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The Takeaway

Maya Angelou's Friend Nikki Giovanni Remembers the Legendary Poet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poet Maya Angelou died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86-years-old. The Takeaway spoke to poet Nikki Giovanni about her 40-plus-year friendship with Maya Angelou. "When you talk about who lived a full and a good and a complete life, you come back to Maya,” Giovanni says.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Church Wachtel Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In September, 1983, The poet Church Wachtel spoke about his third book and first novel, Joe the Engineer, with Walter James Miller on The Reader’s Almanac. The main  character is a Vietnam Veteran working as a water meter reader in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Louis Untermeyer Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Louis Untermeyer was poet and critic was appointed the fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. In this 1963 interview he talks about his close friend the poet Robert Frost and the book: The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer on this edition of The Reader’s Almanac with host Warren Bower.

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Radiolab

Wild Things Hanging From Spruce Trees

Thursday, September 05, 2013

There was a spruce tree in Stanley's garden, and when September rolled around, a family of garden snakes used it to sunbathe. They'd squiggle out on a branch, flop down and warm themselves in the sunshine — sometimes dangling in braided pairs. Stanley, envious, decided to join in ... and here's what happened next.

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On Being

Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into [remix]

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life's humor and its ruptures — and why w

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On Being

[Unedited] Kevin Kling with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life's humor and its ruptures — and why w

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Specials

I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes

Sunday, February 17, 2013

 Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians. 

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Soundcheck

Alexis Cuadrado: In Studio

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eighty years before terms like “1 percenter” and “the Occupy movement” entered our conversations, the great Spanish playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote about the inequalities he saw while living in 1930s America. Now, Spanish bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado has set those poems to music. He unveils his jazz song cycle, "A Lorca Soundscape," live in our studio.

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Talk to Me

Lovely Bones: Celebrating Anne Sexton at the Cornelia Street Café

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The poet Anne Sexton took her own life in 1974, but had she lived, this year would have marked her 83rd birthday. Reason enough, thought the actor Paul Hecht, to organize an elegant tribute to her at the Cornelia Street Café on Nov. 14.

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Thomas Lynch

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Kurt Andersen and poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch talk about artists, writers, and moviemakers who deal with the dead.

Thomas Lynch lives the real Six Feet Under. A poet and a professor of creative writing at the University of Michigan, Lynch runs his family’s funeral home in Milford, Michigan. He's ...

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Sarah Jones

Saturday, January 11, 2003

Kurt Andersen and poet and playwright Sarah Jones talk about how artists identify with their subjects.

Sarah Jones is a poet, spoken word performer, actor and playwright. She's performed her award-winning solo shows Surface Transit and Women Can't Wait around the world, including at the UN's International Conference ...

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Studio 360

Poet Donald Hall on Memorials

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Kurt Andersen and poet Donald Hall look at how artists create memorials, how we connect to them, and how long we want them to last. 

Hall has published fifteen books of poetry, most recently The Painted Bed and Without: Poems, which was published on the third anniversary of his wife and ...

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Studio 360

Inspiration in Theater, Poetry, and Jazz

Saturday, August 31, 2002

Playwright Edward Albee talks about Samuel Beckett, poet Sharon Olds reflects on John Donne, and jazz musician Brandford Marsalis discusses Billie Holiday.

(Originally aired: April 25, 2002)

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Studio 360

Poet Fernando Pessoa

Saturday, October 06, 2001

Fernando Pessoa was a remarkable Portuguese poet with a multitude of literary identities.

(Originally aired: June 16, 2001)

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