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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Actor Joy Jones talks about returning to the stage after the shut-down in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars.

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In this rebroadcast, Charles Yu talks about his award-winning novel Interior Chinatown and the implications of Asian-American representation in pop...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2022
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We're re-posting an interview with comedy writer and filmmaker CJ Hunt discusses his documentary The Neutral Ground which explores the struggle to ...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2021
  • Length: 27:56
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Andrew Krivak Andrew Krivak talks about The Bear a meditative novel about the last of humanity which is a surprisingly uplifting book and also a re...

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2021
  • Length: 28:55
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A look at stats and stories to help us better understand the value of art in everyday life--from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • Added: Dec 20, 2021
  • Length: 05:44
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We revisit a conversation with 2019 NEA Jazz Master composer, conductor, and arranger Maria Schneider who creates highly original and evocative com...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2021
  • Length: 28:53
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Executive Vice President & Executive Producer of NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) David Rodriguez discusses the centrality of community in...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2021
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Revisiting Kelly Church (Ottawa/Pottawatomi) 2018 National Heritage Fellow and Black Ash Basket Maker talks about sustaining and expanding an arti...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Through multi-media, Arlo Iron Cloud seeks an accurate representation of Lakota people, culture, and traditions.

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

  • Added: Nov 21, 2021
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Hill Country Blues Musician, Songwriter and 2021 National Heritage Fellow Cedric Burnside talks about bringing his musical roots to the 21st centur...

Bought by WMPG and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Nov 15, 2021
  • Length: 28:30
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