Jeffrey Brown

  • December 16, 2016  

    Every year, Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, sorts through thousands of poetry submissions — and rejects about 99 percent of them. It’s not a success rate poets like to hear, he says, but it’s the reality in the poetry publishing industry. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Shotts about his company’s location in the small press “mecca” and why there’s never been a better time for poetry. Continue reading

  • December 6, 2016  

    What is improvisational jazz all about? Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau agree that the answer is vulnerability. Their musical genre requires players to follow one another’s lead — often letting another performer dictate the musical conversation. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Redman and Mehldau to discuss emotion in their art and why “it’s a great time to be a jazz musician.” Continue reading

  • December 5, 2016  

    This past weekend, Miami hosted Art Basel, the largest art fair in the country. The annual event draws people from across the globe: this year, 269 galleries from 29 countries participated. While the Zika scare may have suppressed attendance slightly, the festival drove plenty of discussion, including about politics and the dramatic sales growth of very high-end art. Jeffrey Brown has more. Continue reading

  • November 28, 2016  

    A 21-gun salute launched Cuba’s week of mourning for Fidel Castro, who passed away Friday night at 90. But in Miami, it was a day of celebration for the many who see the former leader’s death as the conclusion of a violent and oppressive era. Jeffrey Brown talks to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and The Heritage Foundation’s Ana Quintana about what’s next for Cuba and its relationship with the U.S. Continue reading

  • November 25, 2016  

    In his new book, “Moonglow: A Novel,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon blurs the line between truth and fiction, placing historical figures and true stories in a world of fantasy. He delves into a tale about war, family and technology in mid-century America; in doing so, he says he gives his readers “a truth,” if not the truth. Chabon sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss. Continue reading

  • November 18, 2016  

    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, created in an executive order by President Obama, permits undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to work and study here on a temporary basis. Now, many are worried that President-elect Donald Trump will repeal the action — and thus deliver drastic consequences for the 800,000 so-called “dreamers.” Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • November 11, 2016  

    Poet, novelist and musical cult figure Leonard Cohen passed away on Thursday at age 82. Not a great singer, Cohen was a reluctant performer and an unlikely musical star. But the eloquence and simplicity of his lyrics and melodies earned him a reverent fan base, as well as induction into the Canadian songwriters Hall of Fame. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at his life and legacy. Continue reading

  • November 6, 2016  

    During the last two decades, Iowa has largely voted for Democratic presidential candidates. But this year Republican Donald Trump is expected to take the state. The NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown, who is covering the Trump campaign, joins Alison Stewart from Sioux City, Iowa, to explain what has changed in the battleground state. Continue reading

  • November 4, 2016  

    Based on a true story, the new movie “Moonlight” follows Chiron, a boy growing up black, gay and poor in 1980s Miami. The film documents Chiron’s identity struggle in three acts, featuring a different actor for each. It’s a landscape director Barry Jenkins knows well — he grew up in the same neighborhood around that time. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Jenkins and screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney. Continue reading

  • October 21, 2016  

    “A Prairie Home Companion” has always been synonymous with one man: Garrison Keillor. Since his departure, the live variety radio program transitioned to a new host. But 35-year-old Chris Thile isn’t actually new — he’s been performing on the show since he was 15 and listening since early childhood. Jeffrey Brown reports on how the iconic program is changing — and how it’s remaining the same. Continue reading

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