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Stephen Manes
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Author

Stephen Manes discusses his book Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear, his inside look at a full season of Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet. [24:58]

Jimmy Owens
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2012 NEA Jazz Master

Trumpeter and flugelhorn player, composer, arranger, educator, and advocate Jimmy Owens talks about his life in jazz. [34:24]

Brenda Wineapple
Photo by Marion Ettlinger

Literary biographer

Literary biographer Brenda Wineapple discusses her book, White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. [28:47]

Keri Putnam

Executive Director of the Sundance Institute

Keri Putnam discusses Film Forward, an initiative of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Now in its second year, the program aims to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue through film. [25:49]

Tim O'Brien
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Big Read author, National Book Award winner

Tim O'Brien, who served in Vietnam, talks about his novel (and Big Read selection) The Things They Carried  and how fiction can often tell a deeper truth about war.  [29:34]

Jimmy Heath
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2003 NEA Jazz Master

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath talks about his storied career and some of the jazz greats he’s played with. [33:05]

Marc Scorca
Photo Dario Acosta

President and CEO of Opera America

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

Kerry Henderson
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Baritone, Executive Director of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Kerry Henderson talks about co-creating a festival from scratch in a small mountain town with little money and a lot of help from friends and neighbors. [25:31]

John Conklin
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2011 NEA Opera Honoree

Stage Designer John Conklin discusses opera as a collaborative event. [29:48]

Billy Luther
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Filmmaker

Billy Luther explores different facets of his heritage in his documentaries. His latest looks at a little known celebration of the Laguna Pueblo, Grab Day. [26:38]

Morris Robinson
Photo by Lisa Kohler

Opera singer

Meet Morris Robinson, who was an All-American at The Citadel, started studying voice at the age of 30, and sings at the great opera houses throughout the country. [27:03]

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]

Led Kaapana
Photo by Marsha Forsythe

2011 National Heritage Fellow

Slack key guitar master Led Kaapana talks about making music the Hawaiian way. [27:19]

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]

Sara Coffey
Photo by Jeff Woodward

Arts programmer and presenter

Co-Founder of the Vermont Performance Lab, Sara Coffey talks about creating spaces and community support for contemporary dance in rural Vermont.  [26:06]

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