Josephine Baker: Jazz Age Superstar to WW2 Spy

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Josephine Baker was one of the most extraordinary people of the 20th century – and the first black woman honoured in the French Panthéon in 2021.

From an early life of poverty in St. Louis, America, to being a superstar singer, actress and dancer, to being a spy as part of the resistance against the Nazis.

For today’s episode, we’re sharing an episode from our sister podcast Dan Snow’s History Hit, where Dan is in conversation with Monique Y. Wells to discuss the life of Josephine Baker.

Monique is the co-founder of Entrée to Black Paris and a contributor on Paris’ Black history and culture.

This podcast was edited by Stuart Beckwith and Dougal Patmore. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.

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