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Switched on Pop

A Music, Arts and Society podcast featuring Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding
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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.


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Recent Episodes

Shawn Mendes and the Rhythm of Rhyme
Shawn Mendes’ hit song “If I Can’t Have You” is so ridiculously catchy that Charlie had it stuck in his head after the first chorus. How is that possible?! Declamation, or the way that text is set to music, is a big part of the song’s appeal—every …
Space, The Final Frontier: Madonna, Stephen Puth and Street Studios
Find out how music creates a feeling of space in this three part episode. First, we may not realize it when we listen to Madonna's new record, but the location of her music is essential. In exploring her catalogue we hear the sound of different era…
What BTS's "Boy With Love" ft. Halsey Can Teach Us About K-pop
How should we listen to K-pop? This music has become a global phenomenon, charting on the Billboard Hot 100, taking over social media feeds, and touring the world. In particular, the group BTS has captured the ears of millions, building an Army of …


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Sarah Breau reviewed this podcast on Mar 13th, 2019
"I have learned so much about music by listening to this podcast! It turns out that amazing pop songs are sometimes very, very complex. This podcast aims to tell you why you can't resist a great pop song. Highly recommended."
Brian Gahan reviewed this podcast 10 days ago
"I love this format and how deep they go into music. I have learned so much from listening to these two hosts!"
Brendan Hutchins reviewed this podcast on Sep 8th, 2017
"Awesome music podcast. Breaks every inch of a song down to the basics. "

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Oct 2nd, 2014
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Jul 9th, 2019
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