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Photo Credit: Austin Britt

Executive Director of the Delta Blues Museum

Keeping the blues alive and honoring its history

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Photo by John Abbott

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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Photo by Mig Dooley

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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Photo by Kristina Sherk

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.

Detail from Jacob Larence painting of a soldier
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.

Elda Rotor and John Morgan. Photo courtesy of Penguin Classics
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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]

Josh Ritter

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Singer/Songwriter and Author

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

Claudia Rankine
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Poet, Playwright

Claudia Rankine discusses her play The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue. [26:03]

Morris Robinson
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Opera singer

Meet Morris Robinson, who was an All-American at The Citadel, started studying voice at the age of 30, and sings at the great opera houses throughout the country. [27:03]

Charles Randolph-Wright
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Director

Charles Randolph-Wright talks about directing Lynn Nottage's play Ruined at Arena Stage. [29:39]

Sebastian Ruth
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Founder, Community MusicWorks, Providence, RI

2010 MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth talks about the community-based arts organization he founded, Community MusicWorks, which won a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its teaching, mentoring, and performing activities with urban youth in Providence, Rhode Island. [27:11]

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