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Anna Deavere Smith

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Anna Deavere Smith

Sermons from Grace Cathedral

Dramatist and actress Anna Deavere Smith will preach, addressing some of these themes of ongoing slavery and emancipation. Her award-winning work, Notes From the Field, draws from more than 200 interviews with students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in the school-to-prison pipeline. The cathedral’s principal Eucharist, with anthems and service music sung by the Cathedral Choir. (60–75 minutes) 


19 Jun 2022

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The Arts of Racial Reckoning: Anna Deavere Smith

Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture

In the aftermath of the 1992 LA Uprisings, Anna Deavere Smith crafted TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, a play based on Smith’s interviews with over 200 Los Angeles residents.  30 years later, through the lens of TWILIGHT, we ask: how can the arts advance social justice? Can they help us understand structural racism, as more than individual prejudice? Can they provide models for working through conflict? Can they show us both possibilities and limits to our strategies for social change? The Arts of Racial Reckoning is executive produced by Dorinne Kondo. This episode was produced and edited by Allyson M. Holley. The Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Public Culture is generously funded by USC Dornsife and the Mellon Foundation.


25 Apr 2022

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The Originator and Innovator, Anna Deavere Smith

Lady Don't Take No

Alicia Garza welcomes award winning playwright, actress, and educator, Anna Deavere Smith. Deavere Smithshares about her unique creative process, her favorite Toni Morrison work, and her love of “Quarantinis”. Plus, the weekly roundup and a #LadysLoveNotes that every Oaklander needs to hear.Anna Deavere Smith on Twitter & InstagramLady Don't Take No on Twitter, Instagram & FacebookAlicia Garza on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & YouTubeThis pod is supported by the Black Futures LabProduction by Phil SurkisTheme music: "Lady Don't Tek No" by LatyrxAlicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. Garza serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. Alicia was recently named to TIME’s Annual TIME100 List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, alongside her BLM co-founders Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (Penguin Random House),  and she warns you -- hashtags don’t start movements. People do. 


11 Mar 2022

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God's Favorite, TADA, Anna Deavere Smith and more...

Friday LIVE

On the Feb. 4 program, join Genevieve Randall, Shannon Claire and guests for lively conversations about: a new production at the Grand Island Little Theater; TADA Theatre’s first show of 2022; E. N. Thompson Forum with Anna Deavere Smith and moderated by Sändra Washington; The BFF Gallery in Omaha; Wayne State College Choirs and Doane Choir Concert; the world premiere of “The Real Gemma Jordan;" and the next concert by Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra. Also, listen to some poetry by Wendy Hind.

1hr 2mins

4 Feb 2022

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Anna Deavere Smith and ALLARTS Artistic Director James King

WLIW-FM In Conversation

Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, playwright, professor, and visionary. She discusses her recent MoMA honor, identity, Black theater, the extent of art's power to create social progress, and much more in this enlightening conversation with ALLARTS Artistic Director James King.


19 Jun 2021

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Anna Deavere Smith, Clint Smith, Vann Newkirk, and Gillian White on The Atlantic’s Inheritance Project

Sixth & I LIVE

In a conversation for Juneteenth, contributors to The Atlantic’s “Inheritance” project about American history, Black life, and the resilience of memory share reflections on their writing to surface Black history that has been intentionally obscured, and shake our national memory. This program was held on June 16, 2021. 


18 Jun 2021

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Anna Deavere Smith: She’s Been Hundreds of People

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Using her voice, her body, and a close observation of speech patterns, Anna Deveare Smith has chronicled our times with staged portraits of the people who lived them.Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid


1 Jun 2021

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Anna Deavere Smith & Lena Horne

Stay In Your Lane

Women's History Celebration Part 2


5 Mar 2021

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Finding Truth in Doubt with Anna Deavere Smith

Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast

Critically acclaimed playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith crafts groundbreaking art at the intersection of journalism and theater. Her explosive one-woman plays centered on the Los Angeles riots and the Crown Heights riots, “Twilight: Los Angeles” and “Fires in the Mirror” respectively, took shape from hundreds of interviews conducted by Smith herself. Her newest piece, “Notes From the Field” had her traveling everywhere from Finland to the Yurok Tribe of Northern California, compiling 250 conversations about the school-to-prison pipeline. Her work requires a masterful command of storytelling, empathy, and the art of the interview, and she joins this week to describe how those pieces came together in her celebrated career.Read  We Were the Last of the Nice Negro Girls by Anna Deavere SmithFind out more about Inheritance 


2 Mar 2021

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Notes from the Field: Anna Deavere Smith with Valerie Jarrett and Van Jones

92NY Talks

In this episode of 92Y Talks, legendary writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith, former senior advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett, and CNN’s Van Jones discuss the HBO film Notes from the Field. The film was adapted from Smith’s acclaimed one-woman show, in which she portrays a multitude of real-life characters with her signature precision. The conversation was recorded on February 19, 2018 in front of a live audience at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

1hr 7mins

5 Feb 2021