Jen Masengarb
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Chicago Architecture Foundation

Jen Masengarb explains Chicago's rich architectural legacy and CAF’s role in bringing it public awareness. [24:52]

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Actress and former member National Council on the Arts

Living a full life on and off the stage.

Crys Matthews
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Singer/Songwriter

Singer/songwriter Crys Matthews makes music that is absolutely her own. Sometimes the songs are bluesy, at other times they’re country soul. Maybe a song has a little funk or maybe it’s absolutely bluegrass or Americana. Matthews lets the song decide what it wants to be. It’s working for her: she won first prize at the 2017 New Song Music and Performance competition, which led to performances at both Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. The preacher’s kid from a small town in North Carolina is doing quite well with eight releases under her belt including songs about social justice, love, loss, and her dog. She’s really terrific--immensely talented and personable. And miracle of miracles, she can actually support herself through music. No small feat! Find out how she does it and listen to some very cool live music on this week’s podcast. And yes, we talk about her dog!

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Buck dancer and 2017 National Heritage Fellow, Making music with his feet

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Quilter, curator, and 2014 National Heritage Fellow

Carolyn Mazloomi shines a powerful light on the African-American community through narrative quilts.

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