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Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/lFR6oG John Balaban is the author of 12 books of poetry and prose, including four volumes which together have won the Academy of American Poets' Lamont prize, a National Poetry Series Selection and two nominatio...
Actor Peter Falk died Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was best known for playing the rumpled TV detective, Columbo, for 30 years. Jim Lehrer reports.
Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/kM3HgX Brooke Gladstone is the long time co-host and managing director of WNYC's On The Media. Her new book about media and society is 'The Influencing Machine,' a comic book illustrated by Josh Neufeld.
In "Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir," author Oscar Hijuelos paints a self-portrait of an artist as a "very uptight young man." Ray Suarez talks to the Pulitzer Prize winner about how early success changed his life.
Artists Guillermo Calzadilla and Jennifer Allora designed this year's U.S. Pavilion, 'Gloria,' at the Venice Biennale, which features U.S. Olympic athletes performing as part of the installations.
Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/kSe0Jm Jeffrey Brown sits down with Gary Garrison of the Dramatists Guild of America and David Dower of Arena Stage to talk about the challenges of being a working playwright.
Read the poem here: http://to.pbs.org/iAGNKk Poet, translator and editor Tony Barnstone is professor of English at Whittier College. He is the author of several books, including "Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki" (2009, BkMk Press),...
For more: http://to.pbs.org/lweOZ8 Part-competition, part-celebration, 110 high school bands entered this year's Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition, submitting recorded performances for the judges. Just 15 were chosen. Jeffrey Brown sits do...
An exhibit at the Air and Space Museum celebrates NASA's space art program.
Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/lZZQMa During her time in Paris, American writer Gertrude Stein and her family amassed an amazing assemblage of groundbreaking art, including works from Picasso, Matisse and other notable artists. The coll...
With more than fifty gospel and blues albums to their name since 1948, the Blind Boys of Alabama have recently have something new to sing about: a country music album. For more, go to Art Beat: www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog
Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/iZlWvh Much of former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's writing has focused on American life. He takes a look back at his career with Jeffrey Brown.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/iyh2qi Michael McMillen finds inspiration for his work in an intriguing collection of everyday places and things. Spencer Michels has a look back at the unusual 40-year career of this Los Angeles artist.
For more arts stories, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ Moby, who's best known as a musician, is also a photographer. His book of photos, "Destroyed," shows a side of the artist many have not seen: his view from airplane wi...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/lFTgxD "Life on Mars," Tracy K. Smith's third book, explores the cosmos through words. The Princeton creative writing professor and poet reflects on the relationship between our lives and the universe at ...
For more poetry, visit the NewsHour's Poetry Series: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/entertainment/poetry/ Tracy K. Smith is the author of three collections of poetry: "Life on Mars" (Graywolf Press, 2011); "Duende" (Graywolf, 200...
For more from NewsHour Art Beat: http://to.pbs.org/joZXzl The latest documentary from director Steve James, "The Interrupters," follows three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence that they themsel...
Read the poem here: http://to.pbs.org/jiK6tc David Kirby is the author of several books of criticism, essays, children's literature and poetry, including most recently, "Talking about Movies with Jesus" (2011) and "The House on Boulevard Street...
For more, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ Karen Russell's novel, "Swamplandia!" centers around the Bigtree family, which runs an amusement park in the Florida everglades. But this isn't a Disney-style park -- alligator wr...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/lOlCoT The Philadelphia Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit of vintage medical posters that advertise cures for all kinds of ailments. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the advertisements...
In St. Louis Missouri in the 1950's, Pruitt-Igoe was touted as the definitive model for public housing projects in the modern era. In the new documentary, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Chad Freidrichs explores the multitude of social, economic, and politi...
Read the poem here: http://to.pbs.org/jyqob1 Heather Hartley reads "This is a fugue for the lost art of aching," a poem from her book, "Knock Knock," which was a finalist in the 2007 National Poetry Series. Hartley is the Paris editor of the li...
Longtime NewsHour contributor Roger Rosenblatt talks to Jeffrey Brown in our newsroom in a follow-up conversation about the craft of writing and his book 'Unless it Moves the Human Heart,' released earlier this year. Find more at Art Beat: http...
More: http://to.pbs.org/mLrHzP A little bit of folk mixed with some gospel undertones and a funky soul. It's not easy to find one genre to describe Amos Lee's music. The singer-songwriter released his debut record in 2005 and has been drawing a...
For more: http://to.pbs.org/m1VqAF In 2008, two young men traveled from Austin, TX to St. Paul, Minnesota to protest the Republican National Convention. The protests escalated, and the pair of friends ended up making eight Molotov cocktails bu...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/f6x7bl Brown University professor CD Wright weaves oral histories, news reports and interviews into her poetry. Her latest volume, "One With Others," looks back at the civil rights era in her native Arkan...
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Fo more, visit our Poetry Series page: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/entertainment/poetry/ Poet C.D. Wright reads from her book "One With Others," which won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for both a Natio...
http://to.pbs.org/eBD0yC Jeffrey Brown talks to Jeff Malmberg, Producer-Director of "Marwencol", a documentary that takes viewers into one man's elaborate fantasy world. After being severely beaten in 2000 and losing his memory, Mark Hogancamp b...
http://to.pbs.org/foKqil Documentary filmmaker discusses her newest film, "Where Soldiers Come From". It follows a group of childhood friends ans they join the Michigan National Guard, deploy to Afghanistan, and cope with the psychological effect...
Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/fdBnsu Erika Meitner is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program. She is also completing her doctorate in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She has ...
For more on the story, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ Jeffrey Brown talks to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, director of "Incendies,' which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
For More: http://to.pbs.org/gT5jYI Hari Sreenivasan interviews Morgan Spurlock, director of the new documentary "POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold". It's a look at the pervasive nature of advertising and product placement entire...
More: http://to.pbs.org/ggdufk Since 1999, Christian worship band Hillsong UNITED has released 11 albums, toured 42 countries and sold more than 11 million records. Art Beat sits down with the Australian group at a recent sold-out concert in Ne...
More: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ When embarking on his project "Where Children Sleep", photographer James Mollison thought about how the sleeping spaces of children around the world reveal much about their lives, and how the notion t...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/dELC69 The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday. Among the winners in the letters, drama and music categories were novelist Jennifer Egan and poet Kay Ryan, who each recently sat down with Je...
Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/gPSg8l Dora Malech earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale College in 2003 and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2005. Her first full-length collection of poems, "Shore Ordered Ocean,"...
Read the transcript here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Jeffrey Brown talks to Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his novel, "The Finkler Question." His novel, "The Mighty Walzer," is being published for the first time ...
Ray Suarez reports on a new film profiling Mary Surratt, the sole woman implicated in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the questions raised about the use of military commission trials, both then and now. He is joined by screenwr...
More: http://to.pbs.org/h1LVSh Obsession, lust, a bit of espionage, a lot of laughs, and some serious questions of ethics and working conditions are all questions raised by one man, sitting at a table for an hour-and-a-half monologue titled, 'T...
Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/e0mVth Daniel Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi Jewish American and was born and raised in Iowa. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he...
In 'White', director A. Sayeeda Clarke imagines the social impacts of a warming planet. The oppressive sun has turned melanin into a commodity, which can be extracted from the skin and sold for fast cash. Clarke discusses the impact on racial iden...
For more on this story visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ Jeffrey Brown talks to performance artist Marina Abramovic, who was the subject of a highly popular retrospective last year at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/fAWdFj Jeffrey Brown reports on the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the nation's oldest and most prestigious postgraduate writing program for elite writers and poets. The workshop celebrates its 75th anniversary ...
More about the Avett Brothers: http://to.pbs.org/htZpaf The Avett Brothers discuss music and homesickness. Last year, the Avett Brothers teamed up with renowned producer Rick Rubin to make "I and Love and You," the band's first record on a m...
Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/dPo6LY Haines Eason was the 2010 winner of the Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize from Cream City Review. He has published poems in many journals, including New England Review, Yale Review and American Letters & Commen...
Watch the interview here: http://to.pbs.org/gAlK4i Tea Obreht reads an excerpt from her novel, "The Tiger's Wife."
Read the transcript here: http://to.pbs.org/gAlK4i The horrors of the Balkan War and strange encounters with a "deathless man"; the love between a woman and her dying grandfather; the magical story of a tiger terrorizing a European village. Thi...
For more on this story, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Art Beat talks to Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman, authors of "The History of American Graffiti," a book that charts the history of the art form in the United States.
http://to.pbs.org/eHlym6 Maira Kalman's words and pictures strip history, politics and the world around her down to their most basic -- and often delightful -- elements. A traveling retrospective of her work is currently on show at the Jewish Muse...
To read this poem, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic and freelance writer. His first book of poems, "Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems" (2007) was published by the Center for Literary Pu...
In this NewsHour segment from 1999, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson talks to Spencer Michaels about the Ozarks, the setting of most of his plays, as well as his childhood.
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of R&B group Boyz II Men's first album. They discuss the longevity of their music.
For more on our story about the Iowa Writer's Workshop, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ the Alex Walton, a student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, reads a poem.
For more on our story about the Iowa Writer's Workshop, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ Jessica Laser, a student at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, reads a poem.
According to two new reports, the Taliban is defeating the United States when it comes to winning Afghans' hearts and minds with propaganda, especially through poetry. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thomas Johnson, co-author of the recent studies.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/dSJDtG Film and fashion icon Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 79. Jeffrey Brown talks to Los Angeles Times movie critic Kenneth Turan abo...
Producers of The New Pornographer's music video "Moves: The Rise and Fall of the New Pornographers" talk about creating the fake movie trailer with comic writer Tom Scharpling and several notable comedians.
Carlos Lopez Estrada and Christian Heuer talk about creative uses of green screens to create Maximum Balloon's music video for "Groove Me".
Director and animator Eric Power talks about creating the music video for Jeremy Messersmith's song, "Tatooine".
To read this poem, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three poetry collections: "Lucky Fish," "At the Drive-in Volcano," and "Miracle Fruit." She is an associate professor of English at ...
Jo Garrett of Wisconsin Public Television reports on tavern culture, a rapidly disappearing hallmark of Midwestern community identity that one photographer has set out to document.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/e7Wu7c Minneapolis playwright, director and actor Aditi Brennan Kapil talks about the global elements and role of immigration in her work. The story was produced by Angie Prindle of "MN Original" on Twin ...
Art Beat checked out the SXSW Interactive Trade Show where hundreds of companies and organizations are pitching their products. Here's a highlight of a few we spotted.
For more on this story, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ "Sun Boxes" by Craig Colorusso is a solar powered sound installation composed of 20 speakers operating independently. It's now on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Cennyd Bowles and James Box, both User Experience Designers at Clearleft Ltd discuss their SXSW Interactive presentation that compared themes in music to themes in design.
Visual storyteller Robyn Girard works to bridge the gap between deaf and hearing audiences through film and animation. Her latest project is "101 Things That Unite and Divide."
Read the poem here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Carol Ann Davis' first book, "Psalm," was published by Tupelo Press in 2007. She directs the undergraduate creative writing program at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and edits th...
Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/ff4z2d From Minnesota's Twin Cities Public Television, producer Emily Goldberg profiles the larger-than-life sculptor Zoran Mojsilov. The Yugoslavia native and former wrestler's art "expresses humanity in it...
For more on this story, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Artist Alexa Meade paints on an unusual canvas: the human body. Her striking photos and videos that show people transformed into living paintings are capturing the attenti...
Jeffrey Brown talks to actor/playwright Tracy Letts and director Pam MacKinnon about a new production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" For more, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/dLWO3I Poet Charles Wright has lived in Charlottesville, Va., for more than 27 years. For Wright, poetry serves as a sort of autobiography, exploring his relationship with language, landscape and the ide...
Poet, translator and associate professor at the University of Michigan Khaled Mattawa reads "Fifty April Years," a poem about Libya.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/fwnkrM Jeffrey Brown talks with the creators of "Parazit," a web-based Farsi-language program that combines Iranian politics with comedy in the style of "The Daily Show," an American political satire tele...
More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi of "Parazit." For more on this story, visit Art Beat here: http://to.pbs.org/ewsLo8
Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/g5spnH Laura Moriarty reads "Where Shadows Will." The video above was filmed at AWP's 2011 Conference & Bookfair in Washington, D.C. Special thanks to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
For the story, visit Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ "Day & Night" by Teddy Newton; "The Gruffalo" by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang; "Madagascar: Carnet de Voyage" by Bastien DuBois; "Let's Pollute" by Geefwee Boedoe; "The Lost Thing...
Read the poem: http://bit.ly/dHTNni Eric Gudas reads "Meditation at the County Landfill." The video above was filmed at AWP's 2011 Conference & Bookfair in Washington, D.C. Special thanks to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/h5Jy0f The NewsHour recently profiled jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, who won best new artist at Sunday's Grammy Awards. Jeffrey Brown has an excerpt of her song "Little Fly" from the album "Chamber Music...
Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/gzrk6u Gary Jackson was born and raised in Topeka, Kan. He received his MFA from the University of New Mexico. His book, "Missing You, Metropolis" (2009, Graywolf Press) won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. The v...
Read the transcript here: http://to.pbs.org/hSlmKU Part 2 of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with authors Andrew Altschul, Joshua Ferris and Hannah Tinti about the state of writing and publishing in America. Watch Part 1 here: http://www.youtub...
Jeffrey Brown talks to Richard King, who's nominated for an Academy Award for best sound for "Inception," and foley artist Gary Hecker, who's worked on more than 200 films, including "The Road to Perdition," the recent "Spiderman" films and "Maste...
When Gregg Gillis takes the stage, he's accompanied by two industrial grade laptops, thirty or so fans, and lots of confetti. It's all part of his music project he calls '"Girl Talk". For the past decade, Gillis, a 29-year-old Pittsburgh native...
Read the transcript here: http://to.pbs.org/gVcXKl Part 1 of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with authors Andrew Altschul, Joshua Ferris and Hannah Tinti about the state of writing and publishing in America. Watch part 2 here: http://www.youtub...
Charles Wright has written more than 20 books of poetry and his work has won nearly every major award, including the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.
Artist Nikita Murray talks to Art Beat about how he became an artist and why trains are his preferred method to finding paying subjects. Read more about Murray here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/
Read the poem: http://to.pbs.org/i5a282 Sarah Perrier reads "Poem in Which I Fail to Appear." Sarah Perrier is the author of "Nothing Fatal" (2010, University of Akron Press) and the chapbook "Just One of Those Things" (2003). Her poems hav...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/eiu8TB Jeffrey Brown speaks with author Joyce Carol Oates about her new memoir, "A Widow's Story," detailing her life after the death of her husband.
Joyce Carol Oates reads from her memoir, "A Widow's Story."
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/hP1nZB Roger Rosenblatt -- novelist, playwright, journalist and, of course, NewsHour essayist for many years -- also teaches writing. His latest book, "Unless It Moves The Human Heart: The Craft and Art o...
In addition to being the largest NFL stadium ever built, the Dallas Cowboys arena can boast an impressive modern art collection. Charles Wylie of the Dallas Museum of Art helped curate the permanent exhibit. Photos Courtesy: James Smith & Richi...
Writer and teacher Roger Rosenblatt reads from his new book, "'Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing."
On his recent reporting trip to Haiti, Jeffrey Brown explored the story of Haitian poets and artists surviving -- and creating -- amid the rubble of last year's earthquake.
More of Jeffrey Brown's interview with Haitian poet Evelyne Trouillot. For more on this story, visit Art Beat here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/
A performance in Creole by the group Acoustic Poetry (Poésie Acoustique) from Carrefour, Haiti. Poésie Acoustique are: Chelson Ermoza Billy Elucien, Raul Saint-Cyr Junior and Jhonny. For more on this story, visit Art Beat here: http://www.pbs.org/...
Haitian poet Evelyne Trouillot reads one of her poems, "Tanpri (Please)." For more on this story, visit Art Beat here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/
Haitian author, poet, playwright, musician and painter Franketienne breaks spontaneously into song.
Read the poem here: http://to.pbs.org/hhicDw Poet Charles Wright reads "Together."
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/b8jeko July 1, 2010 -- Writer and journalist Jennifer Egan has intrigued readers and critics with her experimental novels, "Look At Me," a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, and its follow-up, "The Kee...
Sept. 25, 2009 -- "A Gate at the Stairs" is author Lorrie Moore's sixth book, including the acclaimed short story collection, "Birds of America" and the novel "Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?" Moore is a professor of English at the University of W...
Banjo player Abigail Washburn once thought she'd be would ease Sino-American relations through traditional diplomacy. But when she brought a banjo with her to China after graduating from college, all that changed. She now bridges the two cultures ...
Photographer Alec Soth showcased his work in Minneapolis' Walker Art Center, including exhibits entitled "33 Movie Theaters and a Funeral Home" and "Broken Manual." Twin Cities Public Television profiled him, and it's part of our NewsHour Connect ...
Writer Kwame Dawes has traveled to Haiti over the past year to report on and write poems about people's experiences after the earthquake. Jeffrey Brown's conversation with Dawes continues a series of reports in partnership with USA Today and the P...
Poet Kwame Dawes reads "Boy in Blue."
Poet Karena Youtz shares her most recent collection of verses,"The Shape is Space," in the latest in a NewsHour series profiling poets around the world.
WNPR reporter John Dankosky narrates a Connecticut Public Television report on how legendary actor Paul Newman's charitable food company is still thriving after his 2008 death. The Newman's Own Foundation evolved into one of the most-recognizable ...
It's been 40 years since Garry Trudeau first drew the popular comic strip "Doonesbury." The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist speaks with Jeffrey Brown about a new book chronicling his decades of work.
The work of Kevin 'KAL' Kallaugher, the Economist's editorial cartoonist, is the subject of an exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.
More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with Gary Trudeau, creator of "Doonesbury."
Jeffrey Brown talks to rock legend Patti Smith, whose memoir, "Just Kids," won the National Book Award for nonfiction.
Rock legend Patti Smith reads from her book, Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for nonfiction.
Jeffrey Brown profiles how a leading dance company and a small western city are learning to move together through an unexpected partnership.
Trey McIntyre experiments with making dance videos to show online. The NewsHour tagged along as he shot a recent video with dancer Ilana Goldman...in three feet of fresh snow.
More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with dance choreographer Trey McIntyre.
Boise, Idaho, is home to the largest Basque population outside Spain. Earlier this year, the Trey McIntyre Project created a dance to honor that Basque tradition. Here's is an excerpt of that dance. For more visit Art Beat at http://www.pbs.org/ne...
Art Beat talks to the Books backstage at the 9:30 Club about their live performance and about the essential role that found footage plays in their shows.
Art Beat talks to the Books backstage at the 9:30 Club about ...books.
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/9bagJA July 2, 2010 -- Chuck Close is one of the most recognized artists of our era, best known for his large-scale portraits of friends, fellow artists and often himself. A new biography, "Chuck Close: Life" ...
Aug. 14, 2009 -- Two weddings, one very large mid-life crisis and a lot of calamity. The novel, "That Old Cape Magic," tells the story of English professor Jack Griffin, who is caught between childhood memories and unfulfilled promise, all coming ...
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Jeffrey Brown sits down with long-time 'National Geographic' photographer William Albert Allard to discuss his 47-year career as a photo journalist. All images (c) William Albert Allard.
Is rap music a form of lyric poetry? A new anthology, published by Yale University Press, makes the case. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Common talks to Jeffrey Brown about the new "Anthology of Rap"
Jeffrey Brown talks to filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, Director of "All Good Things."
Jeffrey Brown talks to Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim about his life, career and the art of writing music, lyrics and rhymes that stand the test of time.
Jeffrey Brown talks to master lyricist Stephen Sondheim about his new book, "Finishing the Hat."
Voices of Destiny from Greater Zion Church Family perform "My Time for God's Favor" at How Sweet the Sound in Washington, D.C.
The Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church's Men of Valor choir perform at How Sweet the Sound at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
For our Weekly Poem, U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin reads "The Nomad Flute."
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/9oS7xs July 9, 2010 -- Army Ranger Pat Tillman died in April 2004 in Afghanistan. Initially, the Army said the former NFL star was killed by enemy fire. Five weeks later, it was revealed that Tillman died fro...
Rosanne Cash sings "Seven Year Ache."
Rosanne Cash sings "Girl From the North Country."
Actress Phylicia Rashad and playwright Marcus Gardley discuss the Arena Stage production of "every tongue confess."
As part of our NewsHour Connect series showcasing public media from around the nation, we follow Minneapolis photographer Alec Soth as he prepares an exhibit of his work at the Walker Art Center.
David Ward, a historian at the National Portrait Gallery, describes the motivation behind a current exhibition called "Hide/Seek," which examines modern American portraiture through the lens of gender and sexuality.
Jeffrey Brown talks to hip hop pioneer Kurtis Blow about a new anthology that pays homage to American rap music.
A creative art program started by Save the Children in Mozambique tries to reach children who have lost parents or relatives to AIDS.
Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org: http://www.amara.org/en/v/BFxM/ Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/bE90Os Aug. 7, 2010 -- In his book, "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," author Nicholas Carr looks t...
Aug. 21, 2009 -- James Gavin, who has written books about jazz musician Chet Baker and the golden age of Cabaret in New York, is the author of a new biography on Lena Horne. "Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne" looks at her career and the ofte...
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/9Y9MQS Aug. 20, 2010 -- In her new movie, "A Film Unfinished," Israeli filmmaker Yael Hersonski attempts to put together a fuller understanding of a found Nazi film's purpose and production, challenging our un...
July 10, 2009 -- For his book "Netherland," author Joseph O'Neill had a unique vantage point to explore the now-familiar literary terrain of post-9/11 New York. Not well known to most American readers, New York City's cricket-playing community is ...
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/bxB0aB Oct. 1. 2010 -- First a bestselling book, then a popular blog and a public radio show, the phenomenon that is "Freakonomics" is the brain child of University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and journ...
July 17, 2009 -- The painted human figure was the subject of an exhibition called "Paint Made Flesh," which originated at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. The show features works from the 1950s to today by 33 artists who offer an...
Terrance Hayes, a poet and professor at Carnegie Mellon University, won the National Book Award earlier this week. Here, he reads a poem from his award-winning volume called "Lighthead."
The documentary "Waste Land" follows artist Vik Muniz as he travels to the world's largest garbage dump and creates portriats of those who work there. Jeffrey Brown talks with filmmaker Lucy Walker for the PBS NewsHour's Art Beat.
Oct. 6, 2010 -- Christopher Janney, a trained architect and a longtime musician, creates public works that combine his two passions, bringing art to people in the places where they make their everyday lives.
June 12, 2009 -- Historian Simon Schama is well-known for his books and television documentaries on art and a wide range of other subjects. A native of England, he's lived and taught in the United States for several decades, currently at Columbia ...
May 22, 2009 -- Soul music began in the late-1950s and never really died, but in recent years there seems to be something of a revival underway. One center of that movement is the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Daptone Records and its most prominent voice, ...
Photographer Tim Hetherington has collected his images of American soldiers serving in the war in Afghanistan in a book called "Infidel."
Photographer Tim Hetherington, whose new book is called "Infidel," talks about Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/cDlXgQ The Egyptian ruler Cleopatra died more than 2,000 years ago, but still has a powerful presence today. Jeffrey Brown has a conversation with Pulitzer-prize winning author Stacy Shiff about her new b...
Stacy Schiff reads from her book, "Cleopatra: a Life."
March 20, 2009 -- It looks like an ordinary American comic book; heroes wear brightly colored costumes and use their bulging muscles to conquer the forces of evil. But look again -- one of the superheroes is wearing a burka. These are superheroes ...
New Yorker music critic Alex Ross' new book is "Listen to This." His previous book, "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century," won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Dec. 31, 2008 -- Peter Matthiessen, a 2008 National Book Award winner, is best known as both a novelist and non-fiction writer, but he's also an environmental activist and American Indian rights advocate. Jeffrey Brown talks to the award-winning a...
Dec. 15, 2008 -- Since the release of his first novel, "The Yacoubian Building," in 2002, Alaa al Aswany has catapulted to the Arab-speaking world's best-selling fiction writer. His latest book, "Chicago," traces the lives of Egyptian emigres in p...
Mike Birbiglia comedy has landed him gigs on Comedy Central and made him a regular on PRI's "This American LIfe":http://www.thisamericanlife.org/. He uses "Twitter":http://twitter.com/#!/birbigs to riff with fans and has been developing material o...
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/cSufnY Art21's latest film on PBS is "William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible." Kentridge, a South African artist, is well known for his wide dynamic range of works: charcoal drawings, animations, video instal...
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/dkyIWw One of this year's MacArthur Foundation fellows is Sebastian Ruth, founder and artistic director of Community MusicWorks.
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/bLSzYJ Four narrators weave their own stories investigating the effects of loss, loneliness and deep uncertainty in Nicole Krauss' novel, "Great House," which is a finalist for the National Book Award.
Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/cHg2iM Elizabeth Turk is a sculptor who can seemingly turn marble into lace. She studied at Scripps College and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibiti...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/amYw4h Jeffrey Brown profiles Esperanza Spalding, the young jazz phenomenon who pulls double duty on stage by playing the bass and singing. The classically-trained bassist has made appearances at the Whit...
Esperanza Spalding performs "Little Fly."
Jeffrey Brown talks to Esperanza Spalding about her song, "Little Fly."
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/aApYB3 Jeffrey Brown has a conversation with W.S. Merwin who was appointed as the 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by The Library of Congress.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/9EV6X5 Jeffrey Brown talks to producer and director Judd Apatow about his high success with low comedy. Apatow was the force behind mega hit films such as 'The 40-year-old Virgin' and 'Knocked Up'.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/aYSEtp Jeffrey Brown talks to Haitian-American Author Edwidge Danticat about her new book 'Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work', written after the earthquake in her homeland. Danticat who liv...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/cALajS Filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari looked at California foreclosures through a different lens by concentrating on the crisis in some off-beat places.
Once a student and teacher, violinist Hillary Hahn and composer Jennifer Higdon have been teaming together to play Pulitzer-winning music.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/aVyP15 Jeffrey Brown talks to novelist Jonathan Franzen who was recently on the cover of Time Magazine with the headline "Great American Novelist." The author talks about his new book "Freedom."
Hilary Hahn plays Sarabande in D minor by Bach.
Jeffrey Brown talks to stone carver Nicholas Benson, a 2010 MacArthur Fellow.
Art can be a fickle market. Expected to earn $10 million to help pay back creditors, the art collection of the former investment bank Lehman Brothers auctioned for well over $12 million at Sotheby's in New York. And that was just the first rou...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/dmHUZk Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is set to donate $100 million to the Newark, N.J., school system as a new movie comes out documenting the rise of the social networking site. Ray Suarez has more.
Two years to the month after the titan of Wall Street declared bankruptcy, Lehman Brother's extensive and diverse art collection is headed to the titans of the auction block: Sotheby's of New York and Christie's of London. The art was collected by...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/bk6SGU Author Gary Shteyngart takes a satirical approach to the economic meltdown in America, combined with a love story in a world of tech-crazy savages in his new novel "Super Sad True Love Story." Jeff...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/9VQQ0v Jeffrey Brown catches up with music legend Herbie Hancock, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year and is touring in support of his latest album "The Imagine Project."
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/br1fZT As a part of the NewsHour's poetry series, Jeffrey Brown talks to Texas-based writer Austin Kleon who creates poetry inspired by newspapers. Kleon's first book "Newspaper Blackout" was published th...
Jeffrey Brown has an update on musician Michael White who continues his effort to keep a musical tradition strong, five years after Katrina.
Built in 1914 and originally named Hurtig and Seamon's New Burlesque Theatre, Harlem's famous [Apollo Theater](http://www.apollotheater.org/) first catered to whites only. However, ownership changed hands in 1934 and a new era in black entertainme...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/9llUaE A museum in Indianapolis is attracting visitors inside and out. Jeffrey Brown reports on the Midwest museum that puts a new face on art and nature.
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/ajcBkH Singer Rosanne Cash, daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, speaks with Jeffrey Brown about her book "Composed" and performs a song.
Jeffrey Brown talks to rock superstar Sting about his newest musical challenge: performing with a 45-piece orchestra.
Abigail and Lily Chapin have been singing and performing together since they can remember. Growing up in a family surrounded by musicians, they probably couldn't help it.Lily and Abigail Chapin Their father, Tom Chapin, is a three-time Grammy A...
Read the transcript: http://to.pbs.org/d7XlJ4 Mark Twain's autobiography is set to be published for the first time, 100 years after the famous author and humorist's death. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the soon-to-be-published manus...
As West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd is laid to rest Tuesday, Art Beat looks back at the statesman's musical side, which shone through in his fiddling prowess. A former Byrd staffer, a professor and former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens discuss how playi...
Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/czuElQ Six weeks after record floods devastated Nashville, the city is making a comeback. Jeffrey Brown examines the rebuilding efforts of its citizens and its vibrant music industry.
Dave Rawlings, longtime producer and songwriting partner to Bluegrass star Gillian Welch, takes center stage for a new incarnation of their musical partnership. Art Beat talks to Rawlings while on tour promoting their latest album, "A Friend of a ...
Paul Solman reports on a new show in New York that attempts to recreate the green spaces that inspired the writings of famously-reclusive poet Emily Dickinson.
After the theft of five valuable paintings from a Paris museum, Jeffrey Brown talks to art security and recovery consultant Robert Wittman about the black market for stolen art and security measures that could help protect valuable artifacts.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs his song 'The Curse' off his latest album, So Runs the World Away.
Aboard his tour bus in promotion of his latest album So Runs the World Away, Josh Ritter described his style of songwriting and why he uses classic literature for inspiration.
Legendary jazz singer and actress Lena Horne, who broke racial barriers in the entertainment industry, died Sunday in New York at age 92. Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at her career.
OK Go's Damian Kulash stopped by our newsroom to talk about his band and the future of the music industry.
A Broadway musical about the fall of the disgraced Enron Corporation is closing after just 15 performances, following a hugely successful London run. Jeffrey Brown reports on the tepid reaction to the play from U.S. critics and audiences.
Singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant sets poetry to music in her newest studio album, looking at childhood through the works of poets such as E.E. Cummings, Robert Graves and even Mother Goose. Jeffrey Brown reports on the unusual melding of art...
Correspondent Spencer Michels has the story of political cartoonist Mark Fiore, the first Internet animator to win the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning, and the occasional controversy sparked by his stinging political wit.
The NBA's larger-than-life Shaquille O'Neal is making his mark on the art world with a new exhibit of art both large and small. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the "Size Does Matter" exhibit that the basketball star helped curate.
Movies like this year's 3-D blockbuster "Avatar" feature high-tech effects. Are these new techniques the next phase in film production or just gimmicks? Jeffrey Brown reports on the future of film.
Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is shining another kind of spotlight on Olympic Vancouver. Internet participants can help program 10 different 10,000-watt searchlights as part of the installation called "Vectorial Elevation."
Panamanian salsa musician and actor Ruben Blades has been known to blend social issues like poverty and corruption into his music, but he also mixes art and advocacy in his work as a lawyer and public official. Jeffrey Brown reports.