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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.

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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.

    Red Hot + Blue with Meshell Ndegeocello

    Red Hot + Blue with Meshell Ndegeocello

    In 1990 John Carlin and Leigh Blake pioneered a new kind of charity album. Together they co-founded Red Hot, a non-profit music label that uses music to raise money and awareness to for the fight against AIDS. This year is the 30th anniversary of their record: Red Hot + Blue, a platinum tribute album to Cole Porter, featuring artists like U2, Jody Watley, David Byrne, k.d. lang and Annie Lennox. Having released 20 projects and raised over $15M for AIDS charities, Carlin reflects back on Red Hot's idiosyncratic approach to reaching music audiences with a public health mission. And ten time Grammy nominee Red Hot collaborator Meshell Ndegeocello discusses how her contributions informed her own prolific music activism.
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    Listen to Red Hot's records at redhot.org
    Listen to Meshell's Chapter & Verse by calling 1-833-4-BALDWIN or visiting www.meshell.com
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    • 43 min
    The Cyndi Lauper Conspiracy (with Sam Sanders)

    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 Through The Night,” save for one moment: the synthesizer solo. For Sanders, this solo never fit in. Charlie investigates the source of his musical malady and uncovers how the 80s got its groove. 

    Songs Discussed
    Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun
    Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
    Cyndi Lauper - She Bop
    Cyndi Lauper - All Through the Night
    Janet Jackson - When I Think Of You
    Janet Jackson - The Pleasure Principle
    Janet Jackson - Nasty
    Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
    Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All
    Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever
    Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
    Cyndi Lauper - Change Of Heart
    Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
    Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
    Tom Petty - You Got Lucky
    Cars - Lets Go
    Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
    Parliament Funkadelic - Atomic Dog
    The Weeknd - Blinding Lights
    Dua Lipa - Physical
    Little Mix - Break Up Song
    Miley Cyrus - Heart of Glass (Blondie Cover)

    More
    Read Dr. Megan L. Lavengood's research on the DX7: https://meganlavengood.com/research/
    Listen to Dave Smith's (recently re-released) Sequential Prophet 5 synthesizer: https://www.sequential.com/product/prophet-5/
    Learn about William Wittman's production credits on Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/artist/170639-William-Wittman
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    • 36 min
    ANTHEMS: Missy Elliott — Work It

    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 Discussed
    Missy Elliott - Work It
    Blondie - Heart of Glass
    RUN-DMC - Peter Piper
    Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three - Request Line
    Snoop Dogg - Y'All Gone Miss Me
    Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
    Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
    Trace Adkins - Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
    Missy Elliott - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
    Lil Kim - Not Tonight (Remix)
    Missy Elliott - Lose Control (feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop)
    Missy Elliott - Sock It 2 Me
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    • 37 min
    ANTHEMS: Smash Mouth — All Star

    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 seemingly every internet meme. Darryn King joins the show to break down "The Never-ending Life of Smash Mouth's 'All Star.'"
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    • 34 min
    ANTHEMS: Jock Jams — Get Ready For This

    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 tell the story of how this record came to define the sound of the stadium.

    MORE
    Read Emily VanDerWerff's article: “The Jock Jam” megamix inadvertently plays out ESPN’s inner tensions
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    • 35 min
    ANTHEMS: Queen — We Are The Champions

    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 this slow burners debut, it continues to be a staple at sporting events. In the first episode in a four part series, ANTHEMS, Nate and Charlie break down the song’s fundamental elements that place this song in the anthemic pantheon. 
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    • 36 min

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