381 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.

Popcast The New York Times

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    • 3.9 • 960 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.

    Separating Big Business and Bad Behavior in ‘Tár’

    Separating Big Business and Bad Behavior in ‘Tár’

    The film about a renowned and embattled conductor puts a fresh spin on conversations about art, power and misdeeds. Guests: Vulture's Alison Wilmore and Zachary Woolfe.

    • 54 min
    50 Years of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

    50 Years of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

    A conversation about the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s studio innovations, and melding of social consciousness and musical creativity. Guest: Jon Pareles.

    • 38 min
    Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Listener Mailbag

    Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Listener Mailbag

    The New York Times pop music team had its say; now a new panel answers questions about the blockbuster album. Guests: Madison Malone Kircher and Pitchfork's Quinn Moreland.

    • 54 min
    Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Let’s Discuss

    Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Let’s Discuss

    The blockbuster singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album finds her at a crossroads: Will she continue to reckon with her past, or forge another new path forward? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Remembering Loretta Lynn

    Remembering Loretta Lynn

    A conversation about the country music titan’s sly radicalism and the many readings and misreadings of her work. Guest: Jewly Hight.

    • 46 min
    The Young Women Who Make TikTok Weep

    The Young Women Who Make TikTok Weep

    Songwriters who have found success on the app via emotional catharsis have expanded its range, and piqued the music industry’s interest. Guest: Stereogum's Rachel Brodsky.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
960 Ratings

960 Ratings

TDawgyDogg ,

The Guests Are Very Chatty and Opinionated

This is a great round table music show, discussing current topics about musical artists, genres, and current events. The guests featured are relaxed and casual, while still having valid and unique viewpoints. The host definitely possesses a somewhat dominating demeanor (interjecting personal jokes that are hard to understand), and the opinions occasionally seem deliberately obscure and out-theee. other than that, Popcast is an up-to-date music show that is interesting and educational.

butfirstcafecubano ,

A delight

I am often surprised by Jon C’s takes, and that is refreshing

podster82 ,

Occaaaaaaaasionally ok

I want to love it. Occasionally I kinda don’t mind it! Jon’s a GREAT writer. But there’s no getting around that he likes to flex his “down with the kids” card (which makes me want to throw my body in front him, to save Jon from himself, as a fellow 40ish guy), and some guests’ vocal fry is just unbearable (you’d jump out the window if you ever sat behind these people on a bus). With some editing , a shorter run-time, and a tighter focus, this show could be approximately 100% stronger.

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