Daily Archives: May 11, 2010

How Lena Horne Taught Me The ABC's

Published May 11, 2010

NPR's Sonari Glinton

NPR's Sonari Glinton

Sonari Glinton is an NPR producer on loan to WBUR. He has reported on Lena Horne, the iconic soul singer who died Sunday at 92. Horne made a deep and lasting impression on Sonari, so I asked him to share his memories with us.


Andrew Phelps: Sonari, in your obituary for NPR, you wrote that Lena Horne‚Äôs career “began with frustration and ended in celebration.” And here you are, celebrating her career. Why?

Sonari Glinton: I should have said: “ended in triumph.” I guess this is my chance for a do-over. Lena Horne’s career ended in triumph. There. Redone.

Anyway, moving on. I think her cultural importance is equal to and may even outweigh her actual artistic importance. (She was no slouch artistically.) I mean, for decades she represented black beauty. By the way, here’s a hilarious bit by Lenny Bruce about Horne’s beauty:

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Hey, Where's MY Question?

Published May 11, 2010

On Monday we asked you to submit questions for our Radio Boston interview with Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. I was really impressed by the number of well-formed and concise questions that came in.

The feisty 13-minute interview came and went… and none of your question were asked. Kevin Gilnack (@kgilnack) totally busted us on Twitter:

if u dont have time to use q’s from ur website’s comments, please don’t ask us to post them.

I think some explanation is in order.

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