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I’m Sarah Black, a writing and communication professor, using this podcast to tell my life story through 64 'Top 40' Billboard songs. These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs although some are, or the best songs, but rather my life as a playlist.

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I’m Sarah Black, a writing and communication professor, using this podcast to tell my life story through 64 'Top 40' Billboard songs. These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs although some are, or the best songs, but rather my life as a playlist.

    Debbie Gibson and Swing Out Sister

    Debbie Gibson and Swing Out Sister

    The future for Life as a Playlist and my eight happiest childhood memories. #DebbieGibson #SwingOutSister

    • 24 min
    The Spinners and The Four Tops

    The Spinners and The Four Tops

    How Covid-19 has exacerbated injustices in our criminal justice system, and honoring the life of a beloved student #Covid-19 #EndMassIncarceration #Motown #FourTops #TheSpinners

    • 26 min
    My Top 10 Divas of the 2010s

    My Top 10 Divas of the 2010s

    Your favorite diva for the 2010s based on audience vote is Lizzo! Hear all about her and my 9 favorites of the decade here. #divas

    • 38 min
    The Calling and The Pointer Sisters

    The Calling and The Pointer Sisters

    Luke Allen, host of Christmas Actually, joins me to discuss the soundtrack of Love Actually and its top-40 songs. #thecalling #pointersisters #loveactually #christmas

    • 39 min
    Frank Sinatra and Florence + The Machine

    Frank Sinatra and Florence + The Machine

    Childhood rejection, the subsequent fear of failure, self-forgiveness, and forging a new identity.

    #frank sinatra #florenceandthemachine #atichyphobia

    • 21 min
    27 Male Vocalists

    27 Male Vocalists

    I ranked your nominations for the most emotionally resonant pop/rock male vocalists of all time in an unscientific and highly subjective order. See where your favorite landed!

    • 26 min

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