Switched on Pop

Switched on Pop

Switched on Pop

CATEGORY: Music
Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture.
  1. November 24, 2020
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    The Cyndi Lauper Conspiracy (with Sam Sanders)
    Every song Cyndi Lauper writes is pop perfection according to Sam Sanders, host of NPR’s “It’s Been A Minute.” Many fall for “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” but Sanders's favorite song is the slow burner “All Th…
  2. November 18, 2020
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    ANTHEMS: Missy Elliott — Work It
    Cultural critic Ivie Ani breaks down how Missy Elliott broke into the pantheon of anthems, and how she changed the scope of who could belong.Songs DiscussedMissy Elliott - Work ItBlondie - Heart of GlassRUN-DMC…
  3. November 17, 2020
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    ANTHEMS: Smash Mouth — All Star
    When Smash Mouth wrote "All Star,” they knew that it was going to change their lives. But they never expected it would become an anthem played in sports arenas, soundtracked by Hollywood, and embedded into seem…
  4. November 03, 2020
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    ANTHEMS: Jock Jams — Get Ready For This
    In 1995, ESPN launched Jock Jams Volume 1, a compilation record that would define the sound of sports for the next quarter century. We listen to the album's biggest songs to define what makes a "Jock Jam," and…
  5. October 27, 2020
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    ANTHEMS: Queen — We Are The Champions
    Freddie Mercury and team made one of the most unusual anthems of all time. “We Are The Champions” has a somber beginning, an uncertain ending and a sprinkling of operatic allusions. Yet more than 40 years after…
  6. October 20, 2020
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    Cory Henry has Something to Say
    Cory Henry is a remarkably gifted multi-instrumentalist. Growing up in the church, he started playing the Hammond B3 organ at age 2 and played his first gig at Apollo theater in NYC at age 6. As a professional…
  7. October 14, 2020
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    The Pop Music Forecast (with Lauren Michele Jackson)
    Shawn Mendes, BTS, Alicia Keys, 24kGoldn, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber & Chance The Rapper are all in the Hot 100 with songs that attempt to cope with the state of the world. What do they tell us about the sound of…
  8. October 07, 2020
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    Brandy Clark's Life Is A Record
    There is a type of country song that loves flawed characters lost on a winding journey ... likely down a dit road. One of the best songwriters in this style is acclaimed artist Brandy Clark. Her credits include…
  9. October 02, 2020
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    Keith Urban on The Speed of Now Part 1
    Keith Urban is a legend of country. He’s been releasing hit records for two decades now. Each album he describes as a portrait of his life in that moment. On his latest work, The Speed Of Now Part 1, has Urban…
  10. September 29, 2020
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    Mickey Guyton sings truth to Country Music
    Mickey Guyton spent a decade of fits and starts trying to make a career in country music. But now in recent months she’s having a country music moment releasing vulnerable songs that use her experiences of reje…
  11. September 22, 2020
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    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows
    Howard and Guy Lawrence, the brothers behind Disclosure, found global acclaim in 2012 with their song “Latch” ft. Sam Smith which blended house and dubstep in a doo-wop time signature. Since, they have collabor…
  12. September 18, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT IV, What Beethoven Would Have Wan…
    When we listen closely to the Fifth, we hear a testament to self-expression and determination. Which means that we get to decide how to honor this symphony today, whether that means taking a break from Beethove…
  13. September 15, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT III, Putting the Classism in Clas…
    Before Beethoven’s time, classical music culture looked and sounded quite different. When Mozart premiered his Symphony 31 in the late 1700s, it was standard for audiences to clap, cheer, and yell “da capo!” (I…
  14. September 11, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT II, From Struggle to Victory
    In the first movement of his famous symphony, Beethoven sets up a battle between hope and despair. The dark side of that spectrum is represented by the anguished opening notes of the first movement: DUN DUN DUN…
  15. September 08, 2020
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    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT I, A Battle Brewing
    You know Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. You’ve heard it in films, advertisements, parodied in Saturday morning cartoons and disco-ized in Saturday Night Fever. The Fifth Symphony is a given, so much so that it ble…
  16. September 04, 2020
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    Announcing THE 5TH with The New York Philharmonic
    A podcast mini-series in IV movements explaining and reconsidering Beethoven’s game-changing symphony. Episodes air Tuesdays & Fridays starting Sept 8th.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch…
  17. September 01, 2020
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    The Resistance is Dancing in the Streets (ICYMI)
    Our Switched on Summer Throwback Series continues with “Dancing in the Street,” the 1964 Motown hit by Martha and the Vandellas that was co-written by none other than Marvin Gaye. Over 50 years and countless co…
  18. August 26, 2020
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    Benee and the Art of the Sad Banger
    How does it feel to become a global pop star under lockdown? Benee’s “Supalonely” had been out for over 5 months when in March of 2020, it quickly became the second most popular song on TikTok. The song’s hook…
  19. August 18, 2020
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    90s Music Canon
    Matt Daniels, editor of the publication The Pudding, wanted to find out what songs from his youth would last into the future. So he designed a study that would test if Gen-Z had a grip on 90s culture. Hundreds…
  20. August 11, 2020
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    Bruno Major restyles the Great American Songbook
    Bruno Major blends old song structures from The Great American Songbook with contemporary production on his new album “To Let A Good Thing Die.” The result is a nostalgic, yet contemporary collection of love so…

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