Praised by NPR as "the thing that's making us happy this week"***, Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs (MASTAS) features two arts and entertainment journalists -- Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting -- discussing pop songs they feel passionately about. Both Mark and Sarah are longtime music dorks who get VERY enthusiastic about everything from Salt-n-Pepa's greatest hits to Jewel's worst cultural crimes.
MASTAS has reached the top 5 of the iTunes Music Podcast chart and in less than a year has been dowloaded over 100K times. Our regular episodes receive 2200 downloads in the first 60 days, and our themed episodes receive between 3000-5000 downloads in the first 60 days.
Episodes of MASTAS are generally centered around a single song, though some rank every song on an album or explore a particularly theme (Christmas songs, left-y political songs, etc.) The discussions always range far and wide. No matter what, however, MASTAS remains lighthearted, and smart. Blank space weird problems with metadata. The hosts are opinionated and lively, but never snarky.
MASTAS posts a new episode almost every Thursday.
ABOUT THE HOSTS: Sarah D. Bunting is the co-founder of both Television Without Pity (and co-author of the TWoP book) and Previously.TV. Her website Tomato Nation has been prominent for over fifteen years, and her writing has appeared in Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and many others. Mark Blankenship is a noted theatre journalist who created and edits the magazine TDF Stages. He also has written for The New York Times (and NYT Magazine), The Village Voice, Variety, Salon, Vulture, and many others. He is the producer and director of the documentary film series Meet the Theatre, and he has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, The Joy Behar Show, and the CBC. In 2015, he lived the nerd dream by competing on Jeopardy!
*** NPR reference occurred on the December 21, 2016 episode of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. The MASTAS praise begins at 41:37.
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Our show appears on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and more. We are happy to discuss additional promotion via our social media channels, including the MASTAS Twitter account (500 followers) and the personal Twitter accounts of both Mark (3200 followers) and Sarah (6500 followers).