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Madonna Week: 'Ray Of Light' Revisited; Madonna In Detroit; Dessa Plays Live

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cover for Madonna's 'Ray Of Light.' Cover for Madonna's 'Ray Of Light.'

In this episode: NPR Music’s Ann Powers joins us for a deep dive into Madonna’s 1998 album Ray of Light.

Plus: In 1984, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about growing up in Michigan. Thirty years later, Whitall -- who still works for the Detroit News as a music, features, and entertainment writer -- reflects on that interview with Madonna early on in her career.

And: Minneapolis rapper and singer Dessa — of the independent hip hop collective Doomtree — embraces a melodic side on her latest album Parts Of Speech. Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio.

Guests:

Dessa, Ann Powers and Susan Whitall

'Ray Of Light' Was Madonna's 'Mid-Life Enlightenment' Record

NPR Music’Ann Powers calls Ray of Light Madonna's “mid-life enlightenment” record — and she walks us through this interesting chapter in the star’s career.

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Madonna's Detroit Roots

In 1984, shortly after Madonna embarked upon her musical career, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about her childhood growing up outside of Detroit. Now, 30 years later, Susan Whitall is still working for the Detroit News as a music, features and entertainment writer – and she joins us to talk about that interview with Madonna early on in her career. Plus, she reflects on Madonna's relationship with her hometown today. 

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Dessa: Twin City Rapper Embraces Her Melodic Side

The Twin Cities area is home to Doomtree, one of the best independent hip-hop collectives in the country. Dessa, its only female MC, has stepped up the singing on her new solo album, Parts Of Speech. Watch Dessa perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Take Soundcheck's Madonna Quiz

Test your Madonna knowledge with this quiz.

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Download This: Marco Benevento

The pianist and composer Marco Benevento performs at Brookfield Place Winter Garden Thursday. Download "Fireworks."

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