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This is the fourth summer that museums throughout the land are reaching out to military families and inviting them in as honored guests. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, some 2,000 museums will forego admission fees for the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard...
In this week's podcast, we meet Terry Tempest Williams. Over the course of her 14 books, Williams has been celebrated for writing about the environment in poetic language that reads like a literary text. She's been described by Donna Seaman in Booklist as an author who is, "Scientific...
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...
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...
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...
If music is a language, then Native American Dennis Yerry is a multi-linguist, as we learn in this week's podcast . With a background in jazz piano and cabaret, he has played in many clubs around New York City throughout the years, including the Knickerbocker, Tavern on the Green, and the...
In this week's podcast, we meet an indie favorite: singer, songwriter, and now author, Josh Ritter. He is the balladeer of the 21st century, creating intricately constructed folk songs with a modern sensibility. Because he is a musical storyteller with songs that sing like short stories, it was...
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...
This week's podcast takes us backstage with playwright Michele Lowe. Although it's not easy to make a living in the arts, Lowe has become a successful playwright whose work has been produced in regional theaters throughout the country as well as on and off-Broadway. Even a partial list of...
This week's podcast introduces us to Mau Piailug and his contribution to the revitalization of Polynesian culture. He is the subject of a documentary film by Na’alehu Anthony called Papa Mau: The Wayfinder . During the 1970s, a small group of Hawaiians formed the Polynesian Voyaging...

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