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Hey, Hit Parade listeners—we’ve got an unusual schedule for August. Today’s show is a recording of a recent installment of Slate’s Wednesday Night Live, which was a live trivia edition. Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy was our quizmaster, and he fired Billboard chart brainteasers to a foursome of Slate luminaries. Then they turned the tables on Chris! (Did any of them stump him?)
Later this month, in the place where we would normally bring you a full-length story, we’ll instead be doing a super-sized edition of our regular Hit Parade—“The Bridge” show. We’ll be following up last month’s Yacht Rock episode with some very special guests. You won’t want to miss it.
Chris Molanphy, a pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia, and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts, and shaped your memories forever.