Mark Kurlansky tells how the song “Dancing in the Street” became an anthem for a changing America. It was released in the summer of 1964—the time of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. Kurlansky’s book Ready for a Brand New Beat explains how “Dancing in the Street” became an activist anthem.
In this episode: Rapper and hip hop mogul Jay-Z just released his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jeff Rosenthal, hip hop writer and one half of the hip hop sketch comedy group It’s The Real, tells us his thoughts about the record.
Plus: The Martha and the Vandellas song “Dancing in the Street” was originally supposed to be a summer dance hit. But then the 1960’s happened — and the song took on a whole new meaning. We discuss the song with author Mark Kurlansky, whose new book is called Ready for a Brand New Beat: How “Dancing in the Street” Became the Anthem for a Changing America.
And: Contemporary Christian musician Amy Grant recently released a new album called How Mercy Looks From Here. We talk with the Grammy winning artist about incorporating her faith into her music, going to Bonnaroo, and her gay fans — and we hear some of her new songs live in our studio.
The Martha and the Vandellas song “Dancing in the Street” was originally supposed to be a summer dance hit. But then the 1960’s happened — and “Dancing in the Street” took on a whole new meaning.
Salt is found on most dining tables and in most kitchens—but this ubiquitous household item has a long and curious history. It’s a flavor enhancer, an ice melter, has been used as a currency, and has shaped civilization. Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt: A World History, and Dr. Sonia Angell, Director, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control, New York City Health Department, explain what salt is, where it comes from, and discusses its influence on history and on our health.