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The annual Florida Folk Festival kicks off in North Florida at 6 p.m. this Friday. The three-day cultural celebration is bringing together hip-hop and graffiti artists with traditional Chinese musicians and many other performers this year.

The state-sponsored festival is a celebration of the culture and traditions unique to Florida. All weekend, people will be able to take in traditional musical performances at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center in White Springs, near the intersection of I-10 and I-75.

First, journalist Blaine Harden tells the unbelievable story of Shin Dong-hyuks escape from a North Korean prison camp his book, Escape from Camp 14. Then, fueled by her love for all humanity, Dr. Maya Angelou has always worked tirelessly to span the gaps of race and gender.

Now she is working on another project, the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness. The goals of the center are educating women on healthy living and achieving equality in women’s health care. Blaine Harden and Dr. Maya Angelou, this week on Prime Time Radio.

JOYCE CAROL OATES is the prolific author of some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including bestsellers, "We Were the Mulvaney’s," "Blonde," and "The Falls." Her published works also include many critically acclaimed collections of short fiction and essays, plays, and poetry.

Writing for "The Nation," critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. said of her work, "A future archeologist equipped only with her oeuvre could easily piece together the whole of postwar America." Her most recent book is "The Accursed." (Recorded March 5, 2013 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco)

On the next City Arts & Lectures DAVID EAGLEMAN, a neuroscientist and author best-known for his investigation of time perception, synesthesia, and his work in neurolaw, is featured. His book, "Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain," explores the neuroscience of the conscious mind.  His previous book, "Wednesday is Indigo Blue," co-authored with Richard E. Cytowic was an exploration of synesthesia, a neurological condition in which the senses are blended.

All Songs Considered is NPR's guide to discovering new music below the radar. Every week, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton go through hundreds of new CDs to find sneak previews of music that's worth getting excited about, whether it's the latest Swedish pop band, a hip hop artist going ambient, or a singer-songwriter with a twisted new take on love. Sometimes, artists or critics stop by All Songs Considered with their top picks. It's the perfect show for listeners who love to stay current, but can't always wade through a myriad of sources.

The renowned "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook" and five-time Grammy nominated performer Michael Feinstein hosts Song Travels, a  series examining how popular standards and show tunes

have evolved through the years. From the production team that brought you Piano Jazz, the program expands upon the genre of American Popular Song and re-imagines it for a new century.

Air dates are listed below.

March 2     Song Travels with Michael Feinstein,  Guest:  Bette Midler- 8pm, 91.5

Florida is turning 500 years old, and one Miami-based artist is giving the state a floral facelift as a birthday gift.  

Five-hundred years ago, Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for the Fountain of Youth when he arrived in Florida. He named it la Florida (translation: Flowery Land) because of its beautiful flora.  Today, Florida International University Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada is inviting all Floridians to help bring back some of the natural beauty Ponce de Leon saw.