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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.

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.

Location:

New York, New York

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Pop Superfans Are Getting Politically Active. What Happens Next?

6/30/2020
A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.

Duration:00:56:13

Lil Baby Is Warming Up to the Spotlight

6/21/2020
His protest song “The Bigger Picture” marks a high point in his evolution from reluctant up-and-comer to one of hip-hop’s reliable superstars. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:00:43:34

The Long, Complicated History of ‘Urban’ Music

6/15/2020
As the music industry reckons with racial inequality, one of the first old structures to fall has been a term that dates back to the 1970s. Guest: Nelson George.

Duration:00:59:26

How Did The Source Cover the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings?

6/7/2020
Two former editors look back at the magazine’s on-the-ground reporting following the Rodney King verdict. Guests: James Bernard and Reginald Dennis.

Duration:00:48:56

After Missteps, Pop Stars Apologize … and Sometimes Push Back

6/1/2020
Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and how some in the limelight bristle at social media condemnation. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.

Duration:01:15:03

The Many Lives of Doja Cat

5/18/2020
The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.

Duration:00:46:44

Remembering Tony Allen and Florian Schneider, Two Pillars of Rhythm

5/11/2020
Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.

Duration:01:01:03

The Triumphant Return of Fiona Apple, Pop Music Renegade

4/30/2020
A conversation about everything “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:00:53:14

Beyond ‘Trolls’ and ‘Frozen’: What Are Our Kids Listening To?

4/19/2020
Children’s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.

Duration:01:00:49

Dua Lipa, Dance-Pop Crusader

4/11/2020
The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.

Duration:00:47:56

Sam Hunt and Kenny Rogers, Country Music Rule-Benders

4/5/2020
Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.

Duration:00:56:40

What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

3/27/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:00:57:06

What Music Should I Listen to in a Crisis?

3/20/2020
Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.

Duration:01:17:14

How Will Pop Music Respond to the Coronavirus?

3/19/2020
The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.

Duration:00:59:29

The Unrelenting Space Jams of Tame Impala

3/8/2020
How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project — and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.

Duration:00:43:48

The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill

2/28/2020
The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Duration:00:59:26

Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical

2/21/2020
One of pop’s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:01:35

Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More

2/14/2020
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times’s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Duration:01:08:40

Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More

2/7/2020
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:03:55

When Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Become Political?

2/1/2020
A conversation about how its meaning has evolved over the last two decades. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald.

Duration:00:57:06