Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece on PBS, talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about her decades long career creating British dramas. Rebecca Eaton grew up an Anglophile, reading British novels and “pretending to be the heroines.” That passion … Continue reading
Robert Hilburn talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his new book, “Johnny Cash: The Life.” “Johnny Cash talked right from the heart,” says Robert Hilburn, longtime former music critic for the Los Angeles Times and author of a … Continue reading
Ann Patchett reflects on fiction version nonfiction and the state of books today in a conversation with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown. “Nonfiction is easy and fiction is hard.” That’s according to Ann Patchett, author of “Bel Canto” and “State … Continue reading
Classical pianist Jeremy Denk spoke to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown before a recital for the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C in October. To explain the relationship between aria and variation in J.S. Bach’s … Continue reading
James McBride talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about interpreting the structures of slavery in his new book “The Good Lord Bird.” “I had to create something that would allow people room to laugh at things they can’t really … Continue reading
Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845 to stir up support for his abolitionist cause. The first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919. Sen. George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge a peace treaty in Northern Ireland. Those actual people and events are at the heart of a fictional story in the new novel “TransAtlantic” by author Colum McCann.
Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold set out to document Afghan life through the prism of oral folk poems shared mostly among Pashtun women. Seamus Murphy, the London-based photographer and filmmaker who worked with Griswold on the landay project, has been covering events in Afghanistan for 20 years. He narrates a slideshow of some of his favorite images.
For centuries, Pashtun women have traded stories, feelings and life wisdom in the form of two-line oral poems called landays. Eliza Griswold, a journalist and poet herself, traveled to Afghanistan to learn more about daily life there through the modern exchange of poetry. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at Griswold’s project. Continue reading
A study of 600 American schools conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds new teachers are being inadequately prepared to instruct students. But the report’s findings and methodology have come under critique. Jeffrey Brown looks at the study with John Merrow, NewsHour’s special correspondent for education. Continue reading
Author Walter Mosley has written more than 40 books. His new mystery novel, “Little Green,” revives one of the best-known, longest-running characters in American literature. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, Mosley’s fictional private eye, was last seen driving off a cliff.