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Ken Burns
Photo courtesy of Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker

Ken Burns talks about his most recent documentary series on the National Park system, as well as his approach to filmmaking and his attraction to iconic American subjects. [22:24]

Everett McCorvey
Photo courtesy of Mr. McCorvey

Founder/Musical Director, American Spiritual Ensemble

Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey talks about how he was drawn into the music, how he helped build the opera program at University of Kentucky, and the difference between spirituals and gospel, among other topics.  [26:17]

John Hickenlooper

Mayors' Institute on City Design participant

John Hickenlooper discusses his efforts to use the arts to revitalize Denver and promote economic development and increased livability. [23:37]

Duke Ellington
Photo William P. Gottlieb

Jazz Musician, Composer, Bandleader

A look at the Washington, DC roots of Duke Ellington and their impact on his development as a musician and composer.  [8:40]

U Street NW
Photo courtesy of Lincoln Theatre

Washington, DC

Josephine Reed talks with a collection of local experts about the history and revitalization of U Street, NW in Washington, DC. Once known as the "Black Broadway," U Street is again a vibrant cultural place in the city, as evidenced by Arena Stage's smash production of Sophisticated Ladies at the historic Lincoln Theatre. [25:57]

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]

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