The Upside: Body of Work 01.30.19

I speak with Emily Bernard - the author of a new collection of essays: Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine. We are talking about writing, book launches, identity, motherhood, friendship, and more. 

The music selections are inspired by the book, and feature songs of relationships, home, and personal journeys by Jill Scott, Wilco, Esperanza Spalding, and Akalé Wubé.

More about Emily: 

Emily Bernard is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont. Her collection of essays, Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, was released on January 29, 2019. Learn more at

  • 8:59am I've Got You Under My Skin by Oscar Peterson on Oscar Peterson Plays theColePorter Songbook (Verve Records)
  • 9:02am The Waters of March by Susannah McCorkle on Jazz Moods: Sounds of Spring (Concord Records)
  • 9:06am Nightshift by Commodores on Nightshift (Motown Records)
  • 9:11am God Shiva by Meshelle Nedgeocello on Peace Beyond Passion (Maverick Recording Company)
  • 9:38am The Eagle and Me by Shirley Horn on Songs of Lost Love By Shirley Horn (Fresh Sound Records)
  • 10:11am We Were Rock and Roll by Janelle Monáe on The Electric Lady (Bad Boy Records)
  • 10:30am This Isn't Our Parade by Santigold on Master of My Make Believe (Atlantic)
  • 10:32am I'm Every Woman by Chaka Khan on Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan Vol. 1 (Reprise Records)
  • 10:36am Jill Scott by Family Reunion on Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2 (Hidden Branch Records)
  • 10:41am Every Ghetto, Every City by Lauren Hill on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Columbia)
  • 10:46am A Place Called Home by PJ Harvey on Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (Universal Island Records, Ltd.)
  • 10:51am Girl Can't Be Herself by Alicia Keys on HERE (RCA Records)
  • 10:53am I'm the Man Who Loves You by Wilco on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Nonesuch Records)
  • 10:57am Anbessa by Akalé Wubé, Manu Dibango on Beyond Addis 02: Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis (Trikont)
  • 11:01am The Skin I'm In by Ovall on DON'T CARE WHO KNOWS THAT (Fragment, Inc.)
  • 11:04am Unconditional Love by Esperanza Spalding on Emily's D+Evolution (Esperanza Spalding Productions LLC)
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