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Is the "Happy Birthday" Song Copyrighted?

Episode 124 • July 15, 2015

Revelations about the Happy Birthday song inspired us to discuss how music royalties work. They're a lot more complicated than we thought!

How Popular Music Actually Works

Episode 123 • July 12, 2015

Top 40 radio stations and a handful of corporations basically control which music is deemed "popular." Is there anything we can do about it?

You Got Your Mixtape in My Happy Meal

Episode 122 • July 9, 2015

A McDonald's employee replaced Happy Meal toys with his self-recorded hip hop mixtape. Gotcha—the story's fake—but we wish it were real.

Review of "Motown: The Musical"

Episode 121 • July 5, 2015

Kyle and Tiff share their experience seeing Motown: The Musical, a contemporary production that chronicles the golden age of Motown Records.

Singers With Way Too Many Illegitimate Children

Episode 120 • June 17, 2015

Few men have earned the title of "father" in the same way as these four singers, who had a total of over 40 children with over 25 women.

The 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Episode 119 • June 9, 2015

Congratulations are in order! The 2015 inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were announced, and there's some big names in the list.

R&B Singers Who Tried Acting

Episode 118 • June 6, 2015

Over the years, a handful of R&B, funk and disco singers have had acting roles in films. But were any of them successful in this endeavor?

In Memoriam: B.B. King

Episode 117 • May 21, 2015

We'd be at a great loss not to pay respects to the recently deceased B.B. King, who's regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time.

Why are Some Songs So Long?

Episode 116 • April 18, 2015

Some funk and disco songs stretch over 10 minutes! But why? Sometimes it's artistic expression, pressure from a record label, or even drugs.

How Do Genres Get Their Names?

Episode 115 • April 12, 2015

How did they come up with the name "dubstep"? What defines "indie" music? This discussion explores the etymology behind musical genre names.