"Articulate with Jim Cotter" Begins February 10
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A new season of the Emmy®-winning series begins Sunday afternoons. The arts program, hosted by Jim Cotter, explores how creative thinkers help shape our understanding of the world. The all-star lineup features authors, dancers, sculptors, poets, musicians, a world-famous conductor, and an award-winning architect.
Sundays, beginning February 10, at 5:30 p.m. on Nine PBS.
Season 4 Episode Guide:
The Outsiders - February 10
David Sedaris finally gets what he’s always wanted. Singer-songwriter Priscilla Renea is indefatigable, and she’s doing things her way. Jeffrey Gibson’s life and work are profoundly shaped by his Native American origins.
It’s All between Their Ears - February 17
Olivia Laing’s writing explores the aspects of life that are most difficult to put into words. Bill Fontana finds musical potential in everything. Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards quiets the destructive voices in her head.
Redefining “Possible” - February 24
When countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo sings, he confounds expectations of how a man should sound. Long before Kory Stamper started writing dictionaries, she was just a kid in love with language. Former NASA physicist Robert J. Lang finds a natural fit for his mathematical mind in the ancient art of origami.
Roads Less Traveled - March 24
Loss has shaped Tracy K. Smith’s perspective: as a poet, and as a person. Composer David Lang may be a Pulitzer Prize winner, but he’ll always think like an outsider. Open Mike Eagle calls his music “art rap”—a new style of humor-infused, socially aware hip-hop.
Journeys in Time & Space - March 31
There’s an epic poem that has survived re-reading longer than the Bible and Shakespeare—but why? In high school, Kaki King was too scared to have actual relationships…but she could be in your band. Writing a graphic memoir about her family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam helped Thi Bui heal.
As If by Fate - April 14
Erika Sanchez writes for young adults who are like she was at their age—a complex, confused outsider. Masatoshi Izumi’s family’s relationship with stone goes back hundreds of years. Misery may love company, but Shawn Colvin isn’t picking up the phone.
The Wildest Dreamers - April 21
Taylor Mac prefers his theater flawed. Readers never want to leave Holly Black’s fantastic, enchanted realms. Vieux Farka Touré was drawn to music because of his father, but pursued it in spite of him.
Articulatein San Francisco - April 28
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a master wordsmith and a curator of ideas. He discusses his quest for a better world and shares the poems he hopes might help us get there.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one-of-a-kind in the world of conducting. Type designer Tobias Frere-Jones disagrees with your first-grader teacher. Hayley Kiyoko’s “overnight success” was a lifetime in the making.
Experiments Gone Right
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Balkrishna Doshi learned a lot about his craft as a bedridden 10-year-old. Actor/writer/director Josh Radnor and singer-songwriter Ben Lee were friends for a decade before they decided to make music together. Amy Seiwert is constantly pushing against boundaries—seen and unseen.
On first listen, the music of They Might Be Giants can come across as lighthearted, even glib. Don’t be fooled. Sylvia Plath should be remembered as more than a poster girl for despair. An artist falls in love with an engineer. Perspectives shift.
The Pursuit of New Truths
For Hélène Grimaud, music has been both a profession and a salvation. Sarah Williams Goldhagen is on a crusade to fix architecture, now. Scott McCloud understands comics.
Cellist David Finckel’s life is filled with love— for his instrument, for his wife and collaborator, Wu Han, and for the music he shares with us all.
Goth appears to our dark side; but even in the shadows, there is light. H.P Lovecraft’s intergenerational legacy of horror. Humanity’s greatest fear is not the unknown. It’s the certainty of our own mortality.
Black History Month
For STS, wordplay is a way of life. Moe Brooker has stared down adversity but says he’s also been lucky. Dindga McCannon, “art quilting” pioneer.
These days, flowers mostly say “I love you” or “I’m sorry.” In the Victorian era, their language was boundless. For all the alarm about the death of courtship in the 21st century, you might be surprised to learn that it’s alive and well…and living in your phone. Tango is a complex, seductive, improvised dance.
Two artists are helping to reinvigorate the conversation about climate change by presenting its truth more…artfully. Brandon Ballengée’s artistic practice and scientific research share a single purpose—to generate understanding and awareness of endangered species. Mira Nakashima continues her father’s legacy as a master crafter of fine art furniture.