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NEA Chairman Jane Chu talks about her ideas for the agency and the place of the arts in her own life.
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The author discusses the latest Big Read pick, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, his novel about an Ethiopian exile in a gentrifying Washington DC neighborhood.
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In her memoir Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward attempts to understand the links in the untimely deaths of her brother and four friends.
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The DC Youth Slam Team is an award-winning internationally acclaimed poetry group. Listen to their poems and find out how it all comes together.
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Elizabeth McCracken gives us her take on the differences in writing novels, short stories, and tweets.
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Julie Otsuka’s first novel When the Emperor Was Divine explores her family’s history in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
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Disability through the lens of poetry. [27:59]
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David Mura uses his considerable talents as a poet, novelist, memoirist and performer to explore what it means to be Japanese-American.
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With a trunk full of her mother’s saris, Kenyan author and performer Shaija Patel reclaims a lost history. [29:28]
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Pratibha Parmar discusses making the recent documentary about an iconic American writer, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which can be seen on the American Masters’ website. [27:59]