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Mavis Staples' Soul: A Celebration

Mavis Staples at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2005. Photo: Steve Laufer
Mavis Staples at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 2005. Photo: Steve Laufer

Broadcast: March 13, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.

A music and talk celebration of the indomitable spirit and talent that Mavis Staples has shown over a career that tacks from the late 1940’s, into the 2020’s.

A panel of top notch music writers and scholars reflect on her rich music history, as Paul Ingles hosts a mix of some of her most important and stirring performances.

The first half focuses on her family's early gospel group successes in the 1950's and the beginning of their emergence as civil rights messengers and pop chart leaders in the 1960's and early 1970's.

Commentators include: NPR's Ann Powers, Rolling Stone Magazine's Anthony DeCurtis, Staples Biographer Greg Kot, Music Critic Holly Gleason, and music teachers and scholars Aaron Cohen, Birgitta Johnson, and Alisha Lola Jones.

Listen to this episode: Click here.