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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397 Pieces

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 Thursdays. 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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12 Pieces

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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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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Miles Davis and NEA Jazz Master Shirley Horn were not only close friends; they shared a similar musical style. They recorded "You Won't Forget Me"...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 18
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Writer Dan Morgenstern -- recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy -- has had a soft spot for Billie Holiday since his college day...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 15
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At age 15, 2007 NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods realized his dream: the opportunity to meet his idol, saxophonist Charlie Parker, at a club in New York ...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 18
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NEA Jazz Master Herbie Hancock discusses the popularity of his 1961 jazz classic, "Watermelon Man."

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 16
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Actor Ed Harris reads from John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-Winning epic, "The Grapes of Wrath." Includes commentary from writer Richard Rodriguez.

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Olivia Seward, 2007 Poetry Out Loud Washington State Champion and national finalist, recites "When I Was Fair and Young," by Queen Elizabeth I.

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2008
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Author Rudolfo Anaya discusses the importance of oral tradition in light of his 1972 novel, "Bless Me, Ultima."

  • Added: Mar 25, 2008
  • Length: :59
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Actor Stephen Lang reads from "A Farewell to Arms," Ernest Hemingway's tale of love and loss during World War I. Includes commentary on Hemingway'...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2008
  • Length: 01:59
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Thom Steinbeck, son of novelist John Steinbeck, discusses his father's unique method of encouraging his sons to read.

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2008
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Actress Mary Louise Parker reads the opening passages of Carson McCullers' moving novel about race, identity, and friendship, "The Heart Is a Lonel...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2008
  • Length: :59