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In this week's podcast , we meet Chicago-based artist Nick Cave. Cave, whose background is in fabric arts, fashion design, and dance, is known is for his colorful elaborate sculpture/costumes he calls "Sound Suits." Sound Suits are difficult to describe; they've reminded people of...
In this week's podcast , we meet 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient Michael Tilson Thomas, who has long been a transformative figure in American classical music. Music director of the San Francisco Symphony since 1995, he helped develop that organization into one of the world’s leading...
This week's podcast introduces a little-known story about the arts and disaster recovery. Last autumn, Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeastern region of the United States, with New York City and surrounding areas hit particularly hard. Thousands of people were evacuated as their homes were...
In this week's podcast, we mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by looking at his extraordinary legacy through the work of author Taylor Branch. Branch is best-known for his landmark trilogy on the Civil Rights era, America in the King Years, which won numerous awards including the...
In this week's podcast, we meet pianist, composer, bandleader, and great raconteur, 2013 NEA Jazz Master, Eddie Palmieri . Palmieri, one of the finest Latin jazz pianists of the past 50 years, is a bandleader of both salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. He grew up during the golden age of Latin...
Text by Rebecca Gross / Audio production by Adam Kampe Every year, our audio producers spend hours interviewing the latest class of NEA Jazz Masters—this year they are Lou Donaldson , Lorraine Gordon , Eddie Palmieri , and Mose Allison . From those interviews, we collect interesting moments...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2013 NEA Jazz Master Lorraine Gordon . She's the owner of the legendary New York City jazz club the Village Vanguard. The Vanguard has hosted everyone from Mary Lou Williams to Jason Moran. A jazz haven for more than 55 years, the Vanguard passed to Lorraine...
In this week's podcast, we meet a member of the 2013 class of NEA Jazz Masters: alto saxophonist, Lou Donaldson . For over 60 years, Donaldson has played a swinging bebop---combining elements of bop with a soulful sound that is absolutely his own. It's a style of playing that earned him the...
Last week, we heard from folk legend Pete Seeger as he shared his memories of fellow musician and good friend Woody Guthrie. In this week's podcast , we continue the conversation with Seeger. Born into a family of classical musicians, Seeger was encouraged to play music from the very start. By...
As noted in this week's podcast, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of singer, songwriter, activist, and folk legend Woody Guthrie. Guthrie traveled throughout the country learning and singing traditional folk music while writing and performing his own songs, which numbered more...

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