National Endowment for the Arts

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The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.


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Art Works is the weekly program produced by the National Endowment for the Arts. It goes behind the scenes with some of the nation's great artists to explore how art works. New shows are posted on Tuesdays. Find out more at

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130 Pieces

NEA Jazz Masters Moments highlight the jazz greats honored through the NEA Jazz Masters, a comprehensive program of jazz support.

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NEA Literary Moments showcase writers and the literature they create through Big Read Moments, Poetry Out Loud Moments, and Shakespearean Moments.

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This series includes miscellaneous audio from our quarterly magazine, NEA Arts, shorter pieces we've featured on the NEA blog, Art Works, and sound from our series, Short Cuts.

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Quick Study--a podcast about research in the arts from the National Endowment for the Arts

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The Big Read initiative was created to inspire people to read more great literature. As part of this program, the NEA produced several half-hour audio documentaries to accompany print materials.


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Mat Johnson takes a satirical look at race and identity.

Bought by KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WNJR, and KVSC

  • Added: Feb 27, 2024
  • Length: 29:56
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Gary Bartz, Credit: Alan Nahigian
In this tuneful 59 minute podcast, 2024 NEA Jazz Master Saxophonist Gary Bartz talks about his life and career, touching on his roots, influences, ...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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Tap Dancer and 2021 National Heritage Fellow, Reginald “Reggio the Hoofer” McLaughlin tap-dancing from Chicago’s subways to stages around the world.

Bought by WDCB, WMPG, RADIOLEX, Spokane Public Radio, and KZUM

  • Added: Feb 21, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Author and 2015 National Humanities Medalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses her acclaimed first book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” and the profound impac...

Bought by WMPG, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KECG, KZUM, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more

  • Added: Feb 12, 2024
  • Length: 28:35
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Cord Jefferson, Credit: Dennis Gocer
Screenwriter and Director Cord Jefferson discusses his critically acclaimed film, “American Fiction” which is a satirical exploration of popular cu...

Bought by KMUN, WMPG, KECG, WDCB, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more

  • Added: Feb 06, 2024
  • Length: 28:27
  • Purchases: 8
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A Conversation about “From Heritage to Health:” which demonstrates how storytelling and the arts can help medical professionals better treat cultur...

Bought by WMPG, KMUN, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WDCB and more

  • Added: Jan 28, 2024
  • Length: 27:57
  • Purchases: 7
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A conversation with folklife presenter, educator, creator, host and producer of American Routes, and 2023 National Heritage Fellow Nick Spitzer.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KZUM, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, and KMUN

  • Added: Jan 21, 2024
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 5
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An interview with the co-directors of the documentary Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes. The interview paints a comprehensive picture of Max Roach's...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2024
  • Length: 29:01
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A conversation with Director of Presented Programming at the McCarter Theatre Center Paula Abreu halfway through her first season on the job!

Bought by WSLR, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KZUM, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash. and more

  • Added: Jan 08, 2024
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Huascar Medina, Credit: Courtesy of the artist
We're celebrating poetry in this week's podcast. The first Latino and non-academic Poet Laureate of Kansas (and National Council on the Arts member...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KZUM, Spokane Public Radio, and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.

  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4