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The Bridge: She Feels the Earth Move

Ann Powers joins Chris Molanphy for a retrospective of 1971, from its foundational music to its social movements.

Episode Notes

In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by NPR Music critic and author Ann Powers to dissect the latest full-length episode of Hit Parade. Ann and Chris discuss how a range of social movements—the flowering of Black, women’s and worker’s-rights activism, the mainstreaming of pornography, even the music business’s shift from groups to soloists—all conspired to make 1971 an exceptionally fruitful year for pop.

Next, Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, gives him a chance to turn the tables with a stumper question of his own, and previews next month’s full-length episode. Slate Plus members can sign up for a chance to be our trivia contestant on a future episode here.

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.