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This week's podcast introduces Lynn Hill, an Air Force veteran, author, and performer. I saw her last month, at the Atlas Theater's annual Intersections Festival here in Washington, DC, where she performed her own poetry in Holding It Down . Holding It Down is an extraordinary theatrical...
I don’t have a single childhood memory that does not, in some way, include the arts. As the daughter of an opera singer turned voice teacher and a painter/pianist/playwright and elementary educator, my early life was saturated with visual art, dance, music, and drama. I would wake on Saturday...
Last September, in opening remarks during a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the arts and aging , I posed some questions about research in this field. As reported in Aging and the Arts: Building the Science (2013), an account of the workshop, jointly sponsored by the NEA and the National...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2005 NEA Jazz Master George Wein , who has been a legendary presence in the performance world for over 60 years. In 1954, he fundamentally invented the idea of the outdoor jazz festival when he launched the first one ever held in the United States in Newport,...
Last November, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a luncheon in praise of a diplomatic tool “that reaches beyond governments, past all of the official conference rooms and the presidential palaces, to connect with people all over the world.” But she wasn’t...
In this week's podcast, acclaimed scholar and award-winning author Lillian Faderman discusses the "reconstructed memoir" she recently published, My Mother's Wars . In My Mother's Wars, Faderman attempts to uncover the emotional truth of her mother's life. Faderman knew...
As most artists know, becoming a professional isn't necessarily about talent. It's about having the discipline to spend hours in the studio, the persistence to continually audition or submit despite inevitable rejection, and having a passion that outweighs financial desires. This is true...
In this week's podcast , we meet Rachael Holmes. Holmes is a young actress of enormous talent and range, with the ability to get inside the skin and soul of each character she portrays. She moves effortlessly from playing Queen Isabel in Richard II to an upper-class doctor's wife in Good...
While it's commonplace to say that art is a universal language, there is at least one artistic field where this doesn't quite hold true, and that is literature. Unlike visual art or dance or music, literature must go through an intermediary---the translator---before it can be consumed by a...
Ask someone to name a classical musician, and they'll likely reel off names such as Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, or Tchaikovsky. Ask them to name a classical musician from the 21st century however, and the task might become a little more difficult. Yo-Yo Ma , however, is an exception. Since...

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