President Obama has announced 2012’s recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal. Awardees include Joan Didion, Anna Deavere Smith, Renee Fleming, Ellsworth Kelly, Tony Kushner, Alain Toussaint, George Lucas, Frank Deford, Jill Ker Conway, Marilynne Robinson and Robert Silvers. A pretty impressive list, for sure.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to my old boss from BackStory Radio, historian, digital humanities visionary and president of the University of Richmond, Ed Ayers, who is among the recipients of the National Humanities Medal. Couldn’t imagine a more worthy person or nicer guy.