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The Bridge: You Said You Needed “Space”—WHAT?!

Chris Molanphy and Brittany Spanos discuss Taylor Swift’s enduring appeal for fans of all ages.

[This edition of my Hit Parade—“The Bridge” bonus series is available to Slate Plus subscribers only. A link to the episode show page is below. To sign up for Plus—and tell Slate that Hit Parade sent you!—visit slate.com/hitparadeplus.]

In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy brings on Rolling Stone Senior Writer and devoted Swiftie Brittany Spanos to talk about the latest episode of Hit Parade focused on the country-to-pop crossover of Taylor Swift. Brittany tells Chris about the birth of her Taylor fandom on Tumblr, about the experience of following an artist as she navigates your same stages of life, and about why Swift’s catalogue is catnip for celebrity gossip fans.

Next, Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, gives him a chance to turn the tables with a stumper question of his own, and previews next month’s full-length episode. Slate Plus members can sign up for a chance to be our trivia contestant on a future episode here.

Podcast production by Asha Saluja.