Watch our unedited, behind-the-scenes video of Krista interviewing Bobby McFerrin on Good Friday at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. A marvelous experience not to be missed!
He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin?
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Bobby McFerrin stretches and focuses before his interview with Krista Tippett at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Voices on the Radio
Host/Executive Producer: Krista Tippett
Head of Content: Trent Gilliss
Technical Director: Chris Heagle
Senior Producer: Lily Percy
Associate Producer: Mariah Helgeson
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