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David Mura

Photo Courtesy of American Program Bureau, Inc.

Writer and Spoken-Word Performer

David Mura uses his considerable talents as a poet, novelist, memoirist and performer to explore what it means to be Japanese-American.

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 Sailja Patel

Photo by Heather Lewis

Poet, theater artist, and activist

With a trunk full of her mother’s saris, Kenyan author and performer Shaija Patel reclaims a lost history. [29:28]

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Sherrie Maricle

Photo by Bill Westmoreland

Drummer and Band Leader

Sherrie Maricle has played with jazz legends, leads an all-woman big band, and forges new roads for women in jazz. [29:28]

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Veronica Castillo

Photo by Michael G. Stewart

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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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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