Dessa’s Parts of Speech
She uses just the one name, but don’t be fooled by that brevity. Dessa, a rapper from Minneapolis, has earned a following with her song-writing skills and her work as the only female member of the hip hop collective Doomtree. In this conversation with host Dick Gordon, she talks about her path from philosophy student to poet to rapper.
Also in this show: In 1973, the American war against communism in Laos ended, leaving Hmong allies behind; and in a room across from Carnegie Hall, the exuberant young piano phenom Lang Lang demonstrates how he approaches a Brahms Intermezzo.