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AUDIO PODCASTS

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Abraham Lincoln and Music
Abraham Lincoln was one of America's most unmusical presidents: he could neither play an instrument nor carry a tune. Yet he had a passionate love of the arts—enjoying everything from sentimental ballads to  nonsense songs, from melodrama to opera. This 3-part audio series explores Lincoln’s relationship to the arts of his time.

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Arabesque: Music of the Arab World
In this series, Georges Collinet, host of NPR’s Afropop Worldwide, explores the rich history and culture of the music of the Arab World. Arabic musicians and scholars demonstrate the sounds of string, wind and percussion instruments that directly influenced the development of musical instruments common to the modern Western world. The importance of universal musical concepts, such as improvisation, ornamentation and audience participation are discussed in the context of the Arab World, as are the ideas of musical nationality and folk tradition in the face of modern cultural globalization.

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Art/Space
How do composers hear space? What does space sound like? Is there music in space? Narrated by Roger Launius of the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, this series looks at the ways music and outer space connect.

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icon: artfully speaking Artfully Speaking: Lectures and Workshops on the Arts and Education
An occasional series pulled from lectures, workshops and other events for educators presented by and through the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 
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icon: artfully speaking Beethoven Rocks! [NEW!]
Get ready to meet one of the biggest names in music. Did you know two hundred years ago, Classical music composer Ludwig van Beethoven was the world’s most popular rock star? And guess what? He’s still BIG! This audio series, hosted by National Public Radio’s Susan Stamberg, gives you an introduction to his life and works—visit artsedge.kennedy-center.org for even more!
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icon: blues journey Blues Journey
The story of the blues travels from the coasts of Africa, through the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, across the hills of Appalachia, to the streets of Chicago and beyond. The roots of blues can be found in slave songs, spirituals, and field hollers of the American South; its sound can be heard in early rock-and-roll, and in today's alternative and hip hop landscapes. Journey with us to learn about the influences and impact the blues has had on musical culture, and how it has been brought to life on stage at the Kennedy Center.
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icon: classical music in america Classical Music in America

Nationally-recognized NPR Morning Edition music commentator Miles Hoffman (and NSO alum) takes us on a tour through classical music in the United States from the 1720s to today.

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icon: greek music Culture of Greece: The Past is Present

In this series, John Franklin, professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Vermont, explores what we know about the music of ancient and contemporary Greece, as well as what we only think we know.

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icon: gulf coast highway Gulf Coast Highway
US 90—the Gulf Coast Highway—is one of the major east-west roads in the Southern United States, knitting together communities large and small and letting music and culture flow freely from Houston to Jacksonville. This 8-part series highlights the art and artists of the Gulf Coast Highway in this series featuring Grupo Fantasma, Nanci Griffith, Beausoleil, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more.
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icon: jazz in dc Jazz in DC
In this audio series, jazz legends Frank Wess and Dr. Billy Taylor paint a colorful picture of the nation's capital when its clubs and schools were teeming with a new kind of popular music—jazz. They also provide a glimpse into the challenges and inspirations of young, African-American men on their way to a prolific career in jazz in the 1930s, during a time of racial segregation.
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icon:music in the military Music in the Military
Musicians have always played an important part in the military. This ongoing series, explores not only the history of military music, but also the diverse ceremonial and entertainment roles of musicians in the military.
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icon: page to stage Page to Stage
Taking a musical from words on a page to songs on a stage: in this series, follow along as talented playwrights, designers and directors at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts transform classic works of literature into original theatrical productions.
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icon: sounds of china Sounds of China
Chinese music dates back thousands of years and sounds different from Western music thanks to important differences in tone, musical scale, pitch, instrumentation and individual instruments. With instruments crafted from a wide variety of materials, including, bamboo, silk, gourd, clay and stone—and played in a wide range of styles, from single voices to richly melodic orchestral pieces—Chinese music is as diverse as the people who create it.
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Touchdown Songs [NEW!]
Music and football; what could the connection possibly be? But think about it, there's music at halftime, we sing fight songs up in the stands, and when isn't there music when we watch football highlights on TV? Music and football are intertwined as we'll hear in this series, narrated by Tom Hedden who composed songs for 19 years at NFL Films.

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icon: theater conversations Theater Conversations
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, in association with The Dramatists Guild, presents conversations from their two-week playwriting intensive at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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icon: words and music Words and Music: Musical Theater in America
This 6-part series is designed to introduce middle and high school audiences to the many aspects of musical theater. Using examples of the best that Broadway musicals have to offer, we'll talk about the history of musical theater in America; its structure and elements of a musical (do you know what an "I Want" song is?); musical theater's role in making social commentary, and its legacy.
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VIDEO PODCASTS

icon: steven schwartz An Evening with Stephen Schwartz
In this video presentation, students meet one of American musical theater’s most talented composers, Stephen Schwartz. Topics include his musical education, his break into show business, and the creative process behind his musicals.
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icon: culture connect Culture Connect
As a part of the Global Cultural Initiative, the United States Department of State and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offer professional development opportunities to energize the work of emerging international artists in their own countries by bringing them to the United States and providing them with instructive and informative experiences in their arts discipline, exposure to the creation and performance of world-class art, and opportunities to develop relationships with U.S. arts professionals. This podcast series captures the sights and sounds of the programís first season, which features performing artists from Venezuela, Turkey, Bolivia, Palestine, Morocco, and Indonesia.
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icon: festival of china video highlights Festival of China Video Highlights
This series, from the archives of the Kennedy Center's Education Department, brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts.
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icon: festival of japan video highlights Festival of Japan Video Highlights
This is your passport to the arts and culture of Japan as experienced through the Kennedy Center's Japan! culture + hyperculture festival (February 2008).
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icon: meet the education department Meet The Kennedy Center's Education Department
An intermittent series where you'll learn about the activities and programs of the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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icon: nobody's perfect Nobody's Perfect
Based on the book by Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast series goes behind the scenes to look at how the book was brought to the stage, including how American Sign Language was incorporated into a lively musical (ASL captioning is included in every episode in this series).
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icon: video tours for kids Video Tours for Kids
Coming to the Kennedy Center? Or just wondering what was there? ARTSEDGE, the Center’s educational media program, takes you in and around the building in this video series designed for kids and families.
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icon: the power of theater The Power of Theater
What does theater "do"? Does it matter in a contemporary, screen-driven society? This intermittent series, drawn from the Kennedy Center Education Department archives, examines the way theater impacts modern society and culture.
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ALL PODCASTS

icon: kitchen sink The Kitchen Sink
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