Art Works Podcast

Series produced by National Endowment for the Arts

Series image

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 arts.gov

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 https://www.arts.gov/stories/podcast or by subscribing to Apple podcasts

Thanks for listening!


436 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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 WMPG and KZUM


  • Added: May 16, 2021
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
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
Caption: Terri Lyne Carrington, Credit: Delphine Diallo
Virtuoso drummer and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington talks about career and her advocacy for “jazz without patriarchy.”

Bought by KZUM


  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 28:46
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Camille Dungy, Credit: Beowulf Sheehan
Award-winning writer and two-time NEA Literature Fellow Camille T. Dungy discusses her work as an ecopoet.

Bought by KZUM


  • Added: Apr 18, 2021
  • Length: 29:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Albert "Tootie" Heath, Credit: Ghylian Bell and Mychal Watts
Percussionist Tootie Heath shares the rhythms of a Jazz Master.

Bought by KZUM


  • Added: Apr 11, 2021
  • Length: 28:53
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Phil Schaap, Credit: Jazz at Lincoln Center
For jazz radio host, educator, producer and archivist Phil Schaap, the music has been a life-long passion and joy.

  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 29:03
Caption: Sally Wen Mao, Credit: Sookoon Ang
Sally Wen Mao’s poetry excavates the burden of spectacle for Asian-Americans.

Bought by KZUM and KMUN


  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 28:52
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Tana French, Credit: Jessica Ryan
Acclaimed Irish crime writer Tana French keeps pushing the genre in her latest book The Searcher.

  • Added: Mar 19, 2021
  • Length: 28:47
Caption: Nataki Garrett
Artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival Nataki Garrett speaks about theater’s year of reckoning.

Bought by Harford Community Radio and KZUM


  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Henry Threadgill, Credit: Nhumi Threadgill
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Henry Threadgill continues his work on music’s cutting edge.

Bought by Harford Community Radio


  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Danielle Evans , Credit:  Beowulf Sheehan
Author Danielle Evans discusses her recent short-story collection "The Office of Historical Corrections."

Bought by KZUM and Harford Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 19, 2021
  • Length: 28:51
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Scott Yoo, Credit: Arcos Film + Music
Scott Yoo is a wonderful guide to the music and the influences of some of the great composers of western classical music on the series "Now Hear This"

  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Wayne Valliere, Credit: Tim Frandy
Culture-bearer and 2020 National Heritage Fellow Wayne Valliere (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is one of a handful of birch bark canoe builders left in t...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis


  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 22:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rebekah Taussig, Credit: Micah Jones
Teacher and advocate Rebekah Taussig recently published her first book-- Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Tracy K. Smith, Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Former poet laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith in wide-ranging conversation about poetry, history, and memory.

Bought by WMPG and Harford Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Speak the Speech, Credit: Kate Saylor
Artistic Director of Alabama Shakespeare Festival Rick Dildine brings theater outdoors and has the audience "Speak the Speech."

Bought by Harford Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 26:46
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lora Bottinelli, Credit: Caroline O'Hare
Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Lora Bottinelli talks about the central place of traditional art and tra...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis, WFCR, Harford Community Radio, and WMPG


  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Amanda Morgan, Credit: Lindsay Thomas
Ballet dancer, choreographer and activist Amanda Morgan keeps on moving.

Bought by Harford Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: William Bell, Credit: David McClister
Meet 2020 National Heritage Fellow William Bell, noted singer, songwriting, and producer.

Bought by Harford Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 02, 2021
  • Length: 28:00
  • Purchases: 1