Miley Cyrus performs at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. as part of her Bangerz Tour. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Last Friday, we published an essay questioning “poptimism,” a mode of thinking about pop music that guides much of today’s critical conversation.

[Read: Do you want poptimism? Or do you want the truth?]

In addition to stoking plenty of tweets, retweets and subtweets online, the essay also earned 30-minutes of parsing in a podcast over at Grantland.

To respond to all of this response, we decided to record a podcast of our own. Listen below.