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Everett McCorvey

Photo courtesy of Mr. McCorvey

Founder/Musical Director, American Spiritual Ensemble

Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey talks about how he was drawn into the music, how he helped build the opera program at University of Kentucky, and the difference between spirituals and gospel, among other topics.  [26:17]

Mayors' Institute on City Design participant

John Hickenlooper discusses his efforts to use the arts to revitalize Denver and promote economic development and increased livability. [23:37]

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Duke Ellington

Photo William P. Gottlieb

Jazz Musician, Composer, Bandleader

A look at the Washington, DC roots of Duke Ellington and their impact on his development as a musician and composer.  [8:40]

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U Street NW

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Theatre

Washington, DC

Josephine Reed talks with a collection of local experts about the history and revitalization of U Street, NW in Washington, DC. Once known as the "Black Broadway," U Street is again a vibrant cultural place in the city, as evidenced by Arena Stage's smash production of Sophisticated Ladies at the historic Lincoln Theatre. [25:57]

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Amy Tan

Photo by Bob Shonbrun

NEA Big Read Selection (The Joy Luck Club)

Amy Tan talks about her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, her relationship with her mother, and the art of writing. [27:49]

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Carlisle Floyd

Photo by Jim Caldwell

NEA Opera Honors recipient

Carlisle Floyd talks about his extensive career in opera, including writing some of his most famous pieces, Susannah, Of Mice and Men, Willie Stark, and Cold Sassy Tree. [29:55]

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