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Dinaw Mengestu

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Novelist and New Big Read Author

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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Detail from Jacob Larence painting of a soldier

Jacob Lawrence (1917‑2000).   War Series: Victory, 1947.
Tempera on composition board, 20 1/4 x 16 3/16in. (51.4 x 41.1 cm).
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger  51.19
© 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y.

This Memorial Day Weekend, conversations about Blue Star Museums and the healing power of art, Jacob Lawrences's War Series, and a poem by veteran Lynn Hill.

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Adam Sherlock

Photo courtesy of Adam Sherlock

Radio Production Instructor

Behind the scenes of “Sending Messages,” the award-winning monthly podcast produced by incarcerated youth.

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Sheila Black

Photo courtesy of Sheila Black

Poet

Disability through the lens of poetry. [27:59]

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David Mura

Photo Courtesy of American Program Bureau, Inc.

Writer and Spoken-Word Performer

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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 Sailja Patel

Photo by Heather Lewis

Poet, theater artist, and activist

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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