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Switched on Pop

Switched on Pop

Switched on Pop

201 podcast episodes


What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

Episodes1 - 10 of 201 episodes


L’Rain asks “what have you done to change?” (live at JBL)

L’Rain is the musical persona of the singer and multi-instrumentalist Taja Cheek. Her n...

26 minutes
Jul 23, 2021

Summer Hits: City Girls - Twerkulator (with Kyra Gaunt)

One of the songs we anticipate playing on repeat this summer is “Twerkulator” by Miami ...

24 minutes
Jul 20, 2021

Summer Hits: Lorde - Solar Power (w Hanif Abdurraqib)

Lorde's new song "Solar Power" set the internet ablaze when it dropped from out of nowh...

31 minutes
Jul 16, 2021

Summer Hits: Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u (with Jessica Hopper)

Olivia Rodrigo’s summer breakup anthem “good 4 u” is filled with the kind of ebullient ...

35 minutes
Jul 13, 2021

Modern Classics: Labrinth's "Sexy MF" (with Sam Sanders)

Modern Classics is the new series where Charlie and Nate invite their favorite musician...

30 minutes
Jul 06, 2021

Growing Pains with Lucy Dacus

Growing up is never easy. But pop songs about adolescence too often gloss over the comp...

32 minutes
Jul 02, 2021

Summer Hits: BTS - Butter (with Jenna Andrews)

In summer 2020, BTS released “Dynamite,” their first single recorded entirely in Englis...

36 minutes
Jun 29, 2021

Pop’s Worst Kept Secret ft. Emily Warren

In 1974 country music, singer songwriter, Dolly Parton got wind that Elvis Presley want...

28 minutes
Jun 22, 2021

40 Years Later, Japanese City Pop is Still Crashing the Charts (with Cat Zhang)

If you listen to a lot of music on YouTube, you may have been recommended a video. The ...

31 minutes
Jun 15, 2021

J Cole’s The Off Season and the Power of the 12/8 Shuffle

J Cole is one of the most successful rappers of his generation, someone who racks up hi...

31 minutes
Jun 08, 2021