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The Bridge: R. Kelly and Music’s #MeToo Reckoning

In this mini episode of Slate’s music history podcast, a conversation about the accusations facing R. Kelly.

Jan. 25 2019 4:00 PMHit Parade: The Gaga Is Born EditionLady Gaga may be about to pivot from Grammy winner to Oscar winner. How did A Star Is Born both reflect and reboot her decadelong career?
Dec. 21 2018 5:42 PMHit Parade: The Christmas Is All Around EditionThe annual derby for U.K. Christmas No. 1 is the world’s most hotly contested pop-chart contest. But can the competition survive in the streaming age?
Nov. 30 2018 2:37 PMHit Parade: The Give Me a Sign EditionHow an introverted Swedish producer and a showbiz kid from Louisiana made the late 1990s’ most influential No. 1 hit.
Oct. 26 2018 3:50 PMHit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky EditionWhat finally got hip-hop to the top of the Billboard charts?
Sept. 28 2018 11:08 AMHit Parade: The Nights on Broadway EditionHow did the Bee Gees survive the fall of disco? The falsettos? The white suits? It was the songs.
July 27 2018 12:56 PMHit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now EditionHow did guest rappers change the way supporting performers are credited across popular music?
June 29 2018 12:20 PMHit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part 1The story of how two very different bands came to define the boundaries of New Wave rock from the college town of Athens, Georgia.
May 25 2018 10:02 AMHit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting EditionSince the heyday of MTV, music videos have made hits bigger. Now, watching them even counts for the charts—which helped make Miley Cyrus’s career.
April 27 2018 7:00 AMHit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition  Over the objections of critics, Bon Jovi entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. What is the band’s legacy?
April 5 2018 5:00 PMHit Parade: Call for ContestantsWe’re going to release bonus episodes packed with music trivia—and we want you to play along.
Feb. 23 2018 6:21 PMHit Parade: The Def Jams EditionToday, rap is ubiquitous on pop radio. But the genre’s first crossover hit required a little help from some out-of-favor rock stars.
Dec. 28 2017 7:47 AMHit Parade: The Silver Medalists EditionOn the Billboard Hot 100, two is often the loneliest number.
Oct. 30 2017 12:02 PMHit Parade: Le Petty Prince EditionTom Petty and Prince only played together once. But their careers paralleled each other for four decades.
July 28 2017 1:45 PMHit Parade: The Charity Megasingle EditionIn the mid-1980s, big, loud, multicelebrity pop songs were briefly all over the charts and the radio. How’d that happen?
May 26 2017 5:12 PMHit Parade: The Fab Four Sweep EditionHow a major label screw-up helped the Beatles sweep the Billboard top five.
Jan. 18 2019 7:00 AMMusic Trivia: Grammys and Gaga EditionSlate’s music-history podcast is here to quiz you on one of music’s biggest divas.
Dec. 14 2018 2:10 PMMusic Trivia: The Christmas Music EditionSlate’s music-history podcast is here to quiz you on holiday hits.
Nov. 16 2018 7:00 AMMusic Trivia: The ’90s Pop EditionFrom Ace of Base to Britney Spears, Slate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you on pop icons.
Oct. 12 2018 1:38 PMMusic Trivia: The ’90s Hip-Hop EditionFrom the Notorious B.I.G. to the Fresh Prince and LL Cool J, Slate’s music-history podcast is here to quiz you.
Aug. 31 2018 1:28 PMMusic Trivia: The Aretha Franklin EditionThe Queen of Soul is gone. How much do you know about her music, really?
July 13 2018 12:50 PMHit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part 2How the two leading bands from Athens, Georgia, transformed themselves from college-rockers in the ’80s to hit-makers by the ’90s.
June 15 2018 5:00 PMMusic Trivia: The MTV and Alt-Rock EditionSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some trivia.
May 11 2018 8:30 AMMusic Trivia: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame EditionSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some trivia.
April 20 2018 8:00 AMMusic Trivia: Welcome to Hit Parade—the BridgeSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some tough pop-chart trivia.
March 29 2018 7:03 AMHit Parade: The Veronica Electronica EditionIn 1998, at a crossroads, Madonna rebooted her career by fusing electronics with matters of the heart—and turned digital music into viable pop.
Jan. 26 2018 3:51 PMHit Parade: The B-Sides Edition Live from Brooklyn’s Bell House, it’s a very special Hit Parade about B-sides that improbably became classics, or even No. 1 hits.
Nov. 27 2017 11:03 AMHit Parade: The Queen of Disco EditionDonna Summer set chart benchmarks and managed to stay relevant for more than three decades. Why didn’t she get more respect from the rock establishment?
Sept. 29 2017 5:01 PMHit Parade: The Great War Against the Single EditionThe story of how the recording industry made you shell out $18 for one good song in the ’90s.
June 30 2017 2:45 PMHit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George EditionGeorge Michael and Elton John were friends, collaborators, and for one week, chart rivals.
April 28 2017 7:03 AMHit Parade: The Rogue DJ EditionA new podcast about how that song you love—or hate—became a smash.