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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.
August 4th, 2010
Episode 80 of 611 episodes
Jay Smooth and Maura Johnston take on modern duets, as three of the top five songs on the charts are male rapper/female singer pairings. When you heard a duet from Ray Charles and Betty Carter, or Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, they each shared center stage in the verses and harmonized in the chorus. But in "Love The Way You Lie," for example, Eminem's sole custody of the verse gives him literally ten times as much time to speak as Rihanna. Do you think it's possible these days for women to have an equal say in pop duets?