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From Barbra to Beyoncé: A look at the appeal of divas

Barbra Streisand performs onstage at United Center on August 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Barbra Streisand performing in Chicago in 2019.

The Nose is off this week.

In its place: What is a diva? And how has the term evolved?

This hour, divas — from Tay-Tay to Beyoncé to Barbra to Dolly, from opera to the top of the pop charts.


  • Spencer Kornhaber: Staff writer at The Atlantic and author of On Divas: Persona, Pleasure, Power
  • Myrna Reynolds: Retired singer
  • Zachary Woolfe: Classical music critic for The New York Times

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired December 6, 2023.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.