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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468 Pieces

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 arts.gov

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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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16 Pieces

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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5 Pieces

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

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26 Pieces

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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A NEA Literature Fellow and renowned writer, Rudolfo Anaya talks about not only his acclaimed novel Bless Me, Ultima, but the influence of the oral...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2011
  • Length: 23:56
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Bluegrass legend Del McCoury discusses his 50-year career, from joining Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1960s to multiple appearances at the B...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2011
  • Length: 26:39
  • Purchases: 2
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Ed Herendeen talks about founding and sustaining the Contemporary American Theater Festival, which is committed to supporting bold, daring new work...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jul 28, 2011
  • Length: 18:27
  • Purchases: 1
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Basque writer Unai Elorriaga and Amaia Gabantxo, translator of Elorriaga's novel Plants Don’t Drink Coffee, discuss the book as well as the art of ...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2011
  • Length: 25:51
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Joel Nelson talks about how he grew to love poetry and how he writes and recites poetry, as well as growing up on a ranch and his love of horses, a...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2011
  • Length: 27:00
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Ken Burns talks about his most recent documentary series on the National Park system, as well as his approach to filmmaking and his attraction to i...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2011
  • Length: 22:24
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Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey talks about how he was drawn into the music, how he helped build the opera program at University of Kentucky, and t...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 26:18
  • Purchases: 1
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John Hickenlooper discusses his efforts to use the arts to revitalize Denver and promote economic development and increased livability.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 23:37
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A look at the Washington, DC roots of Duke Ellington and their impact on his development as a musician and composer.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 08:41
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Once known as the "Black Broadway," U Street is again a vibrant cultural place in the city, as evidenced by Arena Stage's smash production of Sophi...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 25:58