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In this week's podcast , we visit with two members of the Paschall Brothers , who are 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows. For 31 years, the Paschall Brothers have been singing the a cappella gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. The group's four-part harmony owes much to its founder,...
Here I am with Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families, at the press conference for Blue Star Theatres. Photo credit: Michael Guy, Trinity Rep We arrived in Providence last Friday morning, and were immediately met by Randy Rosenbaum, executive director of the Rhode Island State Council...
Harold Burnham's schooner, Ardelle. Photo by Tom Pich In this week's podcast , we meet 2012 National Heritage Fellow, master shipwright Harold Burnham ! Burnham is deeply committed to the tradition of shipbuilding that began and was refined in his hometown of Essex, Massachusetts. He has...
Arrowhead Stadium. Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs Last July, the Kansas City Chiefs made an unusual announcement for a football team: it issued a call for artists. The Kansas City Chiefs Art Program, which closed its submission window on September 8, will commission regional artists to...
Trailer for Have You Heard From Johannesburg , which won a 2012 Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Well, the Emmys are on Sunday, and I personally can't wait to criticize celebrity outfits offer high-brow insight into the best television shows of today. The night will...
Here's a podcast to whet your appetite for the upcoming National Book Festival : a conversation with novelist and NEA Literature Fellow, Margot Livesey. She'll be reading from her recent novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy , in the NEA's Poetry and Prose Pavilion this Saturday at 3:30 p.m...
Parul Sehgal. Photo courtesy of Ms. Sehgal In honor of the National Book Festival this weekend, we asked literary critic Parul Sehgal to reflect on the power of books in her life. An editor at The New York Times Book Review, Ms. Sehgal previously worked as the books editor at NPR.org, and as a...
In this week's podcast, we meet Albert B. Head. Search as you might, it would be hard to find a more eloquent and thoughtful advocate for folk and traditional arts than Al Head . For 40 years, Head has been pivotal in ensuring that folk art would be recognized and honored by state and national...
Brushes by flickr user Mae Chevrette Part of the reason I was excited to come to work in the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) was because I anticipated that the challenges associated with better understanding the value and impact of the arts in society would be difficult and...
This week's podcast goes backstage with John Collins, the director of Gatz. This remarkable play takes as its text F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic of and about The Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby . The Great Gatsby was also one of the first titles chosen for the NEA's Big Read program , which...

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