Music

Leon Fleisher & Anne Midgette: "My Nine Lives"

Leon Fleisher & Anne Midgette: "My Nine Lives"

December 6, 2010

Leon Fleisher talks about his many musical careers. The promising pianist made his Carnegie Hall debut at 16, but was struck down in his prime. He describes how his love of music rescued him after he lost the use of his right hand.

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2010

Rosanne Cash on finding her voice. The oldest daughter of legendary singer Johnny Cash has a new memoir on growing up in the context of her family legacy. She also has a new cd of what her father called essential country songs.

Hank Williams: The Man Who Transformed Country Music

October 18, 2010

In 1951, Hank Williams hosted a morning radio show in Nashville. Those recordings have just been released, shining new light on the late musician. Hank Williams, the man who transformed country music.

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

September 14, 2010

A new novel takes us from an abbey in rural Switzerland to the slums and courts of 18 th century Vienna to tell the story of a singer worshiped by opera lovers as an angel. The beauty and tragedy behind this voice.

Motown Legend Smokey Robinson (Rebroadcast)

Motown Legend Smokey Robinson (Rebroadcast)

September 6, 2010

Smokey Robinson has been called "America's poet laureate of love." The Motown legend on his fifty years in the music industry, the addiction that nearly ended his career and co-writing thousands of songs.

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking)

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking)

August 12, 2010

Rosanne Cash on finding her voice. The oldest daughter of legendary singer Johnny Cash has a new memoir on growing up in the context of her family legacy. She also has a new cd of what her father called essential country songs.

Motown Legend Smokey Robinson

Motown Legend Smokey Robinson

July 20, 2010

Smokey Robinson has been called "America's poet laureate of love." The Motown legend on his fifty years in the music industry, the addiction that nearly ended his career and co-writing thousands of songs.

Ayelet Waldman: "Red Hook Road"

Ayelet Waldman: "Red Hook Road"

July 13, 2010

Set in a village in coastal Maine, the novel tells the story of two families who experience a great tragedy that rips them apart and brings them together.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

April 27, 2010

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter talks about her latest album, "The Age of Miracles." She describes it as "a personal exploration of regret and resilience but also a ... more universal expression of wonder" of the times...

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman

January 25, 2010

Rocco Landesman produced Broadway mega-hits like Angels in America and The Producers. He explains why he's come to Washington to chair the National Endowment for the Arts.

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