Art Works Podcast

Series produced by National Endowment for the Arts

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The Art Works Podcast is produced weekly 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 Fridays. Find out more at

The Art Works Podcast, the program that goes behind the scenes with some of the nation's great artists to explore how art works. Guests have included choreographer and MacArthur genius Liz Lerman, National Medal of the Arts winner and the man behind Marvel comics, Stan Lee, filmmaker Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), Jazz Master Randy Westin, and Pulitzer-prize winning author Jennifer Egan. You can find the current and archived programs at or by subscribing to Apple podcasts

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453 Pieces

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Caption: Angel Blue, Credit: Jack Hill
Meet soprano Angel Blue who is opening the new season at the Metropolitan Opera's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones." Composed by Terence Blanchard, it's t...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • Length: 28:44
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Reggio McLaughlin, Credit: Reggio McLaughlin
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 RADIOLEX, Spokane Public Radio, and KZUM

  • Added: Sep 13, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Ford’s Theatre commemorates the anniversary of 9/11 with Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial. We speak with Producer Sue Frost and D...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Karen Anne Hoffman, Credit: James Kelly
We revisit my conversation with Karen Ann Hoffmann Iroquois raised bead worker and 2020 National Heritage Fellow. She takes traditional art and rei...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Space Messengers Project
Arts Education and its singular role as students begin another Covid-impacted school year with Ayanna Hudson, director of Arts Education at the Nat...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Sheoyki Jones
This week is a bit different: the podcast is divided into two parts with one subject: investing in the creative economy with Laura Callanan, foundi...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2021
  • Length: 28:54
  • Purchases: 5
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Director David Henry Gerson talks about The Story Won’t Die—his documentary about Syrian artists in exile.

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Anita Fields, Credit: Tom Fields
Osage Ribbon worker, multi-media artists and 2021 National Heritage Fellow Anita Fields tells the stories of her nation through her art.

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 28:51
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: CJ Hunt, Credit: Paavo Hanninen
Comedy writer and filmmaker CJ Hunt discusses his documentary The Neutral Ground which explores the struggle to remove four Confederate monuments i...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2021
  • Length: 27:56
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Katie Bowler Young talks about the life and work of artist Enrique Alférez.

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Madeline Sayet, Credit:  Bret Hartman
Mohegan theater artist Madeline Sayet brings communities together through stories.

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2021
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Maestro W. H. Curry
Composer, Conductor, and Music Director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Curry has inspired generations of musicians and audiences with hi...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2021
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Credit: Syreeta McFadden
A Conversation with Kaitlyn Greenidge whose historical novel Libertie explores the possibilities and limitations for 19th century Black women.

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2021
  • Length: 29:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jericho Brown, Credit: Brian Cornelius
Jericho Brown talks about writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection The Tradition

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2021
  • Length: 29:38
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Michael R. Jackson, Credit: Zack DeZon
Michael R. Jackson takes us through the making of A Strange Loop his prize-winning musical about a Black queer musical theater writer.

Bought by KZUM, WMPG, and RADIOLEX

  • Added: Jun 07, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Jenny Koons
Jenny Koons talks about making diverse site-specific immersive theater.

Bought by WMPG and RADIOLEX

  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Ethan Heard, Credit: Stanley Bohorek
Ethan Heard and Heartbeat Opera re-visions opera for the 21st Century.

Bought by RADIOLEX and Harford Community Radio

  • Added: May 23, 2021
  • Length: 28:55
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Charles Yu, Credit: Tina Chiou
Charles Yu talks about his award-winning novel Interior Chinatown and the implications of Asian-American representation in popular culture.

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, Harford Community Radio, WMPG, and KZUM

  • Added: May 16, 2021
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Mequitta Ahuja, Portrait of Her Mother, oil on canvas, Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Visual artist Mequitta Ahuja joins us on the podcast to talk about how she approaches portraiture, art-making as a form of grieving, and being insp...

Bought by KWMR, WMPG, and Harford Community Radio

  • Added: May 07, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Credit: Emma Pratte
Poet and playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes explores immigration and belonging through poetry and theater.

Bought by WMPG and KZUM

  • Added: May 03, 2021
  • Length: 28:42
  • Purchases: 2