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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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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Songwriter and instrumentalist Louie Pérez takes us through the 50 year journey of the legendary band and 2021 National Heritage fellows Los Lobos.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WMPG, and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 26, 2023
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 3
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Sculptor and 2023 National Heritage Fellow Luis Tapia discusses his career and his break with tradition.

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

  • Added: Sep 16, 2023
  • Length: 29:12
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What Inspires a philanthropist and an arts presenter? Interviews with philanthropist Adrienne Arsht and Debbie Shapiro--artistic director of the Ma...

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

  • Added: Sep 11, 2023
  • Length: 28:58
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Dr. David Fakunle believes storytelling is a crucial, and underutilized, component in public health.

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

  • Added: Sep 04, 2023
  • Length: 28:51
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We're revisiting one of my favorite interviews: from 2013--Behind the scenes of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Grand Championship, where art and scien...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2023
  • Length: 28:00
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Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange: the late Stan Lee was there at the creation.

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

  • Added: Aug 22, 2023
  • Length: 29:49
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Teaching artist Emmett Phillips discusses the dynamic arts education programming he creates through hip-hop.

Bought by WRGY

  • Added: Aug 15, 2023
  • Length: 29:01
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Dr Lisa Donovan discusses the work being done with support from the National Endowment for the Arts to increase access to arts education equitably ...

Bought by WDCB, KMUN, WRGY, WSLR, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more

  • Added: Aug 08, 2023
  • Length: 28:38
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Wampum & Fiber Artist and 2023 National Heritage Fellow Elizabeth James-Perry (Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah) discusses her artistic practi...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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We're revisiting 2017 National Heritage Fellow and Blues Harmonica Player Phil Wiggins who brings it all home in this music-rich conversation.

Bought by Harford Community Radio, WCPN, and WMUU-LP

  • Added: Jul 25, 2023
  • Length: 29:32
  • Purchases: 3