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Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Mavis Staples is an iconic artist whose impact on culture continues to reverberate. She’s both a Blues and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a civil rights icon; a GRAMMY Award-winner; and a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer. She marched with Dr. King, performed at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and sang in Barack Obama’s White House. She’s collaborated with a wide array of notable artists such as Prince, Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder. Host Steve Ordower talks with Mavis about some of these collaborations along with the rest of her illustrious career…starting out with her family as The Staple Singers, her father’s distinctive guitar style, and her experience appearing several times on the ground-breaking gospel music television show JUBILEE SHOWCASE.

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