Tastemaker in Chief

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and President Obama charm the cast of "Hamilton"

President Obama’s election represented a big moment of hope for the arts community, but has he lived up to their expectations? As the Obama administration comes to an end, Kurt looks back on the past eight years and the Obamas’ legacy in the arts and culture realm. Geoff Edgers of the Washington Post, Dana Miller, formerly of The Whitney Museum of American Art, and jazz musician Bobby Watson share their thoughts on President Obama as policy-maker, performer, pop-culture ambassador, and art lover.

Music Playlist

  1. The Light

    Artist: Common
    Album: Like Water for Chocolate
    Label: Geffen
  2. Ophelia

    Artist: The Lumineers
    Album: Cleopatra
    Label: Dualtone Music
  3. King Kunta

    Artist: Kendrick Lamar
    Album: To Pimp A Butterfly
    Label: Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath Records
  4. Tightrope

    Artist: Janelle Monae
    Album: The ArchAndroid
    Label: Atlantic Records