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Joan Myers Brown


Photo courtesy of Philadanco!

National Medal of Arts recipient

Founder of Philadanco!, Joan Myers Brown reflects on what goes into building a leading African-American dance company and school. [27:29]


Daisy Castro

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Gypsy Jazz Violinist

16 year-old Daisy Castro gets to the heart of gypsy jazz. [28:00]


Heather Wood

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Heather Wood talks about the joys and challenges of performing Shakespeare. [27:31]


Andre Dubus III's memoir Townie isn’t a literary coming of age story. It’s an exploration of violence and absence. [30:37]


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]


Marna Stalcup

Photo by Allie Maki Maya

Program Manager, The Right Brain Initiative

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


Stephen Jost

Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art

Director, Honolulu Museum of Art

Stephan Jost discusses how the Honolulu Museum of Art works to serve its military community. [25:56]


Robert Ward

Photo by Daniel Schwartz

Composer and 2011 NEA Opera Honoree

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


Terry Tempest Williams. Photo by Louis Gakumba

Photo by Louis Gakumba

Writer and Naturalist

In her latest book, When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams explores the legacy of her mother’s journals. [28:11]


Elda Rotor and John Morgan. Photo courtesy of Penguin Classics

Photo courtesy of Penguin Classics

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]


Adam Johnson

Photo © Tamara Beckwith

NEA Literature Fellow

2010 NEA Literature Fellow Adam Johnson talks the challenges of setting a novel in North Korea. [29:00]


Antonio Sanchez. Photo by Justin Bettman

Photo by Justin Bettman


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


Lynn Hill

Photo courtesy of Lynn Hill


Lynn Hill discusses her participation in "Holding It Down" -- Vijay Iyer's and Mike Ladd's performance piece based on the dreams of veterans of color. [26:44]


George Wein

Photo by Vance Jacobs/vancejacobs.com

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]


Lillian Faderman

Photo by Phyllis Irwin

Scholar and author

Lillian Faderman's writes a "reconstructed memoir" about her mother's life as an immigrant factory worker and single mother during the Great Depression. [27:52]