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The arts can engage all our senses, but it’s in the crossover between them that things really get interesting. When we listen to music, what do we see in our mind’s eye? When we look at a work of art, what do we hear? Sound Thoughts on Art, a new podcast from the National Gallery of Art, explores the intersection of sight and sound.

Hosted by musician and journalist Celeste Headlee, each episode focuses on a work of art in the National Gallery’s collection. Learn about the work and its context and hear a musician respond to that work through sound, creating a dialogue between visual art and music. Sound Thoughts on Art tells the stories of how we experience art and how it connects us.

Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher.

Season 2 Episodes

Season 1 Episodes

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee photo by Tamzin B. Smith


Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker, and author. An expert on conversation and reclaiming common humanity and well-being, she focuses on neuro- and social science to understand how we relate with one another. Headlee is also a classically trained soprano who has performed around the nation and the granddaughter of William Grant Still, known as the Dean of Black American Composers.

Headlee is a regular NPR guest host, hosts the Women Amplified podcast, and co-hosts The Debate podcast from Newsweek. Her TEDx Talk “Sharing 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” has over 26 million views. Headlee’s most recent book is Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism―and How to Do It.

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 Georges Braque, Fruit, Glass, and Mandolin, 1938, oil and sand on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1995.47.4