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Productions

July 20, 2022

Molly Tuttle’s Musical Journey

Guitar picker extraordinaire joins Tom Casciato on PBS NewsHour to talk about growing up on strings, living with alopecia, and taking her music way beyond bluegrass.

May 9, 2022

Guitarist Yasmin Williams makes music without lyrics but not without meaning

The extraordinary musician Yasmin Williams joins Tom Casciato on PBS NewsHour to talk about her unique guitar style, her influences, the importance of role models, and more.

March 20, 2022

AIMEE MANN on songwriting, mental health, and the “uplifiting quality” you can find in a sad song

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Aimee Mann joins Tom Casciato on PBS NewsHour Weekend.

March 8, 2022

Blues Artist Keb’ Mo’ On His Musical Odyssey

70-year-old blues (and so much more) artist Keb’ Mo’ joins Tom Casciato for an illuminating and surprising career-spanning conversation on PBS NewsHour Weekend.

October 30, 2021

Grammy-nominated Arooj Aftab’s ‘neo-Sufi’ music blends Rumi with reggae and more


Singer/songwriter Arooj Aftab joined Tom Casciato on PBS NewsHour to discuss her career, including her poetic influences and her stunning album Vulture Prince.

July 27, 2021

JACKSON BROWNE: ‘We could have a world in which justice is real’

Jackson Browne joined Tom Casciato on PBS NewsHour Weekend to discuss his first album of new material in seven years, Downhill From Everywhere, as well as the themes and ideas he’s returned to throughout his career. It started out as a conversation about songwriting, and turned into one about the environment and social justice.

April 26, 2021

Sam Amidon mines the ‘intensity & strangeness’ of tradition to make music uniquely his own

Sam Amidon is a singer-songwriter on the fiddle, banjo, and guitar, but he’s mostly known for recasting traditional American folk songs into vibrant contemporary soundscapes. He spoke to NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Tom Casciato about his Vermont upbringing and how he pairs the sounds of traditional folk music to those of free jazz and more.

April 14, 2021

Non-unanimous Juries and the future of those convicted by them

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that non-unanimous juries—those that convict a defendant with a split decision—are a violation of the 6th Amendment. But a loophole, until recently, allowed two states to maintain the practice. Special Correspondent Tom Casciato looks at the roots of split-jury verdicts and what faces those convicted by them. This segment is part of PBS NewsHour Weekend’s series “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.”

January 4, 2021

Rufus Wainwright on PBS NewsHour Weekend


Rufus joined Tom Casciato via Zoom from L.A. to discus his Audible special “Road Trip Elegies” and more, including how his mother convinced him when he was a kid that he would one day play Annie onstage.

November 19, 2020

Cindy Blackman Santana joins Tom Casciato on PBS NewsHour Weekend

Cindy Blackman Santana joined Tom on Zoom from her home in Hawaii to discuss her musical journey: from being a kid entranced by greats like Buddy Rich and Tony Williams, to playing in her 20s with Art Blakey, to a stint with Lenny Kravits before joining Santana, and on and on – all while being one of the most badass drummers of her generation.