24 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.
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The Big Hit Show Higher Ground

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 16 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.
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    Pokémon | E5: Evolution

    Pokémon | E5: Evolution

    The battle is over, and Pokémon has won. Almost twenty-five years after it arrived on these shores, Pokémon hasn’t just survived— it’s become the kind of pop-cultural phenomenon that parents share with their kids. But what does that say about Pokémon, and what does our yearning for an ever-more-immersive pocket-monster-catching experience say about us?
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Writer and Host: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Taylor Jones and Sabrina Fang, with help from Tyler Hill.
    Production Assistant: Stella Hartmann
    Fact Checker: Savannah Wright
    Composer/Sound Designer/Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Theme Music by: Dan Leone 
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, and Janae Marable. 
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard.

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    • 41 min
    Pokémon | E4: Sparkly Cardboard

    Pokémon | E4: Sparkly Cardboard

    Thanks to nostalgic fans and influential new collectors, the value of vintage Pokémon trading cards is through the roof. But you don’t have to find and flip a million-dollar Charizard to have your life changed by Pokémon. An episode about collecting, connecting, and a podcast producer who lands in Las Vegas with a binder full of holos and a dream.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Writer and Host: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Taylor Jones and Sabrina Fang, with help from Tyler Hill.
    Production Assistant: Stella Hartmann
    Fact Checker: Savannah Wright
    Composer/Sound Designer/Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Theme Music by: Dan Leone 
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, and Janae Marable. 
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard.

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    • 48 min
    Pokémon | E3: Satanic Consumption

    Pokémon | E3: Satanic Consumption

    At the end of the ‘90s, after blowing up in Japan, Pokémon came to America. And it became so ubiquitous so fast that critics saw it as a plot to turn U.S. children into hypnotized consumers— or even devil-worshippers. But the version of Pokemon that conquered America was very much an American creation; in this episode we’ll look at how Pokemon became an international brand, and how its success brought out the worst in more than a few American parents.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Writer and Host: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Taylor Jones and Sabrina Fang, with help from Tyler Hill.
    Production Assistant: Stella Hartmann
    Fact Checker: Savannah Wright
    Composer/Sound Designer/Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Theme Music by: Dan Leone 
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, and Janae Marable. 
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard.

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    • 51 min
    Pokémon | E2: Red Versus Blue

    Pokémon | E2: Red Versus Blue

    In which a red-hot video game company crashes and burns, with a little help from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The decline of Atari paved the way for a gaming renaissance— think Donkey Kong, Mario and eventually Pikachu. But as Japan took the upper-hand in the console business and taught a generation of American kids how to play, some Americans grew paranoid about a resurgent foreign power beating us at our own game.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Writer and Host: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Taylor Jones and Sabrina Fang, with help from Tyler Hill.
    Production Assistant: Stella Hartmann
    Fact Checker: Savannah Wright
    Composer/Sound Designer/Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Theme Music by: Dan Leone 
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, and Janae Marable. 
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard.

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    • 45 min
    Pokémon | E1: Get Outside

    Pokémon | E1: Get Outside

    There are big hits, and there are really big hits— and then there’s Pokémon, a kids’ game from Japan that evolved into the biggest multimedia entertainment franchise of all time. In this episode we’re time-traveling from ‘90s Tokyo— where a bug collector turned game designer first dreamed of catching pocket-sized monsters— to 2016, when an addictive mobile game helped Pokemon re-conquer the world.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Writer and Host: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Taylor Jones and Sabrina Fang, with help from Tyler Hill.
    Production Assistant: Stella Hartmann
    Fact Checker: Savannah Wright
    Composer/Sound Designer/Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Theme Music by: Dan Leone 
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, and Janae Marable. 
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard.

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    • 47 min
    Season 4: Pokémon

    Season 4: Pokémon

    The Big Hit Show Season 4 debuts on August 17th. How did a Japanese video game from the 1990’s become the single highest grossing franchise in history - bigger than Star Wars and Harry Potter combined? This season on The Big Hit Show, we’re exploring the biggest hit of all time, Pokémon, and how these adorable pocket monsters evolved into a media supernova unlike any the world has ever seen.
    TRANSCRIPT: HERE
    CREDITS:
    Writer and Host: Alex Pappademas
    Showrunner: Colin McNulty
    Producers: Taylor Jones and Sabrina Fang, with help from Tyler Hill.
    Production Assistant: Stella Hartmann
    Fact Checker: Savannah Wright
    Composer/Sound Designer/Mix Engineer: Alex MacInnis
    Theme Music by: Dan Leone 
    Executive Producer for Western Sound: Ben Adair
    Editor: Jamie York
    Executive Producers for Higher Ground: Dan Fierman, Anna Holmes, Mukta Mohan, and Janae Marable. 
    Editorial Assistant for Higher Ground: Jenna Levin
    Executive Producers for Spotify: Daniel Ek, Dawn Ostroff, Julie McNamara and Corinne Gilliard.

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    • 2 min

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