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André Watts
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Pianist and 2011 National Medal of Arts Recipient

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

Rita Dove
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Author and 2011 National Medal of Arts Recipient

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove talks about her writing with a focus on her most recent book of poems, Sonata Mullatica. [30:44]

Stanley Nelson
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Filmmaker

Stanley Nelson discusses his award-winning documentary Freedom Riders. [29:39]

Robert Battle
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Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Robert Battle discusses his first season as artistic head of the Alvin Ailey company. [33:04]

Meredith Monk
Photo by Jesse Frohman

Composer, Choreographer, Performer

Meredith Monk reflects on her 45-year career as a performance artist. [41:35]

Meejin Yoon
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Architect and public artist

Meejin Yoon talks about creating work at the intersection of art, architecture, landscape, and technology. [27:29]

Jack DeJohnette
Photo by Dion Ogust

2012 NEA Jazz Master

Part 2: The 2012 Jazz Master discusses his approach to music. [23:57]

Jack DeJohnette
Photo by Dion Ogust

2012 NEA Jazz Master

Part 1: Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette talks about his early career. [31:53]

Aaron Diehl
Photo by John Abbott

Jazz pianist

The gifted 26-year-old pianist talks about making a career in jazz. [29:07]

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
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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
Photo by Tom Pich

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]

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