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David Lang: Vanguard of the Un-Cool
David Lang may be a Pulitzer Prize-winner, but he’ll always think like an outsider.
Clip: S4 | 6m 50s
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Open Mike Eagle: Hip-Hope
Open Mike Eagle’s “art rap” is a new style of humor-infused, socially aware hip-hop.
Clip: S4 | 8m 5s
Tracy K. Smith: Ghost Writing
Loss has shaped Tracy K. Smith’s perspective- as a poet, and as a person.
Clip: S4 | 11m 25s
Anthony Roth Costanzo: The Highs of Masculinity
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.
Clip: S4 | 9m 35s
Kory Stamper: Word By Word
Before Kory Stamper started writing dictionaries, she was just a kid in love with language
Clip: S4 | 9m 30s
Robert J. Lang: Know How To Fold ‘Em
Former NASA physicist Robert Lang has taken up the art of origami.
Clip: S4 | 7m 26s
Gothic Truth & Fiction
Goth, in all its forms, appeals to the dark side of the human spirit.
Clip: S4 | 12m 35s
Fear of the Known
H.P. Lovecraft’s intergenerational legacy of horror.
Clip: S4 | 8m 12s
Our Greatest Fear
Humanity’s greatest fear is not the unknown; it is the certainty of our own mortality.
Clip: S4 | 5m 58s
Bill Fontana: Hear, Now
Bill Fontana finds musical potential in everything.
Clip: S4 | 8m 40s
Olivia Laing: Intimate Knowledge
Olivia Laing’s writing explores the aspects of life that are difficult to put into words.
Tune-Yards: Private Thoughts, Public Person
Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards has managed to quiet the destructive voices in her head.
Clip: S4 | 10m
Jeffrey Gibson: Icon Maker
Jeffrey Gibson’s life and work are profoundly shaped by his Native American origins.
Clip: S4 | 7m 7s
This American Treasure
Author David Sedaris regales us with tales drawn from his own life.
Clip: S4 | 8m 31s
Priscilla Renea: Hits and Misses
Priscilla Renea went from YouTube sensation to mega-hit songwriter.
Clip: S4 | 10m 44s
The Nature of Art
Brandon Ballengée’s artistic practice aims to generate awareness of endangered species.
Clip: S4 Ep16 | 8m 38s
A Place at the Table
Mira Nakashima is continuing the artistic legacy of her father who was a master craftsman.
Clip: S4 Ep16 | 9m 26s
Changing Minds About Climate Change
Two artists are helping to reinvigorate the conversation about climate change.
Clip: S4 Ep16 | 8m 8s