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Why So Gaga About Lady Gaga?

After millions of downloads, and over a billion views for her risqué videos, Lady Gaga is the new love-it-or-leave-it superstar. We hear the case for the glam-pop icon.

Lady Gaga performs at Carnegie Hall, New York, May 2010. (AP)

Lady Gaga performs at Carnegie Hall, New York, May 2010. (AP)

Stephani Germanotta was only four years old when she learned to play the piano. At thirteen she wrote her first song, and by nineteen she had a record deal and a new handle: “Lady Gaga.”

Part go-go dancer, part diva, with outsized costumes and brazen sexuality, she’s been called the new Madonna. Maybe bigger.

But there are bigger themes. Believe in yourself, she says. Total girl-power. It feels like everyone is listening, watching, and singing along with Lady Gaga. And they’re hearing the message.

This hour, On Point: Going gaga over Lady Gaga.
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Guests:

Nancy Bauer, associate professor of philosophy at Tufts University. Her Op-Ed on Lady Gaga, “Lady Power,” appeared in Sunday’s New York Times.

Maura Johnston, music critic. She’s written for The Daily Beast, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Gawker, and Awl.

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Apr 20, 2015
A member of a bomb squad pulls something off of a small helicopter and throws it after a man landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  A Florida postal carrier named Doug Hughes took responsibility for the stunt on a website where he said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress in order to draw attention to campaign finance corruption. (AP)

We’ll take up the gyrocopter pilot’s complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.

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