The 20 Best Culture Podcasts

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Song Exploder

Over 50 episodes in nearly two years, host Hrishikesh Hirway has exploded and reconstituted a dizzying array of songs, sitting down with their original composers to figure out what makes them work. Hirway’s guests run towards the indie, like Tune-Yards or YACHT, but he’s also broken down movie scores with Alexandre Desplat and even the Bob’s Burgers theme song with creator Loren Bouchard. Insider talk is the foundation of an entire genre of comedy podcasts, and Hirway demonstrates how effective, and overdue, an approach it is to other art forms.