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Carol Fran

Photo © Gene Tomko

2013 National Heritage Fellow

Louisiana Swamp blues singer, composer and pianist Carol Fran looks back at her 60-year career.

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Morgan Neville

Photo courtesy of RADiUS-TWC

Academy Award winning director

Meet some of the greatest back-up singers! It may be only "Twenty Feet from Stardom" but director Morgan Neville shows us just how long that walk can be.

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Brian Kisida

Photo courtesy of Brian Kisida

Researcher, Education Reform Brian Kisida

"Art Makes You Smart" and Brian Kisida co-published a study that proves it! [27:05]

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Allen Toussaint

Photo by Michael Wilson

2012 National Medal of Arts recipient

It's a music-filled podcast with New Orleans composer, producer, and pianist Allen Toussaint who combines elegance with funk. [29:29]

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Pratibha Parmar

Photo by Donald Maclellan

Filmmaker

Pratibha Parmar discusses making the recent documentary about an iconic American writer, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which can be seen on the American Masters’ website. [27:59]

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Daniel Beaty

Photo by Don Ipock, courtesy of Arena Stage

Writer and performer

Daniel Beaty's play and bravura performance in The Tallest Tree in the Forest shines a light on the artistry and activism of Paul Robeson. [31:48]

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Tope Falorin

Photo by David Fleming

Winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing

Tope Folarin becomes the first writer born outside of Africa to win the Caine Prize with his short story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church. [28:24]

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Jen Masengarb

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Jen Masengarb explains Chicago's rich architectural legacy and CAF’s role in bringing it public awareness. [24:52]

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Jeff Orlowski

Jeff Orlowski. Photo courtesy of Chasing Ice

Filmmaker, Director of "Chasing Ice"

Jeff Orlowski goes to the Arctic to film James Balog’s documentation of the rapidly disappearing glaciers. We hear all about it. [30:20]

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Kathy Connell

Photo by Mark Hill/TBS

Executive Producer of the SAG Awards

Here’s a peak at the Screen Actors’ Guild or SAG Award--the show where actors honor actors. [27:58]

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Keith Jarrett

Photo by Rose Anne Colavito

Pianist Keith Jarrett - letting the music happen. [34:27]

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Anthony Braxton

Photo by Carolyn Wachnicki

2014 NEA Jazz Master

Anthony Braxton may be considered avant garde but he embraces all musical traditions [40:50]

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Richard Davis playing bass

Photo by Ken Halfmann

2014 NEA Jazz Master

Bassist Richard Davis talks about his musical life outside of jazz -- working with folks like Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky. [30:08]

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Richard Davis

Photo by Ken Halfmann

2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis

One of the great bassists Richard Davis remembers a few of jazz musicians he's played with -- like Sun Ra, Ahmad Jamal, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, and Eric Dolphy.

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Jamey Aebersold

Photo by John Nation

2014 NEA Jazz Master

Musician and teacher Jamey Aebersold believes that anyone can improvise and he's developed the tools to show them how. [27:11]

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