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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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David Baker

Photo by Tom Pich

NEA Jazz Master

David Baker discusses his immersion into jazz, from playing to composing to teaching. [26:46]

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The Birmingham Sunlights

Photo by Steve Grauberger

NEA National Heritage Fellows

The Birmingham Sunlights discuss the creation of their group and their unique "Birmingham sound" [28:50]

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Rajiv Joseph

Photo by Jessica Johnston

Outstanding New American Play selection of NEA's New Play Development Project

Rajiv Joseph talks about developing and writing his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Theater, and his burgeoning career as a playwright. [22:13]

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Alan Gilbert

Photo courtesy of New York Philharmonic

Musical Director, New York Philharmonic

Recipient of the 1997 NEA/Seaver Conductors Award, Alan Gilbert discusses his first year as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. [28:49]

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Rita Moreno

Photo by Richard Frasier

National Medal of Arts recipient

Star of stage and screen--and winner of just about every performance award--Rita Moreno talks about her life as a performing artist. [28:06]

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