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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Noah Kahan - Stick Season
Wednesday, January 25th, 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, December 21st, 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, December 7th, 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, November 16th, 2022
Omah Lay breaks down his song, "Never Forget."
Book Exploder: James McBride - Deacon King Kong
Wednesday, November 9th, 2022
James McBride breaks down the opening passage of his 2020 novel Deacon King Kong.
Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
Sam Beam of Iron & Wine breaks down "Flightless Bird, American Mouth."
Book Exploder: George Saunders - Victory Lap
Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
George Saunders breaks down a passage from "Victory Lap," a short story from Tenth of December.
Santigold - Ushers of the New World
Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
Santigold breaks down "Ushers of the New World."
Book Exploder: Celeste Ng - Little Fires Everywhere
Wednesday, October 12th, 2022
Celeste Ng breaks down a passage from her best-selling novel, Little Fires Everywhere.
King Princess - Let Us Die
Wednesday, October 5th, 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, September 28th, 2022
Tayari Jones breaks down a passage from An American Marriage.
Panic! At the Disco - Viva Las Vengeance
Wednesday, September 21st, 2022
Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco breaks down "Viva Las Vengeance."
Book Exploder: Carmen Maria Machado - In the Dream House
Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
Carmen Maria Machado breaks down a passage from her 2019 memoir, In the Dream House.
Re-issue: Björk - Stonemilker
Wednesday, September 7th, 2022
Björk breaks down her song Stonemilker.
Book Exploder: Michael Cunningham - The Hours
Wednesday, August 31st, 2022
Michael Cunningham breaks down a passage from the prologue of The Hours, his Pulitzer-winning novel.
Madonna - Hung Up
Wednesday, August 24th, 2022
Madonna breaks down her song "Hung Up," along with co-writer and co-producer Stuart Price.
Book Exploder: Min Jin Lee - Pachinko
Wednesday, August 17th, 2022
Min Jin Lee discusses a passage from her novel Pachinko.
Kae Tempest - Move
Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
Kae Tempest and producer Dan Carey break down "Move."
Book Exploder: Susan Orlean - The Library Book
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022
Susan Orlean breaks down a passage from her best-seller, The Library Book.
Sudan Archives - Selfish Soul
Wednesday, July 27th, 2022
Sudan Archives breaks down her song "Selfish Soul."
mxmtoon - Mona Lisa
Wednesday, July 13th, 2022
mxmtoon breaks down her song "Mona Lisa."
Monica Martin - Go Easy, Kid
Wednesday, June 29th, 2022
Monica Martin breaks down her song "Go Easy, Kid."
Maren Morris - Humble Quest
Wednesday, June 15th, 2022
Maren Morris breaks down her song "Humble Quest."
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
Rick Astley tells the story of how "Never Gonna Give You Up" was made.
Kevin Morby - This Is a Photograph
Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
Kevin Morby breaks down his song "This Is a Photograph."
Arooj Aftab - Mohabbat
Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
Arooj Aftab tells the story of making her song "Mohabbat."
Partners: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss tell the story of their Grammy-winning partnership.
Peaches - Boys Wanna Be Her
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
Peaches breaks down her song "Boys Wanna Be Her."
Steve Reich - Different Trains: America, Before the War
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022
Steve Reich breaks down the first movement of "Different Trains."
Reissue: Perfume Genius - Slip Away
Wednesday, March 9th, 2022
Mike Hadreas breaks down his song "Slip Away."