Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
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Feist - In Lightning
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
Feist tells the story behind her song "In Lightning."
Madison McFerrin - Run (feat. Bobby McFerrin)
Wednesday, 17 May 2023
Madison McFerrin tells the story of her song "Run," featuring guest vocals from her father, Bobby McFerrin.
New Order - Blue Monday
Wednesday, 3 May 2023
New Order tells the story of how they created their song "Blue Monday."
Re-issue: Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Pt. II
Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Revisiting Mobb Deep's 2020 episode about how they created the song "Shook Ones, Pt. II."
Yaeji - Passed Me By
Wednesday, 5 April 2023
Yaeji tells the story of how she created her song "Passed Me By."
Seal - Kiss from a Rose
Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Seal breaks down his iconic song "Kiss from a Rose" alongside producer Trevor Horn.
Kenny Beats - Still
Wednesday, 8 March 2023
Kenny Beats breaks down how he made his song "Still."
Re-issue: Kimbra - Top of the World
Wednesday, 22 February 2023
Revisiting Kimbra's 2018 episode about her song "Top of the World."
MUNA - What I Want
Wednesday, 8 February 2023
MUNA breaks down their song "What I Want."
Noah Kahan - Stick Season
Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Noah Kahan tells the story of how he created his hit song "Stick Season."
Sampa the Great - Let Me Be Great (feat. Angélique Kidjo)
Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Sampa the Great, Angélique Kidjo, and producer Mag44 break down the making of "Let Me Be Great."
Son Lux - This is a Life (from 'Everything Everywhere All at Once')
Wednesday, 7 December 2022
Ryan Lott of Son Lux breaks down "This Is a Life," the end credits song from the hit film ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once.’
Omah Lay - Never Forget
Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Omah Lay breaks down his song, "Never Forget."
Book Exploder: James McBride - Deacon King Kong
Wednesday, 9 November 2022
James McBride breaks down the opening passage of his 2020 novel Deacon King Kong.
Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth
Wednesday, 2 November 2022
Sam Beam of Iron & Wine breaks down "Flightless Bird, American Mouth."
Book Exploder: George Saunders - Victory Lap
Wednesday, 26 October 2022
George Saunders breaks down a passage from "Victory Lap," a short story from Tenth of December.
Santigold - Ushers of the New World
Wednesday, 19 October 2022
Santigold breaks down "Ushers of the New World."
Book Exploder: Celeste Ng - Little Fires Everywhere
Wednesday, 12 October 2022
Celeste Ng breaks down a passage from her best-selling novel, Little Fires Everywhere.
King Princess - Let Us Die
Wednesday, 5 October 2022
King Princess breaks down her single, "Let Us Die", joined by her collaborators Ethan Gruska and Mark Ronson.
Book Exploder: Tayari Jones - An American Marriage
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Tayari Jones breaks down a passage from An American Marriage.
Panic! At the Disco - Viva Las Vengeance
Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco breaks down "Viva Las Vengeance."
Book Exploder: Carmen Maria Machado - In the Dream House
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Carmen Maria Machado breaks down a passage from her 2019 memoir, In the Dream House.
Re-issue: Björk - Stonemilker
Wednesday, 7 September 2022
Björk breaks down her song Stonemilker.
Book Exploder: Michael Cunningham - The Hours
Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Michael Cunningham breaks down a passage from the prologue of The Hours, his Pulitzer-winning novel.
Madonna - Hung Up
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
Madonna breaks down her song "Hung Up," along with co-writer and co-producer Stuart Price.
Book Exploder: Min Jin Lee - Pachinko
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
Min Jin Lee discusses a passage from her novel Pachinko.
Kae Tempest - Move
Wednesday, 10 August 2022
Kae Tempest and producer Dan Carey break down "Move."
Book Exploder: Susan Orlean - The Library Book
Wednesday, 3 August 2022
Susan Orlean breaks down a passage from her best-seller, The Library Book.
Sudan Archives - Selfish Soul
Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Sudan Archives breaks down her song "Selfish Soul."
mxmtoon - Mona Lisa
Wednesday, 13 July 2022
mxmtoon breaks down her song "Mona Lisa."
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