Throughout Eurovision season (December-ish through May) our weekly episodes check in on the news, recap selection shows from around Europe, and review the entries as they are selected. As the Contest draws closer, we re-examine the songs as competitors. It's sports, but with pop music, spreadsheets, and Google Translate.
During the off-season, we dive into topics directly and tangentially related to the history of the Contest. Topics have included: drag queens, the movie The Apple, flags, the Iceland Airwaves festival, intersectionality, the origins of telecommunications technology... did I mention we're a bit nerdy?
Episodes drop Tuesdays on your favorite podcast provider.
January 7th, 2020 | Season 3 | 37 mins 43 secs
albania, australia, georgia, italy, lithuania, netherlands, north macedonia, norway, ukraine
We're barely a week into 2020 and we already have Eurovision drama up to our ears (HI ALBANIA!). We get caught up on the news from over the holidays in this episode.
December 31st, 2019 | Season 3 | 54 mins 48 secs
albania, azerbaijan, belarus, bulgaria, croatia, finland, hungary, latvia, lithuania, montenegro, north macedonia, portugal, romania, san marino, slovakia, slovenia
408 songs competed on the Eurovision stage this decade. 148 did not qualify for the Grand Final. From those, we picked 20 that still hold up.
December 24th, 2019 | Season 3 | 25 mins 9 secs
australia, azerbaijan, bulgaria, cyprus, italy, sweden
Ben flies solo this week after getting too caffeinated while prepping for the last Eurowhat of the year. He develops a theory about Eurovision in the last decade and makes an audio essay about it. It involves snacks.
December 17th, 2019 | Season 3 | 45 mins 24 secs
albania, austria, czech republic, iceland, netherlands, sweden
Tickets! Hosts! More selections! Eurovision 2020 is in full swing, but we look back at 2019 pop culture and make a 2020 wish list in this episode.
December 3rd, 2019 | Season 3 | 34 mins 29 secs
australia, bulgaria, cyprus, estonia, france, hungary, russia, spain, sweden, turkey
Hungary's reasons for withdrawing from Eurovision sound similar to Turkey's. What else do the two countries have in common?
November 19th, 2019 | Season 3 | 46 mins 12 secs
australia, bulgaria, cyprus, czech republic, estonia, georgia, germany, iceland, slovenia
Our Senior Hatari Correspondent Ben traveled to Reykjavik to check in with the Iceland Airwaves festival and what's going on in the Icelandic music scene.
November 5th, 2019 | Season 3 | 39 mins 19 secs
bulgaria, hungary, lebanon, moldova, netherlands
Lebanon was supposed to debut at Eurovision 2005. We examine the unexpected ways international relations impact the Song Contest.
October 22nd, 2019 | Season 3 | 32 mins 12 secs
france, georgia, germany, hungary, iceland, italy, malta, netherlands, spain, united kingdom
We jump back 50 years to that time Eurovision had a four-way tie for first place... and no way to break it.
October 8th, 2019 | Season 3 | 50 mins 50 secs
armenia, belgium, iceland, israel, russia, spain, united kingdom
Who knew that flags—symbols of national identity—could have political implications at the Eurovision Song Contest? Drink!
September 24th, 2019 | Season 3 | 24 mins 30 secs
iceland, ireland, morocco, spain, turkey, united kingdom
Remember that time Morocco competed at the Eurovision Song Contest? We don't since neither of us existed at the time. Let's learn about it together!
September 10th, 2019 | Season 3 | 32 mins 53 secs
israel, italy, netherlands, russia, spain
Happy Eurovision New Year! We're talking about Eurovision 2020's host country the Netherlands and the host city of Rotterdam.