A San Antonio, Texas, listener is puzzled about a story in The Guardian about Mavis Staples speculating about her romance with Bob Dylan: “If we’d had some little plum-crushers, how our lives would be. The kids would be singing now, and Bobby and I would be holding each other up.” Plum-crushers? Chances are, though, that the reporter misheard a different slang term common in the African-American community. This is part of a complete episode.
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