319 episodes

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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    • 4.0 • 841 Ratings

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.

    Lil Nas X in the Pop Stratosphere

    Lil Nas X in the Pop Stratosphere

    A conversation about his unconventional path to success, his unconventional methods of maintaining it and his possible futures beyond it. Guest: Jazmine Hughes.

    • 39 min
    When Pop Music Trolls Grow Up

    When Pop Music Trolls Grow Up

    New albums from Doja Cat and Tyler, the Creator place their makers — children of the internet with a taste for friction — in a new light. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.

    • 50 min
    The (Not So?) Tentative Return of Live Music

    The (Not So?) Tentative Return of Live Music

    A look at the challenges touring musicians faced over the last year, and how the industry is adjusting to the new normal. Guest: Ben Sisario.

    • 30 min
    Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

    Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

    An exploration of how the arrangement has intersected with her work, the latest legal updates and what might come next. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Liz Day and Samantha Stark.

    • 48 min
    In the Weeds of ‘In the Heights’

    In the Weeds of ‘In the Heights’

    A conversation about bringing musicals to the big screen, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s artistic choices and the critical blowback to the film’s casting. Guests: Sandra Garcia, Isabelia Herrera and Lena Wilson.

    • 52 min
    Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Breakthrough

    Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Breakthrough

    Few artists making pop music have risen to the top in the past several years. What made this Disney star click with listeners? Guests: Olivia Horn and Lindsay Zoladz.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
841 Ratings

841 Ratings

Everylittleheartbeat ,

neat.

It’s neat.

mari hughes ,

One of my favorite podcasts

I love the fresh perspectives on music that this podcast gives! I love the different guests that are brought in as experts!

JohnnyUnfriendly ,

Almost unlistenable

Nearly every NYT podcast is essential listening — The Daily, Still Processing, Rabbit Hole, etc. This is the exception. I gave it a chance. I really did.

The host has a great voice and at times is amusing, but overall he tone is condescending, pedantic and, well, insufferable.

I hate giving bad reviews, but this one is a swing-and-miss from NYT.

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