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Dana Nachman and Don Hardy

Documentary filmmakers

Documentary filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy have co-directed the award-winning film Pick of the Litter. The litter in question are five Labrador Retrievers bred by Guide dogs for the Blind (or GBD) for the specific purpose of becoming service animals. The film follows a litter of puppies from birth to their graduation and assignment to a person who’s visually impaired…that is if the dog makes the cut. Not every pooch is cut out for the rigorous training in which intelligence and perspicacity is valued as much as experience…which also makes for risky documentary filmmaking. When Dana and Don began, they had no idea if any of the dogs would pass muster. Tune in and listen to Dana and Don share their experiences of centering a film on five principal subjects who can’t speak for themselves.

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Saxophonist and composer

With Presidential Suite, Ted Nash transforms iconic political speeches into an inventive jazz composition.

Lynn Nottage
Photo courtesy of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Playwright

Giving voice to the human cost of workers without work.

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Photo by Yury Nakonechny

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Ukrainian embroiderer, weaver and bead worker Vera Nakonechny keeps a traditional culture alive.

Francisco Nunez
Photo by Stephanie Berger

Artistic director, Young People’s Chorus of New York City

2011 MacArthur Fellow Francisco Nunez brings together New York youth of all backgrounds and together they create beautiful music and an inclusive community.

Morgan Neville
Photo courtesy of RADiUS-TWC

Academy Award-winning director

Meet some of the greatest back-up singers! It may be only Twenty Feet from Stardom but director Morgan Neville shows us just how long that walk can be.

Stanley Nelson
Photo courtesy of Firelight Media

Filmmaker

Stanley Nelson discusses his award-winning documentary Freedom Riders. [29:39]

Azar Nafisi
Photo by Tom Slocum

Author

Author of two memoirs about her life in Iran, Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About, Azar Nafisi talks about her books, her life in Iran, her parents, the Iranian Revolution, and, of course, the power of literature. [25:05]

Joel Nelson
Photo courtesy of Joel Nelson

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Joel Nelson talks about how he grew to love poetry and how he writes and recites poetry, as well as growing up on a ranch and his love of horses, among other subjects. [27:00]