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Art Works Podcast

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts podcast that goes behind the scenes with some of the nation’s great artists to explore how art works.

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In this 2015 podcast, quilter, curator, and National Heritage Fellow Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi takes us through her own history with quilts and quilting. She discusses her first career as an aerospace engineer and then her discovery of quilts, especially African-American narrative quilts. She talks about her own process for quilt-making, her work as a curator-- including the exhibit of narrative quilts "And Still We Rise" which traces 400 years of African American history, her founding in 1985 the Women of Color Quilters Network, her determination to carve out a place for African American quilts in American cultural history, and her ground-breaking book. Let us know what you think about Art Works—email us at artworkspod@arts.gov.

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Author and MIT physicist Dr Alan Lightman is the co-writer and host of the new PBS series “Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science.” In this podcast, Dr. Lightman discusses the experience that led to him to write the book Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, why he agreed to develop the book into a series, his explorations with scientists, philosophers, and religious leaders around the question: how do we find meaning in an age of science. He also discusses his own dual trajectory—a student who won both science awards and poetry prizes, a man who has had two successful careers as a distinguished physicist and an accomplished novelist, (his best-selling novel Einstein’s Dreams puts the readers inside Albert Einstein’s mind imagining possible worlds as he discovers the theory of relativity), the similarities between scientific and artistic creativity, the aesthetics that can drive scientific inquiry, the role of art as a meaning-maker, and the artistry and collaboration involved in making the series Searching.

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