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Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’: The Speed Round

The conversation continues about one of the year’s most ideologically provocative pop...

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A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music

A look at the recent burst of bands and how the scene operates as music, ethic and feeling....

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The Robust Return of Beyoncé

A deep dive on “Renaissance,” her relationship to queer music communities and her...

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Lizzo’s Complicated, Joyful Pop

The singer, rapper and songwriter’s peppy empowerment songs have made her an outlier in a...

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‘Elvis’ vs. Elvis

How much do fantasy and imagination play into how we remember pop culture heroes? Guests: A.O....

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What’s Next for Jack Harlow?

He’s one of hip-hop’s biggest emerging stars, and he’s cutting a very different...

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Where Is Jazz Most at Home?

The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which...

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Drake Hits the Nightclub

How did the rapper arrive on the dance floor? And what subcultures and expectations might he...

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Digging Into Bob Dylan and Lou Reed’s Archives

Attempting to uncover unknown things about very well known people. Guest: Ben Sisario.

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Mailbag Madness: Adele, Jack Harlow, the State of Rock’s Return

The team answers your questions about Chance the Rapper, how the critics consider extramusical...

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Can Harry Styles’s Music Catch Up to His Fame?

How his time in One Direction and a powerful online fan base have shaped the pop star’s...

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Kendrick Lamar’s Anxiety Era

During his five-year pause between albums, the rapper has been reckoning — with his own...

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How Gossip Is Remaking Online Hip-Hop Media

Actual music can seem like an afterthought as digital coverage of the genre has tilted toward...

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Why We Collect

A conversation about the urge to accumulate treasured items and the stories objects can hold....

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A Decade of Drill Rap

Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and more have taken the sound that emerged in Chicago in...

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Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Pivot

After decreasing returns in the hip-hop world, the musician and actor stepped into a revival that...

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Will Smith, Before the Slap

Plenty has been said about Oscars night. But what about the rapper-turned-actor’s...

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The 2022 Grammys: Let’s Discuss

What are the awards at this point, and who benefits from them? Guests: Jon Pareles, Wesley Morris...

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Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop

The singer and songwriter’s career has inspired dance parties as well as spirited...

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The Many Worlds of Rosalía

The Spanish phenom’s music takes in a host of global influences, making her one of the most...

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