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Photo by Lee Pellegrini, Boston College

Photo by Lee Pellegrini, Boston College

2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow

It's a tuneful podcast as we go to the heart of Irish music with Seamus Connolly.


Jane Chu

Photo by Strauss Peyton Studios

Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Chairman Jane Chu talks about her ideas for the agency and the place of the arts in her own life.


Janet Kagan

Photo: Courtesy of Janet Kagan

Art-Force Director

Art-Force: Artists revitalizing rural manufacturing.


Jnennifer Pickering

Photo courtesy of LEAF

Founder and director of LEAF Community Arts

For Jennifer Pickering, all art is both local and global and LEAF is that philosophy in action.


Dinaw Mengestu

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Novelist and New Big Read Author

The author discusses the latest Big Read pick, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, his novel about an Ethiopian exile in a gentrifying Washington DC neighborhood.


Detail from Jacob Larence painting of a soldier

Jacob Lawrence (1917‑2000).   War Series: Victory, 1947.
Tempera on composition board, 20 1/4 x 16 3/16in. (51.4 x 41.1 cm).
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Neuberger  51.19
© 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), N.Y.

This Memorial Day Weekend, conversations about Blue Star Museums and the healing power of art, Jacob Lawrences's War Series, and a poem by veteran Lynn Hill.


Adam Sherlock

Photo courtesy of Adam Sherlock

Radio Production Instructor

Behind the scenes of “Sending Messages,” the award-winning monthly podcast produced by incarcerated youth.


Sheila Black

Photo courtesy of Sheila Black


Disability through the lens of poetry. [27:59]


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.


 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]


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]


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.


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.


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.


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]