Around the Nation

BY Lauren Knapp  June 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM EST

A roundup of recent arts and culture stories from public broadcasting stations around the nation.

NETnebraska starts with a finished ceramic sculpture and works backwards to see how Lincoln ceramicist Ryan LeBar creates his intricate abstract pieces:

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Skateboarder and artist Chris Leyack used inspiration from a creek and its many fossils to create the “Iron Wave” and “Trilobite Shade,” via KUT:

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Need to Know’s Alex Nikolchev talks to playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac about his most recent work, “The Walk Across America for Mother Earth,” which is based on Mac’s nine-month protest walk from New York to a Nevada nuclear test site:

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“Kings of Pastry” follows top chefs as they compete for top honors in the elite Meilleurs Ouvriers competition. Listen to an interview with the people behind the documentary, which is airing on POV:

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