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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]

Roy and PJ Hirabayashi
Photo by Mel Higashi

2011 National Heritage Fellows

Co-founders of San Jose Taiko, Roy and PJ Hirabayashi talk about the importance of this traditional art in the Asian American community. [28:34]

Nic Muni
Photo by Richard Cawood

Opera Director

Innovative director Nic Muni talks about the challenges and rewards of producing opera. [26:20]

David Seidler
Photo by Beth Bienvenu

Academy Award-winning Screenwriter

David Seidler talks about his film, The King's Speech, and his own struggle with stuttering. [31:21]

Gary Giddins
Photo by Ben Collier

Jazz writer

Jazz writer Gary Giddins on the incomparable Louis Armstrong. [32:17]

Jay Salinas
Jay Salinas, co-founder of Wormfarm

Artist, farmer, and co-founder of Wormfarm

A look at Wormfarm where art, agriculture, community, and creativity blossom. [25:35]

Creative Placemaking in Miami
Lolo Reskin, founder of Sweat Records

Three of Miami’s cultural organizers talk about the  power of art in building community. [31:43]

John Maeda
Photo courtesy of the Rhode Island School of Design

President, Rhode Island School of Design

John Maeda: designing at the intersection of art and technology [29:43]

Liz Lerman, Part 2
Lise Metzger

Choreographer

In part 2 of our conversation with Choreographer Liz Lerman, we explore false dichotomies, including the one that opposes art to science. [25:11]

Liz Lerman, Part 1
Photo by J.S. Rosenthal

Choreographer

Liz Lerman: Conversing through dance. [23:50]

Jim 'Texas Shorty' Chancellor
Photo by Alan Govenar

NEA National Heritage Fellow

2010 National Heritage Fellow, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor talks about the great tradition of Texas fiddling. [25:43]

Debra Granik
Photo by Sebastian Mlynarski

Filmmaker

Director Debra Granik discusses her award-winning film, Winter's Bone. [24:16]

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