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When Anthony Heilbut was growing up in New York City in the 1950s, he’d often go see R&B shows at the Apollo Theater. One day an usher urged him to check out the gospel shows, too. Heilbut did and “became obsessed with proselytizing” for gospel music. Heilbut has written a collection of essays titled The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations.
Then, Bob talks with Susan Richards Shreve, the author of fourteen novels. Her latest is You Are The Love Of My Life. [Broadcast Date: August 20, 2012]