Contemporary artist Ai Weiwei says that creativity is “the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, to seek new potential...creativity is the power to act.” That also describes how Jill Medvedow has led Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.

She’s brought groundbreaking exhibitions and a mission of radical welcoming, to say nothing of the fact that under her leadership, the ICA opened a gleaming new home on Boston’s waterfront. And then another one —ICA Watershed— a boat ride away.

It’s hard to imagine the ICA without Medvedow, but that’s exactly what we’ll have to do. She’s announced she’s stepping down at the end of the year.

Today Jared Bowen talks to Jill Medvedow about her leadership, her legacy, and what's next.

From there, co-host Callie Crossley pores over the history of cocktails and how modern day mixology and classic concoctions, such as Champagne Punch, have cultural origins rooted in African American history– centuries of African American history. This is the subject of Toni Tipton Martin's new book, "Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs, and Juice: A Cocktail Recipe Book: Cocktails From Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks"