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Bettye LaVette takes on the Bob Dylan songbook




R&B singer Bettye LaVette.
R&B singer Bettye LaVette.
Mark Seliger

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On today's show:

Her times are indeed a-changin'

(Starts at 7:45)

Bettye LaVette released her first recording in 1962 — the same year that Bob Dylan's debut album came out. After a long stop-and-start career, the veteran R&B singer is on a roll with an album that demonstrates her sense of adventure and musical curiosity. LaVette recently visited our studio for a chat with John Horn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fNrmRuI-so

Emma Thompson makes a stand

(Starts at :45)

The actress had agreed to voice a leading part in "Luck," an animated feature from Skydance Animation. But then the company hired executive John Lasseter, who had been forced out of Pixar because of his history of inappropriate behavior with women. Thompson has now decided to withdraw from the film, and she spelled out her decision in a letter that was provided to L.A. Times columnist Mary McNamara. She talks with John Horn about her column.

Nana Adjoa shrinks the world of pop music

(Starts at 19:00)

Singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa has lived in the Netherlands her entire life, but she grew up listening to American indie acts such as Elliott Smith and Beck. Her lyrics are often introspective, drawing on her complex relationship with religion and her Dutch-Ghanaian identity. Though she sings in English, her most recent tour was the first time performing for U.S. audiences. She spoke with The Frame’s Jonathan Shifflett when she came through town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DAsyQkjjes