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Cartoonist and Multimedia Artist

Cartoonist and multimedia artist Liz Reed is co-creator with her husband Jimmy of Cuddles and Rage—it’s a world inhabited by food with quirky personalities. Liz calls it “disturbingly cute,” which seems about right. In one-panel cartoons, dioramas, and animated short videos, Liz and Jimmy Reed create work that is cute—but it always has a twist. Take Dr. Taquito—a serial killer of food, who gives cooking lessons—ruthlessly shredding lettuce and chopping tomatoes as the poor vegetable victims try to get away. It’s an unashamedly playful and dark imaginative work. In today’s podcast, Liz takes through the creation and evolution of the singular world of Cuddles and Rage.

Watch video: Cooking with Dr. Taquito: 3 Ingredient Pancakes.

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Poet and essayist Seema Reza investigates loss and love with ruthless honesty and lyrical power in her book, When the World Breaks Open. In this week’s podcast, Reza discusses writing her life and her determination to reveal herself on the page through poems, essays, fragments and observations, recipes—whatever it took to tell her story precisely and thoroughly. The result is at times heartbreaking but not grim. She owns her sorrow, but she’s also fierce and joyful in her determination to be known for herself.

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Poet and 2015 NEA Literature Fellow

Her poetry collection Scriptorium illuminate her Appalachian Roots.

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Vocalist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master

Making music without boundaries.

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Executive Director of the Delta Blues Museum

Keeping the blues alive and honoring its history

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1983 NEA Jazz Master and 2010 National Medal of Arts recipient

The great tenor saxophonist reflects on his life in music.

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Poet, editor and literary historian

Kim Roberts brings a poet’s eye to The Scientific Method

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Actor and Singer

Bringing a modern sensibility to classic characters.

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Novelist and NEA Big Read author

Surviving the Khmer Rouge and honoring those who didn’t.

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Author and NEA Literature Fellow

No one tells stories embedded in Southern Appalachia with more grit or more beauty.

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Actor

A young professional autistic actor makes his difference work on the stage

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Charleston Mayor and 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient

After 40 years, Mayor Riley steps down, leaving a legacy that demands art and beauty in the everyday.

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Jacob Lawrence (1917‑2000).   War Series: Victory, 1947. Tempera on composition board, 20 1/4 x 16 3/16in. (51.4 x 41.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger  51.19 © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y.

This Memorial Day Weekend, conversations about Blue Star Museums and the healing power of art, Jacob Lawrences's War Series, and a poem by veteran Lynn Hill.

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Producers of Poems by Heart App from Penguin Classics

The team behind the new app Poems by Heart discuss how they combine great gaming with classic poetry. [28:20]

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Singer/Songwriter and Author

Indie singer Josh Ritter talks about writing, composing, and performing. [27:58]

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