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Poetry in America

Poetry in America explores the diversity of American poetry. In each episode, members of various American communities join host Elisa New, following Gwendolyn Brooks to the South Side of Chicago, Alberto Ríos to the Sonoran Desert, Richard Blanco to Marco Island, and more. Joining along the way are singers and Supreme Court justices, playwrights and physicists, and teachers and their students.

Mushrooms, Weakness and Doubt

25m 21s

Poems by Sylvia Plath and Kay Ryan take the peripheral status of the fungal kingdom as an invitation to consider the scientific knowns and unknowns, and cultural significance, of mushrooms. Microbial ecologist Serita Frey, chef Gabrielle Hamilton, plant pathologist Barry Pryor, health advocate Dr. Andrew Weil, writers Maria Popova and Maria Pinto, and journalist Frank Bruni join host Elisa New.

Episodes

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    Mushrooms, Weakness and Doubt

    S4 E3 - 25m 21s

    Poems by Sylvia Plath and Kay Ryan take the peripheral status of the fungal kingdom as an invitation to consider the scientific knowns and unknowns, and cultural significance, of mushrooms. Microbial ecologist Serita Frey, chef Gabrielle Hamilton, plant pathologist Barry Pryor, health advocate Dr. Andrew Weil, writers Maria Popova and Maria Pinto, and journalist Frank Bruni join host Elisa New.

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    Six Years Later, Epitaph for a Centaur

    S4 E2 - 25m 21s

    Russian-born poet Joseph Brodsky wrote about the centaur as a Cold War self-portrait: a divided global refugee, created by a geopolitics of shifting borders and cultures. Theater of War artistic director Bryan Doerries, writer Yelena Akhtiorskaya, and scholars Sven Birkerts, Zakhar Ishtov, Jonathan Brent, and Joseph Ellis read two poems by Brodsky: one about love; the other, exile.

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    Phillis Wheatley: To the University

    S4 E1 - 25m 21s

    In 1770s Boston, Phillis Wheatley was at the same time enslaved and an international celebrity: a writer who mastered the most persuasive rhetoric of the day to publish enduring arguments about freedom. Inaugural poets Amanda Gorman and Richard Blanco, writer Clint Smith, and scholars Glenda Carpio and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. join host Elisa New to read two of Wheatley’s poems for public occasions.

Extras + Features

  • Season 4 Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Season 4 Preview

    S4 - 30s

    Performers, public figures and everyday Americans join host Elisa New to read and discuss unforgettable American poems. The poems in Season 4 take us from colonial Boston to the halls of Congress, from Texas Hill Country to Central Park. Guests range from poets to celebrity chefs, from actors to ice cream makers, from political strategists to preachers and more.

Schedule

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    Poetry in America

    Mushrooms, Weakness and Doubt

    Saturday
    Apr 20

    30 Minutes

    Poems by Sylvia Plath and Kay Ryan explore the cultural significance of mushrooms.
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    July in Washington

    Saturday
    Apr 27

    30 Minutes

    Robert Lowell's poem about the contradictions between American idealism and American policy.
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    Phillis Wheatley: To the University

    Saturday
    Apr 27

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by Phillis Wheatley.
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    Poetry in America

    Six Years Later, Epitaph for a Centaur

    Saturday
    Apr 27

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
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    Phillis Wheatley: To the University

    Monday
    Apr 29

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by Phillis Wheatley.
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    Poetry in America

    Six Years Later, Epitaph for a Centaur

    Monday
    Apr 29

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
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    Poetry in America

    Phillis Wheatley: To the University

    Wednesday
    May 1

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by Phillis Wheatley.
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    Poetry in America

    Six Years Later, Epitaph for a Centaur

    Wednesday
    May 1

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
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    Poetry in America

    Phillis Wheatley: To the University

    Wednesday
    May 1

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by Phillis Wheatley.
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    Poetry in America

    Six Years Later, Epitaph for a Centaur

    Wednesday
    May 1

    30 Minutes

    Two poems by exiled Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
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    Poetry in America

    Hill Country

    Saturday
    May 4

    30 Minutes

    Tracy K. Smith's vision of Texas Hill Country.
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    Poetry in America

    Mushrooms, Weakness and Doubt

    Saturday
    May 4

    30 Minutes

    Poems by Sylvia Plath and Kay Ryan explore the cultural significance of mushrooms.
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    Poetry in America

    July in Washington

    Saturday
    May 4

    30 Minutes

    Robert Lowell's poem about the contradictions between American idealism and American policy.

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