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(You can find a full list of my clips for NPR here.)

Selected music features & interviews

Anjimile Just Can’t Wait To Be King
NPR Music | September 2020

Perfume Genius Expands Rock’s Body Language
NPR Music | May 2020

Torres Explains The Fear And Desire Behind Her Most Self-Determined Record Yet
NPR Music | January 2020

How One Of Music’s Biggest Stars Almost Disappeared, And How Her Legacy Was Saved
NPR Music | September 2019

The Motherlode
NPR Music | July 2019

The Old Disappearing-Reappearing Band Trick (Or, How Millennials Rescued Duster’s Music From The Abyss)
NPR Music | March 2019

Women Are The Fabric Of 21st Century Pop
NPR Music | July 2018

Trixie Mattel: America’s Next Top Folk-Country Comedy Drag Artist
NPR Music |March 2018

Power In Everything: Priests’ Katie Alice Greer On Making Space For Art
NPR Music | December 2017

Taylor Swift Can’t Be The Victim And The Villain
NPR Music | August 2017

After A Detour, Land Of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell Finds A New Way Home
NPR Music | July 2017

Interview: Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak
She Shreds Issue #11 | Fall 2016

Bedroom Dream Band: Jay Som Talks About Producing Her New Album By Herself
Bitch Media | October 2016

Introducing: Oshwa
Bandcamp Daily | September 2016

Selected music criticism

Frances Quinlan Follows Her First Spark Of Creation
NPR Music | January 2020

On ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary,’ Girlpool Commits To Restless Growth
NPR Music | January 2019

On ‘Honey,’ Robyn Dances Towards Stillness
NPR Music | October 2018

On ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel,’ Humanity Is Courtney Barnett’s Superpower
NPR Music | May 2018

Hop Along’s Emotionally Resonant ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog’ Is A Triumph
NPR Music |April 2018

Review: Soccer Mommy, ‘Clean’
NPR Music | February 2018

Review: Palm, ‘Rock Island’
NPR Music | February 2018

Review: Mitski, Puberty 2
Bitch Magazine # 72 |Fall 2016

Book reviews

In ‘Females,’ The State Is Less A Biological Condition Than An Existential One
NPR | October 2019

‘Revenge Of The She-Punks’ Sets Out To Rectify A Gender Imbalance
NPR | May 2019

Tiny Desk concerts, playlists, etc.

Frances Quinlan: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | May 2020

Harry Styles: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | March 2020

Carly Rae Jepsen: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | November 2019

Foxing: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | June 2019

5 Tiny Desk Concerts That Will Literally Make You Cry
NPR Music | October 2019

Camp Cope: Tiny Desk concert
NPR Music | August 2018

Broséwave: 21 Songs For Dudes Who Drink Pink
NPR Music | July 2018

Tiny Desk concert: Japanese Breakfast
NPR Music | October 2017


Mark Kozelek, Of Sun Kil Moon And Red House Painters, Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
NPR Music | August 2020

Vera Lynn, Singer Of Timeless Classics In WWII-Era Britain, Dies At 103
NPR Music | June 2020

Perfume Genius Announces New Album, Shares First Single ‘Describe’
NPR Music | February 2020

Waxahatchee Announces New Album ‘Saint Cloud,’ Shares First Single ‘Fire’
NPR Music | January 2020

Watch This 9-Year-Old Girl Drum Her Heart Out To Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’
NPR Music | November 2019

Hear ‘Copernicus Crater,’ The First Single From Duster’s First Record In 20 Years
NPR Music | November 2019

King Princess And Fiona Apple Collaborate On New Version Of ‘I Know’
NPR Music | January 2019

Dolly Parton Announces Eight-Part Netflix Series Based On Her Music
NPR Music | June 2018

U2, Ed Sheeran Cancel St. Louis Concerts After Protests Over Police Acquittal
NPR Music | September 2017

Eskimeaux Changes Name To Ó Following Criticism From Inuk Singer Tanya Tagaq
NPR Music | April 2017

How’d International Women’s Day Go For Musicians?
NPR Music | March 2017

Why Does The GOP Still Support Dangerous Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’?
The Establishment | August 2016

Marissa Lorusso at PRI.org


New Mix: Snoh Aalegra, MXXWLL, Golda May, More
NPR | All Songs Considered | July 2020
I played some new tunes from the depths of quarantine.

The Wit, Wisdom And Awe Of Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’
We turned NPR Music’s Listening Party for the new Fiona Apple album into a podcast.
NPR | All Songs Considered | April 2020

The Fine Brushstrokes Of ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’
All my years of studying French led me to really try to pronounce Céline Sciamma’s name correctly.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | February 2020

New Mix: Jay Som, Moon Hooch, Ada Lea, More
I co-hosted All Songs with Bob Boilen and our NPR Music intern, Emma Bowers.
NPR | All Songs Considered | February 2020

New Mix: Koffee, Diet Cig, Waxahatchee, Half Waif, More
I co-hosted All Songs with Bob Boilen to play some delightful new songs.
NPR | All Songs Considered | January 2020

Talking, Laughing, Loving, Breathing: On The Return Of ‘The L Word’
I joined Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about The L Word: Generation Q.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | January 2020

One Big Breath And A Blazing Guitar: 2019’s Best Moments In Music
I spoke to All Things Considered with my coworker Tom Huizenga about my favorite musical moment of 2019.
NPR | All Things Considered | December 2019

New Mix: Torres, Julien Baker, Illuminati Hotties, More
I co-hosted this episode of All Songs with Bob Boilen and Lyndsey McKenna to play a distressing board game and play some great new tunes.
NPR | All Songs Considered | October 2019

The 2010s: Queer Goes Mainstream
To wrap up the 2010s, I talked to All Songs about the decade’s increase in visibility for queer pop artists and the complexities that come with mainstreaming.
NPR | All Songs Considered | October 2019

The 2019 MTV VMAs
I helped PCHH recap the 2019 VMAs. Lizzo! Missy Elliott! And somehow, inexplicably, Taylor Swift!
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | August 2019

Road-Testing the 2019 Songs of the Summer
Carly Rae Jepsen is the answer, and that’s my final answer.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | July 2019

New Mix: Better Oblivion Community Center, Bellows, Duster & More
I co-hosted this episode of All Songs with Bob Boilen and talked about some of my favorite new music.
NPR | All Songs Considered | January 2019

Glaring Omissions: The Music We Missed in 2018
I tried to convince Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton that Camp Cope should have been on NPR Music’s year-end list.
NPR | All Songs Considered | December 2018

We Celebrate Our Favorite Christmas Songs
I was a guest on PCHH to talk about the forever dominance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | December 2018

‘Women Are Not One Thing’: The 2018 Turning The Tables List Shines With Diversity
I spoke with NPR’s Ailsa Chang and my colleague Sidney Madden about the 2018 Turning the Tables list.
NPR |All Things Considered | July 2018

PCHH loves Alex Trebek’s mustache and so do I.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | July 2018

Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink
Lars Gotrich, Lyndsey McKenna and I invented a lifestyle-slash-genre. Then, we convinced All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen to listen to it.
NPR |All Songs Considered | July 2018

Road-Testing The Songs Of The Summer
In which I remind Pop Culture Happy Hour that #20GayTeen is Hayley Kiyoko’s year and we’re all just living in it.
NPR |Pop Culture Happy Hour | June 2018

Turning The Tables Listening Party: A Dynamic Sister Duo
A conversation with Ann Powers, Sidney Madden, Katie Presley and me about the artistic mastery of Beyoncé and Solange.
NPR | World Cafe | February 2018

‘The Disaster Artist’ Is A Very James Franco Production
As a longtime fan of The Room, I chatted with PCHH about James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | December 2017

What Makes A Great Album Last?
I joined the ASC team to talk about being a teen who loved Bright Eyes.
NPR | All Songs Considered |November 2017

NPR Music 10th Anniversary Podcast: 2010
A conversation about Kanye, emo revival and streaming
NPR | All Songs Considered |November 2017

Kendrick Lamar Wins Big In The VMAs’ Jarring Jumble Of Moments
I brought some lukewarm takes about Taylor Swift to PCHH
NPR | Pop Culture Happy Hour | August 2017

Other All Songs Considered appearances:


Panelist/Presenter: “There’s No Place Like Homo: Revisiting The Home In Queer Pop” at MoPOP (Virtual) Pop Conference, September 2020

Panelist: NPR Music live listening party for Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters, April 2020

Panelist/Presenter: “My Revenge is Death: Unpacking the Riot Grrrls’ Soundtrack to Killing Rapists” at MoPOP Pop Conference, April 2019

Panelist: “Turning The Tables: 21st Century Edition Live,” Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, July 2018

Panelist/Presenter: “Pop Personae and Fashioned Bodies: An Analysis of Pop Styles and Soft Masculinities” at MoPOP Pop Conference, April 2018

Organizer/Reader: “You Have to Read This!” reading series, May 2017

Panelist: The Ladycast Live at DC Podfest, November 2016

boundaries” (Keeper Zines #4)

“DIVULGE” (Keeper Zines #3)

“U G L Y” (Keeper Zines #2)

“GRRRLS IN CARS” (Keeper Zines #1)

I also provided editorial support to Reflections on the Burden of Men in 2017