Folk & Traditional Arts

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Jim 'Texas Shorty' Chancellor

Photo by Alan Govenar

NEA National Heritage Fellow

2010 National Heritage Fellow, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor talks about the great tradition of Texas fiddling. [25:43]

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Sean Wilentz

Photo by Daniel Kramer

Author

Here's part 2 of our conversation with Sean Wilentz, author of Bob Dylan in America. [28:26]

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Sean Wilentz

Photo by Daniel Kramer

Author

Sean Wilentz discusses his biography of 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan in America. [28:33]

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Valerie Boyd

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Biographer

Biographer Valerie Boyd talks about the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston. [28:17]

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Mary Jackson

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NEA National Heritage Fellow

NEA National Heritage fellow Mary Jackson talks about the art and tradition of sweetgrass basketmaking. [22:52]

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Isabel Wilkerson

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Author

Isabel Wilkerson talks about her book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, focusing on the transfer of Southern culture to the North, creating a new, vibrant culture in the country. [25:33]

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Shirley Sneve

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Executive Director, Native American Public Telecommunications, Lincoln, NE

Shirley Sneve talks about the mission of the Native American Public Telecommunications organization, which shares stories of Native American people through the creation, promotion, and distribution of Native media on television and radio. [27:33]

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Chuck Brown

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NEA National Heritage Fellow

Musician Chuck Brown talks about his career, from honing his chops in prison in Lorton, Virginia, to developing his own musical genre in DC: go-go music. [28:49]

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Judy McCulloh

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NEA National Heritage Fellowship

Awarded the 2010 Bess Lomax Hawes Award for the preservation of cultural heritage, Judith McCulloh talks about her extensive work as a folklorist and editor at the University of Illinois Press.   [24:04]

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Mike Rafferty

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NEA National Heritage Fellow

Mike Rafferty talks about growing up in East Galway, Ireland, and learning flute playing from his father, as well as coming to America and eventually returning to Irish music in his 50s as both a performer and teacher. [26:37]

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