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The Anthology of Rap

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This video explores how rap is treated as poetry in the new book "The Anthology of Rap."

Toni Morrison's Beloved, On Stage

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NewsHour Correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports on a stage production of Toni Morrison's acclaimed novel Beloved.

Shakespearean Actors and Experts Discuss the Bard

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Shakespeare experts and actors who have performed in his plays discuss what's special about the bard and how interpretations of his work have varied.

Career Connections | Advertising Director

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The founder and president of an advertising, design, and marketing agency talks about how his work is enriched by his cross-cultural experiences, his knowledge of more than one language, and his passion for what he does.

Roadtrip Nation Leaders: Rex Grignon

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Rex thought he had his career figured out, but when he heard about computer animation, he embarked on a new path. As an animator, Rex has been able to combine his interests in math, engineering, design, and art.

 

Use the Support Materials to access the lesson plan and student worksheet.  

Interested in more leaders? Check out Roadtrip Nation's Interview Archive for more engaging conversations about finding your road. 

La Llorona | A World of Stories

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Florida-based storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells a Mexican folktale about a mourning mother whose spirit is forever in search of her dead children. The story is told in a combination of Spanish and English.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections.

Eddie Murphy's Acceptance Speech | Mark Twain Prize

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From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy honored the 18th recipient of the humor prize, Eddie Murphy. In this clip, Eddie Murphy jokes that the name of the Mark Twain Prize should be clarified. 

'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston Steps into LBJ’s Shoes on Broadway

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Actor Bryan Cranston is best known for his role on the hit AMC drama, Breaking Bad. But he also played President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway show, All the Way. Help students analyze the arts with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from May 5, 2014.  For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.

Striking a Balance Between New and Old in Havana

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Find out why the unique architecture of Havana may be threatened by new development with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 16, 2015.

Saving Syrian Culture Under Siege

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Learn about efforts to protect Syria's cultural heritage with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 19, 2015.

MN Original | Musicians The Ericksons

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Sisters, the Ericksons, started to play music together after experiencing a loss in the family. Learn about their musical collaboration and how inspiration can be drawn from difficult experiences and times of change. 

For more MN Original resource, click here.

 

Combinatory Play: Pablo Helguera | The Art Assignment

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This week we meet Pablo Helguera, an artist, museum educator, and writer, at the Indianapolis stop of his Spanish language bookstore Librería Donceles. His assignment challenges you to give old books new lives through combinatory play.

Our Town 2: Love and Marriage

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Students examine the meaning of marriage and the role it plays in civilization in this scene from the MASTERPIECE 2003 production of the play, Our Town. The Stage Manager (played by Paul Newman) delivers a brief sermon just before the marriage of Emily and George, the two youthful protagonists of the play. The Stage Manager acknowledges that marriage is considered a sacrament by some, yet it can also cause confusion and uncertainty. See Teaching Tips for how to use the video in the classroom. This resource, aimed at ELA and drama teachers, is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection and accompanies other resources from Our Town: The Way We Were and A Good Rest.

Macbeth | The Metropolitan Opera

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Macbeth is a tale of power, superstition, and political intrigue driven by the title character and his scheming wife, whose fascinating, highly charged relationship finds rich depiction in Verdi’s ominous score. The opera highlights the ferocious royal couple’s ruthlessness in sinuously menacing music and also contains some of Verdi’s most stirring choral writing. Macbeth is Verdi’s first Shakespearean adaptation, which he wrote early in his career but returned to revise almost 20 years later, a clear indication that even at the height of his success and artistic powers, the composer considered this score to be an essential part of his oeuvre.

The Operatic Moods of Lady Macbeth | The Metropolitan Opera

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This excerpt from Verdi’s Macbeth presents the character of Lady Macbeth as she manipulates her husband and reflects to herself when she is alone with her thoughts. Students will study characters’ moods and attitudes as they are represented by their text and music. Explore the support materials below for additional background, discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout.

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