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Culture Gabfest: New Weird America

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens are joined by guest host Jody Rosen, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. First, they discuss Borat 2 (officially, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm). Next, they dive into music with “The Harry Smith B-Sides.” Finally, they discuss Zoom’s newfound, and sometimes dangerous, place in our culture. On this week’s Slate Plus segment the hosts extend their analysis of Borat 2, diving into the scene with Rudy Giuliani. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro music: Next Stop the Big Onion by Chester Malone Endorsements Jody: “The butcher's shop that lasted 300 years (give or take)” by Tom Lamont in the Guardian Top Boy: Summerhouse and Top Boy Dana: The music streaming station “Ocora” from Radio France and its accompanying podcast Steve: The Beatles’ rehearsals on YouTube, particularly the “Think For Yourself Vocal Overdub Session 1965” video Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/10/201h 5m

Decoder Ring: Jane Fonda's Workout, Part 2: Hanoi Jane's VHS Revolution

How did Hanoi Jane become Exercise Jane? This is the second part of our two-parter on Jane Fonda's Workout. If you haven't yet, listen to the previous episode "Jane and Leni" first, it will give you the full context for this episode. This time around we explore how an academy award winning actor and controversial political activist managed to transform herself into a category defining fitness icon. It's a story involving a persistent VHS entrepreneur, dozens of bizarre celebrity workout tapes, and Tricky Dick, himself. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/2050m 48s

Working: Joe Sacco’s Journalistic Comics

This week, Isaac Butler talks with journalist and cartoonist Joe Sacco. Sacco is a Maltese-American cartoonist and journalist best known for his comics journalism. His books Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza have been critically praised and have won him several awards, including the American Book Award. His most recent book is Paying the Land. They talk about how he draws stories out of people and then draws those stories onto the page. Sacco talks in-depth about his creative process, which does not include story-boarding, and about how he gains the trust of his subjects—mostly by learning how to listen.   Afterward, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss what they found most striking about the interview and how Sacco’s advice can be applied to their own work.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. Host Isaac Butler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/201h 3m

Culture Gabfest: Ensorcelled by Sorkin

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss The Trial of the Chicago 7. Then, the panel is joined by Willa Paskin, Slate’s TV critic, to discuss Ted Lasso. Finally, they discuss “Cereal Eats” with New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie.   The Slate Plus segment this week features producer Jessamine Molli, as the panel talks about knowing about things before they become popular.    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Whitney Tesi.   Outro music: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Arr. E. Bindman for Piano): I. Prélude   Endorsements   Dana: J.S. Bach Cello Suites for Solo Piano transcribed and performed by Eleonor Bindman   Julia: Cinnamon Buns   Steve: Miami and the Siege of Chicago, by Norman Mailer; Return of the Secaucus 7   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/201h 5m

Working: Arranger Alex Lacamoire Breaks Down His Process for Hamilton

This week, host Isaac Butler talks shop with Alex Lacamoire, who was the arranger, music director, conductor, and orchestrator for Hamilton. In the interview, Alex explains what an arranger does and details some of the specific creative decisions that went into songs like “You’ll Be Back,” “Ten Duel Commandments,” “That Would Be Enough,” and “Burn.” After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas answer a listener question about how to set aside time and energy for creative work when you have a full-time job.  In Slate Plus, Alex talks about a song from Hamilton that was particularly hard to get right.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-WORK. That's (304) 933-9675.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/2052m 40s

Spoilers: The Haunting of Bly Manor

Slate staffers Sam Adams and Laura Miller spoil The Haunting of Bly Manor.  An American governess (Victoria Pedretti) signs on two care for two orphaned children in a remote English mansion. But she finds the house is haunted by a malevolent presence, and the children may be as well. Sam Adams and Laura Miller break down Netflix’s followup to The Haunting of Hill House, which takes its inspiration from Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and his other classic ghost stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/10/201h 0m

Hit Parade: Turn Around, Bright Eyes, Part 1

Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and bonus deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. Producers and songwriters have a major impact on how a finished pop song sounds, and feels. But it’s possible no hitmaking mastermind—not even Phil Spector—has had a more specific pop sound than Jim Steinman. His songs have an unmistakable signature: pounding pianos, revving motorcycles, sometimes literal thunder. And power-vocalists singing passionate lyrics that don’t always make sense but always sound like the fate of the world depends on this song. Chris Molanphy tells the story of a fervent, headstrong songwriter who fused with a singer who called himself Meat Loaf, creating a blockbuster song cycle called Bat Out of Hell. Steinman then went on to spread his pomp-rock to other artists: Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Every song sounded like a hallelujah chorus and a Broadway show—even though Steinman’s actual Broadway show was a notorious flop. But nothing keeps Jim Steinman down. Forever’s gonna start tonight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/10/2052m 31s

Culture Gabfest: Might As Well Jump

This week Dana, Steve, and Julia talk about Kirsten Johnson's new documentary, Dick Johnson is Dead, in which Johnson documents her father's experience with dementia. Then the hosts are joined by LA Times television editor Matt Brennan to discuss Luca Guadagnino's HBO series We Are Who We Are. And finally, Slate's pop critic Jack Hamilton joins the show to talk about Eddie Van Halen and the appeal of screeching guitar solos. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/10/201h 2m

Decoder Ring: Jane Fonda's Workout, Part 1: Jane and Leni

When Jane Fonda granted us an interview to talk about her famous workout tape, things didn't go as planned. On part one of a special two-part Decoder Ring, we explore the decades-long friendship of Jane Fonda and Leni Cazden, the relationship that birthed the workout that changed the world. It's a story of creation, regret, fame, forgiveness, trauma, survival, politics, and exercise. In two weeks, we return with part two: the story of the bestselling VHS tape of all time. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/2054m 36s

Working: Rumaan Alam’s New Novel Started With a Daydream

This week, host June Thomas talks to novelist, critic, and co-host of Working Rumaan Alam about his new novel Leave the World Behind, which has already garnered critical acclaim and a nomination for the National Book Award. In the interview, Rumaan talks about the origins of the novel, his writing process, and how he was able to craft memorable characters despite being, in his words, “face blind.” After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about the prophetic nature of Leave the World Behind and Rumaan’s approach to character development.  In Slate Plus, Rumaan recommends a piece of short fiction to give listeners a taste of his work. He also talks about works of art that have inspired him and shares an anecdote about Denzel Washington.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. To listen to Teamistry, the podcast about teams who work together in new and unexpected ways, click here: https://link.chtbl.com/teamistry?sid=podcast.working If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/2047m 44s

Culture Gabfest: You Lost Me at Bonjour

This week, Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner are joined by guest-host Laura Miller, Slate's books and culture columnist, to discuss the new Gloria Steinem biopic, The Glorias. Then they're joined by New Yorker writer Lauren Collins who helps them decide if there's anything to like about Darren Star's new Netflix series, Emily in Paris. For their final segment, the hosts frame the president's COVID-19 diagnosis as part of a narrative arc. In Slate Plus, Laura Miller recommends books to read this fall. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/10/201h 3m

Working: Director Phil Alden Robinson on the Making of His Cult Classic, Sneakers

This week, host Isaac Butler cracks the code of the heist film genre with Phil Alden Robinson, director of the 1992 cult classic Sneakers. In the interview, Phil talks about Sneakers’ nine-year writing process, the film’s alternate endings, and how he landed a cast of cinema legends, including Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier, to portray his meticulously crafted characters.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas talk about Phil’s ability to strive for perfection while also being a super nice guy.  In Slate Plus, Phil talks about his favorite heist movies.   Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/10/2055m 37s

Spoiler Specials: Enola Holmes

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Marissa Martinelli and Laura Miller spoil Enola Holmes.  Enola, who likes to remind people that her name spelled backwards is ‘alone,’ wakes up to find her mother missing. While Enola is determined to investigate her mother’s disappearance, it’s up to Mycroft and Sherlock to figure out what to do with their little sister. Can Enola outwit her intelligent brothers and break free from the stuffy, proper future Mycroft sets out for her?  Plus, Marissa and Laura delve into other, more transgressive, Holmes stories with female protagonists.  You can read Laura Miller’s review here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/10/2040m 45s

Hit Parade: One and Done, Part 2

Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For full episodes on the day of release, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our trivia show and deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. In part two of our one-hit wonders show, we propose three rules to identify a one-hit wonder, which is not as easy as it sounds: Dexys Midnight Runners? They’re a one-hit wonder. Men Without Hats? Nope, not fair. Lou Reed? Yes. Marky Mark? No. In this episode, Chris breaks it all down, explaining why “Take on Me” is a pop classic but A-ha are still only one-hitters in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/10/2052m 36s

Culture Gabfest: The Kardashians and Other Liquid Creatures

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Netflix film My Octopus Teacher. Next, they chat about the legacy and ending of Keeping Up With the Kardashians (check out the Gabfest’s 2011 conversation about the Kardashians here). Finally, the panel is joined by Slate staff writer Aaron Mak to analyze the latest episode of Reply All on QAnon. On Slate Plus, the hosts discuss how they try to balance work and family. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Outro Music: The Red Light Special by Matt Large Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/09/2056m 24s

Working: Critic Charles Finch on Reading Hundreds of Books a Year

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks about the aims of literary criticism with novelist and book critic Charles Finch. In the interview, Charles discusses the impact of platforms like Goodreads (where anyone can be a critic) and explains why it’s so hard for people to make a living writing book reviews. He also talks about how a book’s popularity can affect his response to it and how it’s possible to get burned out from writing too many reviews.  After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler discuss their relationships to criticism, as people who both write reviews and produce creative work.  In Slate Plus, Rumaan asks Charles about the critics he admires most and the titles he would assign if he were teaching a course on criticism. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.   Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/2053m 6s

Culture Gabfest: Live From Home

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are live from … Zoom! First, the panel talks about Cuties, the Netflix film that has stirred up controversey. Next, the panel discusses the Emmys—how successful (and necessary) was the virtual awards show? Finally, the panel takes on the future of fashion. Get your closets ready: Sweatpants will not be around forever. In Slate Plus, the hosts answer listeners’ questions about philosophy, comfort watches, and so much more. (Per a listener’s question, here is our previous episode on pumpkin spice.) Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: The McMansion Hell blog Julia: Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin Steve: The television show Reno 911! Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Special thanks to Faith Smith and Britt Pullie for organizing the live show. Outro Music: Self Made Woman by Katharine Appleton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/09/201h 0m

Culture Gabfest: Reminder: Virtual Live Show Tonight!

Dana reminds listeners about tonight's virtual live show! It's at 8pm ET on Slate's Facebook and YouTube pages. For links and more info, visit Slate.com/live If you can't make it, that's okay! The audio version of the live show will be dropped in your feed on Thursday evening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/09/2048s

Working: How Scrapbooking Connects Craft and Personal Reflection

This week host June Thomas talks about the underrated art of scrapbooking with Ali Edwards, who managed to turn her love of crafting into a full-time career. In the interview, Ali discusses her most popular scrapbooking projects, like “December Daily,” and explains why the practice of pairing photographs with words and artistic flair can lead to personal growth and reflection.  After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the benefits of documenting memories.  In Slate Plus, Ali reminisces about one of her favorite high-school teachers.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/2050m 58s

Spoiler Specials: Tenet

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail.  This week, Slate’s Sam Adams and Vox’s Film Critic Alissa Wilkinson spoil Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller is visually spectacular yet incredibly confusing.  The main character, played by John David Washington, simply referred to as the Protagonist is a CIA operative who becomes entangled with Tenet, a secret organization that’s fighting a future that’s actively attempting to destroy the world. The Protagonist suddenly finds himself in a world where things, and even people, can be inverted to travel backwards through time. Can the Protagonist save the world before it’s too late? How does Nolan incorporate palindromes within the movie’s structure? And what parallels can be drawn to Bill & Ted?  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Read Sam Adams’ review here.  Read Alissa Wilkinson’s review here.  Need more explanation? Check out Sam’s explainer here.  Check out Alissa’s fascinating palindrome piece here.  Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/201h 18m

Thrilling Tales: Queasy Rider | The Uncertain Future of Harley-Davidson

There are few more iconic pieces of Americana than a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But its singular Americanness - the thing that has kept the brand popular for decades - may now be a harbinger of its downfall. Podcast production by Jess Miller, with help from Asha Saluja. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/2023m 16s

Hit Parade: One and Done, Part 1

Hit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. What makes a one-hit wonder? To artists and pop chart analysts, it isn't just an academic question. On this episode of Hit Parade we explore the history and context of the one-hit wonder. In part 2, we'll propose three rules to determine if an artist can be classified as a one-hit wonder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/2052m 14s

Thirst Aid Kit: Good Night, and Good Thirst

And… SCENE.  We came, we ushered in a glorious age of elucidating female desire, coined a few salient expressions of desire, and poof! like magic, we were gone. That’s right, we did it, folks: we wrapped up Thirst Aid Kit as a weekly podcast. We thank you for your ears, your enthusiasm, your tweets, your drabbles, your Tumblr Asks, your marriage proposals (1) and your gifs. This final episode is a song of gratitude and pride. Two Black women talking about female desire, race, and culture week in, week out? Yeah, we did THAT. What a glorious few years. But please do not despair. This is just a perfect example of one door closing in a mansion full of other doors and windows. The weekly podcast is ending, but we remain. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Tumblr for updates on what we’re up to and where. This isn’t the end, but we will miss you. Stay thirsty; the world needs it. ♥️ In our Plus segment, we share just a few of the Thirst Objects we weren’t able to get to during the run of the show: Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Aldis Hodge, Avan Jogia, and Rob Delaney. We couldn’t give them full episodes but here are some quick tasty morsels to hint at what might have been.  We’re on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You’ll find show notes and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can contact us via email at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/09/201h 19m

Culture Gabfest: Pregnancy and Prayer

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s Aymann Ismail to discuss the Emmy-nominated series Ramy (check out Aymann’s story for Slate on Ramy Youssef here). Next, the panel talks with Glenn Whipp, an entertainment columnist for the LA Times, about the new inclusion requirements the Oscars recently announced. Finally, the panel dives in HBO Max’s movie Unpregnant.  In Slate Plus, the hosts open up about the first thing they’ll want to do in a post-pandemic world and what things, to their surprise, they will not want to return to doing.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: “Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns (as heard in Days of Heaven) Julia: Rösle Stainless Steel Mincing Garlic Press Steve: Hilltown Hot Pies (“Feast your eyes!”) Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Last Sunday by OTE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/09/201h 1m

Working: How a Costume Designer Dressed Two Seth Rogens in American Pickle

This week, host Isaac Butler learns the finer points of costume design from Brenda Abbandandolo, who recently dressed two different characters played by Seth Rogen in American Pickle. Brenda also designed costumes for The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, and spent some time working on SNL’s digital shorts. In the interview, she talks about how costumes can communicate information about characters and how practical choices, like giving a character an umbrella, are a crucial part of her job.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss how the trends and norms of the real world are reflected in Hollywood’s costume design choices.  In Slate Plus, Brenda talks about two different styles of costume design that have influenced her work.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/09/2047m 34s

Thirst Aid Kit: A Bottle of Matthew Rhys-ling

Matthew Rhys’ energy is complex and layered, like a roasted pepper: there’s spice, there’s heat, and there’s smoke. In Rhys, there is a balance of all our favorite things — superb eye and face acting, characters that know how to yearn, tightly coiled power in a stern shell, and talent as deep as a Welsh valley. We talk about his career-defining work as a weary spy on The Americans, his turn as an older Mr Darcy in Death Comes To Pemberley, his laughter on The Wine Show and Archer, and so much more besides. Top notes of Château Rhys are: intense knowingness and barely banked passion. Pour us a glass, and leave the bottle. On this week’s Slate Plus, Nichole makes Bim break down something that has escaped her all these years: the appeal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Pride and Prejudice itself. Bim, despite being shocked to her marrow, obliges. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can also send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/09/201h 2m

Culture Gabfest: Horrors Real and Imagined

On this week’s episode, Steve is joined by guests hosts Laura Miller, a books and culture columnist for Slate, and Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and Slate’s former chief political correspondent. The panel takes on Lovecraft Country, HBO’s new horror series. Next, they talk about Charlie Kaufman’s enigmatic I’m Thinking of Ending Things. And finally, the panel dives into the “is NYC over?” debate. In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about a George Washington University professor’s recent confession that she falsely claimed a Black identity. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Endorsements: Laura: The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman Jamelle: The Way Back, a sports film starring Ben Affleck Steve: “What Ails America” by Timothy Snyder in the New York Review of Books, adapted from his new book, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary And finally, please check out Jamelle’s cereal reviews for Serious Eats. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Bloody Hunter by Paisley Pink Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/09/201h 1m

Working: Kimberly Drew on the Life-Enhancing Power of Art

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks about the importance of museums with writer and art advocate, Kimberly Drew, whose Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art set her apart as one of the most promising young voices in the visual art world. It also led to a job as social-media manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the interview, Kimberly discusses her new book, This Is What I Know About Art, and talks about the role art has played in peoples’ lives during the pandemic.  After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about which museums they’re excited to go to when institutions reopen.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/2045m 5s

Spoiler Special: I'm Thinking of Ending Things

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Dana Stevens and Matthew Dessem spoil I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Charlie Kaufman starts the film following a young couple, Lucy (Jessie Buckley) and Jake (Jesse Plemons) driving on a snowy evening to meet and have dinner with Jake’s parents. Lucy is already second guessing the trip since she doesn’t know if she wants to stay with Jake, who oddly seems to physically react when she thinks about breaking things off with him. Kaufman intersects their journey with the experiences of a janitor at a high school. Things start to get weird when the couple arrives at Jake’s childhood home. As the movie progresses, the characters become untethered from time and the film calls into question if Lucy and Jake even exist. And what does the janitor have to do with anything? Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/09/201h 7m

Thirst Aid Kit: The Sweet Thirst of Sweet Magnolias

Thirst is a broad church—did you know that? Which is why we can cackle like dirty aunties at filthy innuendos but also relish the pure PG-13 sweetness of a show like Sweet Magnolias. *Stefon from SNL voice* This show has everything: the long term female friendship of Helen, Maddie, and Dana Sue PLUS smouldering looks between exes; the exploration of something new after a drought; on-off entanglements that cancel out good judgment; all wrapped in a SFW picnic basket of subtle, Southern thirst-language and behaviour. We break down what the show gets right, and why we are craving it so much in 2020. Our Plus segment brings back “Explain Yourself” with special guest (and former TAK producer) TK Dutes. TK breaks down her love for Sampha and Niecy Nash, but she didn’t have to do much to convince us to feel the same way.  As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/09/201h 0m

Culture Gabfest: Bogus Journey

This week Steve, Julia, and Dana take a trip to the Bill and Ted universe and share their thoughts on the latest addition, Bill and Ted Face the Music. Then Wesley Morris from the New York Times joins the show to pay tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman. And finally, Dana shares the group's final comfort pick, Days of Heaven. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/09/201h 1m

Working: How Kurt Andersen Succeeds in So Many Creative Fields

This week, host June Thomas talks to novelist, journalist, editor, and radio host Kurt Andersen, who talks about the curiosity and drive that has fueled so many of his creative pursuits. He also discusses his latest nonfiction book, Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America, and he ponders the legacy of Spy magazine, a publication he co-founded in the 1980s.   After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss the difference between generalists, who know a little bit about a lot of topics, and specialists, who have a specific area of expertise.   Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/2042m 31s

Thirst Aid Kit: The Naughty Bob Ross (feat. Marc Rebillet)

Okay. You might be saying “who?” but trust us. Marc Rebillet’s rising star is one to watch. Using a loop machine, a keyboard, and a strong WiFi connection, Marc live-streams his way across platforms and into that delightful intersection where humor, undeniable talent, and thirst meet. He improvises songs based on suggestions from his audience which means sometimes he sings about processing grief and sometimes he sings about buttholes. We love a man with range.  In our Plus segment, we try to break down the lure of musicians. Why do we love guitar players and drummers so much? Why does Nichole want you to give those who play brass instruments a chance? What is it about drummers’ forearms that Bim wants you to know? Become a Slate Plus member and find out!  As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/08/2057m 51s

Spoiler Specials: I May Destroy You

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Television Critic Willa Paskin is joined by Vulture Staff Writer Angelica Jade Bastién to spoil I May Destroy You. Michaela Coel is at the heart of this series. Besides writing and producing the show, she directed many episodes and plays the main character, Arabella Essiedu. Coel covers consent, rape, friendship, and empathy, in a complex, yet compelling, way that really humanizes Arabella.  Arabella is a young writer and influencer working on her second book when her drink was drugged and raped while at a bar in London. The series follows her as she works through the aftermath of her assault. Does Arabella regain her full memories of her sexual assault? Will she be able to finish her book? Will she accept the help from another acquaintance who she believes to have raped her? How does she use fantasy to imagine a better resolution for herself than reality can give her?  You can read Willa’s review here.  You can read Angelica’s review here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/2053m 36s

Working: The Pulitzer Won’t Change Playwright Michael R. Jackson

This week host Isaac Butler traces the creative origins of Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-winning musical A Strange Loop. In the interview, Michael talks about his early songwriting attempts and the gradual process of turning a monologue about his experiences as a young, Black gay man into a one-man show and then turning that one-man show into a “proper musical.”  After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss Michael’s distinction between an “autobiographical” work and a “self-referential” work.  In Slate Plus, Michael talks about two celebrity encounters, one with Liz Phair, whose music inspired a lot of his work, and one with Tyler Perry, whose work was satirized ruthlessly in A Strange Loop.   Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com Podcast production by Cameron Drews. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/2054m 24s

Thirst Aid Kit: A “Two Appetizers” Kinda Guy (feat. Jake Johnson)

Every so often, the thirst stars align, or the thirst goddesses smile down on us, or whatever you want to call it... and well, it all came together for us this week. We manifested a long held TAK desire — we got to interview Jake Johnson! ::scream:: He told us about his new adult animated show Hoops, working on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and why he thinks the pandemic has affected the way people see Nick Miller.  In Slate Plus, we spoke to a few of our very favourite writers of romance and romantic comedy novels — Rebekah Weatherspoon, Alisha Rai, Mhairi McFarlane, Jasmine Guillory, and Alyssa Cole — and asked them three burning questions about romance world building, meet-cutes, fave tropes, and how the pandemic is changing the way they write. As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/08/2047m 27s

Culture Gabfest: Mad as Hell

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss a recent video of twins’ listening to Phil Collins’s “In the Air Tonight” that went viral. Then, the panelists talk about John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza. Finally, they take on this week’s comfort watch—Network. In Slate Plus, the hosts break down The Daily’s recent two-part series on cancel culture. Endorsements: Dana: The accurate lime cordial recipe! Julia: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Steve: “Dickens in Brooklyn” by Jay Neugeboren in the New York Review of Books Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/08/201h 0m

Working: Paul Mpagi Sepuya on the Inherent Intimacy of Photography

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya about his unique style of intimate studio photography. In the interview, Paul breaks down the difference between artist and photographer, shares what it was like to get recognized for his work early in life, and explains why critical success doesn’t always translate to monetary success.  After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why it’s so difficult to sum up visual art with language.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com Podcast production by Cameron Drews. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/2046m 28s

Decoder Ring: Mystery of the Mullet

The mullet, the love-to-hate-it hairstyle is as associated with the 1980's as Ronald Reagan, junk bonds, and break dancing. But in at least one major way, we are suffering from a collective case of false memory syndrome. In this episode we track the rise and fall of the mullet, and also the lexical quandary at its heart: who named the mullet? Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/08/2050m 34s

Working: Jordan Peele’s Film Composer is Terrified of Scary Movies

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to composer Michael Abels about what it’s like to write music for suspenseful movies like Get Out, Us, and the recent HBO movie Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. In the interview, Michael digs into the collaborative nature of film scoring and offers tips on how to capture your creativity.   After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the music they listen to when they’re doing creative work.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com   Podcast production by Cameron Drews And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/2052m 13s

Spoiler Specials: An American Pickle

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Isaac Butler, writer, theater director, and co-host of Slate’s podcast Working, to spoil An American Pickle. Seth Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a man who wakes up after being preserved in pickle brine for a century, and Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s only living descendant. Can Herschel adapt to the contemporary world? Will Ben and Herschel bond despite generational and value differences? How convincing is Seth Rogen as both of these men? You can read Marissa Martinelli’s interview with An American Pickle’s prop master here. You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece on pickle related catastrophes here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/08/2043m 8s

Thirst Aid Kit: Rakes, Sheikhs, Shipping Magnates

We’ve long talked about our love for romance novels and in this episode we are going deep: talking about the changing aesthetics of romance novels, the increased visibility of our favourite tropes and sub-genres, and the heroes and heroines that we love to see. In our Plus segment, we take begrudging inspiration from our times and look at how movies have treated love at a distance. The Truth About Cats and Dogs, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and The Age of Innocence all keep our main couples apart somehow and yet they manage to find ways to ease the physical ache of love and attraction.  As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/08/2057m 29s

Culture Gabfest: Folklorn

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson to take on Taylor Swift’s Folklore. Then, the panelists discusses school reopenings, riffing off of Dana’s recent op-ed for the Washington Post. Finally, they break down this week’s comfort watch—the 1936 screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey. In Slate Plus, the hosts are joined by Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow to discuss her recent pieces on cancel culture and online debate. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Other items discussed in this show: “Taylor Swift’s New Album Reveals That Social Distancing Has Served Her Well” by Carl Wilson in Slate “Held back: As parents realize how badly the U.S. botched the next school year, we’re furious” by Dana Stevens in the Washington Post “The Cancel Culture Trap” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate “Illiberalism Isn’t to Blame for the Death of Good-Faith Debate” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate Endorsements: Dana: Dana’s original drink “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,” inspired by a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem. To make the cordial, boil a 2:1 ratio of lime juice to water on stove until reduced to half. Sweeten to taste. Mix with bourbon or rye whiskey. Throw in basil or mint leaf as garnish. Julia: Strand by the Spinanes, especially “Winter on Ice.” Steve: “Publish and Perish” by Agnes Callard in the Point. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Back to Silence by OTE   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/08/201h 4m

Working: The Immersive Sounds of Audio Drama

This week, host June Thomas talks about her deep love of audio fiction with longtime radio and podcast writer-producer John Scott Dryden. First, they discuss the U.K. origins of the genre and the growing appetite for audio fiction in the U.S. Then they dig into John’s production process and discuss how he creates immersive stories using sounds and voices from all over the world.  After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam answer a question from a listener.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/2046m 45s

Hit Parade: What a Fool Believes Edition

Like many media organizations at the moment, Slate is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to continue doing our work, providing you with all our great podcasts, news and reporting, and we simply cannot do that without your support. So we're asking you to sign up for Slate Plus, our membership program. It's just $35 for the first year, and it goes a long way to supporting us in this crucial moment. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, a scene and a sound cropped up on the West Coast: polished, perfectionist studio musicians who generated sleek, jazzy, R&B-flavored music. About a quarter-century later, this sound was given a name: Yacht Rock. The inventors of the genre name weren’t thinking about boats…well, unless the song was Christopher Cross’s “Sailing.” Yacht Rock was meant to signify deluxe, yuppified, “smooth” music suitable for playing on luxury nautical craft. Whatever you call it, this music really did command the charts at the turn of the ’80s: from Steely Dan to George Benson, Michael McDonald to Kenny Loggins, Toto to…Michael Jackson?! Believe it: even Thriller is partially a Yacht Rock album. This month, Hit Parade breaks down what Yacht Rock was and how it took over the charts four decades ago—from the perfectionism of “Peg,” to the bounce of “What a Fool Believes,” to the epic smoothness of “Africa.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/07/208m 46s

Thirst Aid Kit: THIRSTMAIL VOL. 4

It’s never a bad move to hear from our thirsty yet oh-so-talented Thirst Buckets! Our audience is the best audience because they send us drabbles that make us swoon and giggle and we immediately put them aside so we can share the wealth on air. That’s what we’re doing with this episode— sharing listener-submitted drabbles about John Boyega, Aidan Turner, Pedro Pascal, Andy Samberg, and Seth Rogen. We also answer some questions from Tumblr and a couple of Thirst Sommelier requests. One listener needs someone with a Lin-Manuel Miranda vibe and someone else wants to replace Terry Crews on her thirst mood board. Luckily, we have a few suggestions we think will make everyone happy.  In our Slate Plus segment, we break down quarantine beards: yay or nay?  As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/07/201h 0m

Working: Adrian Tomine’s Drawings Tell Rich, Complex Stories

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist Adrian Tomine, who just released a graphic memoir called The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. In the interview, Adrian talks about what it was like for his childhood hobby to become a full-time job, and how his art has evolved over the years.  After the interview, co-host June Thomas interviews Slate writers Dahlia Lithwick and Molly Olmstead about a massive piece of journalism they’ve put together about the women in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s class at Harvard Law School. To hear the audio version of the piece, subscribe to Slate’s Amicus podcast.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/2059m 56s

Spoiler Specials: Palm Springs

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Willa Paskin, Slate’s television critic, and Sam Adams, a senior editor at Slate and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, to spoil Palm Springs. At first, Palm Springs seems like a fun wedding rom-com until Nyles (Andy Samberg) is shot with a bow and arrow while fooling around in the desert with Sarah (Cristin Milioti). Injured, he crawls into a nearby cave and tells Sarah not to follow him. She ignores his warning and is pulled into his infinite time loop. Will she follow Nyles’ lead and make peace with the situation? Why is Nyles being hunted? Why is Sarah so desperate to find a way out? And what is with those dinosaurs?  You can read Sam’s interview with the theoretical physicist who consulted on the movie here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/07/2052m 15s

Thirst Aid Kit: Bim’s Thirst 123s

It’s Bim’s turn to delve into the roots of her thirst habits — and naturally, it turned out to be a journey through TV and film! Watching Tevin Campbell sing to Ashley on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and falling in love with Dwayne Wayne on A Different World led naturally to a love for Capeside’s finest, Pacey Witter… and also the Blue Moon Agency’s David Addison (Bruce Willis). We also trace Bim’s love for a Strong Nose to David Duchovny (Red Shoe Diaries) and ER’s Dr Luka Kovac (Goran Višnjić). Thirst is complex, y’all. In our Plus segment, we take a look at some of the cliche ‘sexy time’ tropes in film and TV and why they work (or not): the wanton clearing of a desk (hello, Friends and also The Good Wife); the full-bodied slam against the wall/bookcase (Atonement, Always Be My Maybe, The Night Manager) and why we do NOT fool around with food. Join Slate Plus to find out why! Slate.com/thirstaidplus As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/07/201h 8m

Thirst Aid Kit: Friendship and Thirst (feat. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman)

We’re joined this week by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman of the wildly popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend. We giggle over Tunde Adebimpe, Peter Dinklage, and Stanley Tucci before we discuss Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close, the book that looks at Ann and Aminatou’s friendship. This episode will make you laugh and think and hopefully, reach out to your friends for no reason at all.  In our Thirst Aid Kit Plus segment this week, we put the microscope to Nichole’s drabbles to find out why she keeps men on their knees so much!  As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/07/201h 7m

Outward: Sweat and Sorrow in the Summer

This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan interview journalist David France about his new documentary Welcome to Chechnya on the atrocities happening there and the work being done by activists to liberate queer Chechens. Then they discuss the new audio documentary by Evan Roberts, “Caring for Lesbian Icon Phyllis Lyon, With Love and Deceit.” June shares how important Naya Rivera and her Glee character, Santana Lopez, were to the queer community and changing American attitudes on gay marriage. Then we close it out with the gay agenda. This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/07/201h 2m

Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2020

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Chris Molanphy, Slate's pop critic and host of the Hit Parade podcast. The four of them pick their favorite songs form a giant list of listener suggestions. They also talk about which songs are candidates for Song of the Summer this year. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/07/201h 17m

Working: Why Anything Is Possible on HBO’s Los Espookys

This week, host June Thomas talks to Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, creators of the HBO show Los Espookys. The three comedians talk about what it was like to craft a bilingual TV show with dialogue in both English and Spanish and why the show isn’t set in a particular country. They also discuss the show’s supernatural elements, which intentionally lack specific rules and logic.  After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler help a listener who’s feeling unproductive in her new workplace.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/2046m 47s

Spoiler Specials: Irresistible

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Sam Adams, a senior editor at Slate and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, and Tom Scocca, Slate's politics editor. They dive into Jon Stewart’s comedy starring Steve Carell as an out-of-touch political operative who decides that a former marine would make a great Democratic candidate for mayor in Deerlaken, Wisconsin. It creates a proxy battleground in rural Wisconsin as Carell’s Republican counterpart, played by Rose Byrne, ups the ante. Stewart practically perfected political commentary woven with jokes during his time on The Daily Show. But can he harness that same nuance as a director? And how does the movie’s big twist affect Stewart’s message about unchecked money in politics?  You can read Sam Adams’ review here.  You can read Tom Scocca’s piece on the twist here.   Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/2045m 7s

Decoder Ring: The Karen

The Karen, a white woman who surveys, inconveniences, and terrorizes, service workers and people of color is a relatively new term in the culture, but her character type has been with us for centuries. In this episode of Decoder Ring we explore the history of this type, from the code-names used during enslavement, to the contemporary menace of the COVID age. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/07/2041m 9s

Working: How to Interview Celebrities, With Taffy Brodesser-Akner

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to novelist and celebrity profile writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. In the interview, Taffy shares how she’s able to land interviews with celebrities and how she structures her pieces. She also explains why she’s a “champion advice-taker” and tells the story of how her bestselling novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, started as a failed magazine pitch. Don’t miss her New York Times Magazine profiles of Gwyneth Paltrow and Val Kilmer. After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss a couple of Taffy’s most ingenious pieces of wisdom. Check out Isaac’s profile of Nathan Lane. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/2051m 6s

Spoiler Specials: Hamilton

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. For a very special LIVE episode of Spoiler Specials, Slate’s Dana Stevens was joined by Sam Adams, Rachelle Hampton and Rebecca Onion to spoil the Hamilton movie that’s streaming on Disney+. They discuss how well the show has aged, historical inaccuracies, colorblind casting, and even the ending scene that doesn’t appear on the album.  You can read Sam Adams’ dive into the ending here.  You can hear more analysis from Dana Stevens here.   You can even read Marissa Martinelli’s argument to not watch the film here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. A huge thank you to Faith Smith and Britt Pullie for producing the Slate Live event.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/07/2056m 14s

Thirst Aid Kit: Nichole’s Thirst ABCs

We talk about formative crushes A LOT of the show, so we decided to do a little digging… Who, exactly, was the first person to indoctrinate Nichole into the ways of long hair? Why does she seem to like a french fry of a man? Who sparked her love of wide mouths and thick eyebrows? All are questions only Prince, Al B. Sure! and Maxwell can answer… hopefully in falsetto.  In our Plus segment, we take a look at the music from pop culture that marked us. We can never forget songs from Something New, Love and Basketball, Misfits, The Best Man, Cruel Intentions, or Mrs. Fletcher. Join Slate Plus to find out why! Slate.com/thirstaidplus As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/07/2058m 38s

Culture Gabfest: Hamilton in the Trump Era

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by New Yorker staff writer Doreen St. Félix to talk about I May Destroy You. Then, Steve and Dana are joined by Isaac Butler, writer and co-host of this season of Slate’s Working podcast, to discuss the filmed version of Hamilton, now streaming on Disney Plus. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s comfort-watch pick of the week: the 1996 disaster film Twister. In Slate Plus, the hosts continue to talk with Isaac about Hamilton, its ending, its significance in 2020, and more. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Smartface by Smartface Endorsements Dana: Scott Brick’s narration of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. Julia: The movie Dave. Steve: “Wanting Wrong” by Anne Enright in the New York Review of Books. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/201h 0m

Working: How Editor Tracy Sherrod is Amplifying Black Authors

Host Rumaan Alam talks about elevating Black voices in the book publishing industry with Tracy Sherrod, editorial director of the Haper Collins imprint Amistad Press. In the interview, Tracy explains how the predominantly white publishing industry has created barriers for Black authors over the years. She also digs into the details of her work, including the process of negotiating book deals with new authors.  After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler answer an ethical question from a listener.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/2055m 3s

Thirst Aid Kit: Hot Men In Bad Movies

Every movie we watch can’t be a part of the Criterion Collection, okay? Sometimes you have to suffer through a movie to gorge yourself on eye candy and that’s perfectly fine! Michele Morrone in 365 Days, Brad Pitt in Troy, Alexander Skarsgård and Djimon Hounsou in The Legend of Tarzan make the suffering worth it. Maybe?  For our Slate Plus segment, we put Bim on the Thirst Therapy couch to get to the root of why domesticity is so important in her drabbles.  As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/2053m 8s

How To!: How To Write a Bestseller with Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Lauren already knows the plot of her bestselling novel—the problem is she hasn’t written a word. Paralyzed by self-criticism and an earlier rejection, this former English major has spent years journaling instead of attempting the scary, difficult work of creative writing. On this episode of How To!, we turn to writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner, whose debut novel Fleishman Is in Trouble, was one of the hottest books of the year. Can she help Lauren finally put pen to paper? The first thing Lauren needs to do, Taffy says, is stop journaling, and start writing. And then keep writing: “You can't get to the good sentences if you don't write the bad ones first.” Next, find a trusted reader, not a cheerleader, to give you honest feedback. And when doubt begins to creep in again, look at the writers you admire and simply ask, “Why them and not me?” Do you have a problem that needs a solution? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/2032m 38s

Hit Parade: Building a Herstory Edition

Like many media organizations at the moment, Slate is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to continue doing our work, providing you with all our great podcasts, news and reporting, and we simply cannot do that without your support. So we're asking you to sign up for Slate Plus, our membership program. It's just $35 for the first year, and it goes a long way to supporting us in this crucial moment. For decades—literally since Woodstock—female musicians had battled music-industry perceptions that amassing too many of them, on the radio or on the road, was bad for business. And yet, by the ’90s, women were vital to the rise of alt-rock and hip-hop on the charts: from Suzanne Vega to Queen Latifah, Tracy Chapman to Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant to Missy Elliott. Sarah McLachlan harnessed this energy into an all-woman tour she dubbed Lilith Fair. Its string of sellouts from 1997 to ’99 affirmed women’s clout in the decade of grunge-and-gangsta. But the festival was also criticized for its narrow focus and for branding “women’s music” as a genre. More than two decades later, Hit Parade assesses the legacy of Lilith on the charts and on the road—how its performers, attendees and musical descendants are helping to ensure the future is female. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/207m 36s

Working: Jasmine Guillory’s Romance Novels Show Realistic Characters Falling in Love

This week, host June Thomas digs into the romance genre with bestselling author Jasmine Guillory, who started her career as a lawyer and then went on to release five novels including Party of Two, which was released on June 23. In the interview, Jasmine talks through her writing process and shares how she was able to publish five novels in such a short period of time. She also explains why her characters don’t fit into the usual tropes of the romance genre.  After the interview June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the comforting nature of genre fiction.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/2044m 51s

Spoiler Specials: Da 5 Bloods

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Aisha Harris, writer and editor for The New York Times’ Opinion section to spoil Da 5 Bloods. Spike Lee’s newest film follows a group of Black Vietnam War veterans as they reunite years later. The group returns to Vietnam to find the remains of Stormin’ Norman, their commander who died during the war. While they are there, they try to retrieve a lost cache of CIA gold. At first the search seems easy–too easy. But soon familial tensions, lingering PTSD, and environmental hazards start complicating the mission. How many of the remaining Bloods will make it back out of the jungle? Plus: Dana and Aisha break down Spike Lee’s employment of numerous film techniques, including an innovative use of four different aspect ratios.  You can read Sam Adams’ review here.  You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece on the aspect ratios here. You can also read Matthew Dessem’s piece on the real story behind the landmine scene here.  If you want to hear more analysis of Da 5 Bloods, listen to Slate’s Culture Gabfest here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/2056m 23s

Thirst Aid Kit: The Adventure Known As John Boyega

We always had an eye on John Boyega, but for a slew of reasons conditions never quite felt… right. Until now. Now we want to talk about how he’s grown his hair, has been unburdened by a Disney contract, and is finally experiencing the kind of glow up that comes with learning from your mistakes and being given room to grow into your Yoruba destiny.  Plus! Fanfic Wars makes its triumphant post-hiatus return, and Nichole’s entry is a straight up murder attempt. Damn. In our Thirst Ais Kit Plus segment this week, we’re talking about a ‘One Time Fancy’ and this time it’s… Kumail Nanjiani. We saw The Lovebirds on Netflix, and now we kinda… sorta… almost? fancy him. It’s a confusing time, y’all. As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/2053m 54s

Culture Gabfest: Toppling Teddy Roosevelt

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Jamelle Bouie to talk about the toppling of statues across the country. Then, the panel talks about Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Bloods. Finally, they discuss Julia’s comfort-watch pick: Center Stage. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the postponement of the Oscars to 2021. Other items discussed in the show: The Slate podcast series Reconstruction, hosted by Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion This Twitter thread on the history of Mount Rushmore “‘First Cow’ for best picture? A critic’s guide to the Oscars if movie theaters don’t reopen in 2020,” by Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Self Made Woman by Katharine Appleton Endorsements Dana: Jamelle Bouie’s newsletter. Julia: Waterproof UNO, the card game. Steve: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. The French spy thriller The Bureau.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/06/201h 1m

Working: The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing, With Mira Jacob

Host Isaac Butler talks to novelist Mira Jacob about the process of writing her comic book memoir, Good Talk. They discuss what it was like for Mira to switch mediums, how the constraints of that medium helped her tell her story, and why it’s so hard to share personal details with a large audience.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about how fatherhood has helped them get more work done.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/2053m 19s

Thirst Aid Kit: A Dog Called Rex (with Jason Mantzoukas)

Jason Mantzoukas? In the virtual Thirst studio? We did it for you! We decided to come back with a bang, and there’s none bangier than Mr M. Let’s see. We discovered Jason’s love for romcoms, dogs, and … Bim! Is this the start of something beautiful? Listen to find out.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. In this week’s Slate Plus segment, we were inspired by the dichotomy of Jason Mantzoukas’ incredibly organized closet and the wild characters he often plays to think about our fave buttoned-up men on TV — Inspector Murdoch (Murdoch Mysteries), Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)—and how they only really let loose in front of the people they love. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs, and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Remember, you can send us your own (short) drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/201h 3m

Working: Cole Escola Provides the Perfect Comedy for Quarantine

Host Rumaan Alam chats with comedy writer and performer Cole Escola, who’s known for his roles on Hulu’s Difficult People and truTV’s At Home With Amy Sedaris as well as his sketch comedy videos on YouTube. In the interview, Cole talks about his new special Help! I’m Stuck!, which he filmed alone in his apartment and released on YouTube. He also discusses his comedic influences and talks through what it means for his work to have a gay sensibility.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/2050m 29s

Spoiler Specials: The Hunger Games Prequel: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. We have a very special episode this week! Sam Adams is joined by Laura Miller to discuss the new Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Suzanne Collins’ new novel explores President Snow’s origin and descent into one dimensional villainy seen in the Hunger Games trilogy. The story departs from the YA dystopian genre that Collins’ trilogy helped shape. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a more sophisticated, philosophical examination of human nature and the battle of nature versus nurture. How does Coriolanus Snow regain the power and money his family lost during the war? What is his role in the spectacularization of the Hunger Games? What can The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes teach readers about the realities of living in a surveillance state?  You can read Laura Miller’s review here.  You can also read Lara Miller’s explanation of the unusual names in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes here. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/06/201h 5m

Decoder Ring: The Metrosexual

In 2003, the word "metrosexual", meaning a well-groomed heterosexual man, exploded all over the English lexicon. It invaded the news, TV, and even American politics. On this episode of Decoder Ring we explore the origins of the metrosexual, and how trend forecasters, marketers, David Beckham, Sex and the City, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy helped make the metrosexual possible. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/06/2038m 39s

Culture Gabfest: Black Lives Matter

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Lauren Michele Jackson to discuss her recent piece in Vulture, “What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?” Then, the panel talks about cop shows during this current moment, jumping off of a recent article in the Washington Post by Alyssa Rosenberg that argues these procedurals that tend to glorify the police should be canceled. Finally, they discuss the power of citizen-shot videos of police brutality that are widely shared on social media. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the New York Times’s decision to publish an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton and what the fallout means for newsrooms today. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Cheap Flights by Dylan Sitts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/06/201h 1m

Working: How YouTuber Adam Ragusea Learned to Talk to the Camera

This week host June Thomas learns about all the work that goes into making YouTube food videos. Her guest is online cook Adam Ragusea, who explains how he was able to monetize something that started as a fun side project. He also offers tips on how to make engaging videos that get to the point and respect the audience’s intelligence and time. Then, he talks about how he overcame the awkwardness of speaking directly into a camera lens.  Send your questions about creativity, and any other feedback, to working@slate.com  And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/2049m 40s

Working: Documentary Theater From Interviews to Final Production

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to documentary theater makers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, whose plays include The Exonerated, about the criminal justice system, and Coal Country, about the Upper Big Branch mine disaster in West Virginia. Blank and Jensen explain how documentary theater works, from interviews with subjects to a live performance where actors perform interview excerpts verbatim.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss why documentary theater is such a great way to communicate important information to an audience. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/2051m 58s

Spoiler Specials: The Lovebirds

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Sam Adams is joined by Willa Paskin and Rachelle Hampton to spoil The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) are a couple on the brink of a break up when they find themselves caught up in a murder mystery.  You can read Sam Adam’s review here. You can read Rachelle Hampton’s investigation into how ripped Kumail was during The Lovebirds here. You can read Cornelia Channing’s milkshake investigation here.   Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/2043m 11s

Hit Parade: Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture Edition

A special Hit Parade announcement: Like many media organizations at the moment, Slate is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to continue doing our work, providing you with all our great podcasts, news and reporting, and we simply cannot do that without your support. So we're asking you to sign up for Slate Plus, our membership program. It's just $35 for the first year, and it goes a long way to supporting us in this crucial moment. As part of this effort, we're going to be making Full Hit Parade episodes available to Slate Plus members only. To listen to the episode in full, and episodes in future months, you'll need to become a Slate Plus member. This is the best way to support our show and our work, and we hope you will pitch in if you can. Your membership will also give access to everything on Slate.com, you'll get ad-free versions of this and other shows, and you'll get bonus segments and bonus episodes of other Slate podcasts. Plus, once you become a member, you can sign up to do trivia with Chris Molanphy on Hit Parade—“The Bridge” episodes. Please sign up today at slate.com/hitparadeplus. We thank you for your support. On this preview episode: Outkast is inarguably one of the most important acts in hip hop and pop music history, but their impressive chart runs, and the brand of Atlanta hip hop they championed, was far from inevitable. This is the story of Outkast and how they established Atlanta as a major center of hip hop culture in the United States while racking up some of the most unexpected hits in the history of popular music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/207m 58s

Culture Gabfest: Never Will I Ever Beef with Chrissy Teigen

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Mindy Kaling’s new television show Never Have I Ever. Next, they talk about Twitter beefs in the time of COVID-19—from Alison Roman to Lana del Rey. Finally, the panel dives into Steve’s comfort watch for this week: Out of Sight. On the Slate Plus segment this week, Dana and Steve try Sudoku for the first time, as inspired by this recent captivating video.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Woke by SINY Endorsements Dana: Anne V. Coates’s interview on Out of Sight. Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, especially as an audiobook. Julia: “The Miracle Sudoku” video, as discussed in our Plus segment. “How to Make Wylie Dufresne’s Incredibly Creamy Scrambled Egg Sandwich,” by Wylie Dufresne, as told to Emma Wartzman in Bon Appétit. Steve: “The Painting Behind the Door,” by Emily Benedek in Tablet magazine. Singer Laura Marling’s breaking down her guitar chords on social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/05/201h 4m

Working: How Curator Sheena Wagstaff Chooses Art for the Met

Host Rumaan Alam talks about art curation with Sheena Wagstaff, who leads the Metropolitan Museum's program of modern and contemporary art for the Met Breuer and the Met Fifth Avenue. First they discuss the curator’s role of deciding which works of art are culturally important. Then Wagstaff makes her case for why people should see art in person and why it’s such a tragedy that no one is able to see the Met Brauer’s current exhibition of works from prolific German painter Gerhard Richter.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/05/2044m 54s

Outward: The Queerness of Quarantine Bubbles

This month, Christina admits to creating a quarantine bubble, and she talks with Bryan and Rumaan about why she felt comfortable joining her friends in this way and why our community seems better-equipped than others to figure out how to make such micro-communities work. Then they discuss two new documentaries on Netflix, A Secret Love and Circus of Books, and unpack how these films tried and failed to reckon with the depths of their subjects while still stirring some warm feelings along the way. This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/05/201h 6m

Working: Alison Wright Explains How Actors Get Emotional on Cue

Host June Thomas digs into the craft of acting with Alison Wright, who portrayed Martha on The Americans and now plays Ruth on the new TNT adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 movie Snowpiercer (which itself was based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige). Wright explains how she developed Ruth’s unique accent in Snowpiercer, how she utilizes the tools of Method acting to tap into emotions on stage, and why she thinks Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep are such impressive actors.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.  And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/2043m 37s

Spoiler Specials: Hollywood

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Sam Adams, Matthew Dessem, and Daniel Schroeder spoil Hollywood. Ryan Murphy and co-creator Ian Brennan reimagine a more inclusive golden-age of filmmaking. While the first couple episodes of the Netflix series stay relatively grounded in reality, the series takes a sharp right turn into self-serving fantasy by simplifying the fight for equality and progress within Hollywood.  You can read Sam Adam’s review here.  You can read Matthew Dessem’s Fact Versus Fiction here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/2053m 44s

Culture Gabfest: Normal People?

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Hulu adaption of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Next, they talk about John Krasinski’s Some Good News. Finally, the panel dives into Dana’s comfort watch for this week: In a Lonely Place. On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel is joined by Jody Rosen to talk about the music and legacy of Little Richard. Sign up for Slate Plus at Slate.com/cultureplus Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Endorsements: Dana: Spike Lee’s short film about New York City. Julia: The Donut Hole in La Puente, Calif., a trip inspired after reading “Drive-throughs and drive-ins were fading. Coronavirus made them a lifeline” by Carolina A. Miranda in the Los Angeles Times. Steve: Nick Lowe performing “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” as part of Rolling Stone’s “In My Room” series. Also, Nick Lowe’s “I Read A Lot.” Plus, check out Madison Cunningham’s “Dry As Sand.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/05/2059m 28s

Decoder Ring: Gotta Get Down on Friday

Rebecca Black's music video for Friday was Youtube's most watched video of 2011, thrusting the thirteen-year-old Rebecca into a very harsh spotlight. Dubbed "The Worst Music Video Ever Made" Friday was an almost universal object of derision. This is the story of how Friday came to be, and how nearly a decade after it went viral, it sounds so different than it did back then. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/05/2045m 23s

Working: Megan Abbott's Go-To Story Structure

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to crime novelist and TV writer Megan Abbott, who describes her creative-writing rituals, her go-to story structure, and the challenges of adapting one of her novels for television.   After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the surprising origins of the terms story beat and character beat.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/2049m 55s

Working: How DeMane Davis Pivoted From Advertising to Filmmaking

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to TV and movie director DeMane Davis about what a working director really does. According to Davis, it requires a huge amount of collaborative problem-solving. Davis traces her journey from advertising copywriter to filmmaker and explains the importance of making art with a purpose.  After the interview, Rumaan and co-host June Thomas discuss their takeaways from the interview, including the importance of being nice to your collaborators.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com  Podcast production by Cameron Drews Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/2050m 44s

Hit Parade: Still Billy Joel to Me Edition

A special Hit Parade announcement: Like many media organizations at the moment, Slate is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to continue doing our work, providing you with all our great podcasts, news and reporting, and we simply cannot do that without your support. So we're asking you to sign up for Slate Plus, our membership program. It's just $35 for the first year, and it goes a long way to supporting us in this crucial moment. As part of this effort, we're going to be making Full Hit Parade episodes available to Slate Plus members only. To listen to the episode in full, and episodes in future months, you'll need to become a Slate Plus member. This is the best way to support our show and our work, and we hope you will pitch in if you can. Your membership will also give access to everything on Slate.com, you'll get ad-free versions of this and other shows, and you'll get bonus segments and bonus episodes of other Slate podcasts. Plus, once you become a member, you can sign up to do trivia with Chris Molanphy on Hit Parade—“The Bridge” episodes. Please sign up today at slate.com/hitparadeplus. We thank you for your support. On this preview episode of the show: Billy Joel’s first Top 40 hit, way back in 1974, was “Piano Man,” and the nickname stuck. But for a guy who became famous sitting behind 88 keys, few of his biggest hits are really piano songs. In fact, on all three of his No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, keyboards are not the primary instrument. This is the story of Billy Joel's hits, and the pastiches he crafted to stay on top of the charts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/04/207m 39s

Culture Gabfest: Don't Call Me Shirley

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner break down the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox. Next, they bring on Jesse David Fox, Vulture writer and host of the Good One podcast, to talk about the state of comedy today. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s comfort watch pick for this week: the iconic and hilarious Airplane! On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses how their fitness routines have changed in quarantine. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/201h 3m

Working: Behind the Scenes at the Opera With Jamie Barton

This week, June Thomas talks with opera singer Jamie Barton. Barton is a critically acclaimed American mezzosoprano who performs at major opera houses all around the world and maintains an active social media presence that serves as a hub for conversations about body positivity, diet culture, social justice issues, and LGBTQ rights, You can hear her on Studio 360 and watch her on YouTube. They talk about what it really means to travel as an opera singer. Barton explains the challenges of being responsible for providing your own tools for the work you do, and how she’s collaborating online with other artists during the current pandemic. Afterward, June and Isaac Butler discuss what they found most surprising about the interview and answer their very first listener question, about working with an editor.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/2052m 25s

Thirst Aid Kit: Conscious Coupling

We’re going on hiatus! But before we go…we spend a little time with our favorite TV couples from our quarantine binge rewatches… you know, the ones that make us blush or sigh or yearn. So shoutout to Leslie and Ben from Parks & Rec, the original nerdy love match as well as Ruby and Stan from Good Girls, the couple that makes major sacrifices for their family. And from New Girl, a twofer: Nick & Jess, of course, but also Schmidt and Cece, whose love affair was perfectly breadcrumbed across seasons. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. In this week’s Slate Plus, it’s the TRIUMPHANT return of dear friend of the show, Gena-mour Barrett (@smilegena). She’s filthy and hilarious and so we brought her back to talk a little more about the animated characters she thinks are hot: Thanos (WHY, GENA!), and Guy, the “dark-skinned bison” from BoJack Horseman. Plus, we give her a new toon-boo to lust after too. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can send us your own (short) drabbles or adoring fanmail at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/201h 12m

Culture Gabfest: Fetch the Patriarchy

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Hulu’s historical drama Mrs. America. Next, they bring on Slate music critic Carl Wilson to break down Fiona Apple’s latest album “Fetch the Bolt Cutters.” Finally, the panel discusses Steve’s favorite movie of all time: Local Hero.  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel takes on quarantine cookery.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/201h 6m

Working: Miho Hazama’s Musical Journey

This week, host Isaac Butler talks with the jazz composer, arranger, and orchestrator Miho Hazama. Hazama’s latest album Dancer in Nowhere was nominated for a Grammy award. Miho talks to Isaac about how her grandfather presented her with a Wikipedia article about cyclic numbers and how that became one of the biggest influences for her new album.   Afterward, Isaac and June Thomas talk about what they found most striking about the interview, what they miss about regular day-to-day life, and how having a sense of community informs their own creativity.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/2045m 18s

Hit Parade: Hits Don’t Lie

A special Hit Parade announcement: Like many media organizations at the moment, Slate is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to continue doing our work, providing you with all our great podcasts, news and reporting, and we simply cannot do that without your support. So we're asking you to sign up for Slate Plus, our membership program. It's just $35 for the first year, and it goes a long way to supporting us in this crucial moment. As part of this effort, we're going to be making Hit Parade episodes available to Slate Plus members only. This will begin with the full-length episode coming on April 30. To listen to that episode in full, and episodes in future months, you'll need to become a Slate Plus member. This is the best way to support our show and our work, and we hope you will pitch in if you can. Your membership will also give access to everything on Slate.com, you'll get ad-free versions of this and other shows, and you'll get bonus segments and bonus episodes of other Slate podcasts. Plus, once you become a member, you can sign up to do trivia with Chris Molanphy on Hit Parade—“The Bridge” episodes. Please sign up today at slate.com/hitparadeplus. We thank you for your support. In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, originally aired on Facebook as part of Slate Live’s Q-Tip Mondays series. host Chris Molanphy is joined by Eduardo Cepeda, music editor at Remezcla. They discuss the most recent full-length episode of Hit Parade about the history of Latin pop on the Billboard charts. Eduardo tells Chris about balancing his fandoms for mainstream American music with his family’s Spanish-language music in his younger years, and offers a critical lens to the Anglophone crossover attempts of the stars of the turn-of-the-millennium Latin pop boomita. Then Eduardo gives Chris a brief history of reggaeton, and shares his current artists to watch within the genre.  Next, Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, and the contestant turns the tables with a chance to try to stump Chris with a question of his own. Then, Chris teases the upcoming full-length episode of Hit Parade, which will look at the career of piano man and master of pastiche Billy Joel. Podcast production by Asha Saluja.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/2029m 16s

Spoiler Specials: Too Hot to Handle

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate podcast producer Daniel Schroeder and Slate staff writer Rachelle Hampton discuss Netflix’s new reality dating show: Too Hot to Handle. Ten attractive contestants are thrown together on an island to compete over a $100,000 prize. To win the money, they need to form bonds that are more than skin deep. The catch is they can’t have any sexual contact - even with themselves - for the remainder of “the retreat.” For every sexual encounter, the group loses money out of the prize pot. Can the sexy singles restrain themselves, even when workshops and drama challenges their resolve?  You can read Rachelle Hampton’s review here. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/2052m 53s

Thirst Aid Kit: No Chill With Yahya and Simu

For a long time, it’s felt like superpowers only went to lantern-jawed white men… but if we urge you to consider two up-and-coming Thirst Objects: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II — who started his comic book adaptation career as a villain in Aquaman before donning the blue paint of Watchmen’s Dr Manhattan — and Simu Liu, who went from Toronto car rental outfit in Kim’s Convenience to “master of kung fu” Shang-Chi in the upcoming Marvel movie. Sure, representation matters etc but it’s important to note that these two are tall drinks of water and we want several sips. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. In this week’s Slate Plus, we’re joined by multi-hyphenate award-winning author and editor Roxane Gay, tackling Channing Tatum in ‘Explain Yourself’... Roxane is working on a couple projects with Channing, and the thing is, we’re already kinda onboard, so it’s more of a ‘tell us more” than “tell us why.” It’s a good time. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Remember, you can send us your own (short) drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/201h 9m

Culture Gabfest: The Talented Mr. Quibi

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner analyze the latest way to watch television: Quibi. Next, they bring on Slate music critic Carl Wilson to talk about the legacy of the late songwriter John Prine. Finally, the panel dives into The Talented Mr. Ripley, Dana’s comfort watch pick for this week. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each week, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Saturday Night Live’s recent “at home” show. Outro Music: 'Apocalypse' by Cigarettes After Sex  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.  Endorsements Dana: John Dickerson’s interview with John Prine from February 2019. Julia: Jim Dale’s audiobook narration of the Harry Potter series—except for his voice of Hermione. Steve: The Lucksmiths. Again. The music of Cigarettes After Sex. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/201h 7m

Working: Why Maira Kalman Loves to Work on Lots of Projects at Once

This week, host Rumaan Alam talks with the multitalented artist Maira Kalman. Kalman is an illustrator, writer, artist, and designer known for her playful and witty illustrations in children's books like Fireboat and Why We Broke Up as well as her work for the New York Times and the New Yorker. They talk about what the perfect day of work looks like for the artist, how to stay creative in times of crisis, and her latest project: an illustrated edition of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.  Afterward, Rumaan and Isaac Butler talk about the ways in which they’re trying to remain creative. Rumaan has been watching the Met’s release of “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website, and Isaac recommends picking up a copy of the book And Then You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World, by theater director Anne Bogart to combat creative roadblocks during this time of great uncertainty.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/2054m 31s

Thirst Aid Kit: The Smoldering Appeal of Shazad Latif and Manny Montana

Shazad Latif and Manny Montana have paid their dues and it’s time to give them the recognition they deserve. From Spooks to Penny Dreadful to Star Trek: Discovery, Shazad has shown he has the range. But it’s as Ash Tyler that his vulnerability and yearning leave us utterly captivated. Manny Montana has been working his way to Good Girls since 2008, and his character Rio is worth the wait. Manny makes Rio vibrate with barely-controlled passion, keeping us on the edge of our seats. Yes, Shazad and Manny are thirst-worthy, but they’re both incredibly talented as well, and we’re ready to watch their stars rise.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. In this week’s Slate Plus, Bim leads “Explain Yourself,” as she tries to convince Nichole, notorious for her love of a long-haired man, to give sexy bald men a chance. With such compelling evidence as Boris Khodjoe, Sir Patrick Stewart, Corey Stoll, and more, can Bim win her case? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/201h 3m

Decoder Ring: Unicorn Poop

How did poop get cute? On this episode of Decoder Ring we trace the rise of cute poop from the original Japanese poop emoji to more modern poop toys which rely on the Youtube algorithm to get seen and sold. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/2037m 40s

Culture Gabfest: Will Restaurants Survive?

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Jen Agg to talk about the fate of the restaurant industry. Next, they bring on New York Times Magazine contributing writer Jody Rosen to discuss the passing of Adam Schlesinger. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s favorite movie and comfort watch—Sneakers.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each week, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses their results to the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz. Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: “All Kinds of Time” by Fountains of Wayne  Endorsements Jody: The singer Bill Withers, particularly his albums Naked & Warm and ’Justments.  Jonathan Cecil’s audiobook reading of P.G. Wodehouse’s Uncle Fred in the Springtime.  Dana: Interview with Better Call Saul’s Rhea Seehorn on the Ringer podcast “The Watch.” Julia: “Nutmeg” from A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Steve: The songwriter Marty Donald of The Lucksmiths found here in Steve’s Spotify playlist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/201h 25m

Working: How Divergent Author Veronica Roth Learns From Criticism

Welcome to the revamped Working. We’re pivoting to creativity! New hosts Rumaan Alam, Isaac Butler, and June Thomas will be talking to writers, musicians, designers, YouTubers, and other people with creative jobs about how they spend their days.  This week, June talks with author Veronica Roth, who wrote the first draft of her novel Divergent when she was a senior at Northwestern University. She had sold more than 32 million books by the time she was 26, and next week, at the ripe old age of 31, she’ll publish her seventh novel, Chosen Ones.  They talked about identifying your natural writing style, how to find the perfect person to offer feedback on your work, and making the switch from writing YA fiction. You’ll also hear how Kate Winslet helped her create more believable villains. Afterward, Rumaan and Isaac talk about their own experiences with the workshopping process and the readers whose feedback they trust most—for Rumaan that’s Lynn Steger Strong, author of Hold Still; for Isaac that’s Sally Franson, author of A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out, and Catherine Nichols.) Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Morgan Flannery. And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/2047m 21s

Spoiler Special: Tiger King

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Sam Adams is joined by Slate’s Television Critic Willa Paskin to spoil Netflix’s hit documentary series Tiger King. The hit series is an increasingly sordid tale of wild characters conning each other out of zoos. The show’s standout character is Joe Exotic, whose charisma and personality are made for reality television. He has a long time feud with Carole Baskin, who runs the nonprofit Big Cat Rescue and is actively trying to shut private zoos down. Will Carole succeed? What happens when Joe tries to hire someone to murder Carole? And when will anyone focus on the questionable conditions forced on the big cats? You can read Sam Adams’ review here and his story about the artists behind Joe Exotic’s music here.  You can read Willa Paskin’s piece about Carole Baskin here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/2044m 15s

Thirst Aid Kit: Thirsting In Place

We’ve all been sheltering in place for some time now, which has given us ample time to think about who our ideal quarantine buddies would be. Who would our Thirst Buckets like to be holed up with in a cabin made for two? The Thirst Object field was diverse: constant TB-favourite Tessa Thompson came up, as did Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, Westworld’s Rodrigo Santoro, and even Jidenna’s sweet musical stylings (among other things)... No drabbles this week but Nichole and Bim also revealed their own choices for optimal quarantine activities. A fun time is had by all! In this week’s Slate Plus, we draw your attention to men’s forearms aka the modern equivalent of a delicate Victorian ankle — is there a body part more laden with meaning? A revealed forearm, tanned, hairy, lightly-veined and solid… it does things to a person, you know? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Remember, you can send us your own (short) drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/04/2059m 35s

Culture Gabfest: Cool Cats and Kittens

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams and Slate podcast producer Daniel Schroeder discuss the wildness of Tiger King. Then, Steve teams back up with Dana Stevens and Julia Turner to talk about one of his favorite comfort watches: Paddington 2. Finally, the panel analyzes celebrity in the age of coronavirus by exploring the two recent telethons respectively hosted by Elton John and James Corden. On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Bob Dylan’s newest song. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each week, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.  Outro Music: "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)" by Julie London Endorsements Dana: The singer Julie London Julia: Hoosker Doosker Tug of War game Steve: “They Survived the Spanish Flu, the Depression and the Holocaust,” by Ginia Bellafante in the New York Times “A Star in a Stoneboat,” by Robert Frost Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/04/201h 14m

Hit Parade: La Vida Loca Edición

Hit Parade takes you back to the turn of the millennium when, for a couple of years, it seemed like a Latin pop star was topping Billboard’ Hot 100 every few weeks: Ricky Martin. Jennifer Lopez. Enrique Iglesias. Marc Anthony. Carlos Santana. Shakira. This wave of Latin crossover was hard-fought and a long time coming—from “La Bamba” to “Macarena,” Spanish-language hits in the 20th century had been treated like novelties by record buyers and radio programmers. The Latin boom of 1999 changed all that—but did it go far enough? How did we get from the slick Spanglish of “Livin’ la Vida Loca” to the Spanish-first success of “Despacito” and “Mi Gente”? And how did Ritchie Valens and João Gilberto prepare America for J.Lo and Shakira triumphing at the Super Bowl? Podcast production by Justin D. Wright. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/03/201h 38m

Spoiler Specials: Star Trek: Picard

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate staffers Marissa Martinelli, Daniel Schroeder, and Megan Kallstrom spoil Star Trek: Picard, which picks up years after Admiral Jean-Luc Picard has separated from Starfleet over ideological differences. The Star Trek legend has retreated into retirement on Earth when the daughter of an old friend—the android Data—shows up, leading Picard to amass a new crew to track down her sister before sinister forces beat him to it. You can read Marissa Martinelli’s review here. You can read Megan Kallstrom’s piece here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/201h 12m

Thirst Aid Kit: Maximum UST

Maddie and David. Will and Alicia. Ichabod and Abbie. Brennan and Booth. Moonlighting, The Good Wife, Sleepy Hollow, and Bones all showed us the magic of UST-- unresolved sexual tension. In most of these examples, we got the kissing (and more) we’d been craving, and these television shows knew how to string us along until we thought we’d die from longing. That’s the hallmark of a job well done-- transferring the desire of a show’s leading couple to its audiences. In this episode dedicated to ultimate UST, we talk about what works and what doesn’t; what happens when the resolution is everything we could want… and when we’re denied.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. In this week’s Slate Plus, it’s Nichole’s turn in the court of ‘Explain Yourself’. She breaks down her attraction to Irish crooner Hozier, but Bim is a hard juror to convince.  Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Remember, you can send us your own (short) drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/03/201h 6m

Culture Gabfest: Walking into the Abyss

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Dana Stevens rejoins Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner from her book leave for a few segments. First, Steve and Dana chat with Slate’s books and culture columnist Laura Miller about The Plot Against America. Next, Steve, Dana, and Julia talk about the power of walking, particularly in this time of quarantine, and the literary history that precedes the activity. Finally, Steve and Julia chat with Slate staff writer Dan Kois about the 1996 film Big Night, a delicious comfort watch. On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel checks in with each other about how they’re doing during this time of quarantine.  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.  Outro Music: “Higher Love” cover from Kygo & Whitney Houston  Endorsements Dana: “Kasha is the new nutmeg.” Patti LuPone’s basement tours. Julia: “Higher Love,” the Whitney Houston and Kygo remix. Steve: “Buh Black Snake in New England,” by Benjamin Anastas in Oxford American.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/201h 8m

Flashback: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Flashback is usually available only to Slate Plus members. Sign up now to listen to the archive and future episodes. In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the psychological drama What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), directed by Robert Aldrich. Other titles mentioned in the episode: Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder Limelight (1952), directed by Charlie Chaplin All About Eve (1950), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Singing in the Rain (1952), directed by Gene Kelly Gypsy (1962), directed by Mervin LeRoy Mommie Dearest (1981), directed by Frank Perry Feud (2017), created by Ryan Murphy Parachute Jumper (1933), directed by Alfred E. Green Sadie McKee (1934), directed by Clarence Brown Psycho (1960), directed by Alfred Hitchcock Witness for the Prosecution (1957), directed by Billy Wilder The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), directed by Orson Welles Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), directed by Robert Aldrich What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969), directed by Lee H. Katzin and Bernard Girard Kiss Me Deadly (1955), directed by Robert Aldrich Three Days of the Condor (1975), directed by Sydney Pollack Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/201h 18m

Decoder Ring: Rubber Duckie

Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. How did the humble rubber duck become an icon of bath time? On this episode of Decoder Ring we talk to rubber duck experts, enthusiasts, and manufacturers to find out how the rubber duck evolved, why it's so appealing, and why there are thousands of them lost at sea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/2027m 23s

Thirst Aid Kit: Thirst Buckets Galore!

‘Thirst In The Covid-19 Era’ could well be the title of this episode or an academic paper in the year 2050 — but we’re not doing that! No, we decided to dip into our inbox to take on some of the burning thirst queries from our wonderful listeners. It was a mailbag of… many tastes. Drabbles about musicians Raphael Saadiq and Hozier, Large Boy Adam Driver, and Lee Pace on a farm? Plus we did our best to provide alternative thirsts in a bumper Thirst Sommelier segment that covered tastes as diverse as Magnum PI and 90s era Ralph Fiennes. YOU’RE WELCOME. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. In this week’s Slate Plus segment, we break down A Clean Plate, that is the significance of a man’s appetite in popular culture. From Cool Hand Luke to Phantom Thread, what does a man’s hunger tell us, if anything, about the type of person he is? Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Remember, you can send us your own (short) drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/201h 3m

Sponsored: The Power of Mentorship with Chefs Gavin Kaysen & Chris Nye

In this episode, host Julie Gurner talks to a fascinating mentor-mentee pair who have become successful collaborators in the culinary world: Chef and Restaurateur Gavin Kaysen and Executive Chef Chris Nye.  Gavin Kaysen is a two-time James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Soigné Hospitality Group. When he was starting his career in New York City, Gavin worked under world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud who became his mentor. He went on to spend seven years as Boulud’s Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations. Gavin continued that tradition of mentorship with Chris Nye, who he met when Chris was working the line at Café Boulud. Today, Kaysen helps the next generation of young chefs as one of the founders of Ment’or, a leading nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals.  Whether you’re paired up through a program or your partnership forms organically, a mentor-mentee relationship can be an invaluable professional asset. A mentor can be the guide who jumpstarts your ambition, sharpens your focus, and nudges you to take a risk. Alternately, a mentee can inspire an industry veteran with fresh perspectives and surprising insights. And like any relationship, success requires work, communication, and dedication from both parties.  Download and subscribe to The Relentless on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, Overcast, or wherever you listen. This paid podcast is produced by Slate Studios and Century 21 Real Estate. © 2020 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. All rights reserved. CENTURY 21®, the CENTURY 21 Logo and C21® are registered marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated. This material may contain suggestions and best practices that you may use at your discretion. The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the individuals featured and not necessarily of Century 21 Real Estate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/2030m 43s

Culture Gabfest: Viral Songs and Quarantine Culture

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about the film Spenser Confidential, starring Mark Wahlberg on Netflix. Next, they discuss Reply All’s recent episode “The Case of the Missing Hit.” Finally, the panel is joined by Dana Stevens to lay out how they approach culture during this time of quarantine. How much do we lean into escapism?  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel takes on Steve’s own “missing hit” mystery. Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.  Outro Music: Lost Something in the Hills" by Sibylle Baier. Endorsements Dana: Colour Green by Sibylle Baier. Dan: The “Sondheim at 90” package by the New York Times.  The album Side by Side by Sondheim.  Julia: The poem “My Heart Leaps Up” by William Wordsworth. Steve: Always Narrating: The Making and Unmaking of Umberto Eco by Costica Bradatan in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/201h 9m

Spoiler Specials: Contagion

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate Senior Editor Sam Adams is joined by Slate Staff Writer Rebecca Onion to spoil Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 pandemic movie. Not dissimilar to the coronavirus, the fictional virus, MEV-1, started off transferring from infected animals to humans. MEV-1 infected Gwyneth Paltrow’s character on a work trip. Then she traveled back to the Midwest, spreading the virus. Can the institutions in charge find a vaccine before the virus decimates society?  You can read Rebecca Onion’s piece about the lessons to take from Contagion here. You can read Sam Adams’ interview with the screenwriter here.  Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/03/2051m 23s

Culture Gabfest: Cows and Capitalism

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about Kelly Reichardt’s film First Cow. Next, they bring on Slate television critic Willa Paskin to discuss the latest episode of her podcast Decoder Ring, which dives into the real-life bookstore battle behind You’ve Got Mail. Finally, the panel dives into Molly Fischer’s feature in the Cut on the millennial aesthetic.  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses the cancellation of Woody Allen’s memoir.  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Additional production help by Rosemary Belson. Outro Music: "Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy Other items discussed on the show:  “I Made the Oily Cakes From First Cow,” by Dan Kois in Slate.  “Bookstores That Live Only in the Mind,” by Dan Kois in the New York Times. Endorsements Dan: The March Badness bracket of songs. Julia: Print out your cooking recipes. Steve: “Reading Richard Rorty in Tehran” by Samuel Thrope in the Nation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/03/201h 20m

Spoiler Specials: Onward

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Forrest Wickman is joined by Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli to discuss Onward. Ian and Barley Lightfoot are elf brothers in a modernized magical realm. On Ian’s birthday he receives a gift that will allow him and his older brother to bring back their father for a day. But the spell goes wrong and they are left with half a dad. Can Ian and Barley work together to find the Phoenix Gem and make their father whole before the day is over? You can read Sam Adams’ article about the movie’s “exclusively gay moment” here. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/03/2046m 23s

Thirst Aid Kit: Flooding the Basement with Ashley C. Ford

This week’s guest was once in her underwear on a billboard in Brooklyn, but that’s the least of her accomplishments. Writer and podcast host Ashley C. Ford joined us in the studio to talk about her most pressing Thirst Objects: Chris Pine, Sam Elliott, and Marshawn Lynch. Our conversation was full of laughs, “yeeks” (that’s buttcheeks to the rest of us), American beef, and how a healthy disregard for authority is super hot. It got so good that we decided to forgo Fanfic Wars for bonus thirsting you won’t want to miss. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. In this week’s Slate Plus segment, we’re talking about the importance of physical touch. From parental hugs to romantic clutches, we discuss the significance of hands: their size and placement, how a grasp can signal tenderness or dominance, care and support. We also cover the delicate issue of cleanliness. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs, and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Remember, you can send us your own (short) drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/201h 4m

Culture Gabfest: Is Love Blind?

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about the hit Netflix dating reality show Love Is Blind with Slate podcast producer Daniel Schroeder. Next, they discuss tomboys, jumping off of a recent New York Times op-ed. Finally, the panel takes on the coronavirus, analyzing the epidemic through various pieces of culture.  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses a New York Times op-ed from an editor whose ex-boyfriend is now dating Lady Gaga.  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Additional production help by Rosemary Belson. Outro Music: 'Shattered & Hollow' by First Aid Kit Endorsements Dan: The graphic memoir Tomboy by Liz Prince. Pitchfork’s Sunday Reviews. Julia: The viral video where a camera falls from an airplane… Steve: “No Ghost in the Machine” by Mark Halpern in the American Scholar. The album Stay Gold by First Aid Kit. Hosts Stephen Metcalf Julia Turner Dan Kois Social Media @slatecultfest on Twitter https://twitter.com/slatecultfest @slateculturepodcasts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/slateculturepodcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/03/201h 23m

Decoder Ring: The Shop Around the Corner

The 1998 romantic comedy You've Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is about the brutal fight between an independent bookstore, The Shop Around the Corner, and Fox Books, an obvious Barnes & Noble stand-in. On this episode of Decoder Ring we explore the real life conflict that inspired the movie and displaced independent booksellers on the upper west side of Manhattan. This conflict illustrates how, for a brief time, Barnes & Noble was a symbol of predatory capitalism, only to be usurped by the uniting force at the heart of the film: the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/2039m 7s

Hit Parade: I'm Your Whitney Tonight Edition

Eight years after her passing—and 35 years after the release of her debut album—Whitney Houston is about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Predictably, some rock fans have carped that Houston doesn’t belong in the Hall. But they are not the only ones who, historically, have complained about Houston’s bona fides. In the ’80s, at the apex of her success, black fans complained that Houston was courting white pop fans too eagerly, and forgetting her roots in gospel and R&B. On the charts, by contrast, Whitney Houston’s achievements are indisputable. But they also might be underrated. Houston’s chart records offer a window into exactly how she crossed over…and whether she deserved the backlash. In this episode, Chris Molanphy walks step by step through Whitney’s storied chart records—including a couple that have gone unheralded—that help explain why she was a seminal, singular figure among black female crossover stars, from Aretha and Diana to Beyoncé. Podcast production by Justin D. Wright. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/201h 30m

Thirst Aid Kit: We Love James McAvoy, That’ s All

Nichole is ill this week, but there could be no better Thirst Object to rouse her from her sickbed than Glasgow-born actor James McAvoy! We looked into McAvoy’s uncanny knack for matching intense vulnerability with deeply attractive stoicism to make for an irresistible presence. Whether he’s playing a defiant but insecure Cyrano on stage or coming into his own in roles in Atonement, Wanted, or the X-Men films, James slakes all thirsts: slender or bulked up, au naturel or putting on an accent, blockbuster or indie project. And we can’t seem to look away. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. On Slate Plus, it’s another installment of Explain Yourself, in which we speak to Vulture staff writer and frequently outrageous thirsty tweeter Hunter Harris about the distinct (but entirely resistible to us!) allure of Adam Driver. In essence: he’s A Large Boy! And people—including Hunter—like Large Things. :eyes emoji: Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Remember, you can send us your own (short) drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/2053m 17s

Culture Gabfest: Portrait of Taylor on Fire

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Next, they discuss Taylor Swift’s documentary Miss Americana. Finally, the panel dives into “garbage language” a.k.a corporate buzzwords—unnecessary or effective?  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses a contentious subject—whether Leonardo DiCaprio was already a star before Titanic? Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Additional production help by Rosemary Belson. Outro Music: 'The Man' by Taylor Swift Endorsements Dan: Reading Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies before The Mirror & the Light, the third book in the trilogy, is released March 10.  Julia: Golden State by Ben H. Winters. Steve: “Reading Sade in the Age of Epstein” by Mitchell Abidor in The New York Review of Books.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/02/201h 19m

How To!: Write the Perfect Breakup Song with Ben Folds

This is an episode of our advice show How To! with Charles Duhigg. Lorenzo is a dental student with big dreams—of becoming a rock star. Lorenzo plays a mean guitar at open mic night, but there’s one thing holding him back: He doesn’t know how to write his own songs. In this episode of How To!, we bring in master songwriter Ben Folds, former frontman of Ben Folds Five, and author of A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons. Many of those lessons are about how anyone can unlock their creativity. Ben breaks down his own music, and tinkers with Lorenzo’s attempt at writing a break-up song. He tells him to embrace cliché, then slip in something unexpected. Also, switch the first lyric with the second. Will it work? Do you have a problem that needs a creative solution? Send us a note at howto@slate.com. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/02/2033m 31s

Spoiler Specials: Emma.

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Marissa Martinelli and Heather Schwedel discuss Emma. Though certainly not the first adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, director Autumn de Wilde’s film humanizes the familiar characters and departs at times from the source material to bring a certain freshness to this comedy. Will Emma’s meddling still result in matchmaking errors? How far does she have to go to right her wrongs? And what’s with the inopportune nosebleed? You can read Marissa Martinelli’s review here. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/02/2058m 15s

Thirst Aid Kit: The Deceptive Deference of Clive Owen

Clive Owen: is he dangerous or is he the love of our lives? As someone wise once asked, why not both? When Clive steps into a scene, we don’t know if he’s about to deliver a soul-stealing kiss or a scathing takedown, but we move to the edge of our seats to catch every second of it. From Chancer to Closer, Sin City to The Knick, and beyond, Clive’s demanding presence brings us to our knees, and we find we’re quite all right with that.  Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. On Slate Plus, we discuss the erotic fixation on the extended leg of a woman. Using scenes from Carmen Jones, Boomerang, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Something New, we examine the power play found in women’s feet—and areas north.  Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs, and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. If the spirit moves you, send us your own drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/02/2054m 8s

Culture Gabfest: Gender Swap

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf is joined by two guests hosts: Sam Anderson, New York Times Magazine staff writer and author of Boom Time, and Dan Kois, Slate staff writer and author of How to Be a Family. First, the panel discusses The Assistant, the indie film with heavy Harvey Weinstein overtones. Next, they dive into Hulu’s reboot of High Fidelity, starring Zoë Kravitz. Finally, the panel breaks down the work of Jenny Odell, including her book How to Do Nothing and her recent Paris Review essay “The Myth of Self-Reliance.” On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Dan Kois’s recent Slate story on a New Zealand fantasy masterpiece—an article that catalyzed the book’s publication in the U.S.  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Additional production help by Rosemary Belson. Outro Music: ‘Lonely World’ by Moses Sumney Endorsements Dan: The writing of Charles Portis, including True Grit and Norwood. Sam: John Cage’s performance of “Water Walk” on “I’ve Got a Secret” in 1960 (as Jenny Odell recommends). Steve: Seeing Parasite a second time.  “The Professor of Denial” by Amanda J. Crawford in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Moses Sumney’s Aromanticism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/02/201h 9m

Spoiler Specials: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens is joined by June Thomas and Dan Kois to discuss Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Marianne is hired to paint Héloïse’s wedding portrait. But Héloïse can’t know she’s being painted. As the two grow closer, will Marianne come clean? Will their feelings affect the painting that’s supposed to be sent to Héloïse’s potential husband? What happens when the job is finished? You can read Dana Stevens’ review here. You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece about the film’s music here. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/201h 1m

Thirst Aid Kit: Blair Underwood: The Most Charming Man in the World

Blair Underwood is a multi-generational snack: he’s been hot for so long, it’s kind of unreal. He’s currently starring on Broadway in A Soldier’s Play, so he popped into the studio to talk about that—and plenty more besides: Why he loves playing bad guys, navigating and negotiating your worth, and the most disturbing fanmail of his career. Plus we asked him about putting on a watch … :eyes emoji: Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show. On Slate Plus this week, we talk about one specific “Premium Thirst Item”: the white oxford shirt. If you grew up at a certain point in time, you’ll know what that shirt means, especially when worn by a woman the morning after. We explore what it signifies in culture, how it came to mean all that, and why we think it’s hot. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs, and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. If the spirit moves you, send us your own drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/201h 4m

Culture Gabfest: Parasite Without a Host

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner break down the Oscars and Bong Joon-ho’s historic win. Next, the discuss Star Trek: Picard with Slate associate editor and Trekkie Marissa Martinelli. Finally, they dive into a recent New York Times Magazine article on the way television imagines New York City.  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the fashion of the Oscars.   Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Eminem Performs 'Lose Yourself' at Oscars 2020 Endorsements Dana: Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar acceptance speeches, as Dana wrote about in her recent Slate piece “Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar Night Had All the Genre-Bending Twists of His Movies.” Julia: “Chasing Colombia’s ‘cocaine hippos’” by Peter Rowe in the Los Angeles Times. Steve: “The Seriousness of George Steiner” by Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker. “An Evening With George Steiner (1929-2020)” by Kinton Ford in n+1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/201h 16m

Decoder Ring: Friend of Dorothy

When Peter Mac was young, he found solace from his troubles in the voice of Judy Garland. He's now been a Judy Garland impersonator for 17 years. On this episode of Decoder Ring we explore the special valence that Judy Garland has for queer people, the history of female impersonation on stage, and what the future might hold for Judy as an icon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/02/2034m 29s

Thirst Aid Kit: Next Stop: Penn Badgley

Somehow, Penn Badgley’s turn as sneering killer Joe Goldberg on Netflix’s You has recently made him the internet’s sort-of boyfriend… but our interest in Penn is older and more complex than that! We went deep on what makes his sly looks to camera so compelling, the power of a deep voice, and why Nichole’s powerless against his general “stop motion Christmas puppet” energy. On Slate Plus, we introduce a brand new segment, “Explain Yourself.” This week, we’re joined by podcast king (Pineapple Studios’ Unhappy Hour) and all around excellent person Matt Bellassai as we ask him to explain his long term Thirst Object, Harry Styles Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. If the spirit moves you, send us your own drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/2055m 11s

Culture Gabfest: Boingity Boing Music

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner dive into Ford v Ferrari before the Oscars this weekend. Next, they discuss Netflix’s reality show The Circle with Slate’s editorial director—and Circle-enthusiast—Laura Bennett. Finally, they analyze the controversy surrounding Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt with Los Angeles Times staff writer Daniel Hernandez. On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Super Bowl ads with Slate’s Justin Peters.  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: ‘The Circle Theme (Netflix)’ by Patrizio Knight   Hosts Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner Endorsements Dana: “‘Jojo Rabbit’ Captures the Horror and Absurdity of our Trumpian Moment,” by Masha Gessen in The New Yorker. Julia: The Good Wife. Steve: Cheer (specifically, La’Darius’s brother’s face). “The Money Behind Trump’s Money,” by David Enrich in The New York Times Magazine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/201h 18m

Sponsored: Reinventing Yourself with Arlan Hamilton

Reinvention can take many forms. Maybe you’re optimizing your sales approach or overhauling your brand message. You could be changing industries entirely or starting your own business. Whatever it looks like, reinvention can be a powerful way to reach a new level of success. In this episode, host Julie Gurner talks to Arlan Hamilton, an inspiring venture capitalist with a wealth of experience defying the odds to reinvent herself and help others do the same.  Arlan Hamilton’s professional life spans everything from being the tour manager for a Norwegian pop-punk band to publishing and distributing a print music magazine. She ultimately found her calling as an entrepreneur, and built a purpose-driven venture capital fund from the ground up — and she did it while homeless. In 2018 Arlan co-founded Backstage Studio which launched four accelerator programs for underestimated founders in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and London. Download and subscribe to The Relentless: Apple Podcasts Stitcher Spotify TuneIn Overcast This paid podcast is produced by Slate Studios and Century 21 Real Estate. © 2019 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. All rights reserved. CENTURY 21®, the CENTURY 21 Logo and C21® are registered marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated. This material may contain suggestions and best practices that you may use at your discretion. The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the individuals featured and not necessarily of Century 21 Real Estate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/02/2027m 18s

Decoder Ring: The Stowe-Byron Controversy

When Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote an exposé of Lord Byron's incestuous affair in 1869, it nearly destroyed The Atlantic Monthly, and threw the reputations of two literary icons into chaos. This is a story about 18th century scandal, cancel culture, and Bad Literary Men, that isn't so different from how these stories play out in our own time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/02/2041m 49s

Hit Parade: The White and Nerdy Edition

Sped-up voices. Wacky instruments. Songs about cavemen, bathtubs, bikinis and mothers-in-law. From the very birth of rock-and-roll, novelty songs were essential elements of the hit parade. Right through the ’70s—the age of streaking, CB radios, disco and King Tut—novelty songs could be chart-topping hits. But by the corporate ’80s, it was harder for goofballs to score round-the-clock hits on regimented radio playlists. Until one perm-headed, mustachioed, accordion-playing parodist who called himself “Weird” rebooted novelty hits for the new millennium. A video jokester before YouTube, he just might have ushered in the age of the meme. So join Hit Parade this month as we walk through the history of novelty hits on the charts—most especially if M.C. Escher is your favorite M.C. Podcast production by Justin D. Wright. Follow @cmolanphy on Twitter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/201h 28m

Thirst Aid Kit: TAK Takes Sundance

From Lost to Hawaii Five-O, Daniel Dae Kim is all talent and cheeky smiles. He joins the hosts of Thirst Aid Kit to discuss the premiere of Blast Beat, what it’s like to be discarded for Keanu Reeves and Randall Park, being trapped on the Lost island, and what it means to see himself as a Thirst Object. You may know Kendrick Sampson’s leading man looks from HBO’s Insecure but he’s been in all your faves too: The Vampire Diaries, How To Get Away With Murder, The Flash, the list goes on. He joins the hosts of Thirst Aid Kit to talk his new movie, Miss Juneteenth, as well as what it’s like working with some of Hollywood’s most influential women. Slate, in collaboration with Dropbox, presents Thirst Aid Kit live, a podcast centered on pop culture and how it shapes desire. Join hosts and creative collaborators Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins to dig deep into the various ways women express their thirst through illuminating and hilarious conversations with some of the leading creators at the festival. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. If the spirit moves you, send us your own drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/2055m 20s

Culture Gabfest: Making Mat

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner untangle the oddity that is Jojo Rabbit, discuss whether Netflix’s sport docu-series Cheer lives up to the hype, and talk to Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson about this year’s Grammys.  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Kobe Bryant and the reactions to his death. Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Lizzo's "Cuz I Love You" & "Truth Hurts" 2020 Grammy Performance Endorsements Dana:  ‘Gigi Bryant Was a Great Basketball Player’ by Josh Levin Julia:  ‘The Rise of the Dancefluencer’  by Makeda Easter Steve:  ‘The Myth of Self-Reliance’ by Jenny Odell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/201h 12m

Flashback: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs (1991), directed by Jonathan Demme. Flashback is available in full only to Slate Plus members. Sign up now to listen to the rest of this episode and all the others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/2010m 25s

Culture Gabfest: Half for Me, Half for You

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner dive into Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s Academy Award-nominated documentary following a beekeeper in Macedonia. Next, they chat about Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time. Finally, Slate’s Laura Miller joins the panel to discuss Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror and the role—and critiques—of the modern female essayist. On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Oscar nominations.   Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: The Futureheads’ cover of Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love.” Hosts Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner Endorsements Dana:  Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror audiobook.  Julia:  Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing.  Steve:  Ian Rankin’s “Inspector Rebus” book series. The Futureheads’ cover of Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/201h 0m

Culture Gabfest: "Royal Pain In The Arse" Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Sam Mendes' film 1917, the new installment in the UP documentary series, 63 UP, and the British royal phenomenon that has become known as Megxit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/01/2056m 18s

Flashback: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Flashback is usually available only to Slate Plus members. Sign up now to listen to the archive and future episodes, including the next edition on Silence of the Lambs. In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and Kameron Collins discuss the divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), directed by Robert Benton. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/01/201h 18m

Spoiler Specials: The Witcher

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Sam Adams is joined by Benjamin Frisch, Rachelle Hampton and Daniel Schroeder to discuss The Witcher, Netflix’s popular new show about a monster hunter. This show isn’t the first adaptation from Andrzej Sapkowski’s work; video games based on The Witcher have been released starting in 2007. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) is a monster hunter with supernatural powers. But, what exactly is a witcher? How will the Law of Surprise bring people together? Will Geralt ever find the girl in the forest who he is destined to find? And what kind of transformation comes at the cost of removing one’s womb?  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Hosts Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat. Benjamin Frisch is the producer of Slate's Culture Gabfest and the author of the graphic novel The Fun Family. Rachelle Hampton is a Slate editorial assistant. Daniel Schroeder is a Slate podcast producer and freelance writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/2048m 40s

Culture Gabfest: The Secret Mailbox

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner dive into Little Women, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s adaption—perhaps the best adaption yet—of Louisa May Alcott’s novel that follows the lives of the four March sisters. Next, they discuss the risky jokes, heartfelt speeches, and weird red carpet looks of this year’s Golden Globes. Finally, they chat about The Movie Club, Slate’s annual conversation among film critics led by Dana about this year in film.  On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel spoils the ending to Little Women.  Endorsements Dana:  Atlantics, a Cannes Grand Prix-winning film by French-Senegalese director Mati Diop, streaming on Netflix. Julia:  A withdrawal of a previous endorsement—the book The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow—because of its sexist treatment of women.  The Marvel supervillain M.O.D.O.K. Steve:  The German-Austrian comedy-drama Toni Erdmann, directed, written, and co-produced by Maren Ade. Available for rent on Amazon Prime. Outro Music: It’s Romance by Alexandre Desplat from the Little Women Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/201h 17m

Spoiler Specials: Cats

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli discuss Cats, the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, which was based on poems by T.S. Eliot. Many jokes have been made about Tom Hooper’s Cats, mostly stemming from the “digital fur technology.” After the premiere, Universal Pictures released an updated version with “some improved visual effects.” But the 1981 musical wasn’t free from criticism either - yet it was still a hit. Does the movie adaptation have more of a plot? Does the star-studded cast add to the many cat introductions? Which cat at the jellicle ball will be picked for another life? And what exactly does jellicle mean?  You can read Marissa Martinelli’s review here.  You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.  You can read Violet Kim interview with Cats’ ‘feline movement expert’ here and read the investigation into how many times the Cats in Cats Say “Cats” here.   You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Hosts Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat. Marissa Martinelli is a Slate assistant editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/01/2049m 24s

Culture Gabfest: "Welcome to Slaht Ploos, Books and Cats" Edition

Dana Stevens hosts a selection of a few of our favorite Slate Plus bonus segments, offering them to our regular listeners for the first time. You'll hear Steve, Julia and Dana talk about the new live action CATS, discuss impactful nonfiction with Slate's Laura Miller, remember critic Harold Bloom, and decipher what went wrong with Jill Abramson's Merchants of Truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/01/201h 17m

Spoiler Specials: Little Women

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme discuss Little Women. Arriving just in time for Christmas, Greta Gerwig plays with the March sisters’ timeline while staying true to Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg’s adventures. Will they find their own ways? Will Jo (Saoirse Ronan) end up with Laurie (Timothée Chalamet)? What comes of Jo’s writing?  You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. Rachel Syme is a writer in Brooklyn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/12/191h 3m

Culture Gabfest: "Call Us, Definitely" Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner take listener call-in questions, including what books, music, and beverages they would take to a well-appointed Alpine cabin and much, much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/12/191h 12m

The Authority: Betrayal

Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing the season finale, “Betrayal.” Plus, a closer look at New Line’s 2007 attempt to film The Golden Compass with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Why did that movie fail so badly? Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Melissa Kaplan and Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/12/1956m 28s

Outward: Special Episode: The Inheritance

OIn this special bonus episode of Outward, Bryan and a guest panel of multigenerational gay men devote a whole hour to The Inheritance, a seven-hour, two-part play by Matthew Lopez that won many awards for its recent run in London and is currently dominating discussions on Broadway. There will be spoilers! While it’s length, ambition, and engagement with the AIDS crisis have invited comparisons to Tony Kushner’s “gay fantasia on national themes” Angels in America, The Inheritance’s driving concern is a bit more personal: If gay men think of ourselves as a community spanning generations, what happens when a huge swath of that community is lost to plague, the survivors deeply traumatized, and younger cohorts must therefore come of age and figure out what it means to be gay in the wake of a tragedy that shapes everything around us? Borrowing a line from E.M. Forester’s Howard’s End, on which the play is based, The Inheritance desperately wants gay men to “connect” across age and loss — but is that kind of connection really possible? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/1953m 57s

Hit Parade: Make My Wish Come True Edition

Music fans in 2019 are gobsmacked that the No. 1 song in America is not only a Christmas song but a 25-year-old recording: Mariah Carey’s holiday perennial “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Even more amazingly, it’s the first Christmas song to top Billboard’s Hot 100 in 61 years, since “The Chipmunk Song” in December 1958. This leads to so many “whys”: Why were there no Christmas No. 1s for six decades? Why didn’t ’60s, ’70s and ’80s holiday classics like “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” “Feliz Navidad” and “Last Christmas” become Hot 100 hits? Why did Carey’s classic not chart in 1994, when it was released—and why did it only start charting in the 2010s and seem to get more popular every year this decade? In this special holiday edition of Hit Parade we answer all of these questions, and explain how virtually everything had to change about the music business for Mariah’s Christmas chestnut to reach No. 1: from Billboard chart rules, to digital music technologies, to even the tragic passing of a fellow music diva. It all combined to give Carey her incredible 19th No. 1 on the Hot 100—just one chart-topper away from the Beatles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/191h 14m

Spoiler Specials: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens is joined by Forrest Wickman, Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli to discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Director J.J. Abrams seemed committed to fan service; even if it made the final episode of the Skywalker saga worthy of some eyerolls. Well, committed to fans - except those shipping Poe and Finn - despite the film touting the franchise's first same-sex kiss. With the final battle looming, will Rey discover who she really is? Will she be persuaded by Kylo Ren to join the dark side? Or will they join forces? And how does ‘forcetiming’ play into all of this?    You can read Sam Adams’ review here.  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor. Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat. Marissa Martinelli is a Slate assistant editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/191h 22m

Thirst Aid Kit: The 2019 Thirst Report

What a year 2019 has been! After a 9-month hiatus, Thirst Aid Kit found a new home at Slate and we had much to catch up on— so much so that we weren’t able to get to as many listener-submitted drabbles or Thirst Sommelier requests as we wanted. In this episode, we correct that oversight by answering some questions from our tumblr page, helping a couple of Thirst Buckets find a new Nick Miller from New Girl and a new Nicholas Braun (aka Cousin Greg of Succession) to crush on, and by reading some drabbles about Chris Evans, Frank Ocean, and Chris Pang. We also highlight some key moments in thirst: Manny Jacinto’s infamous jawline, Keanu Reeves’ Renaissance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s everything, Chris Evans’ knitwear in Knives Out, plus Adam Driver and Harry Styles. Thank you to all of our listeners, old and new, for lusting out loud with us. We’ll be back in the new year, and until then, stay thirsty!  Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can make use of our Thirst Sommelier service by calling and leaving a BRIEF message at (510) 984 4778. That’s (510) 9-THIRST. We also love fanfic — send us your drabbles (along with your pronouns) and we might read them out on the show! We’re at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/191h 1m

Culture Gabfest: "Peloton Prisoner" Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner talk to TV critic Willa Paskin about the state of the medium, discuss Mariah Carey's surprise Christmas number one hit, and discuss the Peloton ad that has the internet atwitter. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/191h 7m

The Authority: The Fight to the Death

Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing episode 7, “The Fight To The Death,” in which Lyra travels to Svalbard and meets lofur Raknison, the ruler of the panserbjørne. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Melissa Kaplan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/1950m 7s

Spoiler Specials: Uncut Gems

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Heather Schwedel discuss Uncut Gems.  Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), owner of a small jewelry store in Manhattan, racked up a gambling debt while the rest of his life is collapsing. He’s trying to avoid creditors when his shop receives an illegal gem from Ethiopia. This rock, Ratner thinks, is his ticket out of debt. He temporarily trades Kevin Garnett, of the Boston Celtics, the rock for Garnett’s NBA Championship. Ratner pawns the ring to bet on the championship game. Will The Celtics win? Will Garnett get his ring back? Will Ratner finally get out of debt?   You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. Jeffrey Bloomer is a Slate senior editor. He edits and writes for the human interest and culture sections. Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/191h 5m

Thirst Aid Kit: Randall Park: He Has the Range

Does Randall Park know what he does to us? We only ask because whether it’s performing a classic prank as Asian Jim on The Office or punching Keanu Reeves in Always Be My Maybe, Randall keeps showing us he’s one to watch, whether on network TV, in lesser known indie films, or in superhero franchises. He’s an “overnight” success only if you typically sleep for 15 years a night — and the result is he leaves his fingerprint on every script he touches. Plus he’s got the cutest smile, the warmest eyes, and that low key ‘grown man heat’ we’ll never get tired of. PS: Get ready for Fanfic Wars. This one’s a banger. You’ve been warned!  Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can make use of our Thirst Sommelier service by calling and leaving a BRIEF message at (510) 984 4778. That’s (510) 9-THIRST. We also love fanfic — send us your drabbles (along with your pronouns) and we might read them out on the show! We’re at thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/1952m 1s

Culture Gabfest: Impenetrable Façade Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss The Marriage Story, speak with author Simon Doonan about the death of the department store window display, and debate whether social media killed our sense of time - and the 2010s as a decade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/191h 12m

The Authority: The Daemon-Cages

Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing episode 6, “The Daemon-Cages”, in which Lyra sees firsthand what they’re up to at Bolvanger. Plus: a closer look at intercision. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/1948m 37s

Decoder Ring: Murphy's Law

Nick Spark fell down a rabbit hole tracking down the origins of Murphy’s Law, the ubiquitous phrase that says “If it can go wrong, it will go wrong”. On this episode of Decoder Ring, we follow Nick on his journey while taking a few detours of our own to find out how Murphy’s Law was [maybe] born out of the rocket sled experiments of the dawning jet age. We talk to Nick, hear some of the recordings he collected during his own research, plus talk to researchers who are skeptical of Nick’s hypothesis, all to try and find out how an obscure engineering aphorism spread to world-conquering philosophical observation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/1939m 27s

Spoiler Specials: Marriage Story

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens and Sam Adams discuss Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. Charlie and Nicole have decided to end their marriage. Now they need to figure out how to get a divorce. Can they keep the proceedings civil or will it escalate to a fraught situation as divorce lawyers pit them against each other? Will Charlie have to uproot his life to maintain custody? What will happen to the kid? At the end of the divorce, will they even be able to remember why they fell in love in the first place?  You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/1957m 46s

Mom & Dad: Home Alone

This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/momanddad.  On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and guest host Katherine Goldstein answer listener questions from a parent looking for ways to enjoy family visits and a neighbor who is worried for the kids next door who were left behind. For Slate Plus, what should you NOT say to someone expecting twins. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends matching outfits with your kid. Katherine recommends Shrinky Dinks as a creative way to pass a few hours. Dan recommends That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug from Emily Flake. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should talk about in future episodes. Got questions that you’d like us to answer? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833. Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Hosts Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in California. Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Katherine Goldstein is a journalist as well as the creator and host of The Double Shift, a reported, narrative podcast about a new generation of working mothers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/1956m 32s

Thirst Aid Kit: Funny Bones ft. Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac knows funny. You may have heard him in everything from Bojack Horseman to Archer and Bob’s Burgers. He was a writer for King of the Hill, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and starred in Barry Jenkins’ first full-length feature film Medicine for Melancholy. He’s also starred in his own stand-up specials, one of which, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn, was nominated in 2015 for Best Comedy Album (Grammy’s). Like we said, this man knows his funny.  Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can make use of our Thirst Sommelier service by calling and leaving a BRIEF message at (510) 984 4778. That’s (510) 9-THIRST. We also love fanfic — send us your drabbles (along with your pronouns) and we might read them out on the show! We’re at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/1956m 19s

Culture Gabfest: The Donut Inside the Donut Hole

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Knives Out, speak with New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie about Watchmen, and remember Clive James with Adam Gopnik. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/12/1958m 21s

His Dark Materials: The Lost Boy

Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing episode 5, “The Lost Boy,” which cuts back and forth between Lyra’s adventures with the Gyptians, and the introduction of the character of Will Parry. Plus: a closer look at the alethiometer. Recommended reading: His Dark Materials Illuminated You can also read Laura’s Slate piece on Francis Yates here. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/12/1945m 6s

Spoiler Specials: Knives Out

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Knives Out, the whodunnit from Rian Johnson. Renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey’s death following his 85th birthday party sparks a twisted hunt for the murderer. The suspects: his own family. Can celebrity detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) pin down Thrombey’s eccentric family intent on avoiding suspicion. What happens when they find out Harlan’s personal nurse, Marta, will receive his fortune? And what role does ICE have in a potential motive?  You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic. Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/11/1952m 14s

Thirst Aid Kit: Jake Johnson: Turtle, Bear, Total Snack

The thing about Jake Johnson is: so. many. people. fancy. him! Is it because he legitimately looks like a guy you might bump into at your neighbourhood bar? Or is it because he serves up a specifically appealing mix of gruff, grumpy heat (with truly *superb* onscreen kiss abilities!) that just makes you want to join him on the sofa and rail at modern life? We discuss his many forms and charms, from New Girl, to Into the Spider-Verse via Easy etc. We also have a couple of original drabbles that might make you sweat a little. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman, and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Send us your own short drabbles! We’re at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/1953m 41s

Mom & Dad: Live from Miami

On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are live from the Miami Book Fair where they are joined by Pamela Paul, author of How to Raise a Reader and Adam Mansbach, author of Fuck, Now There Are Two of You. This week the hosts discuss scaring their kids with inappropriate books and making the most out of children with different schedules. For Slate Plus, the hosts discuss if parenting really is harder nowadays—or do we just hear more about the trials and tribulations in books, blogs or even, ahem, podcasts… Sign up for Slate Plus here.  Recommendations: Jamilah recommends non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Dan recommends game-ifying Christmas stockings.  Pamela recommends Lucy Knisley’s book You Are New.  Adam recommends the book Laugh Lines: Forty Years Trying to Make Funny People Funnier. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should talk about in future episodes. Got questions that you’d like us to answer? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts  Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/1946m 22s

Hit Parade: Rolling in God’s Royal Uptown Road Edition

All decades of pop music swing between trends and fads—but the 2010s was swingier than most. From the maximalist EDM of the early ’10s to the downbeat hip-hop of the late ’10s, the pop pendulum oscillated more widely than you may remember. The same decade that gave us Adele’s stately balladry, Katy Perry’s electro-froth and Taylor Swift’s country-to-pop crossover also gave us the Weeknd’s bleary indie-R&B and Drake’s moody rap. And Bieber—so. Much. Bieber. With just weeks to go before the end of 2019, Hit Parade walks through the last decade of the Hot 100, year by year, and asks: What was that? Arguably, what drove pop in the ’10s wasn’t just the production sounds of dance music or hip-hop but the technologies we used to consume music, as the shift from downloads to streams changed the contours of chart success. And in the end, one multigenre queen navigated these shifts better than most, finding pop love in a hopeless place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/11/191h 37m

Culture Gabfest: Posh Veg

Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf talk with guests about Gogglebox, a show that lets you watch Brits watch TV, Bon Appetit's "Gourmet Makes" on YouTube, and the best nonfiction books of the past 25 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/11/191h 3m

His Dark Materials: Armour

Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing Episode 4, “Armour,” in which Lyra meets Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison. Plus a deep dive into the mysteries of the Magisterium, with a little Milton and Blake thrown in for good measure.  You can also read Dan’s piece about Lee and Iorek here. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/11/1954m 27s

Spoiler Specials: Frozen 2

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli spoil Frozen 2. Weird things keep happening in the kingdom of Arendelle resulting from a generations long standoff. Elsa and Anna figure out what is happening by retracing family history. Meanwhile, Elsa keeps hearing a call that may help her understand not only her powers, but the root of the fued. Can Elsa make it north on her own? Plus, a nihilistic Olaf, magic wardrobe changes and poor proposal planning.  You can read Sam Adams’ review here. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat. Marissa Martinelli is a Slate assistant editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/1954m 10s

Mom & Dad: Whoops...A Baby!

On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and guest host Elizabeth Newcamp answer listener questions from a mom who is contemplating telling her son he was unplanned before his father tells him. And a guide to making friends with other parents. How can you make the leap from school yard acquaintances to actual friends? For Slate Plus, the hosts reminisce about amusement parks memories. Can parents actually have fun? Or is it all about the kids? Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends the U.S National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program. And in a stunning moment of unplanned host telepathy - Jamilah and Dan recommend the same thing: creating special handshakes with your kiddos. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should talk about in future episodes. Got questions that you’d like us to answer? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833. Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Hosts Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Elizabeth Newcamp is a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/11/191h 2m

Thirst Aid Kit: The Many Lives of Joshua Jackson

It’s difficult to separate ‘Joshua Jackson the actor’ from ‘Pacey Witter the character’ but we managed it in this episode! He may have captured our teen hearts but we’re also interested in what he’s been up to since then, on TV and on stage: Fringe, The Affair, When They See Us, Children of a Lesser God… Joshua brings a preternaturally mature persona that makes our eyes shine and our [REDACTED} tingle.  Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. If the spirit moves you, send us your own drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/11/1954m 19s

Culture Gabfest: Live from Vancouver

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live in at the Granville Island Stage in Vancouver to discuss The Irishman, Schitt's Creek, and creepy ads that follow you around. In Slate Plus: Questions from the live audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/11/191h 14m

His Dark Materials: The Spies

Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing Episode 3, “The Spies,” with a closer look at the relationship between Lyra and the Gyptians. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Melissa Kaplan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/11/1946m 15s

Spoiler Specials: Doctor Sleep

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Sam Adams and Matthew Dessem spoil Doctor Sleep. Dan Torrance is now an adult. But he’s still majorly affected by what happened in Overlook Hotel. He unites with a girl who has a strong shining, which makes them both a target of a cult looking to feed on their steam. Can Dan and Abra fend off Rose The Hat? And will another round with the ghosts at the Overlook Hotel make Dan a dull boy?  You can read Sam Adams’ review here. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat. Matthew Dessem is Brow Beat’s nights and weekends editor and the author of a biography of screenwriter and director Clyde Bruckman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/1958m 0s

Mom & Dad: Keep Your Head Above Water

On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and guest host Greg Lavallee answer listener questions from a parent whose daughter is afraid of the water and a mom who needs a response strategy for a disrespectful kiddo. For Slate Plus, the hosts strategize date night. Are microdates the solution to a busy schedule? Or is it worth the effort of hiring a babysitter to go out? Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends a newfangled entertainment destination… a place where you could spend hours without spending any money…. The MALL. Greg recommends Shashibo, a mesmerizing magnetic puzzle. Dan recommends Boom Blast Stix for little kids and Telestrations for bigger ones. Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should talk about in future episodes. Got questions that you’d like us to answer? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833. Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson. Hosts Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Greg Lavallee is the director of technology at Slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/1951m 54s

Culture Gabfest: Live From Los Feliz

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live in Los Angeles to discuss Parasite with the LA Times critic Justin Chang, happiness in the modern world, and Dickinson from Apple TV+, with showrunner Alena Smith. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/191h 20m

Thirst Aid Kit: The Weird and Wonderful Lakeith Stanfield

You know it, you see it: there’s something about Lakeith. It’s there in Atlanta, in Get Out, in Someone Great… the list goes on. It’s actually many things — ace acting ability, a bucketload of confident, quirky charm, and a presence that belies his slight and lovely frame, all in a relatively short career so far. We wade through all these thirst-inducing attributes, as well as what it means to fancy a Thirst Object when they’ve messed up… We also have a reader drabble about an old TAK fave, as well as our own new Lakeith-centric fanfic. It’s a good day to be thirsty, pals. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Send us your own drabbles! We’re at thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/1951m 17s

His Dark Materials: The Idea of North

The Authority is Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing Episode 2, The Idea of North”, studying the relationship between Lyra and Mrs. Coulter, and a closer look at daemons. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Melissa Kaplan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/1949m 18s

Spoiler Specials: Last Christmas

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel spoil Last Christmas. Emilia Clarke’s character, Kate, is a walking disaster. She’s working as Santa’s elf when she meets Henry Golding’s character, Tom, who tries to help her get back on her feet. He’s charming and handsome. And has a good heart. Something they both share. But what’s Tom’s real motive? Why does Kate’s heart feel funky? And what does Brexit have to do with any of this? You can read Inkoo Kang’s review here. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts Marissa Martinelli is a Slate assistant editor. Inkoo Kang is a staff writer in Slate’s culture department. She writes about movies, television, and more. Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/1953m 5s

Mom and Dad: Into The Unknown

This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/momanddad.  On this week’s episode: Jamilah, Dan and guest host Ezekiel answer listener questions from a mom whose ex-husband’s abrupt move may upend her living arrangements. And the hosts strategize how they’ll survive Elsa’s new big song in Frozen 2 with Slate’s Ruth Graham. For Slate Plus, the hosts advise parents on how to talk to kids about big social issues, like climate change and racism. Sign up for Slate Plus here.  Recommendations: Jamilah recommends improving with your kids, which is fun and free.  Ezekiel recommends The Lorax movie - the 1972 version only.   Dan recommends The Authority, a new podcast where Dan and Slate’s Laura Miller break down His Dark Materials.  Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to tell us what you thought of today’s show and give us ideas for what we should talk about in future episodes. Got questions that you’d like us to answer? Call and leave us a message at 424-255-7833.  Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.  Hosts  Jamilah Lemieux is a writer, cultural critic, and communications strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. Ezekiel Kweku is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s also a politics editor at New York Magazine‘s Daily Intelligencer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/1953m 56s

Thirst Aid Kit: Jason. And Jason Again.

We say Sudeikis, you say Mantzoukas, let's call the whole thing off! Yes, it's a 'two for one' deal on this week's episode, in which we examine two funnymen named Jason and figure out their very distinct and very different brands of sex appeal. Sudeikis is all charm in a bottle and Mantzoukas has his wildman persona, and yet both satisfy our varied thirsts. Finally! We have the return of Thirst Sommelier and this time we’re helping someone find a suitable replacement for Shia LaBeouf, “good boy-bad man.” Fanfic Wars gets cozy and, of course, silly. With these two Thirst Objects, how could it not?  As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/1954m 2s

Decoder Ring: Gender Reveal Party

Jenna Karvunidis invented the gender reveal party, but now she has regrets. On this episode of Decoder Ring, we explore the pink and blue world of the gender reveal party, and how Jenna's small barbecue celebration turned into a global phenomenon that's gotten way out of control. We talk to psychologists, historians, critics, and business owners, to figure out why the gender reveal is having such a big, bizarre moment right now, and how we can best understand the strange power they hold over social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/1940m 39s

Culture Gabfest: Chaos Is the New Cocaine

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Netflix's My Name is Dolemite, Apple TV+'s The Morning Show, and the mass resignations that took place at the website Deadspin with Slate's Tom Scocca. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/191h 8m

His Dark Materials Season 1, Episode 1: “Lyra’s Jordan”

Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing the series premiere; weighing in on the show’s three primary characters, Lyra, Mrs. Coulter, and Lord Asriel; and going in-depth about the complex relationship between Jordan College and the Magisterium.   Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Rosemary Belson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/1951m 13s

Spoiler Specials: Terminator: Dark Fate

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss the sixth installment in the Terminator series, Terminator: Dark Fate. Despite the sequels in between, T6 picks up where Terminator 2: Judgment Day left off. Sarah Connor is back and joined in the fight against Terminators by a Rev-9, a technologically advanced human and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s terminator. But will James Cameron’s return be enough to revitalize this nostalgic franchise? Or are audiences ready to say “hasta la vista” to the Terminator? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1955m 58s

Thirst Aid Kit: That Sturdy Feeling ft. Driadonna Roland

Happy Halloween! This week there are no tricks, and only BIG OLE TREATS thanks to the top tier selection of Thirst Objects gathered. We asked our friend, writer and covert thirst-bucket Driadonna Roland to help us break down the dudes that make her weak in the knees… We started on Baldwin’s Beale Street with Stephan (StePHOINE) James, pivoted to the Boardwalk for Bobby ‘something’s about to go down’ Cannavale and traversed the Jabari kingdom for Winston ‘dem thighs!’ Duke. Fanfic Wars was a mixed bag of thirst as usual — don’t forget to vote for your fave drabble! As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Send us your (short!) thirsty drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/191h 5m

Hit Parade: Lost and Lonely Edition

If you were an angsty American teenager in the 1980s—whether in real life, or in a John Hughes movie—the rock you loved probably came from the United Kingdom, complete with droning vocals, brooding lyrics, goth hair, and black nail polish. The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Joy Division/New Order, the Smiths: All these U.K. postpunk acts were hard-pressed to score American hits in the first half of the ’80s—the era of fun-loving New Romantic bands like Duran Duran. But to Gen X teens, Robert Smith, Siouxsie Sioux, and Morrissey were icons. By the end of the decade, however, these bands became American hitmakers, especially after Billboard launched the music bible’s first alternative rock chart. Depeche Mode sold out a California stadium. New Order dominated dancefloors. The Smiths’ Johnny Marr became a guitar god, Morrissey an MTV crush object. And finally, in 1989, the Cure—dark, doomy, and moody as ever—were challenging Janet Jackson for the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Just in time for Halloween, Hit Parade tells the story of how spooky, spidery, U.K. mope-rock became chart-conquering pop. Podcast production by Justin D. Wright. Hosted by Chris Molanphy Follow @cmolanphy on Twitter / https://www.twitter.com/cmolanphy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/191h 26m

Culture Gabfest: Hail Satan

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the horror classic Rosemary's Baby, the TV show Modern Love, and Morrissey's political legacy with the LA Times' Randall Roberts. In Slate Plus: The Marvel vs. Scorsese kerfuffle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/10/191h 12m

Spoiler Specials: Jojo Rabbit

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Forrest Wickman, Sam Adams and Dan Kois discuss Jojo Rabbit. Taika Waitit’s Nazi spoof takes a comedic look at how people, even children, get caught up in movements fueled by hateful ideology. But does the comedic lens allow for sympathization? As a young member of Hitler Youth nearing the end of WWII, Jojo Betzler, invents an imaginary friend... Hitler. What happens when Jojo discovers a Jewish girl hiding in his family home? And how does Jojo navigate those challenging his ideology and the imminent fall of Nazi Germany? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/1946m 11s

Thirst Aid Kit: Stern Men and Power Femmes with Nicole Cliffe

Buttoned Up. Taciturn. No-Nonsense. We all know the magnetism of a stern man, and how it compels thirst. Writer, benevolent internet queen and genteel bisexual lady Nicole Cliffe joined us to discuss her many thirsts, both real and fictional — from her formative crush on Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully on The X Files to Mindhunter’s Bill Tench. We also made a stop at the door of stoic-but-filled-with-rage KGB agent Ilya Kuryakin (played by Armie Hammer) in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Last but not least, we explored the flinty charm of 1920s-but-modern Detective Inspector Jack Robinson from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Both our drabbles are caretaking masterpieces, if we do say so ourselves. You can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. And you can leave us a voicemail at our new phone number, (510) 9-THIRST. Be safe out there, thirst-buckets… undo your top button and get to it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/10/191h 5m

Culture Gabfest: Voice Like a Jangly Bell

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the film Pain and Glory with Slate's June Thomas, the podcast Dolly Parton's America, and the Slate profile of Lauren Gunderson, the most popular playwright in America, with author Dan Kois. In Slate Plus: cats vs. dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/10/191h 0m

Slate Money: Succession: Bonus Episode With Gerri!

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. In this extra special bonus episode, J. Smith-Cameron, aka Queen Gerri herself, and the New York Times Magazine’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner join Felix and Emily to discuss which of her lines were actually improvised, how she reacted to the Roman/Gerri storyline, what kinds of storylines and scenes were cut from the season, and more insights and hilarious tidbits from the show.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/1958m 15s

Spoiler Specials: Parasite

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Inkoo Kang discuss Parasite. With Hitchcock-like quality, Bong Joon-ho plays with the audience in the upstairs / downstairs dive into economic inequality. The Kims, stuck on their low social rung jump at the opportunity to latch onto an affluent family. But how long can they keep the ruse up? What will they do to keep up the charade? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/1951m 23s

Thirst Aid Kit: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Can Catch It

We never wanted a hall pass for Zack Morris but our thirst for Mark-Paul Gosselaar grew from a tiny acorn into a mighty oak — JUST LIKE HE DID. From Pitch to the Passage, we explore what makes MPG the MVP: is it the well-groomed beard? The thick thighs? Or maybe the fact that he’s starred opposite so many black women and girls that’s got our foofs a-tingle… This week on Fanfic Wars, MPG saves Nichole, relaxes with Bim after a fan convention. Plus [REDACTED] as usual. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Find show notes, gifs, and links on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Share your drabbles with us there or email them to us at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. Thirst responsibly — wear shinpads! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/1947m 47s

Culture Gabfest: Claggy Sponge

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, The Great British Baking Show, and the streaming wars and the future of television. In Slate Plus, the panel discuss the work of critic Harold Bloom who died this week with professor Al Filreis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/10/191h 0m

Spoiler Specials: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Willa Paskin and Sam Adams spoil El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. After a relatively successful series finale, will El Camino be just as satisfying for Breaking Bad fans? Picking up where the series ended, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is free and trying to figure out his next move. But after everything can Jesse truly start over? You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/1936m 53s

Thirst Aid Kit: Forgive Us, Father

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard all the #ThirstDiscourse about Fleabag’s Hot Priest  — and we’re here to peel back his cassock and reveal what lies beneath… We also look at his forebear, Sidney Chambers AKA the Sexy Vicar of Grantchester, solvin’ crimes, breakin’ hearts and listenin’ to smoky jazz. Plus, a quick rundown of the other sexy clergy of our youth and beyond. There’s also our usuals: [REDACTED], super-steamy Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole tries to teach Hot Priest something new ::eyes emoji::  As usual, you can folllow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Feel free to confess your sins… we mean send us your drabbles by emailing us at thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Thirst responsibly: Hot Priest is watching... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/1952m 39s

Culture Gabfest: Your Boundary Is My Trigger

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Joker, Transparent's musical finale episode, and the question of Gwyneth Paltrow with critic Wesley Morris.  Producer's Note: You’ve probably noticed that this feed now features a lot of Slate culture podcasts beyond just our show. We’ve heard that some of you would prefer to get just the Culture Gabfest in your feed. If that’s you, Slate has created a new feed that should meet your needs. You can find it by searching for “Culture Gabfest” in Apple Podcasts, or Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/191h 9m

Decoder Ring: Bart Simpson Mania

In the early 1990's Bart Simpson became a breakout star while also becoming a target in the culture war, culminating in president George HW Bush speaking out against The Simpsons as an example of a degenerate American family. Today on Decoder Ring we try and figure out why the H-E double hockey sticks people were so worked up about Bart Simpson by examining the great underachiever t-shirt controversy, bootleg Bart merchandise, the rise of the religious right, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/10/1948m 28s

Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make a Tomlet Without Breaking Some Gregs”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Lizzie O’Leary and John Collins to speculate on the “blood sacrifice”, analyze Roman’s newfound competency and reveal which Roy Family member they are. ‘Shiv Roy’s Turtlenecks Will Destroy You’ by Emilia Petrarca  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/10/191h 0m

Slate Spoiler Specials: Joker

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss Joker. Though this bleak origin story is a departure from the traditional DC superhero movies, Arthur Fleck’s (Joaquin Phoenix) descent from mentally ill clown to murderous villain is clichéd and uncomfortable to watch. But is it just one bad day that leads Arthur down this path? Or is it a consequence of broken system failing to help someone in need? This show is sponsored by Cloud 10 Click Here to Download: The Daily Popcast with Lance Bass    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/10/191h 1m

Thirst Aid Kit: In The Shadows with Taika Waititi

If you like your comedy packaged in a bundle of silly, offbeat joy, then this week’s Thirst Object should appeal. We’re talking about Oscar-nominated director, writer and actor Taika Waititi. The lesser-spotted New Zealand silver-haired fox knows that going through the funny bone is the best way to our hearts — and brings a child-like glee to filmmaking that makes us want to go on an adventure with him.  Plus! We have Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole goes on a frightfest, and Bim enjoys baked goods. And we kick things off with a [REDACTED] to wet the whistle. ::eyes emoji:: Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew and. Find show notes, fanfic, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Share your drabbles with us there or email them to us at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. Thirst responsibly — don’t forget to wear headphones! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/1947m 46s

Gap toothed Rube

Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss the new Judy Garland biopic Judy with Slate's Sam Adams, Netflix's Unbelievable with Slate's Inkoo Kang, and welcome Simon Doonan back to the show to discuss his new book about the art and history of drag. In Slate Plus, more from the conversation with Simon Doonan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/10/191h 4m

Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Sarah Ellison and Gabe Roth to discuss Kendall’s new lady, the plot against Rhea and, of course, “Ken WA”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/09/1955m 13s

Hit Parade: State of the World Edition

In the mid-1980s, Janet Jackson broke away from her world-famous, hit-making family and, with her Control album, rebooted both her career and pop style in the New Jack Swing era. The challenge was following it up—and Jackson and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, didn’t make it easy on themselves. In 1989, they produced an ambitious album with a portentous title: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. But what could have been Control, Part 2 instead was a visionary LP that reinvented the socially conscious album from the era of Marvin Gaye for the ’90s, and envisioned what pop would eventually sound like in the 21st century. Rhythm Nation was a smash, generating more hits—and bigger hits—than any album in history. In fact, if Jackson and her label hadn’t pulled their punches with one final radio single, she could have set an all-time Billboard chart record that would have overshadowed any of the Jackson family’s historic achievements. Podcast production by Chris Berube. HostChris Molanphy Follow @cmolanphy on Twitter / https://www.twitter.com/cmolanphy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/191h 15m

Thirst Aid Kit: Dan Levy: Smokeshow Extraordinaire

We’re back, thirst-buckets! We were away for nine months, gestating this thirst baby, and now we have returned… and named it Dan Levy! The co-creator and showrunner of the Emmy-nominated comedy Schitt’s Creek is our Thirst Object, and we have lots to talk about: his forever-coiffed hair, his intense eyebrows (inherited from his equally lushly-follicled father Eugene), his smirk, that makes us want to share secrets with him… We talk about how he actively creates a world in which homophobia is acknowledged but not made central to identity, and how kindness is the greatest aphrodisiac on earth. Yes, even greater than Keanu’s hair flop. We also did a quick rundown of what we missed during our hiatus: America’s Ass™, the eyebrows, and cheekbones of Crazy Rich Asians, and what the heck sweater-wearing Hulk would be allowed to get away with, were he to ask…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/1954m 15s

Iconic Staircase

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Ad Astra, the HGTV show A Very Brady Renovation and George Packer's piece in The Atlantic "When the Culture War Comes for Our Kids". Plus: The Emmys.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/09/191h 9m

Slate Money: Succession, S2E7, “Bolus of Gubbins”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Lydia Polgreen of HuffPost and her wife Candace Feit. They discuss the extremely watchable horribleness of Caroline, Logan and Rhea’s mysterious relationship and the reasoning behind of Candace’s tweet claiming that Succession is “the queerest show on tv (without any queer storylines)”.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/09/1959m 42s

Flashback: Imitation of Life (1959)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the melodrama Imitation of Life (1959), directed by Douglas Sirk. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback in full. Sign up now to hear the entire series. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/198m 15s

Spoilers: Downton Abbey

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Downton Abbey--the movie. It’s been four years since viewers visited the upstairs or downstairs of Downton. Much to our critics’ delight, seemingly nothing has changed, save for Lady Mary’s hairdo. As Downton Abbey prepares for the royal visitors, quips fly and schemes are afoot. But will the servants clash with the unsavory, arrogant royal retainers? And will Downton survive the visit with its dignity intact?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/1956m 35s

Climb Inside My Fur

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Hustlers, Ken Burns' PBS documentary about country music with Slate's Carl Wilson, and the saga of Caroline Calloway in The Cut. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses the life and work of photographer Robert Frank with Slate's Fred Kaplan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/191h 3m

Slate Money: Succession, S2E6, “Yuppie RoboCop”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Taffy Brodesser-Akner of the New York Times. They discuss Rhea’s role in the whole succession question, the meaning of “Argestes” and the many reasons to love Gerri.  Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Roman’s Quirky Sits on Succession? by Megh Wight Let’s Talk About the Clothes on “Succession” by Rachel Syme Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/09/1948m 11s

Our Poetry Is Bad

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new Netflix streamer American Factory, Lana Del Ray's new album with Slate's Carl Wilson, and talk to Dana about her recent residency at a nunnery in Idaho. In Slate Plus, the panel discuss their fantasy residencies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/09/191h 4m

Slate Money: Succession, S2E5, “Good Cop, Misogynist Cop”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Jacob Weisberg, former editor of Slate, and Katie Baker of The Ringer. 'It's a Woman's World: The True Heroes of Succession" by Katie Baker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/09/1951m 28s

Flashback: The Fly (1986)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the body horror film The Fly (1986), directed by David Cronenberg. Only Slate Plus members get to hear Flashback in full. Sign up now to listen. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/1912m 34s

Spoilers: It Chapter Two

Jeffrey Bloomer, Laura Bradley, and Jack Hamilton discuss It: Chapter Two. They talk about the movie’s opening anti-gay hate crime, all the bizarre changes to the adult lives of the Losers’ Club, and whether Bill Hader really has a shot at an Oscar. Jack, Slate’s resident Stephen King scholar, also explains why the author’s work is suddenly ubiquitous again. Podcast production by Phil Surkis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/191h 7m

Sponsored: Imagine That

This episode of How to Raise a Parent is all about the incredible things adults can achieve when we reconnect with the creativity that comes so naturally in childhood — the sense of pure possibility that seems to become diluted as we age. We’re looking to kids for creative guidance as we tap back into the vibrant imaginations and sense of play that fills and fuels childhood. To help us explore this unadulterated creativity, we talked to Danielle Krysa, an artist, author, blogger, graphic designer, and mom, and Tom Sturges, a music executive, author, teacher, and father.  Download and listen to How to Raise a Parent wherever you listen: Apple Podcasts Stitcher Overcast Spotify TuneIn Head here to learn more about this episode of How to Raise a Parent. This paid podcast is produced by Slate Studios and DairyPure®. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/1927m 26s

Stinker Thinker

Stephen Metcalf and June Thomas are joined by a rotating third chair including Julia Turner, Heather Schwedel, and Benjamin Frisch to discuss Showtime's On Becoming a God In Central Florida, ESPN's The Sterling Affairs, and Taylor Swift's new album, Lover. In Slate Plus the panel discusses sports and their relationship to being a fan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/09/191h 3m

Slate Money: Succession, S2E4, "Nazis. Terrible, Right?”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Slate’s own Allison Benedikt. Follow: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas,@abenedikt  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/09/1950m 27s

Hit Parade: We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified

Are you tired of hearing how awe-inspiring the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was 50 years ago for 400,000 lucky hippies in Bethel, New York? Imagine how the people of 1969 felt—specifically the millions who couldn’t go. Yet, in the age before YouTube and social media, the rest of America did catch Woodstock fever—weeks, months, even a year or more later—and they made stars out of many of the performers. By 1970, not only was the Woodstock movie dominating the box office; the soundtrack album and a constellation of Woodstock stars were crushing the Billboard charts. This month’s Hit Parade offers a new take on Woodstock: To understand its legacy, you have to look at the charts long after August 1969. Chris Molanphy counts down 10 acts—some of them music legends, some of them short-lived hitmakers—who were materially boosted by the festival: from a guy hanging out backstage who got shoved onstage by desperate show organizers; to the band who loathed the whole experience yet saw their albums reach new chart heights; to the young man who arrived with no discography but kicked off one of the longest hitmaking careers in rock history. Podcast production by Chau Tu. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/191h 17m

Will You Be There For Me?

This week Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner are joined by guest host and pop culture aficionado Isaac Butler to discuss the cinematic ode to The Boss, Blinded By The Light. Then they dive into why they love the wacky, unique vibes of AMC’s Lodge 49. And finally, discuss the 25 year old phenomenon that is Friends and why the show’s popularity doesn’t seem to be waning any time soon. And in Slate Plus, the subtle art of the ice cream order. Links: Blinded By the Light Lodge 49 “The Dud Abides” By Laura Miller "Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things" by Willa Paskin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/08/191h 2m

Slate Money: Succession, S2E3, “French Kissing an Armadillo”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Slate’s resident Succession stan, June Thomas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/08/1947m 33s

Flashback: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the Belgian film Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), directed by Chantal Akerman. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback in full. Sign up now. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/1912m 12s

Spoilers: Blinded by the Light

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Nitish Pahwa spoil Blinded By the Light. How does it compare to past Gurinder Chada fare? Is the movie overstuffed? Does it really want to be a full fledged musical? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/1952m 52s

Where'd You Go, Jar Jar Binks?

June Thomas, Benjamin Frisch, and Rachelle Hampton discuss Richard Linklater's Where'd You Go Bernadette, HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show, and Slate's list of the 25 most important characters of the past 25 Years with Forrest Wickman. In Slate Plus, the panel adds their own picks to the important characters list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/08/191h 3m

Slate Money: Succession S2E2: “Don’t Be an A**hole. You Don’t Have Principles.”

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Ryan McCarthy - who, as the former Editor in Chief of Vice, has a slightly personal connection to this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/08/1940m 26s

Culture Gabfest: Super-Abled

Stephen Metcalf, Aisha Harris, and Gabriel Roth discuss Jennifer Kent's new film The Nightingale, Amazon's streaming show The Boys, and the work of Toni Morrison with Sarah J. Jackson, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/08/1959m 53s

Slate Money: Succession S2E1: "Silica Mud Treatment"

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession. So we're going to be recapping and discussing the latest episode of Season 2 every week.  For the season premiere, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by journalist Edmund Lee to talk about the real world counterparts to the characters, proper yachting attire, and all the best Kendall Roy insults.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/08/1946m 2s

Decoder Ring: Ice Cream Truck

Why is the ice cream truck business so bananas? On this episode of Decoder Ring we find out via three seperate stories about the strange world of ice cream trucks—about the first ever ice cream trucks in China, the ongoing ice cream wars of Manhattan, and the life of an ice cream family in Brooklyn. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/08/1942m 0s

Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the second film directed by Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). Only Slate Plus members get to hear Flashback in full. To listen to the entire show, sign up for Slate Plus now. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/08/1910m 37s

Spoilers: Hobbs & Shaw

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss the first ever Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. Are Hobbs and Shaw really that different? Exactly how many tow trucks equal one helicopter? Why did The Rock need someone to throw him a t-shirt before the final fight scene? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/1957m 12s

Best in Blow

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film The Farewell, Netflix's glass-blowing show Blown Away, and the life of legendary theater director Hal Prince with Isaac Butler. In Slate Plus, Steve explains why he left Twitter. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  We're looking for a new production assistant! This is a paid, part-time position based in our office in Brooklyn, NY. Send an email with an attached resume and cover letter to talent@slate.com with the subject line "production assistant". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/08/191h 0m

Spoilers: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slatecritics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Mathew Dessem spoil Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Will this really be Tarantino’s second to last movie? Is Cliff Booth a total Kato Kaelin? And what’s that ending all about? Listen to discuss!  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore. Email: spoilers@slate.com Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/08/1958m 13s

Gunfight at the O.K. Career

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Tarantino's Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Netflix's The Great Hack documentary, and a piece about chronic lyme disease in  The Cut. In Slate Plus: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood spoilers. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  We're looking for a new production assistant! This is a paid, part-time position based in our office in Brooklyn, NY. Send an email with an attached resume and cover letter to productionassistant@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/07/191h 4m

Flashback: A New Leaf (1971)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the idiosyncratic romantic comedy A New Leaf (1971), directed by Elaine May. Only Slate Plus listeners can listen to Flashback, our podcast about old movies, in full. Sign up now to listen. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/07/1913m 36s

Hit Parade: Without The Beatles

This month, Hit Parade explores the legacy of songs by The Beatles topping the charts...without The Beatles. This is the story of how a discarded Beatles song, a superstar vanity cover, and a bizarre disco medley managed to top the charts with Beatles songwriting credits, but without the fab four.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/191h 11m

Uncanny Savannah

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new version of Disney's The Lion King with the New York Times's Aisha Harris, the social media app TikTok with Slate's Daniel Schroeder, and the TV series about Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice. In Slate Plus: the panel discusses the new trailer for the film CATS. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/07/191h 0m

Spoiler Special: Midsommar

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Sam Adams and Daniel Schroeder spoil Midsommar. What’s the least lame way to pronounce the title of the movie? Is the film too similar to Hereditary? Is the plot too telegraphed? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/191h 7m

Cruel Angel's Thesis

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the film Peterloo, the newly-streaming classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion with Slate's Benjamin Frisch, and the legacy of Mad Magazine with Slate's Dan Kois.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/191h 6m

Decoder Ring: Pillow Talk

Over the last half century the decorative pillow has been crowding out our sitting and sleeping spaces, multiplying across our beds and couches decade by decade. For some, decorative pillows are a fun design accent, for others a symbol of useless overconsumption. Today on Decoder Ring we explore the world of the decorative pillow to try and figure out why they've become so ubiquitous and what they tell us about our homes, interior design, and the way we develop our tastes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/1930m 51s

Flashback: Sergeant York (1941)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss Sergeant York, based on real life war hero Alvin York and directed by Howard Hawks. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback in full. Sign up now to listen and enjoy other benefits. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/07/197m 13s

Spoilers: Spiderman: Far From Home

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Alex Barasch spoil Spider: Far From Home. Does Jake Gyllenhaal make for a good villain? How does the movie’s depiction of high school stack up? Where does the MCU got from now? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Cameron Drews. This episode is sponsored by Anchor. Anchor is a Spotify-owned company that makes it easy for anyone to make a podcast, for free. Get started at www.anchor.fm/start. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/191h 1m

Fetch the Mallet

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film Midsommar, the life and work of the bossa nova progenitor João Gilberto with critic Nate Chinen, and the end of life-hacking with Slate's Laura Miller.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/07/191h 4m

Summer Strut 2019

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are joined by Chris Molanphy to discuss the song of the summer and our annual summer strut playlist. You can find our full playlist on Spotify, as well as a shortlist of songs selected on the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/07/191h 7m

Flashback: Wings (1927)

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the silent film that won the first Best Picture Academy Award: Wings (1927), directed by William Wellman. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/1911m 9s

Spoilers: Yesterday

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Chris Molanphy spoil Yesterday. What’s wrong with the movie’s vision of the 2019 music landscape? What was Eleonor Rigby about again? Who’s the best Beatle? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/191h 4m

Hit Parade: The Lullaby of Broadway Edition

Musical theater is one of America’s greatest cultural products—and in the mid–20th century, it also dominated the Billboard charts, from My Fair Lady to West Side Story. But the rise of rock and roll in the ’60s sidelined showtunes on the radio. And even when Broadway tried to rock—from Hair to Jesus Christ Superstar—a new generation grew wary of characters breaking into song (unless they were animated mermaids, teapots or lions). And yet, in the 21st century, Broadway music has staged a cultural comeback: taking over our movie screens, making shows out of jukebox hits, and raising a new generation to believe they can rap like Hamilton and Lafayette. In this Tonys month, Hit Parade dances down the Great White Way to chronicle the tangled history of the Broadway musical on the pop charts.    Email: hitparade@slate.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/191h 19m

Culture Gabfest: Exploding Birkins

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss The Day the Music Burned with Jody Rosen, about the massive loss of master tapes from historically important record labels due to fire, then CBS's The Good Fight with Vulture's Mark Harris, and Sally Rooney's novel Normal People.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/191h 10m

Spoilers: Toy Story 4

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois, Forrest Wickman and Marissa Martinelli spoil Toy Story 4. What’s the logic of the Toy Story Universe? As we ask of all sequels, does this one deserve to exist? Does the movie succeed as a rom-com?    Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/1947m 22s

Hit Parade: The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition

When a band member leaves to go solo, usually it means the band’s best days are over. That’s what everybody thought when Peter Gabriel left Genesis in the ’70s. Except not only did the band survive—fronted by drummer-turned-singer Phil Collins, they got bigger. Then Collins went solo…except he didn’t ditch Genesis. In fact, his success made them bigger—one of the definitive pop bands of the 1980s, as Collins’s monstrous drum sound took over pop music. By mid-decade, current and former members of Genesis—even side projects from its guitarists—were all competing head-to-head on the Billboard charts. On Hit Parade, we explore the knotty family tree of Genesis, the unlikeliest group ever to become a Hot 100 juggernaut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/06/191h 24m

Culture Gabfest: You Don't Get to Hate It

Stephen Metcalf, Willa Paskin, and Marissa Martinelli discuss Big Little Lies season two, the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and The Sims 4, with Slate's Dawnthea Price.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/06/1959m 47s

Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback episodes in full. Sign up for Slate Plus now. In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the The Straight Story (1999), based on a true story and directed by David Lynch. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/06/1910m 40s

Hi-Phi Nation: The Illusionist

Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed and conducted his final symphony in 1893. He died 9 days later, after having knowingly drunk an unboiled glass of water during a cholera epidemic. Deep into the symphony, Symphony no. 6, there is a paradoxical passage that, when played, no one will be able to hear.  This is because Tchaikovsky scored it to contain a musical illusion. We uncover the mystery of why he put it there. Sound illusions reveal some of the most puzzling features of the human mind, most notably its insistence that it knows reality better than reality itself. On this episode, we listen to some of the most curious auditory illusions to find out how some of the features of sounds are generated by the human mind, rather than features of the external world. The illusions reveal something deep about some of the most treasured human endeavors, including music and language.Guest voices include Diana Deutsch, Casey O'Callaghan, and Christine Howlett. Thanks to Kenna Tuggle for violin passages. Get $50 off your first job post at LinkedIn Talent Solutions. Go to linkedin.com/nation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/1937m 15s

Spoilers: Late Night

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Sam Adams spoil Late Night starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson. What do they make of the movie’s take on “diversity hires”? What exactly happened to Hugh Dancy’s character? What did they think of the Slate name check? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/1948m 50s

Culture Gabfest: Live From the High Line Edition

The Culture Gabfest is live from The High Line in New York City to discuss the movie Late Night with Inkoo Kang, the life and work of Dr. John with Chris Molanphy, and King Lear with Isaac Butler.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/06/191h 2m

Decoder Ring: Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War

The King was an  animatronic lounge singer who performed in Chuck E. Cheese locations in the 1980's and early 90's, but then he disappeared. The King was a victim of a conflict known as the pizza wars, when Chuck E. Cheese faced off against its rival, Showbiz Pizza for pizza arcade supremacy. The foot soldiers in the pizza war were the animatronic bands that staffed each location—including The King. This episode is a chronicle of the pizza war, with the founder of Chuck E. Cheese, Nolan Bushnell, it's rival, Showbiz Pizza's Aaron Fechter, the people who designed the characters and animatronics, and the people who continue loving these characters, like Jared Sanchez, who continue to create work with these once discarded creatures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/06/1949m 8s

Spoilers: Always Be My Maybe

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel spoil Always Be My Maybe starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. What is the movie’s stance on food authenticity? What did they think of the Keanu cameo? Is it weird that Netflix references Netflix in its own movies?  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/191h 3m

Culture Gabfest: All This Science I Don't Understand Edition

Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf are joined by a rotating third chair of Slatesters to discuss Rocketman with Forrest Wickman, HBO's Chernobyl with Sam Adams, and the podcast Headlon: Running From COPS with Inkoo Kang.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/06/191h 4m

Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)

In the third episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the paranoid thriller Three Days of the Condor (1975), directed by Sydney Pollack. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every episode of Flashback in full—sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/1913m 16s

Spoilers: Fleabag

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel spoil the Amazon Prime Original series Fleabag. Is the hot priest really that hot? Should there be a season 3? Is the show deserving off all of the hype? All that and more, in spoiler filled detail. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Cameron Drews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/191h 7m

Culture Gabfest: Barbie Body Dream Sequence Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie Booksmart, what it's like to lose 250 thousand dollars on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on the occasion of its cancelation with Slate's Justin Peters, and Dana's new podcast Flashback with K. Austin Collins. In Slate Plus: the panel picks their favorite TV show endings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/191h 3m

Spoilers: Booksmart

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci spoil Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart. Does the movie push to teen comedy genre forward? Is the high school depicted in the film realistic? How accurate are the queer characters in the film? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/05/191h 7m

Culture Gabfest: Fourth Wall of the Fourth Wall Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new, third film in the John Wick saga, the second season of Amazon's Fleabag, and the New York Times package on generation X and the concept of generations as a useful metric. In Slate Plus, the panel each recommend a piece of gen X art.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/1959m 46s

Flashback: Wanda (1970)

In the second episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the 1970 film Wanda, directed by Barbara Loden. This podcast will soon be available for Slate Plus members only. Visit slate.com/flashback to sign up and subscribe now. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/05/1959m 8s

Spoilers: John Wick III

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Forrest Wickman, and Matthew Dessem discuss the action movie John Wick III. Does the laughable extremism of the violence in the movie, excuse the actual violence in the movie? Are stunt dogs really that talented or was that CGI? What was that ending and does it even matter? Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/1957m 28s

Culture Gabfest: Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm Edition

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie Long Shot, Netflix's new series Dead to Me, and the legacy of camp and the MET Gala with Slate's Bryan Lowder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/191h 5m

Spoilers: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

This week on Spoiler Specials, June Thomas is joined by podcast producers, Daniel Schroeder and Benjamin Frisch to discuss Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. The hosts share their extensive knowledge of the Pokémon universe as they try to break down to lore for Pokémon newbies. They also share their thoughts on the Pokémon world as depicted in the movie and why plot doesn't really make much sense.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/1953m 18s

Culture Gabfest: Taking Up Space Edition

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the new documentary Knock Down the House about women competing in Democratic primaries, the new animated sitcom Tuca and Bertie, and then Father of the Bride, the new album from Vampire Weekend with critic Carl Wilson. In Slate Plus, Dana calls in to talk about her time at the San Fransisco Silent Film Festival.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/1955m 39s

Flashback: Gaslight (1944)

In the first episode of Flashback, the new movies podcast with Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins, the film critics discuss 1944's Gaslight, directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. They chat about how the film helped popularize the contentious term we continue to hear today, Bergman's Oscar-winning performance, and their favorite scenes. Flashback will soon be available for Slate Plus members only. To continue listening to Flashback, sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/flashback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/05/1943m 17s

De-snappening Edition

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Avengers: Endgame with Marvel-ologist Jamelle Bouie, the FX series Fosse/Verdon, and the dispute between Hollywood writers and agents with the screenwriter and Scriptnotes co-host John August. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/191h 6m

Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The Battle of Winterfell

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones. In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, Willa Paskin, and Daniel Schroeder recap the third episode of season 8, “The Long Night.” The three chat about the long-awaited battle at Winterfell, what they thought about the deaths, the problem with Bran, what they expect next, and the Worst Person in Westeros. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/197m 47s

Decoder Ring: Videomate: Men

Videomate: Men is a VHS tape released in 1987 featuring 60 single men pitching themselves as dates to women on the other side of the TV screen, who could connect to these eligible bachelors from the comfort of their homes. In retrospect, Videomate: Men is bizarre and hilarious, but at the time it was one of many manifestations of what was known as video dating. To find out how anyone thought this was a good idea, Decoder Ring examines the weird and forgotten world of video dating in the 1970's, 80's, and 90's to find out why video dating once seemed like the future, and if that future is still yet to come.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/1936m 8s

Spoilers: Avengers: End Game

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens is joined by Forrest Wickman and New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie to discuss Avengers: End Game. How does movie Thanos differ from comic book Thanos? We know the “de-snappening” is coming, but how do they pull it off? Was this a satisfying end game?  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/1957m 6s

Hit Parade: The Posthumous Hits Edition, Live from Seattle

Spin̈al Tap was right: Death sells. When musical icons die, their songs and albums climb the charts all over again—sometimes, a legendary artist even scores his or her only No. 1 hit. In this very special episode recorded live from the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Hit Parade pours one out for the legends who topped the charts from beyond the grave. Chris is joined by some of America’s top music writers to discuss the unusual circumstances that brought everyone from Otis Redding to Janis Joplin, John Lennon to Kurt Cobain, Biggie Smalls to Prince to the top of the charts after their untimely passings.  Email: hitparade@slate.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/191h 30m

Harm to Ongoing Matters Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stephens, and the New York Times' Aisha Harris discuss Beyonce's Homecoming documentary, Jordan Peele's new Twilight Zone, and the Mueller Report at literature with Marie Claire's Karen Schwartz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/191h 7m

Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The Night Before

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones. In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, June Thomas, Rachelle Hampton, and Seth Stevenson recap the second episode of season 8, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” The three chat about the continuing reunions, the rising tensions between Dany and Sansa, Brienne’s big moment, and the Worst Person in Westeros. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/197m 3s

Spoilers: After

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Daniel Schroeder and Rachelle Hampton discuss After, the teen romance film based off of One Direction fan fiction. Where, exactly, was this movie set? Can we be sure half of the script wasn’t made by a text generator? How does the movie compare to its predecessors like Twilight? Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/1955m 46s

Free Rein on Some Gargoyles Edition

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Dan Kois discuss the fire at Notre Dame cathedral with New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins, the new animated film Missing Link, and the saga of country/hip hop mega-hit Old Town Road with Slate's Chris Molanphy. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/191h 9m

Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Return to Winterfell

In this latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, June Thomas, and Dan Kois recap the season 8 premiere, “Winterfell.” The three chat about all the reunions, Dany’s faults, Cersei’s war strategy, whether the Night King is actually a good leader, and the Worst Person in Westeros. To subscribe to the Game of Thrones TV Club and follow all of Slate's Game of Thrones coverage, visit slate.com/gameofthrones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/1936m 41s

Spoilers: Little

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel review Little. They talk the logistics of body switching movies, the zany fashion choices and Marsai Martin’s star power.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/1949m 6s

Energy Vampire Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the stunning film Diane, FX's What We Do in the Shadows, and the debut album by Billy Eilish: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/191h 0m

Spoiler Special: Shazam!

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli review Shazam! Where does this movie fit into the larger DC comic universe? What ever happened to Justice League 2? Also, what was that post credits scene about? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/1949m 32s

St. Louis Style Edition

Julia Turner and Dana Stevens are joined by The Atlantic film critic and co-host of the Blank Check podcast David Sims to discuss Tim Burton's remake of Dumbo, the life and work of Agnès Varda, and the social media kerfuffle over "St. Louis style" sliced bagels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/191h 2m

Hit Parade: The Everybody Say YEAH! Edition

When you think of Stevie Wonder’s legendary career, what chart-toppers come to mind? “Superstition,” right? Maybe “I Wish”? Okay, but what about the start of his career, on the Motown of the ’60s? You may not know that Wonder had only one Hot 100 No. 1 in his first decade—as “Little” Stevie Wonder—and it was truly exceptional, as in bizarre: a semi-improvised live recording of a “12 Year-Old Genius” refusing to leave a Chicago stage and say goodnight. Here’s the story of “Fingertips, Part 2,” and the years that launched a true pop icon. Wonder’s imperial run of classic, chart-topping, Grammy-dominating ’70s albums had their seeds in the joyous virtuosity, and fierce independence, on display in his very first hit. Email: hitparade@slate.com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/191h 8m

Talkin’ Traz Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Willa Paskin discuss Jordan Peele's new film Us, Hulu's comedy series Shrill, and the bestselling book Dreyer's English with the author, Benjamin Dreyer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/191h 4m

Decoder Ring: Truck Nutz

Truck Nutz are a brand name for the dangling plastic testicles some people affix to the bumper or hitch of their vehicle. Also known as Bull’s Balls, Your Nutz, and other brand names, these plastic novelties have a powerful symbolic charge and are often associated with a crass, macho, red state audience. But Truck Nutz are a surprisingly complicated signifier, one whose symbolic power is increasingly divorced from their real-world usage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/1936m 17s

Spoilers: Us

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens and Vanity Fair film critic, K Austin Collins discuss Us. They discuss why we should embrace the films imperfections, how this movie wants to be unpacked, and Lupita Nyong’o’s masterful performance.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/1952m 40s

Queen of Shade Edition

Dana Stevens, Isaac Butler, and Benjamin Frisch discuss HBO's documentary The Inventor about the Theranos scandal, the meteoric rise of Rupaul's Drag Race, and Netflix's awkward attempt at branding itself in the wake of cancelling the beloved show One Day at a Time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/03/191h 1m

Come as You Were Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the blockbusting Captain Marvel, Hulu's girl-puberty comedy Pen15, and the article Guilty with Seth Stevenson, about Seth coming to terms with being part of jury that convicted a man who didn't deserve it. In Slate Plus, Seth and the panel discuss their own personal experiences on a jury.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/03/191h 5m

Spoilers: Captain Marvel

Dana Stevens, Marissa Martinelli and Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest Marvel movie, Captain Marvel.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/03/1940m 32s

Michael Jackson Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens break our usual format to do an in-depth discussion of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland by director Dan Reed about two men allegedly abused by Michael Jackson. First the panel discuss the documentary, then are joined by Slate writer Christina Cauterucci to discuss how the film treats the victims for good and ill, and then discuss the future of Jackson's musical legacy with Slate music critic Carl Wilson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/03/191h 3m

Hit Parade: The Bad Moon on the Rise Edition

In just a couple of years, Creedence Clearwater Revival generated one of the most amazing runs of hits in American pop history: from “Proud Mary” to “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising” to “Travelin’ Band.” Reportedly, they even outsold the Beatles in America in 1969. But for all their success with those John Fogerty–penned classics, CCR never held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100. All of those hits were No. 2s: a dubious Billboard chart record they hold to this day, for most No. 2s without a No. 1. True, it was the late ’60s, and CCR had the bad luck to be competing with such chart titans as Paul Simon and Sly Stone…but sometimes they were held back by No. 1 songs that are barely remembered today. In this episode of Hit Parade, we break down the sequence of events that relegated CCR—a future first-ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band—to the charts’ permanent runner-up slot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/191h 3m

Jason Momoa Scrunchie Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscars ceremony and its various controversies, Comedy Central's new show The Other Two, and how letter boards took over Instagram and our visual culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/1956m 43s

Decoder Ring: Baby Shark

Baby Shark is an megaviral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. This month on Decoder Ring we explore the strange history and conflicted future of the song, what makes it so catchy, and how it came to be.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/02/1938m 47s

Spoilers: Isn't It Romantic

In this week’s episode, Marissa Martinelli is joined by Slate culture intern Aja Hoggatt and Slate staff write Heather Schwedel to discuss Isn’t It Romantic. Was this movie even a parody? When did we first realize that that was not Chris Hemsworth? Is this going to be the new way of the rom-com? Listen to them discuss! Podcast Production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/1953m 1s

As In Her Royal Highness Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and K. Austin Collins discuss the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the bonkers true crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, and the death of the Mars rover Opportunity.  To skip our spoiler segment on Abducted in Plain Sight, skip ahead to timecode 41:15.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/02/191h 0m

Spoilers: Russian Doll

In this week’s episode, Willa Paskin is joined by Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme to discuss the Netflix original series Russian Doll. What does this show have to say about New York City? Would the show still work without Natasha Lyonne? Will we watch the second season? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/02/1946m 8s

Steampunk Deer Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film If Beale Street Could Talk, the TV phenomenon The Masked Singer with The Gist's Mike Pesca, and finally they deconstruct "The Stew"—the viral recipe that's seemingly everywhere.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/1956m 43s

Spoilers: Lego Movie 2

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Forrest Wickman discuss Lego Movie 2:The Second Part. Is there any logic to the Lego universe? What does the movie have to say about toxic masculinity? And what was WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes doing there? Listen to them discuss below.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/1949m 30s

Nobody's Mad at Columbo Edition

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06/02/191h 2m

Decoder Ring: The Grifter

For over a decade, Brett Johnson was a cyber criminal, a scammer, and a con man, but now he's a good guy, helping companies stop people like who he used to be. His story is the stuff of a prestige TV anti-hero drama, but real life is more complicated than a story.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/1954m 16s

Prosthesis Statement Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscar-nominated film Vice, the Netflix streamer Sexual Education, and what to make of Netflix's "ratings" numbers with Slate TV critic and the host of Decoder Ring, Willa Paskin. This episode is brought to you by Capterra. Try it today, for free, at Capterra.com/CULTURE.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/191h 1m

Hit Parade: The Gaga is Born Edition

A Star Is Born, the movie Hollywood can’t stop remaking, is a fairy-tale about the American dream factory. But it has also, always, been a reflection of the woman in the lead role—and the latest version stars a woman who has been playing a role for more than a decade: Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga. When Gaga scored her first No. 1 hit, “Just Dance,” 10 years ago this month, critics thought her fame might be short-lived. But Gaga had a lot to say about The Fame, and within a year she had shifted the sound of the Top 40 in her electro-pop direction. And then, in the mid-2010s, she shifted her own sound, belting out pop standards for everyone from Tony Bennett to Julie Andrews. What happens if this shape-shifter pivots from Grammys to Oscars? And what will that say about the themes of A Star Is Born: artifice, authenticity and agency? This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/191h 9m

Beautiful Blindspot Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Sam Adams discuss the dueling Fyre Festival documentaries on Netflix and Hulu with Slate writer Shannon Palus, Glenn Close best actress vehicle The Wife, and the 2019 Academy Award Nominations. This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/1953m 6s

Spoilers: Glass

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams teams up with Slate Senior Editor Jeffrey Bloomer and the Editor in Chief of Screen Crush, Matt Singer to discuss the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, Glass. This is the third film in a trilogy that began with Unbreakable in 2000 and picked up again in 2016’s Split. The premise of all three movies is that comic-book-like superheroes live among us and have for centuries, but they keep a low profile and sometimes don’t even know they have powers. Does this film have the power to sway the favor of Sam, Jeffrey and Matt? This show gives you the power to find that out! Podcast production by Phil Surkis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/191h 0m

The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Golden Globs-conquering film Green Book with Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins, Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and the art of the pan and the state of the bad review in criticism.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/01/191h 6m

Spoilers: Bandersnatch

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Vulture staff writer Kathryn Van Arendonk discuss the new Black Mirror interactive episode “Bandersnatch”. Do we really want interactive content from Netflix? Is there a base version of “Bandersnatch”? Does Black Mirror have to always assume the worst possible outcome? Make the decision and listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/01/191h 5m

Sponsored: Are Today's Caregivers Tomorrow's Patients?

This is Life Effects, a podcast from Slate Studios and Teva Pharmaceuticals. In this episode, we enter the world of caregivers: the relatives and close friends who step up when sick family members need support. Often, it’s a full-time job, so it's not surprising that these caregivers can end up neglecting their own health. Host Sara Ivry discusses this dilemma with guests Kate Schrock and Dr. Sandy Butler. In a rapid turn of events, Kate Schrock became a single mom raising a newborn and the primary caregiver to her ailing mother. Sara and Kate are also joined by Dr. Sandy Butler, a professor in the School of Social Work and a Resident Scholar at the Center on Aging at the University of Maine. Her primary focus is the health needs and social welfare experiences of low-income women. The individual(s) who have written and created the content in and whose images appear in the articles, profiles, podcasts and videos from the Life Effects program may have been paid by Teva Pharmaceuticals for their contributions.  This content represents the opinions of the contributor and does not necessarily reflect those of Teva Pharmaceuticals. Similarly, Teva Pharmaceuticals does not review, control, influence or endorse any content related to the contributor's websites or social media networks. All content on the Life Effects website is intended for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered medical advice or recommendations. Consult a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and before beginning or changing any treatment regimen​. NPS-US-NP-00369 NOVEMBER 2018 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/1926m 53s

Naked Pomegranate Tory Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the court farce The Favourite, the awards frontrunner Roma, and the year in movies and Slate's Movie Club. This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. Doctors Without Borders, donate today at doctorswithoutborders.org. Fabletics, get two leggings for just $24 at fabletics.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/01/191h 6m

Welcome to Slaht Ploos Edition

Dana Stevens hosts a selection of a few of our favorite Slate Plus bonus segments, offering them to our regular listeners for the first time. You'll hear Steve, Julia and Dana on being reunited with favorite childhood books, the great book vs. movie debate, the pain of writing a book with Sam Anderson, and whether to power through a book you don't like with Willa Paskin. This episode is brought to you by Doctors Without Borders. Donate today at doctorswithoutborders.org. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/01/191h 7m

Spoilers: Mary Poppins Returns

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and TV editor at the New York Times, Aisha Harris, discuss Mary Poppins Returns. How does the film stack up to the original? How bad is Lin Manuel-Miranda’s cockney accent? Is there a bigger conspiracy behind Julie Andrews declining to cameo? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/spoilers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/12/1852m 57s

Completely Phoned-In Holiday Show Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens gather around the holiday hearth to answer listener questions in our annual call-in special! They answer questions about hobbies, British imports (with guest June Thomas), how having children has changed their cultural diet, and much more. Due to some technical difficulties, we connected to Julia for the introduction and first question on a phone line before restoring her regular recording setup. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/culture. Warby Parker, try their home try-on program for free today at warbyparker.com/CULTURAL. Fabletics, get two leggings for just $24 at fabletics.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/12/181h 1m

Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition

In the UK, the No. 1 song the week of Christmas is a big deal. The media breathlessly covers the contest, and there are even wagers placed on what song will reach the top of the charts as pop stars and record labels jockey for position. While there are patterns to the kinds of songs that tend to do well in this perennial sweepstakes, often the winner is a fluke: Everything from Queen to the Flying Pickets to Bob the Builder has taken the crown. It was even parodied in the smash British Christmas comedy film Love, Actually—and one year in the late aughts, the British public rebelled en masse against a music-TV impresario, making a statement with the unlikeliest Christmas topper ever. But in an age when songs sell less than they stream, and hits tend to snowball, will the sun set on the fluky British Christmas No. 1 empire? Email: hitparade@slate.com This episode is brought to you by Sunbasket, learn more at sunbasket.com/parade and get $35 off your first order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/181h 13m

Treacle Box Edition

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, reappraise the Christmas film classic Love, Actually, and the year in TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/181h 7m

Spoilers: The Favourite

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens discusses The Favourite with Washington Post columnist, Alexandra Petri.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:  Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com.  Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/spoiler.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/12/1837m 15s

Angry at the Lollipop Edition

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Netflix documentary Dogs and the use of cliches in speech and writing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/181h 1m

Girls, Girls, Burgers, Edition

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Support the Girls, the LeCarre TV adaptation Little Drummer Girl, and the saga of a writer at Thrillist who may or may not have killed a great burger joint.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/1859m 31s

Decoder Ring: Sad Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston’s story had it all: Heartbreak, secrecy, sex, betrayal. But what it also had was a new kind of tabloid: Us Weekly and its copycats. Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie would have been a huge Hollywood scandal no matter when it happened, but it became an even bigger one because it was turbocharged by these tabloids. Almost 15 years later, the tabloid In Touch ran an issue with the headline “Brad Stuns Jen! Marry Me again!”  What is going on? How is it still going on? Why is it still going on?  This is the last episode of Decoder Ring for 2018. See you in the new year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/12/1844m 20s

Spoilers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams discusses The Ballad of Buster Scruggs with the author of The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, Adam Nayman. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/hanngup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/1854m 37s

Hit Parade: The Give Me a Sign Edition

From a very young age, Britney Spears seemed destined for stardom. The kid from Louisiana had landed a role on the revived Mickey Mouse Club and styled herself as a belter of power ballads. But to score her first No. 1 hit, Spears would team up with an introverted Swedish songwriter named Max Martin. He was trying to write American R&B and instead, through Britney and her high-school dance formations, created a new template for über–American teen-pop. This month, we go inside the Stockholm music factory—and its decades-long history, from ABBA to Ace of Base—that gave rise to a new generation of millennial pop, from the Backstreet Boys and *N Sync to Robyn and Taylor Swift. Email: hitparade@slate.com This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. American Express. Don’t do business without it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/181h 14m

Wingless Thrush Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Coen Bros. new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, HBO's Elena Ferrante adaptation My Brilliant Friend, and the art of adaptation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/181h 7m

Mum's the Word Edition

Julia Turner returns with Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens to discuss the film Widows, The British import The Bodyguard on Netflix, and the life and work of William Goldman and what the role of screenwriter means today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/11/1855m 46s

Spoilers: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and Jeffrey Bloomer discuss the second installment of Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:  Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/11/1840m 47s

Dinner is Served! Edition

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Bennett discuss the Melissa McCarthy vehicle Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Netflix's filthy but heartfelt puberty cartoon Big Mouth, and the death of Stan Lee with Slate's Jamelle Bouie.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/1859m 53s

Orson Welles in a Snuggie Edition

Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf are joined by The Atlantic's David Sims, host of the podcast Blank Check to discuss the two new Orson Welles projects on Netflix, Robyn's new album Honey, and the concept of the "blank check" in the film industry.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/181h 5m

Spoiler Specials: Suspiria

This week on Spoiler Specials Dana Stevens and Sam Adams discuss Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria. Podcast Production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Simple Contacts. To save $20 off your first order, go to simplecontacts.com/SPOILER and use the promo code SPOILER.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/1857m 4s

Spoiler Specials: Halloween

In a special bonus Halloween episode of Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci discuss the 11th installment in the Halloween franchise.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/1859m 1s

Werewolf Bar-Mitzvah Edition

On this spooky scary edition of the show: Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the new Halloween reboot, Netflix's Haunting of Hill House, and the absence of women in horror film direction. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Dream Corp LLC. Catch the new season on Adult Swim.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/1853m 52s

Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers

Ong's Hat, or The Incunabula Papers, is a conspiracy theory that arose on the early internet. Combining cutting edge science, mysticism, and obvious hokum, it intrigued thousands of people who tried to find out what it all meant. Today we uncover the secrets of Ong's Hat, the man behind it, and the new art form it inadvertently birthed. Check out our showpage at slate.com/culture/decoder-ring This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Aleph Mattresses, a handmade mattress experience: TrustAleph.com Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE ② Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/10/1853m 49s

Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition

In Hit Parade’s “Def Jams Edition,” we told you about rap’s first wave in the ’80s. But in this sequel (don’t believe the hype!) we enter the ’90s with still no No. 1 rap hits on the Hot 100—even though the music was starting to dominate both streets and stores: from conscious rappers like Public Enemy, to gangstas like N.W.A, to left-field innovators like De La Soul. It would take Billboard rebooting its charts in 1991 tallying record sales more accurately than ever with SoundScan data—for rap to get a fair shake on the charts. That boosted a new wave of crossover acts, from P.M. Dawn to Arrested Development to Sir Mix-a-Lot. But rap’s elders were not entirely thrilled at these new chart-toppers…and some rappers literally bum-rushed the show. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. American Express. Don’t do business without it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/181h 24m

Who's On First Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new movie First Man, the Netflix streamer Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and Slate's New American Songbook with culture editor Forrest Wickman,  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/10/181h 0m

Spoiler Specials: The Hate U Give

This week on Spoiler Specials, Assistant Editor Marissa Martinelli, Editorial Assistant Rachelle Hampton and Culture writer Inkoo Kang discuss The Hate U Give, the movie starring Amandla Stenberg based on the best selling novel by Angie Thomas. This episode is brought to you by I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/1856m 12s

Brain and Body Still Rebooting Edition

③ Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film Private Life, then are joined by Slate's Gabriel Roth to discuss the legacy of Doctor Who and its new season starring Jodie Whitaker, and finally a reading of Kanye West at the White House. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Everlane, premium clothing essentials made with the finest materials, without the traditional markups. To get a special offer exclusive to our listeners, visit everlane.com/culture. Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/181h 1m

Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film A Star is Born, the TV documentary America to Me, and bring critic Wesley Morris into the studio to discuss his New York Times Magazine piece "The Morality Wars" about the state of art criticism.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/181h 7m

Sponsored: I Travel For Local Flavor

In Episode 1 of I Travel For, producer and culinary explorer Otis Gray eats, drinks, and forages his way across Great Britain. From the cultural smorgasbord of London’s Borough Market to an Indian pub in Birmingham to mushroom hunting in the woods of Hereford, Otis’ flavorful journey is guided by the recommendations and generosity of local Brits.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/1828m 52s

Pope in a Speedo Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry's new show Kidding, the CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, and the purpose and practice of dad jokes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/1858m 59s

Decoder Ring; Hotel Art

Hotel Art used to be one of the ultimate symbols of bad taste, it was often ugly, kitschy, and strange. Today, the art you find in a hotel is far less likely to be the result of one individual's poor taste, and much more likely to have passed through an entire industry designed to help place art into hotels. Hotel art is now almost universally pleasant, if anodyne. How did this happen? This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast from British Airways, American Airlines and Visit Britain. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. Intel Optane Memory, learn more today at intel.com/youcould. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/10/1832m 57s

Hit Parade: The Nights on Broadway Edition

Those falsettos, those white suits, those toothy smiles: You think you know the Bee Gees. But their story goes back much further than the ’70s, and it’s full of twists. From their roots as an eclectic harmony band in Australia and their first wave of Beatlesque fame, through their domination of the disco revolution and their years as an punchline, the Bee Gees stayed alive because of the Gibb brothers’ harmonies and especially their impeccable songs. This month, Hit Parade traces the influence of the brothers Gibb on virtually every popular genre, from pop to R&B, rock to easy-listening, country to…yes, even hip-hop.  Email: hitparade@slate.com   This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: American Express. Don't do business without it. Dialogues, a new podcast from David Zwirner Gallery. Subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/09/181h 31m

Still There Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Gabriel Roth discuss the new season of the podcast Serial, the recent spate of post-#metoo essays by disgraced men, and the Amazon show Forever.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/181h 2m

Julia Turner's Women in Charge

What’s it like to be the woman at the helm of one of the most beloved contemporary TV comedies? On the first episode of Women in Charge, Julia Turner, editor-in-chief of Slate and cohost of the Culture Gabfest, talks to Aline Brosh McKenna, the co-creator, showrunner, and head writer of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, about day-to-day life making a hit TV show. McKenna speaks about how she went about forming a team she can rely on and an environment in which everyone can succeed. Subscribe to Women in Charge via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your shows. Podcast production by Jessica Jupiter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/09/1844m 5s

Spoiler Specials: A Simple Favor

In this week's Slate senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer, Slate critic Inkoo Kang and assistant editor Marissa Martinelli discuss the Paul Feig mystery-thriller A Simple Favor. Which suit did Blake Lively wear best? Is the answer all of them? Were there even other people in this movie? All that and more on Slate's Spoiler Specials. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Ben and Jerry's, try their new handheld frozen novelties, Pint Slices, today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/181h 7m

Oopsie Jar Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Sam Anderson discuss Paul Feig's new film A Simple Favor, Sam's book Boom Town, and the delightful tradition of New York Post headlines inspired by "Beat the Meatles". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/181h 0m

God's Laptop Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the screen-based film Searching, Ariana Grande's album Sweetener, and the life and work of Burt Reynolds.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/181h 6m

Spoiler Specials: Insatiable

This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Ben and Jerry's, try their new handheld frozen novelties, Pint Slices, today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/181h 14m

Eat Your Terrarium Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, NBC's Making It, and the fire and incredible loss at the national museum in Brazil with Mauricio Santoro of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/09/181h 2m

Hegemonic Victimhood Edition

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Eighth Grade, the maligned TV series Insatiable with June Thomas, and Kelly Marie Tran's op ed about social media harassment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/08/181h 7m

Decoder Ring: The Paper Doll Club

Paper dolls were a ubiquitous part of children’s lives for decades, and then mostly disappeared. David Wolfe was a boy growing up in the 1950’s, with paper dolls as his primary means of accessing a world of glamour and beauty that he didn’t see at home in Ohio. He’d go on to a career in fashion, guided by his paper dolls, just as paper dolls were falling out of fashion themselves, replaced by Barbies and other plastic dolls. This episode is about paper dolls, and their surprising connections to fashion, nostalgia, queerness, and David’s extraordinary career. Producer Benjamin Frisch co-hosts the show to explore the story. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Care/Of, a monthly subscription vitamin service that delivers completely personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door. For 25% off your first month, go to takecareof.com and use the promo code decoder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/08/1839m 4s

Spoiler Specials: Crazy Rich Asians

This episode is brought to you by Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/08/181h 24m

You Will Never Be Enough Edition

Julia Turner, Inkoo Kang, and Isaac Butler discuss the film Crazy Rich Asians, the TV show Younger, and what, exactly, is up with Elon Musk.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/08/1854m 18s

Sponsored: Coffee & Crayons: Inspiring Creativity & Self-Expression with Joy Cho

Usually in this feed, you get Culture Gabfest. This week, we’re bringing you something a little different. A co-production between Target and Slate Studios, this is Coffee & Crayons, a podcast about navigating the highs and lows of back to school time. It’s a series of conversations full of insights and advice to help families thrive during tricky transitions. In this episode, Join host Mallory Kasdan as she talks with Joy Cho, founder and creative director of Oh Joy!, about encouraging kids to be creative and helping them express their individuality.. If you like what you hear, subscribe to Coffee and Crayons wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/08/1823m 53s

No Bad Horses Edition

June Thomas, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the TV BBC and Amazon show A Very English Scandal, the HBO film The Tale, and the work of Aretha Franklin with Jody Rosen.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/08/181h 0m

Spoiler Specials: BlacKkKlansman

Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman, Slate staff writer Inkoo Kang, and New York TimesCulture Desk assistant TV editor Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/08/181h 12m

Capitalism is Grift Edition

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Bennett discuss Boots Riley's film Sorry to Bother You, HBO's TV drama Succession, and the summer of grifters and our fascination with scam artists.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/08/1856m 41s

Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Mission Impossible: Fallout, the video game Fortnite, and a NYT Magazine profile of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/08/181h 8m

Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair

What are the real reasons people go on reality TV? This episode follows the story of Ann Hirsch and Cathy Nardone, two women cast on VH1’s “Frank the Entertainer...In a Basement Affair”, a show about an adult man looking for love—while living in his parent’s basement. How did one performance artist and one accidental performance artist make it onto the show? And how did they behave once they made it there? Their story highlights the ways that reality television distorts narratives, obscures intentions and stereotypes women, yet is still irresistible to audiences and performers alike.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/07/1843m 47s

Spoiler Specials: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Dana Stevens and June Thomas spoil Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt and Daniel Schroeder.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/07/1844m 17s

Hit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition

Guest performers have existed since, literally, the beginning of the pop charts—the first Billboard No. 1 hit had a featured vocal by Frank Sinatra. Throughout the rock era, some very starry guests have helped out with hits by everyone from the Beatles to Carly Simon to Chaka Khan. But for a long time, those guests received no credit at all. Today, their names are all over the pop charts. On this episode, we trace the evolution of the guest performer, from Mick Jagger to Bobby Brown to Cardi B.  Email: hitparade@slate.com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/07/181h 13m

Summer Strut 2018 Edition

It's our annual summer strut episode where we crowdsource the best songs for strutting around town from an exhaustive playlist curated by our listeners. In summer strut tradition, the panel is joined by pop chart-watcher and host of Slate's Hit Parade podcast Chris Molanphy to have a discussion about the song of the summer, followed by the formal summer strut list of picks: excavating a diverse crop of songs, from pop to acid jazz to hip-hop infused house, to lost disco classics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/07/181h 10m

Grasping at Straws Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film "Leave No Trace", Sacha Baron Coen's new show "Who is America?" and plastic straw bans as an agent of change and/or useless virtue signaling.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/07/181h 4m

Spoiler Specials: The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

Christina Cauterucci, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil the second season of The Handmaid's Tale. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Shasha Léonard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/07/1859m 5s

Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two

In the second part of our two-part episode about the B-52’s and R.E.M.—the bands that put Athens, Georgia on the map, and helped define new-wave rock in the early ’80s—we trace how they transformed themselves from hipsters to hitmakers. One band waited years to graduate from an indie label to the majors. The other almost quit after an AIDS-related tragedy, before their pop breakthrough. By the end of the ’80s, their hits—from “Orange Crush” to “Stand,” “Channel Z” to “Love Shack”—brought them squarely into the mainstream, just as “alternative rock” was coming to define a new sound for the ’90s.  Email: hitparade@slate.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/07/1855m 28s

This Is the Chewiest Thing I've Ever Had in my Mouth Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the summer blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the appeal of the Netflix cooking-failure show Nailed It, and Scarlett Johansson's casting as a trans man, with Slate's Evan Urquhart.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/181h 3m

Unproblematic Trolley Edition

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the new documentary about Mr. Rogers: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Netflix comedy special Nanette, and the World Cup, with Mike Pesca.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/07/181h 6m

Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One

The B-52’s and R.E.M. don’t sound all that much like each other. One group were avatars of kitsch, fusing punk, girl-group and garage rock—even Yoko Ono—into a retro-nuevo style all their own. The other group were mysterious, elliptical, often indecipherable, but they reinvented jangly guitar and classic-rock influences to make a new kind of New Wave. Together, this pair of distinctive bands helped make Athens, Georgia the epicenter of alternative cool in the ’80s and ’90s. In part one of this two-part episode of Hit Parade, we present the story of how the B-52’s and R.E.M. created a scene out of a college town—and became the most prominent queer-friendly, gender-fluid bands of their era.  Email: hitparade@slate.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/06/181h 3m

Spoiler Specials: Westworld Season 2

Willa Paskin, Sam Adams, Jonathan Fischer and Rachelle Hampton spoil the second season of Westworld. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/06/181h 0m

Anthony Rising Edition

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner Discuss Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2, the 30 For 30 podcast series about Bikram yoga, and the re-emergence of astrology with production assistant Daniel Schroeder.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/181h 3m

Decoder Ring: Clown Panic

Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every month host Willa Paskin,Slate’s TV critic, takes on a cultural question, object, idea, or habit and speak with experts,historians and obsessives to try and figure out where it comes from, what it means and why it Matters. Today: The clown has existed in various forms for thousands of years, what changed and made us suspect and fear them? The modern birthday clown is a very recent invention, by going back into the history of clowns and clowning we see that clowns are far more complex and capable of far more expression than the kids entertainment of Bozo and Ronald McDonald. How those complex figures transformed into obligatorily sunny commercial mascots may also explain why they are increasingly seen as sinister today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/1838m 16s

Unkindest Cut of All Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Isaac Butler, and Laura Miller discuss the horror film Hereditary, the return of The Staircase with Rebecca Lavoie, and Isaac's Shakespeare podcast Lend Me Your Ears.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/06/181h 1m

Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

Lend Me Your Ears is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his current events, and how they map onto our own. In this first episode, Lend Me Your Ears is looking at one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works: Julius Caesar. Why was the Bard so fascinated with the fall of the Roman Republic? Why do we tend to turn to this play when we worry about society’s future? How have contemporary theater makers reinvented Shakespeare’s version of the story for their audiences, especially in troubled political times? Subscribe to Lend Me Your Ears on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Lend Me Your Ears every month. Learn more at slate.com/shakespeare Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/1840m 41s

Spoiler Specials: Hereditary

Dana Stevens, Rachel Syme, and Lena Wilson spoil Hereditary.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/181h 26m

Elan Deficit Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Ocean's 8, the theory and practice of Instagram Stories, and the legacy of Anthony Bourdain with the New Yorker's Helen Rosner.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/1858m 56s

Spoiler Specials: Ocean's 8

Marissa Martinelli, Aisha Harris, Inko Kang, and Carmen Russo spoil Ocean's 8.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/181h 0m

Secret Summer Getaway Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live at S&S Farm Brewery in Nassau, NY for a secret summer getaway show. They discuss the c-word, the film Book Club, and perform an impromptu book club with the audience on Phillip Roth's The Ghost Writer. Plus, music by Red Headed Stranger and Franz Nicolay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/06/181h 7m

Decoder Ring: The Johnlock Conspiracy

Who gets to decide if Sherlock Holmes is gay? For over a century, fans of Sherlock Holmes have been analyzing, debating, and creating new texts with Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. Decoder Ring explores the Johnlock Conspiracy, a fan theory about the BBC TV show Sherlock, positing the inevitability of a gay romance between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. With interviews from historians, journalists, and fans at the heart of this controversial idea, this episode explores this theory, how it played out in the real world, and whether this kind of fandom is a meaningful way of interacting with fiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/1852m 32s

Spoiler Specials: 13 Reasons Why

Marissa Martinelli, June Thomas, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil 13 Reasons Why.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/06/181h 18m

Whiskey and Pepto Bismol Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film First Reformed, the podcast My Favorite Murder with production assistant Daniel Schroeder, and the redemption of Tucker Max with Slate's Laura Bennett.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/05/181h 3m

Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition

Even before the launch of MTV, the music video has been making pop songs buzzworthy. And since the early ’80s, it has transformed also-rans into hitmakers—from the Buggles and Duran Duran to Peter Gabriel and a‑ha. But until the early 2010s, watching a video didn’t count on the Billboard charts. That all changed thanks to YouTube—and the biggest immediate beneficiary from the addition of video to the charts was a rising pop star, incubated on the Disney Channel, but looking to change her image. Miley Cyrus was born into hitmaking, line-dancing, multimedia royalty, and she used video titillation—and even the social site Chatroulette—to top the charts. But what did all that provocation mean for…y’know, the music? And how is video still making hits—including the song that’s No. 1 this very week in 2018?  Chris Molanphy explains it all.  hitparade@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/05/181h 6m

Spoiler Specials: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli, and Sam Adams spoil Solo: A Star Wars Story. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/05/181h 4m

Guillotine in the Mists Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the royal wedding with Simon Doonan, the death of author Tom Wolfe with Laura Miller, and the way TV shows survive cancelation by examining Brooklyn Nine Nine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/05/181h 3m

Culture Gabfest Presents: Upon Further Review

Julia Turner is here to present the new podcast from The Gist's Mike Pesca, about the great "what-ifs" in sports. "What If I Hadn’t Written That Fan Letter to Dan Majerle in April 1993?", Jesse Eisenberg asks, revisiting a painful chapter of his youth when his beloved Phoenix Suns lost to the Chicago Bulls in the final seconds of Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals. Wracked by guilt at the possibility that his fan letter to the Suns’ Dan Majerle proved a fatal distraction, he imagines an alternate reality where he never put pen to paper. NBA legends Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan also make an appearance. Then there's a bonus conversation between Mike and Jesse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/1824m 13s

Spoiler Specials: Deadpool 2

Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli and Sam Adams spoil Deadpool 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/1849m 1s

Smoke-N-Chill Novelties Edition

Dana Stevens, Sam Adams discuss the new film The Rider with Inkoo Kang, Childish Gambino's song and video for This Is America with Aisha Harria, and Jia Tolentino's New Yorker piece "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul" with Lena Wilson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/1858m 22s

[Laugh Track] Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens, discuss the new film Tully with Slate's Willa Paskin, who sticks around to talk about her new podcast Decoder Ring and the history of the laugh track, and finally: are you a brand? Should you be one? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/05/181h 1m

Culture Gabfest Presents Decoder Ring: The Laff Box

Julia Turner is here to introduce you to the new show from Slate's TV Critic Willa Paskin. Decoder Ring: the show about cracking cultural mysteries. Subscribe here to get episodes as soon as they're ready. Every episode we’ll take on a cultural object, idea, or habit and speak with experts, historians and obsessives to try to figure out where it comes from, what it means and why it matters. Why do we get so invested in fictional romances? What does it mean to wear a baseball hat backwards? Why do we clap? What do people think about all day? Decoder Ring explores questions and topics you didn't know you were curious about. In our first episode, we ask: What happened to the laugh track? For nearly five decades, it was ubiquitous, but beginning in the early 2000s, it fell out of sitcom fashion. What happened? How did we get from Beverly Hillbillies to 30 Rock? We meet the man who created the laugh track, which originated as a homemade piece of technology, and trace that technology’s fall and the rise of a more modern idea about humor. With the help of historians, laugh track obsessives, the showrunners of One Day at a Time and the director of Sports Night, we wonder if the laugh track was about something bigger than laughter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/1831m 10s

The Monkfish Was Fine Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild, Wild, Country, the flap over the White House Correspondents Dinner, and nooks and crannies of Youtube subculture with Slate's Justin Peters.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/05/181h 6m

Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition

Bon Jovi are many things: platinum-selling, chart-topping and now, Hall of Fame–inducted. That angers music critics, who have been slagging off this band of hard-rock prom kings since the 1980s. Among the haters is Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy, who has loathed Bon Jovi since high school. But even he can’t deny it: Bon Jovi are hugely influential. In the wake of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Chris puts aside his animus to explain how the biggest band in hair metal have remained strangely relevant—thanks to their deathless hits, their album sales and, more recently, their influence on a certain hair-metal-loving Swedish pop producer.  Email: hitparade@slate.com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/04/181h 11m

Spoiler Specials: Avengers: Infinity War

Dana Stevens, Jonathan Fischer, and Forrest Wickman spoil Avengers: Infinity War. Production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/04/181h 17m

It's Hammer Time Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new BBC America series Killing Eve, the film from Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here, and ask themselves: "should we delete Facebook?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/181h 3m

Apocalypse Mom Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the hit horror film A Quiet Place, the new adaptation of Howard's End on the BBC and Starz, and Barbara Ehrenreich's essay: "Why I'm Giving Up On Preventative Care". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/181h 1m

Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebie Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Willa Paskin discuss the return of ABC's Roseanne, Kacey Musgraves' album Golden Hour with Slate's Carl Wilson, and Molly Ringwald's essay in the New Yorker: "What About 'The Breakfast Club'?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/04/181h 3m

Spoiler Specials: Ready Player One

Dana Stevens, Laura Hudson, Dawnthea Price, and Forrest Wickman spoil Ready Player One. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/1857m 8s

Midnight at the OASIS Edition

Dana Stevens, Christina Cauterucci, and Sam Adams discuss the new Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One, HBO's new assassination comedy series Barry, and the Cannes Film Festival's decision to ban Netflix films from competing in the festival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/181h 1m

Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition

In 1998, Madonna was at a career crossroads. After dominating the ’80s with hits like “Like a Virgin” and “Open Your Heart,” she spent the first half of the ’90s wavering between roles as a provocateur (Erotica, Sex) and adult-contemporary balladeer (“I’ll Remember,” “Take a Bow”). That’s when she took a sharp left turn, working with producers and deejays in the burgeoning electronica scene. If it even was a scene: The very term “electronica” was a music-business confection, and by 1997 it was more hype than hit. But the result of Madonna’s experiment—her acclaimed ’98 album Ray of Light—was not only one of her biggest smashes ever. It also helped turn electronic music into viable pop. Email: hitparade@slate.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/181h 13m

The Great Work Begins Edition

Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Isaac Butler discuss the revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America which recently arrived on Broadway, The World Only Spins Forward, the oral history of Angels in America, and the film Love, Simon with Slate's Alex Barasch.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/1859m 27s

Spoiler Specials: Isle of Dogs

Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, and Inkoo Kang spoil Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/03/1858m 35s

We Are a Sacred Troupe Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Gabriel Roth discuss Armando Iannucci's new film The Death of Stalin about the power struggle's in the days after Stalin's death in 1953 Soviet Russia, NBC's new musical series Rise about a high school drama director, and the power or lack thereof of Twitter metrics and if we'd be better off without them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/181h 1m

Spoiler Specials: Blue Planet II

Susan Matthews, Dan Engber, Jacob Brogan, Kirsten Berg and Alex Barasch sit down for a science-filled spoiler special all about Blue Planet II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/181h 5m

10th Anniversary Edition

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show live at The Bell House in Brooklyn New York. They discuss the film A Wrinkle in Time, go deep on the cultural significance of color, and are quizzed on past segments of the show by Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/181h 18m
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Heart UK