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The One About Joni Mitchell

May 5, 2020

Joni Mitchell is a singer-songwriter from Alberta, Canada. In 1968, her debut album, Song to a Seagull, was released and since then, Mitchell has become one of the most influential and greatest recording artists. Mitchell has won nine Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and countless music awards, and her albums are considered among the best ever made.

We're big fans. It turns out we're not alone.

This hour, we talk to a few friends of the show to discuss Mitchell's influence on them while listening to their favorite Joni songs. Plus, we chat David Yaffe, the author of Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell.

These are the interviews that we couldn't fit into the live show. The first file is Colin's conversation with Noah Baerman, who talked about "Good Friends" from the album Dog Eat Dog.

This second file is Colin's conversation with Jim Chapdelaine and Steve Metcalf. The songs are "Electricity" from the album For the Roses and "Edith and the Kingpin" from The Hissing of Summer Lawns.


  • David Yaffe - Assistant professor of Humanities at Syracuse University and the author of Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
  • Taneisha Duggan - Producing associate at TheaterWorks
  • Brendan J. Sullivan - Producer and author of Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives
  • Lee Newton - Director of program promotion at Connecticut Public
  • Jim Chapdelaine - Musician, producer, recording engineer, and Emmy-winning composer
  • Steve Metcalf - Music critic, arts consultant, composer, director of the University of Hartford's Presidents' College
  • Noah Baerman - Jazz pianist and composer

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Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired April 4, 2019.