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Janet Kagan

Photo: Courtesy of Janet Kagan

Art-Force Director

Art-Force: Artists revitalizing rural manufacturing.

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Jnennifer Pickering

Photo courtesy of LEAF

Founder and director of LEAF Community Arts

For Jennifer Pickering, all art is both local and global and LEAF is that philosophy in action.

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Dinaw Mengestu

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Big Read Author

The author discusses the latest Big Read pick, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, his novel about an Ethiopian exile in a gentrifying Washington DC neighborhood.

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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.

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Adam Sherlock

Photo courtesy of Adam Sherlock

Radio Production Instructor

Behind the scenes of “Sending Messages,” the award-winning monthly podcast produced by incarcerated youth.

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Sheila Black

Photo courtesy of Sheila Black

Poet

Disability through the lens of poetry. [27:59]

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David Mura

Photo Courtesy of American Program Bureau, Inc.

Writer and Spoken-Word Performer

David Mura uses his considerable talents as a poet, novelist, memoirist and performer to explore what it means to be Japanese-American.

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 Sailja Patel

Photo by Heather Lewis

Poet, theater artist, and activist

With a trunk full of her mother’s saris, Kenyan author and performer Shaija Patel reclaims a lost history. [29:28]

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Sherrie Maricle

Photo by Bill Westmoreland

Drummer and Band Leader

Sherrie Maricle has played with jazz legends, leads an all-woman big band, and forges new roads for women in jazz. [29:28]

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Veronica Castillo

Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Clay Artist, 2013 National Heritage Fellow

In Translation: Verónica Castillo expands a traditional Mexican art form, the Tree of Life, to express the need for social justice in the 21st century.

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Carol Fran

Photo © Gene Tomko

2013 National Heritage Fellow

Louisiana Swamp blues singer, composer and pianist Carol Fran looks back at her 60-year career.

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Morgan Neville

Photo courtesy of RADiUS-TWC

Academy Award-winning director

Meet some of the greatest back-up singers! It may be only Twenty Feet from Stardom but director Morgan Neville shows us just how long that walk can be.

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Brian Kisida

Photo courtesy of Brian Kisida

Researcher, Education Reform Brian Kisida

"Art Makes You Smart" and Brian Kisida co-published a study that proves it! [27:05]

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Allen Toussaint

Photo by Michael Wilson

2012 National Medal of Arts recipient

It's a music-filled podcast with New Orleans composer, producer, and pianist Allen Toussaint who combines elegance with funk. [29:29]

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Pratibha Parmar

Photo by Donald Maclellan

Filmmaker

Pratibha Parmar discusses making the recent documentary about an iconic American writer, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which can be seen on the American Masters’ website. [27:59]

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