Switched on Pop

What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 39m. Bisher sind 154 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche


episode 143: Prelude & Feud on a 'G' Thang: Biggie vs Tupac

The East Coast / West Coast hip hop feud between Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls is full of tragedy and conspiracy, but what did it really sound like? For the third season of of the hit podcast Slow Burn, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson dig up untold stories about this infamous rivalry, and they join Nate and Charlie to break down boom bap, G Funk, and the surprising points of overlap between two titans of rap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices



episode 142: Pop is the Sound We Need Right Now (with Electric Guest)

Electric Guest (Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton) take a left turn towards pop on “Dollar" — a song about making more out of less, something too many people find themselves to do right now. The music follows the same principle, turning cheap synths and canned horns into a symphony of sound. We chat with Asa about how the track — equally inspired by Stevie Wonder and Bertolt Brecht —came to be and why pop can be a balm in dark times...



episode 141: The Past, Present, and Future of EMO (with Allegra Frank)

Diving deep into a misunderstood genre



episode 140: When Pop and Classical Collide (with James Bennett II)

Uncovering the history of Classical crossover



episode 139: Unlocking the Rhythms of Rosalía

How Rosalia meshes flamenco and pop (with Megan Lubin and Marcela Valdes)


 2019-11-05  49m

episode 138: Rihanna Party! (with Gina Delvac)

How do you tease an album from Rihanna? (w/Gina Delvac)


 2019-10-29  55m

episode 137: Why U Love 2 Listen 2 Prince (with Anil Dash)

Anil Dash breaks down the musical elements that made Prince so ahead of his time


 2019-10-22  34m

episode 136: A Brief History of Men Singing Really High

Hits today favor male falsetto, but has it always been the case?


 2019-10-15  46m

episode 134: Total Request Live! Taylor, Lana, Kim, and More (with Sam Sanders)

NPR's Sam Sanders stops by to break down the tracks that Switched On listeners have been loving


 2019-10-08  43m

 2019-10-01  56m