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The Spot: Song Exploder

From the music video, "Sea of Love," by the band, The National

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

"The National - Sea of Love," from the podcast Song Exploder, produced by Hrishikesh Hirway, December 2014.

Today, we’re talking with Hrishikesh Hirway, host and creator of the podcast Song Exploder. We’ll discuss the origin of the show, what podcasts he’s listening to, and advice he has for those of you who want to take an idea and make it into a podcast reality. 

We’ll also listen to a full episode of Song Exploder, showcasing the band The National’s track, “Sea of Love.” 

Click the player above to listen to the full episode. 


Song Exploder will record a live episode with How to Dress Well this Saturday, February 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. Click here to RSVP to the free event. In addition to RSVPing, plan on arriving before the 1:00 p.m. start time, because seating will be first come, first served.

Check out the Song Exploder website to listen to past episodes, and subscribe to the podcast.


This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, The National, and Tortoise.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for a whole new episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.