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Motown and Stax Records: A Legacy of Soul

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Motown Records is currently celebrating the half-century mark of its existence, following fellow soul hotbed Stax Records’s own anniversary last year. Today, we take on the two catalysts of America’s soul explosion in the 1960’s and their contribution to contemporary culture - which was more influential? Also: Operatic mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins us live in the studio to discuss her thriving career and her newest CD release of angry arias.

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Joyce DiDonato

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