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Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn Artistic Directors of Squonk Opera

Find out about the artistic exuberance that is Squonk Opera.

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Photo by Dese’Rae L. Stage

Author of The Big Read selection "Station Eleven"

A novel about what endures when civilization ends.

Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding)
Photo c. Lizzie Himmel

Songwriter, novelist

A conversation with songwriter/novelist Wesley Stace who performs under the stage name, John Wesley Harding. [29:24]

Marna Stalcup
Photo by Allie Maki Maya

Program Manager, The Right Brain Initiative

Teaching Portland's children core curriculum through the arts. [30:06]

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Photo courtesy of Joe Standart

Photographer and Public Artist

Using empty storefront windows as his gallery, Standart exhibits “WE ARE- A Nation of Immigrants” in the heart of New London, CT.

Andy Statman
Photo by Chris Giese

Klezmer Clarinetist, Mandolin-player, Composer, 2012 National Heritage Fellow

In the first of two-part interview, musical wonder Andy Statman talks about his early musical career, including the importance of bluegrass for a boy born in Brooklyn. [31:04]

Andy Statman
Photo courtest of Andy Statman

Klezmer Clarinetist, Mandolin-player, Composer, 2012 National Heritage Fellow

In part 2 of our conversation with Andy Statman, we follow his musical path as he blends  klezmer, jazz, blues, and bluegrass into a distinctive musical voice. [37:48]

Frank Stella
Photo by Richard Frasier

National Medal of Arts recipient

One of the most well-regarded postwar American artists still working, Frank Stella discusses his five-decade career in the visual arts, from paintings to sculptures to murals to architecture.  [21:40]

David Stull
Photo by Richard Frasier

National Medal of Arts recipient

Dean Stull talks about the latest developments at one of the nation's outstanding music conservatories. [28:07]

Manil Suri
Photo by Nina Subin

Novelist, mathematician

The City of Devi, an apocalyptic sex comedy and love story, is the third book in Manil Suri’s trilogy centered on Mumbai. [26:08]

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Editors: Unseen: Unpublished Black History from The New York Times Photo Archives

Rachel L. Swarns and Darcy Eveleigh are two of the four editors of Unseen: Unpublished Black History from The New York Times Photo Archives. In Unseen, the editors took on the monumental task of going through millions of unpublished photos in the archives (or morgue) of The New York Times. They were looking for pictures of African Americans--both the ordinary and the famous. They then tried to get the story behind the photo centering around two major questions: why was the photo taken and why wasn't it used. The process was like unraveling a mystery taking a lot of determination. And the result is pretty extraordinary. Both Rachel and Darcy were longtime staff journalists at and are now contributors to The New York Times--Rachel is a writer and Darcy a photo editor. They talk about the book from these different perspectives and also share how putting this book together influenced their own approach to the work that they do.

Jeffrey Sweet
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Sweet

Playwright, author

Jeffrey Sweet talks about the revitalization of theater in Chicago through the Second City and other theater companies, as well as his own experience as a playwright and the art of theater and musical theater.  [26:50]

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