Great Duets & Writer Malcolm Gladwell


There's something about two performers, sometimes from different styles and points of view, coming together and creating a musical moment. This week, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite duets. They'll also interview author Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam from the Broken Record podcast.

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Malcolm Gladwell & Bruce Headlam

Broken Record hosts Rick Rubin, Bruce Headlam and Malcolm Gladwell

Bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell turned his energy to podcasting in 2016 with the show Revisionist History. Now he's launched his second podcast, this one devoted to music called Broken Record. It's a collaboration with legendary music producer Rick Rubin and Gladwell's childhood friend and former New York Times editor, Bruce Headlam. Headlam and Gladwell joined Jim for a discussion about how they bonded over music, their take on the role of the critic in the digital age and the relative artistic merit of YES solo projects.

Great Duets

Like peas and carrots, and Jim and Greg, some things are better in twos. That especially goes for voices! There's something special about a great Duet, so this week our own duo play their favorites.


  • Simon and Garfunkel, "The Only Living Boy in New York"
  • Method Man and Mary J. Blige, "I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get By" (Puff Daddy Mix)
  • Mickey & Sylvia, "Love Is Strange"
  • The Jayhawks, "Blue"


  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Onion Song"
  • Led Zeppelin featuring Sandy Denny, "The Battle of Evermore"
  • Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan, "Fairytale of New York"
  • Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson, "Candy"

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