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May 18, 2016

This Song: Hrishikesh Hirway // Basia Bulat

By: Elizabeth McQueen

Hrishikesh Hirway produces the “Song Exploder” podcast where artists deconstruct and explain their work. He’s also a musician who leads the band The One AM Radio and and provides the music for the hip-hop project Moors.  Listen as he explains how hearing Asha Bhosle’s  “Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera,” at the age of 6 helped him understand a feeling that he would be able to draw inspiration from for his entire life.

Then Canadian singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Basia Bulat explains why a live version of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me,” changed her life.

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April 30, 2020

This Song: Beth Ditto (Rerun)

In this rerun from 2018, Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, talks about how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” helped her grapple with complex feelings about her home state, Arkansas. She also talks about returning home after heartbreak and explores making her first record “Fake Sugar.”


April 16, 2020

This Song: Liz Phair (Rerun)

In this rerun from 2018, Liz Phair talks about hearing The Soft Boys “I Wanna Destroy You,” revisiting her 1991 Girly-Sound Tapes and 1993 debut album, and parenting realities.


April 2, 2020

This Song: John Prine (Rerun)

John Prine explains how Bob Dylan’s “The Lonsesome Death of Hattie Carroll” changed his life and goes in depth about his own songwriting process for his album “The Tree of Forgiveness.”