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Amy Tan
Photo by Bob Shonbrun

NEA Big Read author (The Joy Luck Club)

Amy Tan talks about her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, her relationship with her mother, and the art of writing. [27:49]

Carlisle Floyd
Photo by Jim Caldwell

NEA Opera Honors recipient

Carlisle Floyd talks about his extensive career in opera, including writing some of his most famous pieces, Susannah, Of Mice and Men, Willie Stark, and Cold Sassy Tree. [29:55]

David Baker
Photo by Tom Pich

NEA Jazz Master

David Baker discusses his immersion into jazz, from playing to composing to teaching. [26:46]

The Birmingham Sunlights
Photo by Steve Grauberger

NEA National Heritage Fellows

The Birmingham Sunlights discuss the creation of their group and their unique "Birmingham sound" [28:50]

Rajiv Joseph
Photo by Jessica Johnston

Outstanding New American Play selection of NEA's New Play Development Project

Rajiv Joseph talks about developing and writing his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Theater, and his burgeoning career as a playwright. [22:13]

Alan Gilbert
Photo courtesy of New York Philharmonic

Musical Director, New York Philharmonic

Recipient of the 1997 NEA/Seaver Conductors Award, Alan Gilbert discusses his first year as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. [28:49]

Rita Moreno
Photo by Richard Frasier

National Medal of Arts recipient

Star of stage and screen--and winner of just about every performance award--Rita Moreno talks about her life as a performing artist. [28:06]

Merce Cunningham
Photo by Annie Leibovitz

Choreographer National Medal of Arts recipient (1909-2009)

An appreciation of the life and legacy of one of our greatest choreographers. [22:52]

David Stull
Photo by Richard Frasier

National Medal of Arts recipient

Dean Stull talks about the latest developments at one of the nation's outstanding music conservatories. [28:07]

Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center
Photo by Kate Attardo

The Bronx, NY

Hear about New York City's best kept secret, where nature and art provide a urban unique oasis. [12:42]

Hank Jones
Photo by Tom Pich

Pianist (National Medal ofArts, NEA Jazz Master)

Hank Jones talks about his long career in jazz, including playing with such jazz greats as Charlie Parker and fellow NEA Jazz Master Ella Fitzgerald. [24:52]

Kay Ryan
Photo by Tom Roster

Poet (U.S. Poet Laureate, NEA Literature Fellow)

U.S. Poet Laureate talks about her teaching career, her reaction to that initial phone call from the Library of Congress, and, of course, poetry. [21:52]

Richard Sherman
Photo courtesy of Richard Sherman

Songwriter (National Medal of Arts recipient)

A world without Mary Poppins? No way. The two-time Oscar winner lets us in on how great show tunes get written. [29:58]

Stan Lee
Photo courtesy of POW! Entertainment

Comic book writer, producer (National Medal of Arts recipient)

Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange: Stan Lee was there at the creation. [29:56]

Olivia de Havilland
Photo courtesy of Olivia de Havilland

Actress (National Medal of Arts recipient)

One of America's most beloved stars spills some backstage secrets while discussing career highlights. [27:52]

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