The Gist: Chris Molanphy on walking bass lines, and Indiana governor Mike Pence.

It’s All About That (Walking) Bass

It’s All About That (Walking) Bass

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 31 2015 7:03 PM

What’s a Walking Bass Line?

Chris Molanphy steps us through the low-end hooks that make songs like “Good Times” and “Billie Jean” so infectious.

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It’s all about that walking bass.

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Today on The Gist, Mike joins us from a Chicago Transit Authority station as he prepares to host Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me this weekend. First up, Chris Molanphy explains how the secret sauce in some of your favorite pop songs might just be the walking bass line. He writes Slate’s Why Is That Song No. 1 column. For the Spiel, the governor of Indiana supports clarifying a law that in no way needs clarification.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.