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Girl Power

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Pop Princesses and Feminist Firepower

After we hear about female artists at last night's Grammy Awards, we dive into the history of women in music. In the 1990s, rock gave rise to two brands of feminism: the underground riot grrrl scene and the glitzy "girl power" of the Spice Girls. Marisa Meltzer, author of Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music, tells us about the relationship between the two - and how they influence today's female stars in rock and pop. Tell us: What did you think of riot grrrl and girl power in t

Duration: 18:45
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Soundcheck Smackdown

The New York indie rockers Vampire Weekend are topping the Billboard 200 chart by selling more than a 120,000 copies of their second set "Contra." While fans praise their unusual, global sound, critics call them Ivy-league elitists ripping off third world music. Joining us for a Soundcheck Smackdown: Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis and New York-based pop culture writer Marisa Meltzer, author of the new book Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music.

Duration: 30:36
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92Y Show & Tell: Marisa Meltzer92Y Show & Tell: Marisa Meltzer

At the home of author Marisa Meltzer, who showed us some of her music and zines.

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