Jeffrey Brown

  • September 8, 2017  

    Artist Dale Chihuly has become synonymous with reimagining what glass can do. Having long ago stopped blowing glass himself, at 75, he heads an art world enterprise at his Seattle studio. But using a team of artists to create his works has also raised questions over who is really making his art. Jeffrey Brown visits Chihuly at his studio to discuss his career, his mental health and more. Continue reading

  • September 7, 2017  

    For the first time since 1981, all four women’s U.S. Open semifinalists are American. But it’s a different story for their male counterparts, who haven’t won the semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2003. It’s a long drought that American tennis officials are determined to end. Jeffrey Brown reports on why the U.S. is losing its competitive advantage in the world of men’s tennis. Continue reading

  • September 4, 2017  

    Considered one of the country’s most influential poets, John Ashbery died Sunday at the age of 90. He was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Jeffrey Brown revisits his conversation with Ashbery from 2007, where he spoke about his poetry and his journey from being unknown to one of the great poets of our era.
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  • September 1, 2017  

    Offa Rex — a transatlantic collaboration of the English singer Olivia Chaney and the American indie rock band The Decemberists — is putting a modern twist on traditional folk songs that were previously revived in the 1960s and ‘70s. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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  • August 28, 2017  

    Documentary filmmakers Margaret Byrne and Ian Kibbe spent six years following the lives of three young African-American men in rural North Carolina. The resulting documentary, “Raising Bertie” offers an intimate look at how they navigate school and generational poverty. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the filmmakers about this coming-of-age story. Continue reading

  • January 20, 2017  

    While many people ventured to the National Mall on Friday to cheer the new president, other groups were not so celebratory. Protests erupted across Washington, D.C., as opponents of President Trump expressed their disapproval, sometimes clashing chaotically with police and leaving damage in their wake. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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  • January 12, 2017  

    A “Wind Sculpture” by visual artist Yinka Shonibare MBE was recently installed in front of the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. It’s the seventh in Shonibare’s series of vibrantly colored and patterned public artworks that are made of fiberglass, but look like cloth. Jeffrey Brown talks to Shonibare about his interest in depicting globalization and what he asks of his viewers. Continue reading

  • December 30, 2016  

    What were the best songs and biggest musical trends of 2016? Jeffrey Brown sits down with Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Ann Powers to discuss their top picks. Continue reading

  • December 27, 2016  

    What were the best books of 2016? Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with best-selling authors Jacqueline Woodson and Daniel Pink at popular Washington, D.C., bookstore Politics and Prose to discuss their picks. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2016  

    In September 1971, Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York became the site of a bloody uprising that would shock the nation. Over several days, some 1,300 inmates seized parts of the prison, demanding better living conditions. Heather Ann Thompson documents the untold story in her new book, “Blood in the Water,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the truth about the riot’s violent end. Continue reading

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