The Gist discusses online threats with Danielle Citron, and musical fades with William Weir.

The Sad, Gradual Decline of the Fade-Out in Popular Music

The Sad, Gradual Decline of the Fade-Out in Popular Music

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 25 2014 10:19 PM

Not Fade Away

The once-ubiquitous pop song fade-out appears to be dying. The Gist asks why.

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Even in his song “Not Fade Away,” Buddy Holly loved to fade away.

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Today on The Gist, what happened to the good old days of newsmen keeping quiet about their death threats? Danielle Citron, author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, explains why online threats are commonly discussed and more rarely policed. Plus, William Weir explains the sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music. For the Spiel, Mike’s wild worldwide warzone wackiness headlines.


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