James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Writer, Teacher, Preacher

Words — both written and spoken — were James Baldwin’s greatest gift to America and to people of all races all over the world.

Inventing David Geffen

The Draft

David Geffen reflects on the choices he made when confronted with going to Vietnam. American Masters: Inventing David Geffen, premieres nationally on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 on PBS.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Carl Sandburg Reads “Arches”

See and hear Carl Sandburg read “Arches”: an excerpt from The Day Carl Sandburg Died.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Norman Corwin: Go On Spider

The late and great Norman Corwin was from the generation after Carl Sandburg’s. Writing for radio in the 1930s and 40s, Corwin’s broadcast titles included, “The Plot to Overthrow Christmas,” a drama entirely in rhyming verse in which demons and historical figures from Hell tried to destroy Christmas, and “They Fly through the Air with the Greatest of Ease,” a gutty reaction to the Spanish Civil War. Corwin used the airwaves for morality plays–a medium to comment on society through entertainment.

See and hear Corwin on how he tried to echo Sandburg throughout his life.

Education: Last Thoughts on Carl Sandburg

Dr. Penelope Niven is the author of Carl Sandburg: A Biography and Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet. In a series of filmed interviews, see and hear Dr. Niven talk about the life and times of Carl Sandburg.