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.
How Gossip Is Remaking Online Hip-Hop Media
Wednesday 18 May 2022
: Actual music can seem like an afterthought as digital coverage of the genre has tilted toward tabloidism. Are there other paths forward?...
Wednesday 11 May 2022
: A conversation about the urge to accumulate treasured items and the stories objects can hold. Guest: The New Yorker's Hua Hsu.
A Decade of Drill Rap
Sunday 08 May 2022
: Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and more have taken the sound that emerged in Chicago in different directions. What might come next?...
Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Pivot
Wednesday 27 April 2022
: After decreasing returns in the hip-hop world, the musician and actor stepped into a revival that had roots in SoundCloud rap, and a...
Will Smith, Before the Slap
Thursday 21 April 2022
: Plenty has been said about Oscars night. But what about the rapper-turned-actor’s remarkable journey up to that point? Guest: Andscape's...
The 2022 Grammys: Let’s Discuss
Tuesday 05 April 2022
: What are the awards at this point, and who benefits from them? Guests: Jon Pareles, Wesley Morris and Lindsay Zoladz.
Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop
Wednesday 30 March 2022
: The singer and songwriter’s career has inspired dance parties as well as spirited conversations about her ambitions and aesthetic...
The Many Worlds of Rosalía
Wednesday 23 March 2022
: The Spanish phenom’s music takes in a host of global influences, making her one of the most sonically ambitious and critically dissected...
The Sounds of Ukrainian Pop
Tuesday 15 March 2022
: A conversation about some of the country’s stars, the musical traditions they work within and how they have grappled with the war. Guest:...
Reggaeton’s Global Expansion and Wide-Open Future
Tuesday 08 March 2022
: As the genre grows in worldwide popularity, it is engaging with the pop music mainstream and stratifying into subsets, introducing new...
The Enigma of Big Thief
Wednesday 02 March 2022
: A conversation about the space the breakout Brooklyn band occupies in contemporary indie-rock circles, and its latest album. Guests: Rolling...
Remembering Betty Davis, a Futuristic Funk Force
Wednesday 23 February 2022
: A conversation about her unique music, her short career and the path that led to her rediscovery. Guests: Jon Pareles, Maureen Mahon and...
Mitski, In and Out of the Spotlight
Wednesday 16 February 2022
: The indie-rock musician’s albums inspire deep feelings and attract ever-bigger audiences, but in many ways she remains a mystery. Guests:...
Spotify’s Ongoing Joe Rogan Problem
Wednesday 09 February 2022
: The controversy over the star podcaster and misinformation raised thorny questions about the streaming service’s role as a platform, and...
Remembering Greg Tate, Critic and Catalyst
Tuesday 01 February 2022
: Conversations with two of his contemporaries about the fertile scenes he covered, and the indelible impression he left. Guests: Michael A....
A Killing Jolts Sweden’s Rap Scene
Wednesday 26 January 2022
: A conversation about hip-hop’s evolution in the country, and how a high-profile shooting thrust the music into the spotlight. Guests: Joe...
What’s Left for the Weeknd to Conquer?
Tuesday 18 January 2022
: “Dawn FM” suggests at least one future direction for the pop powerhouse, who’s spent a decade making careful moves. Guest: The...
2021 in Jazz: Intimacy and Conversation
Wednesday 12 January 2022
: Throughout the pandemic, the music’s flexibility has become an asset. Where will artists take it next? Guests: Giovanni Russonello and...
Bonus Episode: Lana Del Rey’s American Fever Dreams
Saturday 01 January 2022
: As a New Year's treat, we've recovered an old episode sidelined by technical issues (thank you, Pedro!): a discussion of Lana Del Rey’s...
What We Forgot to Talk About in 2021
Tuesday 28 December 2021
: A catch-up round table on a host of topics: Maneskin, Jazmine Sullivan, Kelly Clarkson, a Real Housewife’s music career and much more....
TikTok’s Music Critics Reflect on 2021
Tuesday 21 December 2021
: Four of the app’s voices on pop name their favorite releases of the year and discuss developing taste in the age of the algorithm. Guests:...
The Best Albums of 2021? Let’s Discuss.
Tuesday 14 December 2021
: Our critics spar over their year-end lists (and agree on Olivia Rodrigo and Tyler, the Creator) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon...
Remembering Stephen Sondheim, Musical Theater Visionary
Tuesday 07 December 2021
: A conversation about his legacy, his engagements with pop music and whether he has any true inheritors. Guests: Jesse Green and Elisabeth...
Adele Returns, From Beyond Space and Time
Tuesday 30 November 2021
: Will we ever see a star who unites audiences like this British musician again? Guests: Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.
The Emotional and Financial Business of Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’
Wednesday 17 November 2021
: What does the rerecorded song from “Red” say about how power and the past have shaped her career? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and...