BILLY COLLINS: THE PEOPLE'S POET Billy Collins is one of the best-selling poets alive. Perhaps because his works effortlessly magnify the small details that make life worth living. GEMMA NEW: IN NAME AND NATURE The conductor Gemma New has followed opportunity around the world. As Tori Marchiony reports, a decade in, she's finally arrived. MING PEIFFER: NOT A "USUAL GIRL" The award-winning writer Ming Peiffer forges works for stage and screen that deconstruct her own observations and experiences of life today.
ESPERANZA SPALDING'S DISCIPLINE(S) - The highly distinguished musician, Esperanza Spalding does more than just make music, she's trying to change the world. LEE CHILD: NOT "THE MAN" - Lee Child left his former life behind to author an unlikely hero- Jack Reacher. A vagrant vigilante who reaps justice for the underdog. Over the course of the past two decades, Child and Reacher have sold millions of books worldwide. NICK PHAN: FORGING CONNECTION - The award-winning tenor, Nicholas Phan explores the world in song, merging cultures while uncovering immense value in all of our differences.
TOD WILLIAMS AND BILLIE TSIEN: MADE TO LAST - World-renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are united in vision and practice, in their lives together and in their work, a strong foundation for their partnership and their buildings. CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: CLAIMING HER SPACE - Carmen Maria Machado is self-assured and outspoken, often turning a mirror not only on herself, but on society's unchallenged biases, to create immersive fiction.
ELIZABETH STROUT: STEADY AS SHE GOES - Before she was a Pulitzer prize-winning author, Elizabeth Strout spent decades finessing her own unique narratives, often using her own upbringing as a touchstone. PAMELA FRANK: FIT AS A FIDDLE - The celebrated violinist Pamela Frank was at the height of her career when she suffered a life-altering injury. After nearly a decade, she's playing again, but now with newfound purpose. THE VERY MOVING RENNIE HARRIS - Rennie Harris and street dance grew up together. Today, he's celebrated as the pioneer of hip-hop dance theater, but it took a while before he ever got paid.
MAAZA MENGISTE: WRITING HOME - The award-winning author Maaza Mengiste writes of an Ethiopian home she left behind, dismantling preconceptions and bringing to light some of that country's rich past. DICK BOAK'S ECLECTIC ADVENTURES - Once a wanderer pursuing creative endeavors, Dick Boak followed his instincts and created a role in the evolution of the Martin Guitar company, all the while becoming an ever more skillful artisan himself. NICOLA BENEDETTI: A GREAT SCOT - The internationally renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was cast into the spotlight at age 16. Forced to grow up in the public eye, she often struggled. Now in her 30s, she looks back on those years with wry humor.
Dan Harmon Segment Title: The Mayor of Harmontown - Dan Harmon is the creator of seminal television shows Rick and Morty and Community. He's found success on his own terms, but now, as he approaches middle age, he's reflecting on how he's gotten here. Liz Lerman Segment Title: Stepping Up - Liz Lerman creates dance with purpose that fosters engagement; but, like many great creative thinkers, doubt has always been part of the process.
Ellen Reid Segment Title: Ellen Reid Packs a Punch - Ellen Reid has a lot to say. The music of this softly spoken Pulitzer Prize-winning composer speaks volumes, even when it means confronting her own worst experiences. Vikram Paralkar Segment Title: Vikram Paralkar's Universe - Vikram Paralkar would appear to be a mass of contradictions: a novelist whose work confronts mortality, a cancer physician who constantly helps others deal with death, an atheist who is married to a minister. Yet his joy for life is palpable.
Gish Jen Segment Title: The Multitudes of Gish Jen - Gish Jen has spent a lifetime navigating internal cultural conflicts, yet the best-selling novelist has found peace with a personal East/West divide that could serve as a model for all. 2 Thomas Newman Segment Title: Becoming a Newman - Thomas Newman is among the most highly respected and successful film composers. Though part of a Hollywood musical dynasty, he has created a unique musical voice.
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