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The Magic Of Shirley Temple

Cover Image for "The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression" by John F. Kasson

Ringlets, a baby-doll face and a sweet singing voice may be the most recognizable aspects of Shirley Temple's famous persona.

But in his latest book, cultural historian John F. Kasson argues that Temple's smile and charm also helped reinforce the cultural and political dynamics of the tumultuous 1930s. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to Kasson, history and American studies professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about his book, The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression, (W.W. Norton & Company/2014).

Watch Shirley Temple perform the famous "On the Good Ship Lollipop":

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.