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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...
Meet Delfeayo Marsalis , one of the top trombonists and producers working in jazz today, and the third musical son in the acclaimed Marsalis family. (And for you trivia lovers, the Marsalis family has received the one and only group NEA Jazz Masters Award .) Performing internationally with some of...
This week's podcast begins our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month with a conversation with legendary pianist and 1994 NEA Jazz Master, Ahmad Jamal . Jamal plays the piano with both subtley and virtuosity. As Miles Davis put it, Jamal allowed the "music to breath," and this use of...
This week's podcast is the perfect bridge between Women’s History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month: it’s a conversation with legendary singer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Jordan grew up with her grandparents in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country. In high school,...
This week's podcast features the award-winning writer of crime fiction, Laura Lippman. Lippman began her writing career as a journalist, and worked at the Baltimore Sun for 12 years. She credits her time with her hometown paper for revealing a city she had never seen growing up. She understood...
This week's podcast presents Aditi Brennan Kapil whose play, Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Story was selected in 2010 for the NEA’s New Play Development Program. Set in a large, unnamed American city, the play explores the experiences of a Liberian home-care provider, a former Bulgarian...
This week's podcast is a talk with award-winning director Stanley Nelson, who’s known for his documentaries about critical historical subjects such as Jonestown and Emmett Till. His recent film, Freedom Riders , continues that exploration. Freedom Riders tells the story of the...
Meet Robert Battle. He just completed his first season as artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and is only the third artistic leader since Alvin Ailey began the company in 1958. The great dancer Judith Jamison picked up the mantle in 1989 and led the company for two decades...
This week's podcast is a lively conversation with Meredith Monk, who has been an innovative artistic force for over 45 years. Moving among the disciplines of voice, dance, theater, and film with fluidity and ease, Monk continues to enchant and surprise. “I work in between the cracks,...
This week's podcast is the second half of our conversation with legendary drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette . DeJohnette's wide-ranging style makes him a dynamic sideman and bandleader, and he has played with virtually every major jazz figure from the 1960s to the present day...

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