Articulate with Jim Cotter

Articulate with Jim Cotter

This arts magazine series explores the variety, quality, and heritage of creativity, while also showing how art speaks to us in our everyday lives.

All Past Episodes

Earth Day

26:46 | #417 | TV-PG

Artists are reinvigorating the conversation about climate change by presenting its truth artfully.

Valentine's Day

28:46 | #416 | TV-PG

In the Victorian era, the language of flowers was endless. Tango is an improvised, seductive dance.

Black History Month

26:46 | #415 | TV-PG

For STS, wordplay is a way of life. Moe Brooker has stared down adversity but has also been lucky. Meet Dindga McCannon, "art quilting" pioneer.


26:46 | #414 | TV-PG

Goth appears to our dark side, but even in the shadows, there is light. H.P Lovecraft's intergenerational legacy of horror.

Articulate in Philadelphia

26:46 | #413 | TV-PG

Cellist David Finckel's life is filled with love for his instrument, for his wife Wu Han, and music.

The Pursuit of New Truths

26:46 | #412 | TV-PG

For Helene Grimaud, music has been a profession and a salvation. Sarah Williams Goldhagen is on a crusade to fix architecture. Scott McCloud understands comics.

The Seekers

26:46 | #411 | TV-PG

The music of They Might Be Giants and the work of poet and writer Sylvia Plath are highlighted.

Experiments Gone Right

26:46 | #410 | TV-PG

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 long-time friends before they decided to make music together. Amy Seiwert is constantly pushing against boundaries.

Unique Perspectives

26:46 | #409 | TV-PG

Yannick Nezet-Seguin is one-of-a-kind in the world of conducting. Type designer Tobias Frere-Jones disagrees with your first-grade teacher. Hayley Kiyoko's "overnight success" was a lifetime in the making.

Articulate in San Francisco

26:46 | #408 | TV-PG

Marc Bamuthi Joseph discusses his quest for a better world and shares the poems he hopes might help us get there.

The Wildest Dreamers

26:46 | #407 | TV-PG

Taylor Mac prefers his theater flawed. Readers never want to leave Holly Black's fantastic, enchanted realms. Vieux Farka Toure was drawn to music because of his father, but pursued it in spite of him.

As If by Fate

26:46 | #406 | TV-PG

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.

Journeys in Time & Space

26:46 | #405 | TV-PG

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 relationship...but she could be in your band. Writing a graphic memoir about her family's journey from war-torn Vietnam helped Thi Bui heal.

Roads Less Traveled

26:46 | #404 | TV-PG

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.

Redefining Possible

26:46 | #403 | TV-PG

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.

It's All Between Their Ears

26:47 | #402 | TV-PG

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.

The Outsiders

26:46 | #401 | TV-PG

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.

Jason Reynolds; Alisa Weilerstein; Ibeyi

26:46 | #312 | TV-PG

Young adult author Jason Reynolds truly believes that children are our future. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein found her calling at age 5. Naomi and Lisa Diaz's musicality rose from the ashes of loved ones.

Heidi Latsky; Gary Baseman; Bang on a Can

26:46 | #311 | TV-PG

For choreographer Heidi Latsky, disability is no disadvantage. Gary Baseman's quirky characters explore complex truths. Classical group Bang on a Can is happy to pass the torch of rebellion.

Leslie Jamison; Josh Radnor; Luciana Souza

26:46 | #310 | TV-PG

Writer Leslie Jamison has built a career exploring the connection between art and misery. Josh Radnor understood quickly that fame and fortune wouldn't make him happy. For choreographer Heidi Latsky, disability is no disadvantage.

Shannon Hale; Wu Han; Banda Magda

26:46 | #309 | TV-PG

Young adult author Shannon Hale believes kids should have access to stories of all kinds. From a young age, pianist Wu Han has understood the virtue of discipline. Singer-songwriter Magda Giannikou has always craved and embraced the unknown.

Shara Nova

26:46 | #308 | TV-PG

Shara Nova performs the songs and shares the stories that have shaped her life.

Niche Definers: Jim Garland, Tank and the Bangas, Ani DiFranco

26:46 | #307 | TV-PG

With his ambitious fountain designs, Jim Garland harnesses the innate beauty of water. Tank and the Bangas create music that's soulful and poetic. For Ani DiFranco, fighting "The Man" has been a lifelong vocation.

Articulate with Jim Cotter

26:46 | #306 | TV-PG

Singer-songwriter Lila Downs creates music that reflects her Mexican-American heritage. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg questions how DNA might be used against us. Sculptor Steve Tobin pushes against the edge of possibility.

Articulate with Jim Cotter

26:47 | #305 | TV-PG

Do Lab's engineers design events that realize the outer reaches of their imagination. Poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor found her place in America by connecting to her native culture. Singer-songwriter Julien Baker lives and reflects deeply.

Articulate with Jim Cotter

26:46 | #304 | TV-PG

Empathy is the driving force behind the pop hits of producer Ricky Reed. Author Danzy Senna's heritage gives her a unique perspective on race in America. Donn T wrote her first song at age 9.

Articulate with Jim Cotter

26:46 | #303 | TV-PG

As opera star Joyce DiDonato has proven, the road to success is a winding one. A model of perseverance, producer !llmind, began his career in his parents' basement. Poet Kenneth Goldsmith has disrupted his field by rejecting the idea of originality.

Articulate with Jim Cotter

26:46 | #302 | TV-PG

In music and in life, composer Caroline Shaw sees no boundaries. For Robert Janz, art is fleeting and impermanent. R&B singer-songwriter Lizzo refuses to play small.

Articulate with Jim Cotter

26:46 | #301 | TV-PG

Andrew W.K. defies conventional definitions of partying. Documentarian Lauren Greenfield has spent decades studying what our culture values.

Articulate with Jim Cotter

28:46 | #213 | TV-PG

For Valentine's Day, explore some romantic myths. In the Victorian era, flowers can say much more than "I love you," the tango is more complex than a seduction tool, and courtship is alive and your phone.

Rum, Cigars and Mozart

26:46 | #212 | TV-PG

The Havana Lyceum Orchestra showed America that Cuba has a classical music culture to rival that of any wealthy western country.

The Care and Feeding of Michelle Cuevas

26:46 | #211 | TV-PG

The characters in Michelle Cuevas's children's books leap off the page. Musician Mason Bates and painter/sculptor Antonio Martorell are featured.

Kenny Scharf: Here to Stay

26:46 | #210 | TV-PG

Whether on a gallery wall or the side of a car, Kenny Scharf's exuberant cartoons infuse daily life with a dose of whimsy.

Allora & Calzadilla: Displacement and Defamiliarization

26:46 | #209 | TV-PG

Conceptual artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla are one of the art world's most dynamic power couples.

Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah: 2nd Century Jazz

26:46 | #208 | TV-PG

Growing up in New Orleans, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah was steeped in jazz. Now, he's leading the charge into his genre's next chapter.

Kyle Abraham: A Life In Motion

26:46 | #207 | TV-PG

The work of choreographer Kyle Abraham reflect his personal experiences and social changes.

Mark Mothersbaugh, 21st Century Renaissance Man

26:46 | #206 | TV-PG

Mark Mothersbaugh of the 1980s band DEVO and fashion industry designer Liz Casella are featured.

Ruebin Margolin Loves Making Waves

26:46 | #205 | TV-PG

The kinetic sculptures of Ruebin Margolin are mechanical attempts to evoke the natural world.

Gene Yang: Drawing On Knowledge

26:46 | #204 | TV-PG

Comic artist Gene Yang, musical group The Struts, and a look at courtship in the 21st century are featured.

Ian Brennan and the Democratization of Music

26:46 | #203 | TV-PG

Music producer Ian Brennan, artist Nina Berman, and artist Leroy Johnson are featured.

Janet Echelman Looms Large

26:46 | #202 | TV-PG

Janet Echelman's giant net sculptures, American milliner Arturo Rios, death in art, and Justin Bettman's fine art photography are featured.

The Very Fortunate Daniel Handler

26:46 | #201 | TV-PG

Daniel Handler, author of the wildly popular children's books, A Series of Unfortunate Events; singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan; and artist Nina Chanel Abney are featured.

Feminist Fatale

26:46 | #112 | TV-14

Carsie Blanton is using jazz music to help change the way women are perceived today.

Ellen Harvey

26:47 | #111 | TV-PG

The classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam exemplifies Indian identity both at home and abroad.

Orchestrating Hits

26:47 | #110 | TV-PG

Classically trained cellist Larry Gold is helping bring out the soul in R&B and Hip-hop.

It Takes Two

26:47 | #109 | TV-PG

Celebrated opera tenor Stephen Costello has been both blessed and betrayed by his voice.

The Cutting Edge of Stained Glass

26:46 | #108 | TV-PG

Judith Schaechter has been applying avant-garde sensibilities to the stained glass art form.

Watsky On How to Ruin Everything

26:47 | #107 | TV-PG

The performance poet turned rapper Watsky pulls no punches in his first collection of essays.

Scents and Sensibility; Found In Translation; Elizabeth Streb

26:46 | #106 | TV-PG

Conducting opera with Fabio Luisi, scholarly translations of literature, and "anti-dance" choreographer Elizabeth Streb are showcased.

The Charming Incongruities of Kevin Barnes

26:46 | #105 | TV-PG

Indie rock musician Kevin Barnes; the art of portraits; and designer, attorney, and afrobeat musician Wale Oyejide are featured.

Sugar Tongue Slim; Bruce Metcalf; Fear of the Known

26:46 | #104 | TV-PG

The poetry of Sugar Tongue Slim, master fine art jeweler Bruce Metcalf, and American writer H.P. Lovecraft are featured.

The Ghetto Potter; Changing Minds About Climate Change; Gerald Busby

26:46 | #103 | TV-PG

Roberto Lugo's ceramics, art and climate change, and composer Gerald Busby's lust for life are featured.

The Nature of Art; Under Pressure; Moe Brooker

26:46 | #102 | TV-PG

Brandon Ballengee's artistic practice and scientific research about endangered species, performance anxiety, and the jazz sensibilities of painter Moe Brooker are explored.

Tap Into America; Music with Teeth; A Place at the Table

26:47 | #101 | TV-PG

Tap dancing in America, vocal group Roomful of Teeth, and craft artist Mira Nakashima are featured.

Show the current schedule for Articulate with Jim Cotter.