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As the producer and host of the podcast series Art Works, being asked to choose five of my favorites is a little like asking someone to name their favorite child, or---in my case---favorite pet. I've done so many---well over 100 at this point---with such a variety of artists I deeply admire, it...
White Noise/ White Light by Meejin Yoon. Photo by Andy Ryan Meet Meejin Yoon, subject of this week's Art Works podcast and an award-winning architect and public artist. Working at the intersection of architecture, art, landscape, and technology, Yoon is an innovative and multidisciplinary...
Simon Shaheen. Photo by Tom Pich This week’s podcast , is a conversation with 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow Simon Shaheen , possibly the greatest Arab musician of his generation. A virtuoso on both the violin and the oud, Simon is a creative force who moves effortlessly from traditional...
This week’s podcast gives us the inside scoop on the Vermont Performance Lab (VPL), which is the brainchild of Sara Coffey. Coffey founded VPL to support the creation and development of contemporary dance, music, and performance. VPL achieves this through a residency program in which...
Washington, DC In this week's podcast , pianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Randy Weston talks about his life in music. And what a life he’s led! For six decades, he has embodied world music, traveling and performing in five continents, always listening for the...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast features Kevin Young, an accomplished poet who weaves elements from film, literature, and music into his work. His book, Black Maria , for example, is film noir in verse, while Jelly Roll: A Blues draws its language and form from many styles of music,...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jennifer Egan talks about her wildly imaginative novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad . The book is comprised of interlocking stories told in non-linear narratives that stylistically range from tragedy to...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , we talked with Linda Murray, artistic director and co-founder of Solas Nua, about the many activities of her organization and about contemporary Irish culture. In this excerpt, Murray explains why Irish Book Day is one of her favorite events [1:24...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with Valerie Boyd, author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston . And what a life Hurston led! Brought up in the black township of Eatonville, Florida, Zora Neale Hurston was creative, free-spirited, and a natural born...
Washington, DC If you’r'e interested in someone who’s garnered 45 Academy Award nominations, five Academy awards, four Golden Globe awards, and 20 Grammy awards, then tune into this week’s podcast and listen to a conversation with composer, conductor, and 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient...

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