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Executive Artistic Director of Story District

Everyone has a story; Story District helps tell it.

Jay Salinas
Jay Salinas, co-founder of Wormfarm

Artist, farmer, and co-founder of Wormfarm

A look at Wormfarm where art, agriculture, community, and creativity blossom. [25:35]

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Photo by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Chef, restaurateur, and author

Creating new flavors with traditional food.

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Photo courtesy of Adriana Sananes

Actor and Narrator

Moving between Spanish and English on stage and on the page.

Antonio Sanchez. Photo by Justin Bettman
Photo by Justin Bettman

Drummer

Antonio Sanchez talks about the melody of jazz drumming and his new CD, New Life. [34:21]

Chunky Sanchez
Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Musician and 2013 National Heritage Fellow

For 40 years, Chunky Sanchez has playing and singing the stories of the Chicano people.

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Photo by Andrew H. Walker  

Director

Ensemble for the Romantic Century blends chamber music with fully staged dramas and changes both theater and concerts in the process.

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Credit Jimmy and Dena Katz photo

Composer, conductor and 2019 NEA Jazz Master

2019 NEA Jazz Master composer, conductor, and arranger Maria Schneider creates highly original and evocative compositions for her jazz orchestra, which she formed in 1992. Much of her music is autobiographical, evoking the Minnesota plains where she was born and raised. She returns to the theme of her childhood in a prairie town again and again; in fact, she’s come to realize that the foundation of her music is her hometown. She finds parts of it magical, and we certainly hear it in her music. Although she’s composed classical work and collaborated with David Bowie, Maria’s musical center remains in jazz. In this podcast, we talk about her connection to jazz (especially to the music of NEA Jazz Master Gil Evans), the ways in which she and the musicians in her band inspire one another, her collaboration with Bowie, and how her deep ties to Windom, Minnesota, translates into mesmerizing music.

Marc Scorca
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President and CEO of Opera America

Marc Scorca celebrates opera in America and the 2011 NEA Opera Honorees. [31:02]

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Photo by Steve Wewerka

Ash/Sweetgrass Basketmaker and 2016 National Heritage Fellow

Bringing an ancient art form into the 21st century.

Pete Seeger

Photo courtesy of the Woody Guthrie Archives

National Medal of Arts Recipient

Pete Seeger returns to talk about his music and its roots. [31:50]

Pete Seeger

Photo courtesy of the Woody Guthrie Archives

Folk Legend

Pete Seeger remembers his friend, Woody Guthrie. [21:13]

David Seidler
Photo by Beth Bienvenu

Academy Award-winning Screenwriter

David Seidler talks about his film, The King's Speech, and his own struggle with stuttering. [31:21]

Simon Shaheen
Photo by Alan Govenar

1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Violinist and oud player Simon Shaheen discusses his merging of Arab and western musical traditions. [27:23]

Howard Shalwitz
Photo by Colin Hovde

Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC

Howard Shalwitz talks about the theater company’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Bruce Norris, Clybourne Park. [22:47]

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