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Andy Statman

Photo courtest of Andy Statman

Klezmer Clarinetist, Mandolin-player, Composer, 2012 National Heritage Fellow

In part 2 of our conversation with Andy Statman, we follow his musical path as he blends  klezmer, jazz, blues, and bluegrass into a distinctive musical voice. [37:48]


Andy Statman

Photo by Chris Giese

Klezmer Clarinetist, Mandolin-player, Composer, 2012 National Heritage Fellow

In the first of two-part interview, musical wonder Andy Statman talks about his early musical career, including the importance of bluegrass for a boy born in Brooklyn. [31:04]


Dean Bakopoulos

Photo by Julian Goldberger

NEA Literature Fellow

Dean Bakopoulos discusses his first novel about fathers and sons in middle America's working class. [30:40]


William Wegman

Photo courtesy of William Wegman

Visual Artist

You may know him as the guy who takes surreal pictures of his Weimaraners; but that's just one strand of William Wegman's long and varied career. [28:55]


Na'alehu Anthony discusses his documentary about traditional Polynesian open sea canoeing and its significance to the revitalization of Hawaiian culture. [29:47]


Melissa Walker

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Art Therapist, NICoE

Melissa Walker discusses healing wounded service members through art at Walter Reed. [25:44]


Natalie Merchant

Photo by Mark Seliger


Natalie Merchant discusses her love of poetry.[24:27]


Maxine Hong Kingston

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Author and 2013 National Medal of Arts recipient

Maxine Hong Kingston discusses her path-breaking books. [22:55]


Jonah Lehrer

Photo by Nina Subin


Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, discusses the new science of creativity. [34:06]

Trombonist and producer, NEA Jazz Master

Delfeayo Marsalis: it's all in the family. [34:32]


Claudia Rankine

Photo by John Lucas

Poet, Playwright

Claudia Rankine discusses her play The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue. [26:03]


Benny Golson

Photo by Lisa Stein

Composer, Saxophonist, NEA Jazz Master

Benny Golson ‘s life is a who's who in jazz! [40:38]


Ahmad Jamal

Photo courtesy of DL Media

Pianist and Jazz Master

Ahmad Jamal discusses his long and celebrated career. [30:51]


Sheila Jordan

Photo by Ed Cohen

Singer, NEA Jazz Master

Sheila Jordan talks about her life in jazz. [34:48]


Sarah Greenough

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Senior Curator, National Gallery of Art

The editor of My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Vol 1 discusses the relationship of the two artists. [29:32]