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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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."
Sarah Kinsley - The King
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022
Sarah Kinsley breaks down "The King."
Brandi Carlile - You and Me On the Rock (feat. Lucius)
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
Brandi Carlile breaks down her song "You and Me On The Rock."
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand breaks down the song "Take Me Out."
Joy Oladokun - Look Up
Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
Joy Oladokun tells the story of making her song "Look Up."
Danny Elfman - What’s This? (from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”)
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Danny Elfman breaks down “What's This?” from the stop-motion animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Halsey - You Asked for This
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Halsey takes apart her song "You Asked for This."
Hans Zimmer - Dune
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
Hans Zimmer breaks down his score from "Dune."
The War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius)
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
Adam Granduciel breaks down the War On Drugs song "I Don't Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius)."
Willow - Transparent Soul feat. Travis Barker
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
Willow breaks down her song "Transparent Soul feat. Travis Barker."
Hrishikesh Hirway TED Talk - What You Learn When You Listen Closely
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
A TED Talk on how making Song Exploder changed the way I think about connecting with people.
John Lennon - God
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
Through archival interviews, John Lennon tells the story of making his song "God."