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The greatest podcast episode on ‘The Greatest Night in Pop’

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

It’s been almost 40 years since an absolutely blinding collection of music’s biggest stars — and Dan Akroyd — stepped into a studio on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles and recorded one of the best-selling singles of all time: “We Are the World.”

Not nearly that long ago, two of the brightest lights in the Milwaukee cinematic podcast constellation stepped into a studio on Pittsburgh Avenue to record this episode on the recent Netflix documentary about the song: The Greatest Night in Pop.

Which recording is superior? It’s too close to call, really. The podcast wins in the important categories, like duration (27:25 vs. 7:02) and number of controversies accrued by the participants (zero vs. … several). The song wins in money raised for humanitarian aid ($80 million vs. $0) and number of Cyndi Laupers present (one vs. zero).

But this is not a matter of Cinebuds squaring off with “We Are the World.” It’s an episode that allows us to do something we love: combining movies and music. Having Dori and Kpolly to lean into those respective areas makes them an ideal duo to break down the effectiveness of the documentary and the quality of the song itself.

Enjoy the episode by hitting that “Listen” button at the top of the page or finding it wherever you do your podcast-enjoying.