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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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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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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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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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NEA National Heritage Fellows

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

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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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