17 episodes

Journalist Alex Pappademas takes us on an epic journey that spans genres, mediums, and generations to explore what happens when a wildly successful piece of pop culture gets so big that it changes the world. This show is about how big hits get dreamed up, how they get made, and what happens when we make them our own.

The Big Hit Show Higher Ground

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Journalist Alex Pappademas takes us on an epic journey that spans genres, mediums, and generations to explore what happens when a wildly successful piece of pop culture gets so big that it changes the world. This show is about how big hits get dreamed up, how they get made, and what happens when we make them our own.

    Fight Club | E4: DVD Extras

    Fight Club | E4: DVD Extras

    There were two verdicts on Fight Club: the opening-weekend box office numbers (spoiler alert: yikes) and the judgment of history. We’ll look at how Fight Club channeled the anti-consumerist politics of its moment, and explore some of the more provocative arguments made in the ensuing years about this still-contentious cult classic and its take on modern men.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Host, Writer: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Sabrina Fang and Taylor Jones
    Production Assistant and Fact Checker: Stella Hartman
    Composer, Sound Designer, Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Studio Direction and Theme Music: Dan Leone
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, Janae Marable
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara, Corinne Gilliard
    Special Thanks: Joe Paulsen and Eric Spiegelman 
    Archival tape provided by: WTF with Marc Maron
    Pawn Stars footage courtesy of A+E Networks
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    • 47 min
    Fight Club | E3: A Smoking Baby

    Fight Club | E3: A Smoking Baby

    Seriously, though— how did a movie as unashamedly anti-capitalist and absurdly homoerotic as Fight Club get made by a major studio, let alone a studio owned by Rupert Murdoch? In this episode, an unlikely piece of material— and an uncompromising director’s vision for that material— somehow survives the Hollywood machine, some potentially disastrous PR, and the disdain of a billionaire who doesn’t care for movies.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Host, Writer: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Sabrina Fang and Taylor Jones
    Production Assistant and Fact Checker: Stella Hartman
    Composer, Sound Designer, Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Studio Direction and Theme Music: Dan Leone
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, Janae Marable
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara, Corinne Gilliard
    Special Thanks: Joe Paulsen and Eric Spiegelman 
    Archival tape provided by: BAFTA
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    • 50 min
    Fight Club | E2: 34 or 35 Drunk Santas

    Fight Club | E2: 34 or 35 Drunk Santas

    There would be no Fight Club without Chuck Pahlaniuk, the diesel mechanic turned novelist who dreamed up the concept during a shift on the assembly line. In this episode we’re diving into the wild life of Fight Club’s author and the people, places and experiences that shaped his most famous creation, from his traumatic childhood to culture-jamming shenanigans in ‘90s Portland.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Host, Writer: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Sabrina Fang and Taylor Jones
    Production Assistant and Fact Checker: Stella Hartman
    Composer, Sound Designer, Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Studio Direction and Theme Music: Dan Leone
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, Janae Marable
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara, Corinne Gilliard
    Special Thanks: Joe Paulsen and Eric Spiegelman 
    Archival tape provided by: The Tim Ferriss Show and Armchair Expert
    This episode includes discussion of suicide. Please keep this in mind when deciding if, how and when you’ll listen. For resources on these topics, visit resources.byspotify.com
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    • 43 min
    Fight Club | E1: Crystal Balls

    Fight Club | E1: Crystal Balls

    It’s easy to reduce Fight Club’s legacy to a few pop-cultural bullet points: The First Rule, the Second Rule, Brad Pitt’s abs. But in 2022 hindsight, this radical 1999 sleeper hit feels more relevant than ever. We’re looking at the messed up crystal ball that is Fight Club and what it still has to tell us about capitalism, masculinity, and the human yearning to f**k shit up.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Host, Writer: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Sabrina Fang and Taylor Jones
    Production Assistant and Fact Checker: Stella Hartman
    Composer, Sound Designer, Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Studio Direction and Theme Music: Dan Leone
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, Janae Marable
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara, Corinne Gilliard
    Special Thanks: Joe Paulsen and Eric Spiegelman 
    Archival tape provided by: SBIFF (Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
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    • 41 min
    Season 3: Fight Club

    Season 3: Fight Club

    The Big Hit Show Season 3 debuts on July 13th. Making satire is hard. And what if the satire you make is so cool, so star-studded, so subversive that the audience takes the wrong message from it? In Season 3 of The Big Hit Show, we’re breaking the first rule of Fight Club to dive deep into David Fincher’s 1999 film, tracing its journey from box office flop to cult classic. In the 90s, the story it told seemed far-fetched to a lot of folks, but these days Fight Club can be seen as an eerily prescient warning about the disaffection of young American men and a crystal ball for where we are today. 
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    • 2 min
    To Pimp A Butterfly | E5: Spirits

    To Pimp A Butterfly | E5: Spirits

    Kendrick communes with ghosts—specifically the ghost of Tupac Shakur—as he faces the central questions about leadership and responsibility that drive To Pimp a Butterfly.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Host, Writer: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Taylor Jones and Sabrina Fang
    Production Assistant: Stella Hartmann
    Composer, Sound Designer, Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Theme Song: Dan Leone
    Fact Checker: Savannah Wright
    Archival Audio Provider - Joshua Mellin
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, Janae Marable 
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard 
    Special Thanks: Joe Paulsen and Eric Spiegelman
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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