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The Bridge: Tuesday Night Trivia Club

Chris Molanphy hosts a remote pop quiz about pop, exclusively for Slate Plus members.

Episode Notes

In this special episode of Hit Parade’s “The Bridge,” it’s like you’re sitting at the end of the bar for the ultimate pop-music pub quiz: On Tuesday night, March 30, host Chris Molanphy quizzed eight different Slate Plus listeners on trivia questions taken from specific episodes in the last year of Hit Parade. Chris’s stumpers range widely, from Latin Pop to Yacht Rock, OutKast to Billy Joel. Hear how his brave contestants did—and quiz yourself, too!

After the trivia, Chris takes questions from the crowd. Listen to the Q&A to hear him preview the next episode of Hit Parade, dish on his favorite music documentary, and settle an age-old bet between a husband and wife about which is the best year of the ’80s in Billboard chart history. Plus, one listener offers perhaps the cleverest Turning the Tables trivia question in “Bridge” history.

Live event production by Faith Smith and Britt Pullie. Podcast production by Asha Saluja.

About the Show

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.

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  • Chris Molanphy is a feature writer and critic who writes widely about music and the pop charts.