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This week's podcast is a conversation with 2012 Jazz Master Jimmy Owens . The timing couldn’t be better: tomorrow, we celebrate his birthday and in early January, he releases his new CD called The Monk Project (which features fellow Jazz Master Kenny Barron ). There is little in the world...
This week's podcast focuses on the improbable friendship between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Their relationship is the subject of Brenda Wineapple’s book, White Heat , which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Higginson was a prominent cultural...
This week's podcast features the executive director of the Sundance Institute, Keri Putnam, in a conversation about Film Forward . Film Forward is a program that takes ten independent films from the U.S. and abroad and presents them to audiences in locations across the country and around the...
This week's podcast is a conversation with writer Tim O’Brien about his 1990 novel The Things They Carried , which is a Big Read selection. Although O'Brien is a veteran who served in Vietnam, The Things They Carried is a work of fiction presented as a memoir. A finalist for both the...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2003 Jazz Master Jimmy Heath . Heath is a triple threat: a great saxophonist, a dynamic composer, and an innovative arranger. During his career, he has performed on more than 100 record albums, including seven with The Heath Brothers and 12 as a band...
This week's podcast introduces you to opera singer Morris Robinson. Morris is a basso profondo , who has wowed audiences at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, the Philadelphia Opera, and on and on. Given his voice (and his operatic resume), it’s a little hard to...
In this week's podcast, Wesley Stace talks about his dual career as a musician and an author. Performing under the stage name John Wesley Harding, he has released some 15 albums. But when he turned his hand to literature, he published under his real name, Wesley Stace. In his third and most...
This week's podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi , the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around the world. San Jose Taiko merges music with...
The innovative and prolific opera director Nic Muni takes center stage in this week's podcast. Muni has served as artistic director for the Tulsa Opera and the Cincinnati Opera. As a freelance stage director, he has directed over 200 productions with companies in North America, Europe, and...
This week’s podcast features a conversation with David Seidler, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The King’s Speech . The film also received the much-coveted best picture nod, as well as an Oscar for Colin Firth’s portrayal of England’s George VI, who was determined...

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