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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]

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.

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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.

Christian McBride
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Jazz Musician

Bassist Christian McBride talks about jazz.  [31:58]

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Jazz Bassist

Jazz bassist Christian McBride takes us through his own musical journey--from his early days in Philadelphia to playing with some of the great jazz legends like NEA Jazz Masters Sonny Rollins and Chick Corea. He also talks about fronting a group and walks us through composing one of his signature songs "Brother Mister." Christian also reflects on his long friendship with 2019 NEA Jazz Master Stanley Crouch and Stanley's importance to jazz criticism and advocacy.

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