Bob talks with Lakesia Johnson about strong black women such as Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis, and Michelle Obama. Johnson is an English professor and the author of Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman which documents the lives and trials of African American women who refuse to be stereotyped.
Bob talks with Alena Graedon about her debut novel titled The Word Exchange. The story takes place in the near future, after our smart phones become even smarter, leaving us a little dumber and susceptible to a virus called “word flu.” The “word nerd dreamscape” created by Graedon mixes mystery and love stories with a dystopian thriller…and it’s just come out in paperback.
The 57th Grammy Awards are handed out Sunday night and we have a preview of the ceremony with some of this year’s nominees. First, Bob talks with Tony Bennett about his long career in music. He’s nominated along with Lady Gaga for their album titled Cheek to Cheek. Then Bob talks with Rosanne Cash and Dianne Reeves about their latest CDs. Cash is up for three Grammy Awards, including Best Americana Album for The River & The Thread while Reeves and her CD titled Beautiful Life are nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album – a category she’s already won four times.