Poetry

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

July 2, 2014

A conversation with Natalie Merchant about her new album, her first release of original music in 13 years.

Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today" (Rebroadcast)

January 1, 2014

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet ever. He is also the first immigrant, first Latino and first openly gay man chosen for the honor. His journey from Cuban immigrant in Miami to inaugural poet for President Obama.

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems" (Rebroadcast)

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems" (Rebroadcast)

December 25, 2013

Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America. The former U.S. Poet Laureate on his new collection, how he writes a poem and his efforts to bring poetry to public spaces.

Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today"

November 19, 2013

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet ever. He is also the first immigrant, first Latino and first openly gay man chosen for the honor. His journey from Cuban immigrant in Miami to inaugural poet for President Obama.

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

October 22, 2013

Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America. The former U.S. Poet Laureate on his new collection, how he writes a poem and his efforts to bring poetry to public spaces.

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (Rebroadcast)

May 27, 2013

Natasha Trethewey says there’s a poem out there for everyone. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. She joins Diane to discuss what she hopes to accomplish as the U.S. Poet Laureate.

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

January 23, 2013

Natasha Trethewey says there’s a poem out there for everyone. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. She joins Diane to discuss what she hopes to accomplish as the U.S. Poet Laureate.

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.

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.

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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