Princesses for Boys

Young adult author Shannon Hale believes kids should have access to stories of all kinds. 

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Wu Han: In Concert and Conversation

From a young age, pianist Wu Han has understood the virtue of discipline.

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The Unsanctioned Art of Jim Garland

The beauty of water in the wild is unparalleled. Jim Garland harnesses this brilliance.

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The Information Artist

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg questions how DNA might be used against us.

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The United States of Lila Downs

Singer-songwriter Lila Downs creates music that reflects her Mexican-American heritage.

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The Mother Tongue

Finding your place in a new society is always jarring. For poet Cheryl Boyce Taylor, staying connected to her native culture kept her grounded.

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Danzy Senna's Life Isn't Black and White

Author Danzy Senna’s heritage gives her a unique perspective on race in America. 

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Context is the New Content

Progress comes from those who push against convention. Poet Kenneth Goldsmith has disrupted his field by rejecting the very notion of originality.

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The Beautiful Mind of Illmind

A model of perseverance, producer !llmind began his career in his parents' basement.

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The Irrepressible Joyce DiDonato

As opera star Joyce DiDonato has proven, the road to success is a winding one.

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Robert Janz's Disappearing Acts

Leaving a mark on the world implies permanence. For Robert Janz, art is more fleeting, like life itself.

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Andrew W.K.: The Life and Soul of the Party

Conventional wisdom would have it that partying is all about debauchery. Andrew W.K. respectfully disagrees.

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Rum, Cigars, and Mozart

The Havana Lyceum Orchestra is proof of classical music’s importance in Cuba.

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Mason Bates: Classical Disrupter

Mason Bates challenges existing notions of what belongs in the concert hall.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie's Indefatigable Spirit

Buffy Sainte-Marie's 1960s protest songs made her the subject of FBI attention. Fifty years on, she wouldn't change a thing.

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