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Clay Artist, 2013 National Heritage Fellow

In Translation: Verónica Castillo expands a traditional Mexican art form, the Tree of Life, to express the need for social justice in the 21st century.

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2013 National Heritage Fellow

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

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

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2014 NEA Jazz Master

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

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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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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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