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Song Exploder: How Music Gets Made

Streaming on Netflix / Film & TV

When podcasters transition to television, the results can be magical. This is the case for Song Exploder, the new Netflix series from Hrishikesh Hirway, who initially launched a popular podcast of the same name in 2014. In both formats, Hirway creates a narrative around the inception of important pieces of music, but his work—and that of his subjects—shines brightest on the screen. An incisive and thoughtful interviewer, he reveals a nuanced understanding of the creative processes of a wide range of talents, from Michael Stipe and Alicia Keys to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ty Dolla Sign. Illuminating both the granular and meta moments in production, he also reminds us that music should not be relegated to the backgrounds of contemporary life—a little undivided attention goes a long way. —Ashley Baker

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