The High Priestess of Soul


Nina Simone was a musical prodigy and civil rights activist whose iconic voice and style shaped the sound of modern jazz and soul. Cristen and Caroline explore the tempestuous woman behind the artistic legend and how racism compelled and complicated her career.

Episode sources:

"A Raised Voice: How Nina Simone turned the music into music." http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/11/raised-voice

"I Wish I Knew How It Felt to Be Free." http://longform.org/stories/I-Wish-I-Knew-How-It-Would-Feel-To-Be-Free

"Nina Simone's Daughter on Her Mother's REAL Legacy." http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/nina-simones-daughter-on-her-mothers-real-legacy-133#axzz3fWJBxuwX

"Nina Simone: High Priestess of Soul." https://www.facebook.com/notes/aaron-overfield/nina-simone-high-priestess-of-soul-by-maya-angelou-redbook-november-1970/10154171643955346

"The High Priestess of Soul: Nina Simone in 5 Songs." http://www.npr.org/sections/ablogsupreme/2015/06/24/416824244/the-high-priestess-of-soul-nina-simone-in-five-songs

"The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone'." http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/the-irresponsibility-of-what-happened-miss-simone-20150629

"What Happened to Nina Simone?" http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/06/nina-simone-and-mississippi-goddam/396923/

Academic insights:

"'I Don't Trust You Anymore': Nina Simone, Culture, and Black Activism in the 1960s." Ruth Feldstein. The Journal of American History. March 2005. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3660176?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Topics in this Podcast: music, women's history, Mental Health, civil rights