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Teddy Abrams & Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma and Teddy Abrams on “Great Podversations”

The Kentucky Author Forum at the University of Louisville’s Great Podversations podcast has released a new episode featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma talking with composer and conductor Teddy Abrams about the power of music, healing cultural differences, and other timely topics.

Both Yo-Yo Ma and Teddy Abrams share a passion for connecting diverse communities through the power of sound and collective experience. In a wide-ranging conversation that explores musical history from Schumann and Dvorak to Leonard Bernstein, and Aaron Copland, Abrams and Ma discuss artistic avenues to social justice, inclusion, service, and storytelling. They talk about a plan for bringing classical music and other genres to the U.S. National Parks as a way of connecting people, nature, and music.

Great Podversations features nationally-recognized writers in conversation. These candid discussions invite the listener to learn about literature, politics, history, economics, science, and culture through the voices of compelling authors and experts. NPR’s Robert Siegel introduces each pair of fascinating guests. Great Podversations is produced by the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum, and distributed by Louisville Public Media.

Listen on your favorite podcast platform, learn more here or at NPR.org.