Chris Molanphy explains Adele’s voice, plus a rare Bruce Springsteen tape.

What Is It About Adele’s Voice?

What Is It About Adele’s Voice?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 18 2015 7:16 PM

What Is It About Her Voice?

I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to … talk with Chris Molanphy about what makes Adele’s voice so powerful.

Lovely Adele.

From the album cover of 25

Listen to Episode 401 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, music writer Chris Molanphy explains what’s made Adele’s new album 25 an epic success. It is her voice or the cult of Adele? Chris writes Slate’s Why Is This Song No. 1 column. For the Spiel, a Bruce Springsteen bootleg features a very special holiday preamble.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.