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For 50 years, the Academy of Achievement has invited the world's pre-eminent authors to address its annual Summit. Novelists and playwrights, journalists and historians, critics and humorists, poets and songwriters, essayists and philosophers, all have shared their wisdom with the Academy's honorees and student delegates. Now you can see and hear these presentations, recorded live at the International Achievement Summit. In poetry and prose, these men and women explore the world of nature and the drama of the human condition. Some are creators of fantasy, others are chroniclers of fact; some evoke the nuances of personal experience, others explain the mysteries of the cosmos. Hear their personal accounts of the passions that first inspired them, and the dedication that sustained them as they patiently mastered their art.

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For 50 years, the Academy of Achievement has invited the world's pre-eminent authors to address its annual Summit. Novelists and playwrights, journalists and historians, critics and humorists, poets and songwriters, essayists and philosophers, all have shared their wisdom with the Academy's honorees and student delegates. Now you can see and hear these presentations, recorded live at the International Achievement Summit. In poetry and prose, these men and women explore the world of nature and the drama of the human condition. Some are creators of fantasy, others are chroniclers of fact; some evoke the nuances of personal experience, others explain the mysteries of the cosmos. Hear their personal accounts of the passions that first inspired them, and the dedication that sustained them as they patiently mastered their art.

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    Louise Glück (SD)

    Louise Glück (SD)

    Louise Glück is “a strong and haunting presence” among America’s greatest living poets. Her work is distinguished by a rare ability to
    deploy ostensibly simple language to evoke powerful emotion. While many of her poems clearly address the challenges of life and love in the contemporary world,
    they are at times informed by the themes and landscapes of classical mythology.
    She has published 12 volumes of verse to date, including The Seven Ages, Vita
    Novo, Triumph of Achilles and Averno. Her book The Wild Iris received the 1993
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She has since received virtually every other major award
    for poetry, including the Bollingen Prize in 2001 for her lifetime achievement. In
    2003, she was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States.
    Born in New York City, she began writing at an early age. She studied at Sarah
    Lawrence and Columbia University, and although she never took a degree herself,
    she has spent much of her life teaching in universities. For 20 years, she taught at
    Williams College in Massachusetts. She now teaches in the creative writing
    program at Boston University and is the Rosencranz Writer in Residence at Yale
    University. Her 2009 book, A Village Life, is a collection of dramatic vignettes of
    everyday life in an unnamed Mediterranean community, where an ancient way of
    life, governed by the seasons, is gradually giving way to the pressures of
    modernity. A comprehensive collection, Poems 1962-2012, will appear this
    November.

    • 11 min
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    Taylor Swift (SD) - Part 1

    Taylor Swift (SD) - Part 1

    Taylor Swift attended the International Achievement Summit as a student delegate in 2008. In Part 1 of this video excerpt from her performance at the Summit, she sings her hits "Our Song" and "Tim McGraw."

    • 8 min
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    Taylor Swift (SD) - Part 2

    Taylor Swift (SD) - Part 2

    Taylor Swift attended the International Achievement Summit as a student delegate in 2008. In Part 2 of this video excerpt from her performance at the Summit, she sings "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Picture to Burn"

    • 8 min
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    What It Takes

    What It Takes

    What It Takes is a podcast series featuring intimate, revealing conversations with towering figures in almost every field: music, science, sports, politics, film, technology, literature, the military and social justice. These rare interviews have been recorded over the past 25 years by The Academy of Achievement. They offer the life stories and reflections of people who have had a huge impact on the world, and insights you can apply to your own life. Subscribe to the What It Takes podcast series at iTunes.com/WhatItTakes

    • 29 segundos
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    Esperanza Spalding

    Esperanza Spalding

    Vocalist, composer and instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding fell in love with music as a little girl in Portland, Oregon. She first drew acclaim as a child violinist before discovering the upright bass as a teenager. Within months she was playing in local clubs, exploring pop, rock, hip-hop and especially jazz. By age 20 she was an instructor at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, and was performing with singer Patti Austin and a stellar roster of jazz greats. Her 2008 album Esperanza topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. The following year, she was invited to perform at the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Stockholm. At the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, she was honored as Best New Artist of the Year. With her 2011 album Chamber Music Society, she became the bestselling contemporary jazz artist in the world. On the follow-up, Radio Music Society, she played her own compositions alongside an eclectic selection of tunes by everyone from the Beach Boys to one of her heroes, jazz great Wayne Shorter. In this podcast, recorded at the 2014 International Achievement Summit in San Francisco, Esperanza Spalding performs solo, and in duet with Wayne Shorter. Excerpts from her interview with the Academy of Achievement are interspersed with highlights of that performance.

    • 15 min
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    Carole King

    Carole King

    The most successful and admired female songwriter in the history of pop music, Carole King proves that one woman alone at the piano can be more powerful than a four-piece rock band or a 30-piece orchestra. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where her mother was a teacher and her father a firefighter. She learned to play the piano at age four and formed her first band in high school. At age 18, she scored her first Number One hit record ’Ŭ the first of 118 pop hits on the Billboard charts, including such classics as ’źWill You Love Me Tomorrow,’Ź ’źThe Loco-Motion,’Ź ’źUp on the Roof,’Ź It’Ŵs Too Late, Baby,’Ź ’źI Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet,’Ź ’źYou Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman’Ź and ’źYou’Ŵve Got a Friend.’Ź To date, she has recorded 25 solo albums, the most successful of which, Tapestry, sold 25 million copies, and for a quarter of a century held the record for a female artist for most weeks at the top of the charts. The recipient of the 2013 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2013 Gershwin Prize, she is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more than a half century, she has given voice to her innermost truth, and struck a resounding chord in the hearts of listeners around the world. Composer and performer, author and activist, she has brought the same passion, courage and unyielding honesty to her life, to her work, and to her defense of the woods and wildlife of her beloved Rocky Mountains. Carol King received the Gold Medal of the Academy of Achievement in a ceremony at the Academy's headquarters in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2014. In this podcast, recorded on that occasion, Carole King discusses her life and career. Her remarks are interspersed with excerpts from her performance at the Academy earlier that evening.

    • 12 min

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