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Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin: Doing the Impossible Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin: Doing the Impossible
by Sarah van Gelder
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner accepted an appointment as U.S. poet laureate so he could offer just one simple warning.
The Barefoot Artist The Barefoot Artist
A new film explores Lily Yeh's inner journey to do for herself what her art has helped do for many communities throughout the world.
Plastic State of Mind Plastic State of Mind
A video parody: Why the age-old "paper or plastic?" question shouldn't be a question at all.
People We Love: JR People We Love: JR
A former street artist makes art for humanity.
“This is Just Practice”—The Story of the Wall Street Occupation “This is Just Practice”—The Story of the Wall Street Occupation
by Nathan Schneider
There’s a lot of misinformation about the occupation of Wall Street. What’s it really about?
What a 10-Year-Old Did for the Tar Sands What a 10-Year-Old Did for the Tar Sands
by Angela Sterritt
Why a First Nations student from British Columbia is taking on a controversial trans-Canadian pipeline project—through song.
How Art Can Turn the World Inside Out How Art Can Turn the World Inside Out
In Paris, Palestine, Peru, and beyond—guerrilla artist JR asks the people of the world share their faces to transform urban landscapes into stories.
Are You a Culture Worker? Are You a Culture Worker?
by David Korten
From religion to the arts, we have more influence on culture than we think. We can use that power to expand or to limit our possibilities as a species.
A Poet Rewrites the War on Drugs A Poet Rewrites the War on Drugs
by Madhu Suri Prakash
After the death of his son, poet Javier Sicilia gave voice to the anguish of the Mexican people—and started a powerful movement of moral indignation against the senseless slaughter of the war on drugs.
At Home with W.S. Merwin At Home with W.S. Merwin
The U.S. Poet Laureate on learning from Ezra Pound, and why his plot of indigenous Hawaiian rainforest inspires his poetry today.
Take Note Take Note
VERA Project took on Seattle's youth music wasteland to create lasting opportunities for young artists.
Philadelphians Paint the Town Philadelphians Paint the Town
How art healed and united troubled communities in the City of Brotherly Love.
A Link Between Tornadoes and Climate Change? Never! A Link Between Tornadoes and Climate Change? Never!
Tornadoes, fires, floods, crop failures—they're all isolated events, right? This powerful video helps connect the dots of the climate catastrophe.
Obama’s Sister: What Our Mother Taught Us Obama’s Sister: What Our Mother Taught Us
by Fran Korten
Maya Soetoro-Ng reflects on her childhood with brother Barack, her own family and children, and how to keep everyone connected.
Life With Poetry, But No Parole Life With Poetry, But No Parole
by Spoon Jackson
Locked up for life, prisoner poet Spoon Jackson discovered life as a "melody that flowed like free verse."
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