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Melissa Walker
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Art Therapist, NICoE

Melissa Walker discusses healing wounded service members through art at Walter Reed. [25:44]

Yvonne Walker Keshick
Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Quill worker and 2014 National Heritage Fellow

Yvonne Walker Keshick brings a Native-American tradition into the 21st century.

Jesmyn Ward
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Author and 2011 National Book Award winner

In her memoir Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward attempts to understand the links in the untimely deaths of her brother and four friends.

Robert Ward
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Composer and 2011 NEA Opera Honoree

Toward the end of his life, Robert Ward discussed his remarkable career in music. [29:15]

Walter Ware
Photo courtesy of Walter Ware III

Casting Director

Casting Director Walter Ware III brings the right people together. Read all about the behind-the-scenes crew in NEA Arts

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Photo credit: NAACP

Prize-winning YA author

Author Renée Watson talks about her prize-winning YA title, Piecing Me Together and her most recent book, Watch Us Rise (co-written with Ellen Hagan). Both look at the lived experiences of black girls as they grapple with identity right at the intersection of race, class and gender. But Renée tells stories--she's not preaching...and, as in life, her characters can respond in unexpected ways. In the podcast, we talk about what goes into writing for young adults and Renée's own trajectory as a writer, educator and performer.

André Watts
Photo by Steve J. Sherman

Pianist and 2011 National Medal of Arts Recipient

André Watts remembers the early years of his career. [39:41]

Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center
Photo by Kate Attardo

The Bronx, NY

Hear about New York City's best kept secret, where nature and art provide a urban unique oasis. [12:42]

William Wegman
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Visual Artist

You may know him as the guy who takes surreal pictures of his Weimaraners; but that's just one strand of William Wegman's long and varied career. [28:55]

George Wein
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Impresario, 2005 NEA Jazz Master

A conversation with George Wein, the man who launched the first outdoor jazz festival in the US--the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. [29:54]

Randy Weston
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NEA Jazz Master

Jazz Master Randy Weston talks about the music he loves. [26:06]

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Y.A. fantasy/horror author

In her novel, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, young adult author Kiersten White retells Mary Shelley’s classic. In White’s book, we get the story from Elizabeth Lavenza—the childhood companion and then wife of scientist Victor Frankenstein. Kiersten White closely follows the outline of Shelley’s Frankenstein, but by changing the point of view to Elizabeth, we get another story entirely about Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and Elizabeth herself. For this Halloween podcast, Kiersten and I talk about the original Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s singular life, and the challenges and fun of taking this well-known classic tale, telling it from a different perspective, and finding a story that hadn’t been told before.

Sam White head shot
Courtesy of Sam White

Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Detroit

Sam White loves Shakespeare and loves her hometown Detroit. So she emptied her bank account and started a site-specific professional theater company, Shakespeare in Detroit. It’s amazing.

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Photo by Bibiana Huang Matheis

2017 National Heritage Fellow and Blues Harmonica Player

Bringing It All Home.

Sean Wilentz
Photo by Daniel Kramer

Author

Sean Wilentz discusses his biography of 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan in America. [28:33]

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