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Articulate with Jim Cotter

ARTICULATE WITH JIM COTTER is an arts magazine series, hosted by award-winning journalist Jim Cotter, that explores the variety, quality and heritage of creativity, while also showing how art speaks to us in our everyday lives. The fresh and unique stories featured in the 12-part series include: the history of tap dancing as a cross-cultural art form; the work of multimedia artist Sam Durant; the role of improvisation in dance with choreographer Matthew Neenan; and the on-stage work and off-stage educational efforts of French pianist Claire-Marie Le Guay.

Articulate with Jim Cotter  
  • The Mirror of Time
    Sunday, November 29
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dan Harmon Segment Title: The Mayor of Harmontown - Dan Harmon is the creator of seminal television shows Rick and Morty and Community. He's found success on his own terms, but now, as he approaches middle age, he's reflecting on how he's gotten here. Liz Lerman Segment Title: Stepping Up - Liz Lerman creates dance with purpose that fosters engagement; but, like many great creative thinkers, doubt has always been part of the process.
  • Larger Than Life
    Sunday, November 29
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ellen Reid Segment Title: Ellen Reid Packs a Punch - Ellen Reid has a lot to say. The music of this softly spoken Pulitzer Prize-winning composer speaks volumes, even when it means confronting her own worst experiences. Vikram Paralkar Segment Title: Vikram Paralkar's Universe - Vikram Paralkar would appear to be a mass of contradictions: a novelist whose work confronts mortality, a cancer physician who constantly helps others deal with death, an atheist who is married to a minister. Yet his joy for life is palpable.
  • Larger Than Life
    Sunday, December 6
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Ellen Reid Segment Title: Ellen Reid Packs a Punch - Ellen Reid has a lot to say. The music of this softly spoken Pulitzer Prize-winning composer speaks volumes, even when it means confronting her own worst experiences. Vikram Paralkar Segment Title: Vikram Paralkar's Universe - Vikram Paralkar would appear to be a mass of contradictions: a novelist whose work confronts mortality, a cancer physician who constantly helps others deal with death, an atheist who is married to a minister. Yet his joy for life is palpable.
  • Finding
    Sunday, December 6
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Gish Jen Segment Title: The Multitudes of Gish Jen - Gish Jen has spent a lifetime navigating internal cultural conflicts, yet the best-selling novelist has found peace with a personal East/West divide that could serve as a model for all. 2 Thomas Newman Segment Title: Becoming a Newman - Thomas Newman is among the most highly respected and successful film composers. Though part of a Hollywood musical dynasty, he has created a unique musical voice.
  • Finding
    Sunday, December 13
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Gish Jen Segment Title: The Multitudes of Gish Jen - Gish Jen has spent a lifetime navigating internal cultural conflicts, yet the best-selling novelist has found peace with a personal East/West divide that could serve as a model for all. 2 Thomas Newman Segment Title: Becoming a Newman - Thomas Newman is among the most highly respected and successful film composers. Though part of a Hollywood musical dynasty, he has created a unique musical voice.
  • Daniel Hope's Lands of Glory
    Sunday, December 13
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Being declared stateless at just six months old did not predict greatness for the celebrated musician Daniel Hope, but the course of his life was changed when his mother began working for the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
  • Daniel Hope's Lands of Glory
    Sunday, December 20
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Being declared stateless at just six months old did not predict greatness for the celebrated musician Daniel Hope, but the course of his life was changed when his mother began working for the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
  • Their Way
    Sunday, December 20
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jason Robert Brown Segment Title: Of Broadway - Jason Robert Brown lives and breathes musical theater. From his early days as a fledgling composer through multiple Tony awards, he's had to do it his way or not at all. Angel Blue Segment Title: The Lady in the Light - Fate almost conspired to take music away from Angel Blue. She refused to surrender to such a dark destiny and came out on the other side a better woman and a singer on some of the world's biggest stages.
  • Their Way
    Sunday, December 27
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jason Robert Brown Segment Title: Of Broadway - Jason Robert Brown lives and breathes musical theater. From his early days as a fledgling composer through multiple Tony awards, he's had to do it his way or not at all. Angel Blue Segment Title: The Lady in the Light - Fate almost conspired to take music away from Angel Blue. She refused to surrender to such a dark destiny and came out on the other side a better woman and a singer on some of the world's biggest stages.
  • From The Mouths of Poets
    Sunday, December 27
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Poetry, as a literary form, is a relatively recent idea, yet weaving stories and thoughts into a concise structure that uses rhythm and sometimes rhyme is as old as time. Today spoken word is a popular, more democratic way for poets to get their work and words out.
  • From The Mouths of Poets
    Sunday, January 3
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Poetry, as a literary form, is a relatively recent idea, yet weaving stories and thoughts into a concise structure that uses rhythm and sometimes rhyme is as old as time. Today spoken word is a popular, more democratic way for poets to get their work and words out.
  • Drawing Meaning from Life
    Sunday, January 3
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Comics are nothing new. For at least 8,000 years, we've been using pictures to tell stories and communicate new ideas. Today, graphic novels have a lot to say. And so do the creators behind them.
  • Drawing Meaning from Life
    Sunday, January 10
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Comics are nothing new. For at least 8,000 years, we've been using pictures to tell stories and communicate new ideas. Today, graphic novels have a lot to say. And so do the creators behind them.
  • From Isolation to Ovation
    Sunday, January 10
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Leif Ove Andsnes Segment Title: A Norwegian, wielding hammers ...and strings. Leif Ove Andsnes has awesome musical powers, yet in person he is quiet and contemplative. Because, he says, the piano is his true voice. Royce Vavrek Segment Title: Forthright at the Opera - Royce Vavrek doesn't court controversy, but it seems to follow in his shadow. The celebrated opera librettist and lyricist says if his work provokes, it's not to advance any personal agenda.
  • From Isolation to Ovation
    Sunday, January 17
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Leif Ove Andsnes Segment Title: A Norwegian, wielding hammers ...and strings. Leif Ove Andsnes has awesome musical powers, yet in person he is quiet and contemplative. Because, he says, the piano is his true voice. Royce Vavrek Segment Title: Forthright at the Opera - Royce Vavrek doesn't court controversy, but it seems to follow in his shadow. The celebrated opera librettist and lyricist says if his work provokes, it's not to advance any personal agenda.
  • The Monument Man
    Sunday, January 17
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Zenos Frudakis has spent the last fifty years sculpting life out of bronze, aiming to capture the likeness and spirit of his subjects and to shine a light on those who have helped foster change in the world.
  • The Monument Man
    Sunday, January 24
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Zenos Frudakis has spent the last fifty years sculpting life out of bronze, aiming to capture the likeness and spirit of his subjects and to shine a light on those who have helped foster change in the world.
  • Paying It Forward
    Sunday, January 24
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Marin Alsop Segment Title: No Longer a One Woman Show - Marin Alsop is one of the world's foremost conductors. She got there by helping change the classical world. Ian Bostridge Segment Title: Musical Wanderer - For decades, Ian Bostridge has been enraptured by Franz Schubert's Winterreise. The British tenor found the song cycle to be as effervescent and relevant now as it was when it was first composed two centuries ago.
  • Paying It Forward
    Sunday, January 31
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Marin Alsop Segment Title: No Longer a One Woman Show - Marin Alsop is one of the world's foremost conductors. She got there by helping change the classical world. Ian Bostridge Segment Title: Musical Wanderer - For decades, Ian Bostridge has been enraptured by Franz Schubert's Winterreise. The British tenor found the song cycle to be as effervescent and relevant now as it was when it was first composed two centuries ago.
  • Mario Lanza at 100
    Sunday, January 31
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    On this Articulate exclusive concert show celebrating Mario Lanza's centenary, tenor Stephen Costello reflects on the life and work of the beloved singer and Hollywood star.
  • Mario Lanza at 100
    Sunday, February 7
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    On this Articulate exclusive concert show celebrating Mario Lanza's centenary, tenor Stephen Costello reflects on the life and work of the beloved singer and Hollywood star.
  • Jets Vs. Sharks
    Sunday, February 7
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the late 1800s, the first automobile was invented for its function: to improve human transportation. In the decades following, style and substance have been competing factors in the longevity of the automotive industry. Today, cars are part of our larger identity, as a group and as individuals.
  • Jets Vs. Sharks
    Sunday, February 14
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In the late 1800s, the first automobile was invented for its function: to improve human transportation. In the decades following, style and substance have been competing factors in the longevity of the automotive industry. Today, cars are part of our larger identity, as a group and as individuals.
  • Written from Life, Itself
    Sunday, February 14
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rufus Wainwright Segment Title: Learning from Yearning - The singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright has done things his way, struggling, at times, with himself and the world. Yet, he says, these rough periods haven't made him tough. David Serkin Ludwig Segment Title: The Solo Composer - With the backdrop of a global pandemic, composer David Serkin Ludwig created a new work about life in forced isolation.
  • Written from Life, Itself
    Sunday, February 21
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rufus Wainwright Segment Title: Learning from Yearning - The singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright has done things his way, struggling, at times, with himself and the world. Yet, he says, these rough periods haven't made him tough. David Serkin Ludwig Segment Title: The Solo Composer - With the backdrop of a global pandemic, composer David Serkin Ludwig created a new work about life in forced isolation.

 

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  • The Mirror of Time
    Sunday, November 22
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dan Harmon Segment Title: The Mayor of Harmontown - Dan Harmon is the creator of seminal television shows Rick and Morty and Community. He's found success on his own terms, but now, as he approaches middle age, he's reflecting on how he's gotten here. Liz Lerman Segment Title: Stepping Up - Liz Lerman creates dance with purpose that fosters engagement; but, like many great creative thinkers, doubt has always been part of the process.
  • Life's Work
    Sunday, November 22
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    PERPETUAL ANDREW MOTION Tori Marchiony profiles former U.K. Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion. He's five decades in, and still finding room to grow. VIJAY IYER: KEY CHANGES Among the most highly regarded jazz pianists of his time, Vijay Iyer has made his instrument of choice an instrument of discovery. SUSAN CHOI: INTERROGATOR OF TRUTH Susan Choi's books reflect her skepticism of authority. As Tori Marchiony reports, she even questions the credibility of the characters she creates.
  • Kyle Abraham: A Life In Motion
    Sunday, November 22
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The works of choreographer Kyle Abraham feel like a memoir. They reflect his own personal experiences and the social changes he's lived through. Maggie Nelson: Transcending the Divide - Writer Maggie Nelson is one of the most celebrated critical thinkers of her generation. But all of her work feels starkly personal. Ruth Slenczynska: The Last of the Great Romantics - Ruth Slenczynska studied under Rachmaninoff when she was a child. At age 92, all she learned can still be heard in her music. Sidney Hutter: Cool as Glass - For nearly four decades, Sidney Hutter's plate glass creations have pushed the boundaries of this cool medium.
  • Kyle Abraham: A Life In Motion
    Sunday, November 15
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The works of choreographer Kyle Abraham feel like a memoir. They reflect his own personal experiences and the social changes he's lived through. Maggie Nelson: Transcending the Divide - Writer Maggie Nelson is one of the most celebrated critical thinkers of her generation. But all of her work feels starkly personal. Ruth Slenczynska: The Last of the Great Romantics - Ruth Slenczynska studied under Rachmaninoff when she was a child. At age 92, all she learned can still be heard in her music. Sidney Hutter: Cool as Glass - For nearly four decades, Sidney Hutter's plate glass creations have pushed the boundaries of this cool medium.
  • From The Top
    Sunday, November 15
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER: ILLUMINATING EVERYTHING The best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer writes to interrogate his own past, and all of our futures. NATE POWELL: DRAWING ON EXPERIENCE Tori Marchiony profiles the superstar graphic novelist Nate Powell, who's known for beautifully rendered comics with a strong moral core. GUSTAVO DUDAMEL: PLAYING NICELY The Venezuelan-born conductor Gustavo Dudamel is on a mission to sow harmony. In the concert hall, and beyond.
  • Mark Mothersbaugh, 21st Century Renaissance Man
    Sunday, November 15
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Mark Mothersbaugh has sustained a life in art that's far removed from his beginnings as the frontman of the 1980s cult band DEVO. Liz Casella: Patterns Hidden in Plain Sight - Liz Casella designs for a part of the fashion industry that few people know exists. But much of haute couture feeds off her creativity. Greg Dunn: Thinking about Thinking - In trying to illustrate the complexity of the human brain, Greg Dunn has created great beauty. Nature Knows Best - Nature has been the greatest singular source of inspiration for artists throughout the ages. Today, more than ever, its influence endures.
  • Mark Mothersbaugh, 21st Century Renaissance Man
    Sunday, November 8
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Mark Mothersbaugh has sustained a life in art that's far removed from his beginnings as the frontman of the 1980s cult band DEVO. Liz Casella: Patterns Hidden in Plain Sight - Liz Casella designs for a part of the fashion industry that few people know exists. But much of haute couture feeds off her creativity. Greg Dunn: Thinking about Thinking - In trying to illustrate the complexity of the human brain, Greg Dunn has created great beauty. Nature Knows Best - Nature has been the greatest singular source of inspiration for artists throughout the ages. Today, more than ever, its influence endures.
  • Power Through Purpose
    Sunday, November 8
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    JOHN DARNIELLE: FROM SELF-DESTRUCTION TO SELF-CONSTRUCTION John Darnielle has excelled as a front-man, songwriter and author, by overcoming an innately self-destructive personality. ELIZABETH ACEVEDO'S LITERARY REALIZATIONS As a grownup, Elizabeth Acevedo realized that the books she had needed as a child still didn't exist. So, she wrote them herself. MEG SALIGMAN: THE BIG PICTURE The scale of Meg Saligman's murals is difficult to grasp close up. But, the stories they tell are all in the details.
  • Ruebin Margolin Loves Making Waves
    Sunday, November 8
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The kinetic sculptures of Ruebin Margolin are extraordinary mechanical attempts to evoke the natural world. Jennifer Higdon: Carefully Composed - Jennifer Higdon is among the most performed living composers in the world today-but don't get her started on those old dead guys. Chemi Rosado-Seijo: No Comply 180 - The art of skater and painter Chemi Rosado-Seijo is founded in community activism. He is an agent for change in places where creative expression may be low on the list of priorities for survival. Finding Sara Rahbar - Sara Rahbar has spent a lifetime looking for the antidote to her existential angst. It turns out that the work itself is the cure.
  • Ruebin Margolin Loves Making Waves
    Sunday, November 1
    7:31 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The kinetic sculptures of Ruebin Margolin are extraordinary mechanical attempts to evoke the natural world. Jennifer Higdon: Carefully Composed - Jennifer Higdon is among the most performed living composers in the world today-but don't get her started on those old dead guys. Chemi Rosado-Seijo: No Comply 180 - The art of skater and painter Chemi Rosado-Seijo is founded in community activism. He is an agent for change in places where creative expression may be low on the list of priorities for survival. Finding Sara Rahbar - Sara Rahbar has spent a lifetime looking for the antidote to her existential angst. It turns out that the work itself is the cure.
  • The Headliners
    Sunday, November 1
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    AARON SORKIN'S SECOND ACT Aaron Sorkin is best known for his award-winning screenwriting- A Few Good Men, The West Wing, Moneyball, The Newsroom. But his first love is the theater. RHIANNON GIDDENS' LIVING HISTORY Singer, instrumentalist and folk historian Rhiannon Giddens is on a musical mission, to remind us of what we all share. Regardless of who we are or where we're from.
  • Gene Yang: Drawing On Knowledge
    Sunday, November 1
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Gene Yang's career choices have always been driven by vocation. Having spent almost two decades teaching high school, he came to the realization that making comics would be a far more potent educational tool. Luke Spiller Struts - If you feel like you missed out on British 1970s glam rock, don't worry -The Struts are here to help. RIP Romance? - For all the alarm about the death of courtship in the 21st century, you might be surprised to learn that it's alive and well, and living in your phone.
  • Gene Yang: Drawing On Knowledge
    Sunday, October 25
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Gene Yang's career choices have always been driven by vocation. Having spent almost two decades teaching high school, he came to the realization that making comics would be a far more potent educational tool. Luke Spiller Struts - If you feel like you missed out on British 1970s glam rock, don't worry -The Struts are here to help. RIP Romance? - For all the alarm about the death of courtship in the 21st century, you might be surprised to learn that it's alive and well, and living in your phone.
  • The Incomparable
    Sunday, October 25
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    CAROLINE SHAW IN CONCERT Caroline Shaw is one of the most original new voices in contemporary music. Yet her latest project sees her turning her ears to, of all things, cover versions.
  • Ian Brennan and the Democratization of Music
    Sunday, October 25
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Music producer Ian Brennan believes that cultural colonization by English-speakers needs redress. Nina Berman's World View - Nina Berman blurs the line between fine art and editorial photography. Her images are as compelling as they are beautiful. Inside the Outsider: Leroy Johnson - Leroy Johnson has lived on the edges of the art world for all his 80+ years. But life in the hinterland has provided him with his own distinctive artistic voice.
  • Ian Brennan and the Democratization of Music
    Sunday, October 18
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Music producer Ian Brennan believes that cultural colonization by English-speakers needs redress. Nina Berman's World View - Nina Berman blurs the line between fine art and editorial photography. Her images are as compelling as they are beautiful. Inside the Outsider: Leroy Johnson - Leroy Johnson has lived on the edges of the art world for all his 80+ years. But life in the hinterland has provided him with his own distinctive artistic voice.
  • Through The Fire
    Sunday, October 18
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    KT TUNSTALL: FROM THE ASHES The Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall realized she was becoming a pop music cliche- on top, but unhappy. Tori Marchiony reports, that it was then she decided it was time to change. PAM TANOWITZ: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Pam Tanowitz is among the finest choreographers in modern dance. But she refuses to put her feet up. NATASHA TRETHEWEY'S REDEMPTION Natasha Trethewey coped with the tragedies of her young life by turning them into exceptional poetry. But those wounds will never fully heal.
  • Janet Echelman Looms Large
    Sunday, October 18
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Janet Echelman's giant net sculptures are the fruit of an artistic process encompassing technology, engineering, and civic engagement. Hats Off to Arturo Rios! - What began as a 9-5 job in the shipping department of a hat maker quickly became a life's vocation for the Mexican-American milliner Arturo Rios. Our Greatest Fear - Humanity's greatest fear is not the unknown, it's the certainty of death, and we've been dealing with it artistically since time immemorial. Justin Bettman's Perspective - Justin Bettman's fine art photography took flight when he began using recycled materials to make disposable sets. The images had staying power.
  • Janet Echelman Looms Large
    Sunday, October 11
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Janet Echelman's giant net sculptures are the fruit of an artistic process encompassing technology, engineering, and civic engagement. Hats Off to Arturo Rios! - What began as a 9-5 job in the shipping department of a hat maker quickly became a life's vocation for the Mexican-American milliner Arturo Rios. Our Greatest Fear - Humanity's greatest fear is not the unknown, it's the certainty of death, and we've been dealing with it artistically since time immemorial. Justin Bettman's Perspective - Justin Bettman's fine art photography took flight when he began using recycled materials to make disposable sets. The images had staying power.
  • Self, Aside
    Sunday, October 11
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    STEPHANIE BLYTHE: UNCAGED Stephanie Blythe was one of the fastest rising stars in opera when an anxiety disorder threatened to take her down. But she refused to let it be her undoing. DIANA AL-HADID: EXCAVATING THE MUSE The story of Gradiva- a sculpture that came to life captured public imagination at the start of the 20th century. Today, the artist Diana Al-Hadid has resurrected her. (WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT) NICK LOWE? As a young singer-songwriter, Nick Lowe was preoccupied with looking cool and getting famous. But, as Tori Marchiony reports, he didn't REALLY find his groove until he dropped the act.
  • The Very Fortunate Daniel Handler
    Sunday, October 11
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Though his neighbors call him Daniel Handler, you're more likely to know him as Lemony Snicket, the prolific author of the wildly popular children's books, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lisa Hannigan: Stalking the Muse - After a decade of non-stop creativity, singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan came face to face, and then overcame, the horrors of the blank page. Nina Chanel is Selling Out (In a Good Way) - Nina Chanel Abney's gift was obvious from an early age. Now, she's on her own waiting list for a painting.
  • The Very Fortunate Daniel Handler
    Sunday, October 4
    7:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Though his neighbors call him Daniel Handler, you're more likely to know him as Lemony Snicket, the prolific author of the wildly popular children's books, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lisa Hannigan: Stalking the Muse - After a decade of non-stop creativity, singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan came face to face, and then overcame, the horrors of the blank page. Nina Chanel is Selling Out (In a Good Way) - Nina Chanel Abney's gift was obvious from an early age. Now, she's on her own waiting list for a painting.
  • What Matters Most
    Sunday, October 4
    10:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    MARINA BENJAMIN GOES ALL IN Marina Benjamin writes to parse the questions that loom largest in her life. It's a self-examination, yes. But never self-obsession. STEFAN SAGMEISTER: THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND BEAUTY Stefan Sagmeister has spent the past 40-odd years demonstrating how graphic design can make even the most abstract ideas tangible. And he does it with his own unique style- his own idiom. DONALD NALLY: VOICE OF REASON Donald Nally, conductor of the groundbreaking chamber choir, The Crossing, doesn't just want audiences to listen- he wants them to think. And, about real-world issues and events.
  • The Roots of Creativity
    Sunday, October 4
    1:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    MAAZA MENGISTE: WRITING HOME - The award-winning author Maaza Mengiste writes of an Ethiopian home she left behind, dismantling preconceptions and bringing to light some of that country's rich past. DICK BOAK'S ECLECTIC ADVENTURES - Once a wanderer pursuing creative endeavors, Dick Boak followed his instincts and created a role in the evolution of the Martin Guitar company, all the while becoming an ever more skillful artisan himself. NICOLA BENEDETTI: A GREAT SCOT - The internationally renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was cast into the spotlight at age 16. Forced to grow up in the public eye, she often struggled. Now in her 30s, she looks back on those years with wry humor.