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Public Radio International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN 55401-2097)
Leslie B. Wolfe (Project Director: June 2016 to June 2016)
Melinda Ward (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

American Icons on Studio 360

American Icons on Studio 360 is a recurring series of special features embedded within Studio 360 which examines time-tested works – of literature, music, film, architecture, design or visual art – that have achieved the status of an “icon” in American culture. Since the series was first launched in 2001 with funding from the NEH, Studio 360 has produced three American Icons seasons on topics ranging from Moby-Dick to The House of Mirth to The Autobiography of Malcolm X; from The Wizard of Oz to I Love Lucy; from Appalachian Spring to “Anything Goes” to Kind of Blue; and from Monticello to Fallingwater to the Vietnam War Memorial. The requested NEH funds will enable us to produce 3 new segments to be aired in the coming summer and fall. The three new segments we would like to produce are: 1) “Amazing Grace” – how this 18th century hymn became America’s spiritual national anthem, and why its message of sin and redemption resonates so deeply with Americans, both religious and secular; 2) Shaft, Gordon Parks – how this film and its award-winning funk soundtrack by Isaac Hayes unleashed the Blaxploitation boom and created a new popular iconography of blackness; 3) Leonard Bernstein’s Young Peoples Concerts – how this popular concert series enchanted a generation of young people, and changed the meaning of “music appreciation” during the era of rock and roll. Along with the completely new material, we would like to update an re-release the 14 hour long shows already in our inventory, creating an interim series that mixes original pieces with restored episodes, in order to help maintain the continuity of the American Icons brand and keep the series fresh and alive in our listeners’ minds.

Project fields:

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 3/31/2017