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Switched on Pop
Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture. From Vulture and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 2,949 ratings
Is Nate Sloan ok?
I love the show for its sincere curiosity of pop ballads and songs that add color to the motif of our lives. In the report of the two hosts is charming. At least, used to be. Now, I think perhaps, Covid has seeped into Nate Sloan’s brain and turned him into a disaffected, disassociating...Read full review »
mamie marmesean via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/21
This podcast omits opinions and singers it disagrees with.
Oops, Something's Gone Wrong via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/27/21
Feels like an ad now
This podcast used to be so good but now it just feels like a promotional opportunity for whatever major label artists is shoving a new song into the world. Episodes used to have substance with innovative ideas and interesting things going on in the world of pop music. Now most episodes are just...Read full review »
evanfrolov via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/14/21
Recent Episodes
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Published 05/11/21
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