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Popcast

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

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  • 18.05.2020
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    The Many Lives of Doja Cat

    The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.

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  • 12.05.2020
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    Remembering Tony Allen and Florian Schneider, Two Pillars of Rhythm

    Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.

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  • 30.04.2020
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    The Triumphant Return of Fiona Apple, Pop Music Renegade

    A conversation about everything “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.

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  • 19.04.2020
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    Beyond ‘Trolls’ and ‘Frozen’: What Are Our Kids Listening To?

    Children’s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.

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  • 11.04.2020
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    Dua Lipa, Dance-Pop Crusader

    The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.

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  • 05.04.2020
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    Sam Hunt and Kenny Rogers, Country Music Rule-Benders

    Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.

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  • 27.03.2020
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    What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

    The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.

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  • 20.03.2020
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    What Music Should I Listen to in a Crisis?

    Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.

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  • 19.03.2020
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    How Will Pop Music Respond to the Coronavirus?

    The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.

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  • 08.03.2020
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    The Unrelenting Space Jams of Tame Impala

    How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project — and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.

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  • 28.02.2020
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    The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill

    The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

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  • 22.02.2020
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    Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical

    One of pop’s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.

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  • 14.02.2020
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    Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More

    The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times’s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

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  • 07.02.2020
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    Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More

    The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

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  • 01.02.2020
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    When Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Become Political?

    A conversation about how its meaning has evolved over the last two decades. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald.

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  • 28.01.2020
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    The Grammys, Dissected: Out With the Old, in With the Billie, Lizzo and Tyler

    Did the deserving artists win? Was Aerosmith terrible? The debates rage on our post-awards show. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles.

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  • 17.01.2020
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    How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter

    Songs that work in 15-second bursts are different from tracks that succeed on the FM dial. Guests: The writer Aimee Cliff and GodMode's Nick Sylvester.

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  • 11.01.2020
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    In 2019, Jazz Reckoned With Old Boundaries, and Marched Past Them

    A conversation about the best jazz albums of the year, and what they tell us about the genre’s future. Guests: Martin Johnson and Giovanni Russonello.

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  • 31.12.2019
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    Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

    A revealing (and hilarious) look back at our year-end lists from the past decade. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Joe Coscarelli.

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  • 20.12.2019
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    Debating the Best Albums of 2019

    How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

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  • 13.12.2019
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    Juice WRLD and the Crisis of SoundCloud Rap-Era Fame

    Success is coming faster than ever for a new generation of musicians. But at what price? Guests: David Turner; the directors Ramez Silyan and Sebastian Jones.

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  • 08.12.2019
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    Would Prince Have Wanted His Rough Drafts Made Public?

    A memoir and a deluxe edition of “1999” offer a new perspective on the meticulous artist. Guests: Jon Pareles, Naima Cochrane, Keith Murphy and Jay Smooth.

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  • 22.11.2019
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    Dissecting the 2020 Grammy Nominations

    Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the way. But has the Recording Academy’s relationship to pop changed? Guests: The full New York Times pop music team.

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  • 21.11.2019
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    Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey: Pop Stars (and Their Fans) Clap Back

    Are artists responsible when their fan armies can be weaponized? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.

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  • 11.11.2019
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    Can Reality Television Produce a Plausible Rap Star?

    Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” is the most recent example of the reality-TV business trying to get into the hip-hop business. Guests: Complex's Frazier Tharpe and Stereogum's Tom Breihan.

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  • 30.10.2019
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    Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ From the Gospel Perspective

    Gospel music insiders on the rapper’s turn to religious music and how his album relates to contemporary holy hip-hop. Guests: Root's Hasan James and The Journal of Gospel Music's Robert Marovich.

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  • 19.10.2019
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    The Rise of DaBaby, From Memes to the Mosh Pit

    The year’s most consistent new hip-hop star combines intense rhymes with online savvy. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

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  • 11.10.2019
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    The Highwomen, Miranda Lambert and the Women Invigorating Country Music

    Nashville has long marginalized female performers, songwriters and producers. But a wave of artists is fighting back. Guests: Jada Watson and Natalie Weiner.

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  • 05.10.2019
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    Is 100 gecs the End of Pop, or a New Beginning?

    One of the year’s most unlikely breakthroughs is a duo that makes disorienting, genre-jumbling music. Guests: Eli Enis and The Fader's Larry Fitzmaurice.

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  • 29.09.2019
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    A New Flood of English-Spanish Pop Is Here. Is It Opportunism or Progress?

    Collaborations have flourished in the wake of “Despacito,” some sounding natural, some sounding forced. Guest: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda.

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  • 22.09.2019
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    How Does Post Malone Sound Like Everything and Nothing?

    A conversation about his rapid rise and the questions — about genre and race — glossed over along the way. Guests: Pitchfork's Jayson Greene and The New York Times Magazine's Jonah Weiner.

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  • 07.09.2019
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    Young Thug Gets His Due, But Is It Too Late?

    One of the decade’s most copied rappers finally reached No. 1 on the album chart, years after his aesthetic rubbed off on hip-hop. Guest: Andrew Nosnitsky.

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  • 29.08.2019
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    What’s the Point of Album Covers in the Post-Album Era?

    What was once a large canvas for grand statements is now a tiny digital mark. Guest: Chips's Teddy Blanks.

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  • 27.08.2019
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    Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ the Beginning or the End of an Era?

    Breaking down the sounds, the themes, the obscure (and not-so-hidden) messages and more on her seventh album. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

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  • 16.08.2019
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    A Tribute to David Berman, Who Never Hid His Truth

    Conversations about his songwriting, his struggles and his striking sweetness outside of music. Guests: Jeff Johnson; The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich; and Nick Weidenfeld.

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  • 02.08.2019
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    Funkmaster Flex and Tyler, the Creator’s Unlikely Buddy Comedy

    The Hot 97 D.J. and the hip-hop disrupter shared the wildest interview of the year. Guests: Rolling Stone's Charles Holmes and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

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  • 26.07.2019
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    How Many Streams Is a T-Shirt Worth? Breaking Down Chart Dilemmas.

    There’s more data about music consumption than ever before. That doesn’t mean we understand who’s the most popular. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Ben Sisario.

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  • 19.07.2019
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    The Loudness of João Gilberto, Bossa Nova’s King of Quiet

    A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects. Guest: Ben Ratliff

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  • 08.07.2019
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    How Hootie & the Blowfish Inspired Both Love and Hate

    Critics who were writing about the band at the peak of its fame look back at how the group became so bitterly divisive. Guests: Jim DeRogatis and Danyel Smith.

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  • 03.07.2019
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    Taylor vs. Scooter: The Pop Music Civil War of 2019

    The superstar complained that the powerful manager acquired her master recordings, setting off a debate that divided the industry. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

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  • 01.07.2019
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    The Unexpectedly Deep Musical Roots of Hootie & the Blowfish

    “Cracked Rear View” catapulted the band to superstardom. But the group made great music long before — and after — anyone paid attention. Guest: former A&R representative Tim Sommer

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  • 21.06.2019
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    Why Are the Movies So Obsessed With Pop Stars?

    From “Rocketman” to “Her Smell,” “Blaze” to “Vox Lux,” the film industry seems to think all musicians have the same ups and downs. Guests: The New York Times's A.O. Scott; Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins; Kristen Yoonsoo Kim.

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  • 13.06.2019
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    Can Record Labels Be Trusted to Preserve Music History?

    A 2008 fire destroyed master recordings for a who’s who of popular music. A new investigation explores the damage done. Guest: The New York Times Magazine's Jody Rosen

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  • 11.06.2019
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    Bob Dylan’s Excellent Adventure

    The Rolling Thunder Revue was more than a tour: It was a chance for the songwriter to play with the truth. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles

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  • 25.05.2019
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    Megan Thee Stallion and Rap’s Rising Generation of Women

    Hip-hop has historically been inhospitable to female performers. A new class is finding fresh paths to break through. Guests: The Atlantic's Hannah Giorgis and Vulture's Hunter Harris.

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  • 20.05.2019
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    Are AirPods Worth the Costs?

    Apple’s wireless earbuds have led to questions about personal tech as environmental scourge and punch line. Guests: The New York Times's Brian X. Chen and Motherboard's Caroline Haskins.

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  • 13.05.2019
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    Vampire Weekend, Indie Rock Heretics Turned Anxious Jam Band

    Ezra Koenig’s literate group has returned, sparking questions about how it was received in the past, and where it stands in the current climate. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; The Ringer's Rob Harvilla

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  • 05.05.2019
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    The Return of Bikini Kill and the Long Tail of Riot Grrrl

    A movement of punk-powered feminism that began in the early 1990s has a fresh urgency in 2019. Guests: Evelyn McDonnell, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Caryn Ganz

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  • 30.04.2019
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    How Gospel and Pop Learn From Each Other

    From Kanye West to serpentwithfeet to the Stellar Awards returning to BET, the genres’ dialogue has been evolving. Guest: The New Yorker's Briana Younger

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  • 19.04.2019
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    Is Billie Eilish the Future of Pop?

    The 17-year-old musician has been revising the rules of young stardom. But she may be more of a classicist than her aesthetic would suggest. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; Meaghan Garvey

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  • 07.04.2019
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    Lil Nas X and the Long History of Country-Rap

    “Old Town Road” is the latest flash point in the two-decades-long dialogue between Nashville and hip-hop. Guest: Average Joes Entertainment's Shannon Houchins

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  • 29.03.2019
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    Boy Bands, Now Featuring Grown Men

    Backstreet’s back, the New Kids put out a new single and groups in the K-pop ecosystem are thriving. Why are boy bands so central to pop music? Guests: Jezebel's Maria Sherman and Billboard's Andrew Unterberger

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  • 21.03.2019
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    How a Viral Rap Star Rocketed From Meme to Hit

    Blueface’s “Thotiana” is a nearly perfectly engineered hit of the social media age. Guests: The Fader's Ben Dandridge-Lemco and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

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  • 07.03.2019
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    Can Michael Jackson’s Legacy Ever Really Be Derailed?

    The documentary “Leaving Neverland” details devastating allegations of sexual abuse. How do fans process them, and Jackson’s body of work? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Aisha Harris and Ben Sisario

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  • 01.03.2019
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    The Hip-Hop Superstar as Local Newsmaker

    Musicians often make headlines; balancing coverage of their art with coverage of the accusations they face isn’t always easy. Guest: The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Brett Clarkson

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  • 18.02.2019
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    Behind the Ryan Adams Investigation

    The musician has been accused of dangling career opportunities while pursuing female artists for sex, then turning domineering and vengeful. He denies the claims. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik.

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  • 12.02.2019
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    The 2019 Grammys Make Up for Last Year, Somewhat

    After a terrible ceremony that minimized women and nonwhite artists, the Recording Academy tried something else: the opposite. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

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  • 01.02.2019
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    Maggie Rogers and Sharon Van Etten Break Free From Old Expectations

    Two singer-songwriters at different points in their careers are staking claim to new creative ground. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz

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  • 25.01.2019
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    Fyre Festival’s Post-Mortems: We’ve Still Got Questions

    Two documentaries examining Billy McFarland’s debacle aim to shed new light on the scammers and victims. Guests: The New York Times's Aisha Harris, Wesley Morris and Melena Ryzik.

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  • 18.01.2019
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    Listening to Pop Music’s Class of 2019

    From British punk-rap to 1970s-influenced country to morbid electronic pop, a guide to new artists to watch. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles.

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  • 12.01.2019
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    Bad Bunny Is Just Getting Started

    His was the defining voice of 2018. What’s next for this Puerto Rican new-pop superstar? Guests: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda and Isabelia Herrera; and Rolling Stone's Suzy Exposito.

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  • 04.01.2019
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    The New Battles Over the Direction of Jazz

    What did the music, innovations and arguments of 2018 tell us about where the genre is headed next? Guests: John Murph and Giovanni Russonello

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  • 27.12.2018
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    Your Questions About Pop Music, Answered (or Ruled Unanswerable)

    The Popcast wraps 2018 discussing Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, streaming and crying. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

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  • 21.12.2018
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    A New Kind of Pop Star Has Arrived

    K-pop, Latin trap and melodic hip-hop — once regarded as subgenres — have become the center of the pop conversation. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

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  • 13.12.2018
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    Listening to the Best Songs of 2018

    The 1975’s millennial anthem, “Shallow” and a lot of Bad Bunny: Why did these tracks define the year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz

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  • 08.12.2018
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    How the Grammy Nominations Really Made Us Feel

    Music's big awards show is trying to make big changes. So what do these nominations tell us? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles. Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz

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  • 07.12.2018
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    Debating the Best Albums of 2018: Janelle Monáe, Soccer Mommy and More

    Drake, Mitski, Ariana Grande — whose albums defined the year? (And will albums matter next year?) Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz

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  • 01.12.2018
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    6ix9ine’s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future

    A conversation about the Brooklyn rapper’s arrest and musical prospects as he releases “Dummy Boy” while behind bars. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli.

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  • 29.11.2018
    63 MB
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    The Gentle Return of Mariah Carey

    With her 15th album, “Caution,” the singer has entered a new phase of her long career. Guests: Michael Arceneaux; Jezebel's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd; The New Yorker's Briana Younger.

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  • 17.11.2018
    58 MB
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    Kane Brown, Pistol Annies and Country Music’s Inclusion Problem

    The tug of war between how the genre advertises itself and how it’s actually evolving is growing more tense. Guests: Nick Murray; Natalie Weiner.

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  • 09.11.2018
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    Remembering Roy Hargrove, Who Brought Jazz History Into Tomorrow

    The trumpeter, who died at 49, was a singular figure dedicated to keeping jazz’s past in dialogue with its future. Guests: The New York Times's Giovanni Russonello; Jozen Cummings.

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  • 02.11.2018
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    Robyn, Pop’s Reluctant Pacesetter

    With “Honey,” the Swedish star returns to a landscape she’s quietly shaped for over 20 years. Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; the Guardian's Laura Snapes; Jezebel's Hazel Cills

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  • 26.10.2018
    83 MB
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    BTS Conquered America. What’s Next for K-Pop?

    Now that K-pop is successful on its own terms, the questions it faces are changing. Guest: Billboard's Jeff Benjamin.

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  • 20.10.2018
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    For Those About to Rock, An Uncertain Fate

    Is rock music in 2018 a sound, a mood or a retail category? Where do Twenty One Pilots, the 1975 and Greta Van Fleet fit in? Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; Rolling Stone's Kory Grow; the Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz

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  • 11.10.2018
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    ‘A Star Is Born’ Is Here. Let’s Discuss.

    What does Bradley Cooper’s remake starring Lady Gaga say about the pop music business — and the film industry — today? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Manohla Dargis, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles

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  • 05.10.2018
    80 MB
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    How Lil Wayne Became One of Hip-Hop’s Most Durable Stars

    Tracing the rapper’s evolution from a teen in New Orleans to his long-awaited album “Tha Carter V.” Guests: XXL's Vanessa Satten; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

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  • 28.09.2018
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    Should They Stay or Should They Go? Pop Stars and Retirement

    Why do some artists stick around and others choose to retreat? Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles

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  • 20.09.2018
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    What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?

    Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent years. Guests: The New York Times Magazine's Vanessa Grigoriadis; GQ's Zach Baron.

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  • 15.09.2018
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    Remembering Mac Miller, Low-Key Hip-Hop Bellwether

    The 26-year-old rapper and producer stood at the crossroads of movements that have been shaping popular music over the past decade. Guests: ItsTheReal's Eric and Jeff Rosenthal; Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce; and Eric Renner Brown.

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  • 10.09.2018
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    Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 2

    Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Ann Powers, Evelyn McDonnell, Chuck Eddy, Rob Harvilla and Tom Breihan.

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  • 10.09.2018
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    Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 1

    Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Robert Christgau, Jon Pareles, Nelson George, Kyle Gann and Joe Levy.

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  • 28.08.2018
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    How We Arrived at Ariana Grande’s Big Moment

    “Sweetener” has taken the singer to new heights at a moment of transition for the top ranks of female vocalists. Guests: The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz; VF.com's Josh Duboff; and Billboard's Nolan Feeney.

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  • 21.08.2018
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    Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, Rivals With Common Problems

    One is an old-style hip-hop star, one comes from a newer school. But both are facing challenges making effective albums and defining their artistic identities. Guests: David Turner and Briana Younger.

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  • 17.08.2018
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    Aretha Franklin: The Artist We Knew, and the Woman We Didn’t

    The Queen of Soul leaves a towering legacy. How will we remember her? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Wesley Morris; and David Ritz.

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  • 11.08.2018
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    The Shrinking Space Between Band T-Shirt and High Fashion

    Merch has become a crucial part of a musician’s rise. Here’s how it’s evolved. Guests: Procell's Brian Procell; The Cut's Emilia Petrarca; and Grailed's Lawrence Schlossman.

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  • 04.08.2018
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    Can Guns N’ Roses, or Any Artist, Erase an Unflattering Moment?

    What happens when a band wipes a stain from its historical record? Or when physical albums vanish, replaced by different digital versions? Guests: Mark Richardson; Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten; and The New York Times's Caryn Ganz.

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  • 27.07.2018
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    Who’s in Charge of Telling Whitney Houston’s Story?

    Two documentaries have attempted to unpack the life of one of pop’s transformative figures, whose complex legacy is still riddled with questions. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak; Alan Light; and The Times's Joe Coscarelli.

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  • 21.07.2018
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    When Superfans Attack

    A writer critiqued Nicki Minaj online; the rapper’s fans responded in force. How does celebrity fandom become a vicious tool online, and what’s behind stan culture? Guests: iOneDigital's Janeé Bolden; Who? Weekly's Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

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  • 05.07.2018
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    Drake: Platinum in a Day, but Still at a Crossroads

    With his new double album, “Scorpion,” the rapper and singer is grappling with brand maintenance. Is he innovating, and where can he go next? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu; Sheldon Pearce; and Jasmine Sanders.

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  • 28.06.2018
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    Kanye West: You Asked, We Answered

    Was "Ye" rushed, and does it matter? How do women fit into Kanye’s world? Are conversations about politics with him fruitless? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu, and the Ringer's Justin Charity.

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  • 22.06.2018
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    XXXTentacion, Mourning and Morality

    The 20-year-old broke out of the SoundCloud rap scene and reached No 1. But he faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman, and leaves behind a troubling legacy. Guests: Noisey's Lawrence Burney and Miami New Times's Tarpley Hitt.

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  • 16.06.2018
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    Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings

    Boy bands are on the rise and young male singers have some choices to make. A conversation about two performers with their sights set on pop ubiquity.

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  • 06.06.2018
    71 MB
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    Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ Is Here: Let’s Discuss

    The rapper’s polarizing eighth album arrived surrounded by a celebrity circus and provided few answers.

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  • 31.05.2018
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  • 19.05.2017
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    39:04
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    Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars

    The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common.

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  • 12.05.2017
    29 MB
    30:35
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    Paramore Returns, Headed Straight For the 1980s

    One of the most impressive rock bands working in the mainstream has taken a left turn. Where is Paramore headed, and how did it inspire scores of artists?

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  • 05.05.2017
    24 MB
    25:48
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    Finding Feist’s Pleasure and Pain

    The singer-songwriter’s new album is a low-fi exploration of extreme emotions. How does it relate to her earlier hits, and how did she get here?

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  • 28.04.2017
    44 MB