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Listen to the Critics At Large

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The idea of a podcast by cultural critics at The New Yorker certainly runs the risk of being eye-roll worthy, but I’m here to shout from the rooftops how absolutely, indulgently fun the newest series “Critics At Large” is. Hosts Naomi Fry, Vinson Cunningham, and Alexandra Schwartz have so far put out three episodes covering Elon Musk, Taylor Swift, and cringe-worthy comedy.

Sometimes pop culture podcasts (and I know this because I listen to many), can be a lot of bluster with very little cultural context or knowledge. But these three hosts have an incredibly thoughtful (and enjoyable) way of discussing what’s in the zeitgeist, connecting it to past cultural touchstones, and giving it all the appropriate amount of weight. They refreshingly declare the Musk biography by Walter Isaacson “boring” and they rightly come to the conclusion that an upside of Taylor Swift’s dominance is that haters can have their day in the sun. —Kady Ruth Ashcraft

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