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Conversations

The Critic's Craft

Poetry critic Helen Vendler, this year's Jefferson Lecturer, speaks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the power of words.

The Life of a Poet

The Pulitzer prize-winning poet speaks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the links between poetry and painting.

The Traditions of the Table

Chef Mario Batali speaks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about Italian cuisine and what food tells us about culture.

A Conversation with Vartan Gregorian

The president of Carnegie Corporation speaks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the delights of learning.

Chasing Beauty

Meryle Secrest speaks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the art world and her work as a biographer.

McCullough

The 2003 Jefferson Lecturer speaks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the role of the humanities in democracy.

Changing the Channel

Medalist Brian Lamb talks with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole about the early years of C-SPAN.

History in a Democratic Age

Historian John Lukacs talks with Chairman Bruce Cole about world figures who shaped the last century.

On the Trail with Lewis & Clark

Chairman Bruce Cole talks with historian Gary Moulton about the expedition's journals and the character of its leaders.

'Not Just a Chair'

Chairman Bruce Cole talks with antiques dealer Leigh Keno about treasure hunting for pieces of America's past.