My Conversation With Meredith Ochs, Author of Aretha: The Queen of Soul—A Life in Photographs

Click Here To Listen Meredith Ochs This beautifully illustrated unofficial retrospective celebrates the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and reflects on her life, music, and legacy. Aretha Franklin’s voice was legendary, unforgettable: deeply rooted in gospel, yet versatile enough to brilliantly interpret R&B, rock, soul, pop, and jazz standards, it fueled a six-decade career. Her vocal wallop was a mix of preaching, rebuke, and elation. From the languorous “I Never Loved a Man (the Way That I Love You),” to the funky “Chain of Fools,” to the fiercely feminist “Think,” to the definitive, demanding version of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” Franklin’s songs played out against the tumultuous sociopolitical backdrop of the late ’60s like a soundtrack [...]

Real Talk With Dr. Valencia Campbell: Support Combined Federal Campaign; Give Now! On DrAlvin.Com

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My Conversation With Vanya Erickson, Author Of Boot Language

Click Here To Listen Vanya Erickson From the outside, Vanya’s childhood looked idyllic: she rode horses with her father in the solitude of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and attended flamboyant operas with her mother in the city. But life for Vanya and her family turned dark when ghosts from her father’s service on a Pacific destroyer in World War II tore her family apart. Set in postwar California, this is the story of a girl who tried to make sense of her parents’ unpredictable actions―from being left to lie in her own blood-soaked diaper while her Christian Scientist mother prayed, refusing to get medical help to watching her father writhe on his bed in the [...]

Real Talk With Dr. Valencia Campbell: Howard University Medicine On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Dr Valencia Campbell-Howard University Medicine MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER Email: eom@dc.gov (202) 727-2643 CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON Email: pmendelson@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8032 COUNCILMEMBER ANITA D. BONDS (AT LARGE) Email: abonds@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8064 COUNCILMEMBER DAVID GROSSO (AT LARGE) Email: dgrosso@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8105 COUNCILMEMBER ELISSA SILVERMAN (AT LARGE) Email: esilverman@dccouncil.us (202) 724-7772 COUNCILMEMBER ROBERT WHITE, JR. (AT LARGE) Email: rwhite@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8174 COUNCILMEMBER BRIANNE NADEAU (WARD 1) Email: bnadeau@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8181 COUNCILMEMBER JACK EVANS (WARD 2) Email: jackevans@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8058 COUNCILMEMBER MARY M. CHEH (WARD 3) Email: mcheh@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8062 COUNCILMEMBER BRANDON T. TODD (WARD 4) Email: btodd@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8052 COUNCILMEMBER KENYAN MCDUFFIE (WARD 5) Email: kmcduffie@dccouncil.us (202) 724-8028 COUNCILMEMBER CHARLES ALLEN (WARD 6) Email: callen@dccouncil.us [...]

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My Conversation With Gretchen Anthony, Author Of Evergreen Tidings From The Baumgartners On DrAlvin.com

Click Here To Listen Gretchen Anthony A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novel Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners! Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she’s going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her, shattering Violet’s carefully constructed world. In an epic battle of wills, Violet goes to increasing lengths [...]