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Title: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, "The Age of Phillis" (Wesleyan UP, 2020)

Carolyn Burke, “No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf” (Knopf, 2011)

March 1st, 2012

Edith Piaf’s story is rife with drama. The daughter of an acrobat and a singer, she was the first French superstar and sang with wild abandon in… Go to Episode

John Bloom, “There You Have It: The Life, Legacy, and Legend of Howard Cosell” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010)

February 27th, 2012

Howard Cosell was fond of saying that American television in the 1970s was dominated by three C’s, representing each of the broadcast networks:… Go to Episode

Mia Bay, “To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells” (Hill and Wang, 2009)

February 24th, 2012

I can’t remember when I first saw one of those horrible photographs of a lynching, with crowds of white people, kids included, laughing and pointing… Go to Episode

Vincent Carretta, “Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage” (University of Georgia Press, 2011)

February 16th, 2012

Few people can claim to have created a literary genre… Phillis Wheatley did. By the time she was twenty, her name- taken from the slave ship that… Go to Episode