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Mar 23, 2023

This week on Child Star Hell, "Justin Bieber's Inferno", we begin to examine how the patron saint of "Bieber Fever" went from an unknown Youtube prodigy... to the most famous kid on earth... to the most hated man in America.. all in just five years!


  • Justin Bieber Is Living the Dream [NYT] [12/31/2009]
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Mar 2, 2023

In 1990, a landmark case about "obscenity" in rap music sparked decades of discourse. 30 years later, hundreds of black artists have been prosecuted based on lyrics and their music.

Part three of "Pop Music That F*cks", The Long War on Rap, is out now!


  • Obscenity or Art? Trial on Rap Lyrics Opens [NYT]
  • The state...

Feb 9, 2023

As Kim Petras and Sam Smith don 'devilish' attire for their Grammy performance of 'Unholy', right-wring pundits claim Satanic panic, echoing outrage seen in American politics since the 1830s. Our new series charts 200 years in American moral panics about music, race, sexuality, and the conservative religious zealot's...

Jan 26, 2023

While the nepo baby panic rages on with no end in sight, everyone tip-toes around that rather obvious pile of class anxieties 🤔 So join us and special guest Emily Alford this week in search of an answer to the ancient question: What's up with rich and famous people?! Featuring cameous from our favorite friends...

Jan 19, 2023

Jen Shah has faced many accusations for many crimes. But what of the cast members and producers in her orbit, who've hung around her like carrion vultures desperate for every last scrap of rotted flesh? This week, we look into all the ways people like Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, and Andy Cohen have desperately clung to...