Bob Dylan, Fifty Years Later

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For those who fell in love with Bob Dylan during their youth, it might be hard to believe, but it was fifty years ago that he released his first album. And in the years since then, he’s won Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and even a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008. And, of course, he’s written and performed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of songs.

Today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his first album, Bob Dylan is releasing a new album called “Tempest.” And The Takeaway is looking at the album, as well as who Bob Dylan has become. What does he offer a new generation of listeners?

Leading the conversation is Sean Wilentz, in-house historian at and the author of “Bob Dylan in America.”