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.
Remembering Sophie, Architect of Future Pop
Monday 15 February 2021
: Exploring the legacy of a producer and performer who imagined an approach to music without borders. Guests: Sasha Geffen and Pitchfork's...
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 2
Friday 05 February 2021
: Remembering Fred the Godson, Adam Schlesinger and Cristina. Guests: Kurt B. Reighley; Complex's Shawn Setaro; and Ben Sisario.
Olivia Rodrigo and ‘Drivers License’ Aren’t Going Anywhere
Sunday 31 January 2021
: A conversation about the year’s first genuine pop phenomenon, and the long arc of the Disney machine. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Vulture's...
Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights
Tuesday 19 January 2021
: The emergence of Hipgnosis has helped turn the battle for catalogs into an arms race that shows no signs of slowing down. Guest: Ben...
How Zev Love X Became MF Doom
Thursday 07 January 2021
: Conversations about the legacy of the beloved rap figure’s early career, which set the table for the artist he would become. Guests:...
2020 Popcast Listener Mailbag: Taylor, Dua, MGK and More
Wednesday 23 December 2020
: Answering your questions about the year’s biggest stars, and also some of its curious flops. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’: Let’s Discuss
Tuesday 15 December 2020
: A second album written and recorded during pandemic lockdown carries the singer and songwriter further from conventional pop. Guests: Joe...
The Best Albums of 2020? Let’s Discuss.
Wednesday 09 December 2020
: An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.
Saweetie, City Girls and the Female Rapper Renaissance
Sunday 29 November 2020
: Streaming, social media and the tireless work of trailblazers have helped change the hip-hop landscape.
Who Will Control Britney Spears’s Future?
Wednesday 18 November 2020
: While her father remains the head of her estate for now, the pop star has signaled she’s ready for change. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and...
Ariana Grande, a Pop Star for the Post-Pop Star Age
Tuesday 10 November 2020
: A conversation about her unique route to the top of the charts — and what’s next. Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and Shaad D’Souza.
The Many Mariah Careys
Thursday 22 October 2020
: A conversation about her memoir, her range of contributions to pop music and her secret alt-rock album. Guests: New York's Allison P. Davis;...
Luke Combs’s Country Stardom and the Remaking of the Bro
Sunday 04 October 2020
: The Nashville star learned from the genre’s past and carved his own path. Guest: Grady Smith.
Will Pop Music of the Future Rely on Actual Musicians, or Avatars?
Monday 28 September 2020
: The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.
Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?
Thursday 17 September 2020
: “Old Town Road” showed the app’s potential as a hit generator. But its relationship to the business is far more complex. Guest: Taylor...
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Preserving Pop’s Old Guard
Wednesday 09 September 2020
: Six albums into major-label careers with “Chromatica” and “Smile,” where do these two stars fit in? Guest host: Caryn Ganz. Guest:...
Remembering Riley Gale of Power Trip, a Thrash Titan
Tuesday 01 September 2020
: The band’s 34-year-old frontman helped break down barriers between scenes, and was known for singularly wild live shows. Guests: Dan...
How Merchandise Bundles Undid the Album Chart
Saturday 22 August 2020
: For today’s biggest artists, an album release isn’t just about the music. Guest: Ben Sisario.
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 1
Tuesday 18 August 2020
: Remembering Joe Diffie, Mona Foot and DJ Black N Mild. Guests: Hits' Holly Gleason; Jacob Bernstein; and Elena Bergeron.
The Welcome Return of the Chicks
Monday 10 August 2020
: How would Nashville be different if it hadn’t pushed the trio away? A conversation about “Gaslighter” and beyond. Guests: Jewly Hight...
Answering Your Questions About Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’
Tuesday 04 August 2020
: Readers asked about Bon Iver, country music, Jack Antonoff and more. Guests: Northwestern University's Lauren Michele Jackson and Lindsay...
Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’: Let’s Discuss
Tuesday 28 July 2020
: On an album made entirely in quarantine, the singer and songwriter embarks in a fresh direction. Guests: Jon Pareles, Caryn Ganz and Joe...
Remembering Ennio Morricone, the Film Score Maestro
Monday 20 July 2020
: His music was dynamic, bold and idiosyncratic, setting a high bar for composers connecting sound and vision. Guests: Jon Pareles and Joshua...
The Timely Agitation of Run the Jewels
Thursday 09 July 2020
: Killer Mike and El-P’s anti-government and pro-justice hip-hop feels like it anticipated the current moment. Guest: Pitchfork's Sheldon...
Pop Superfans Are Getting Politically Active. What Happens Next?
Tuesday 30 June 2020
: A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.