Still Processing

Still Processing

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Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2019.


A Pod From Both Our Houses
Mar 26 • 30 min
From our living rooms to yours, “Still Processing” is back. During this unprecedented time in our lives, we talk routines, dreams and what’s on our screens — or at least what will be on our screens. Because screens are all we have left. Discussed this…
Got That WFH Setup Set Up
Mar 20 • 2 min
New episodes coming March 26! You’ve got a lot of time on your hands, and so do we. Let’s spend it together <3.
Wake
Nov 7, 2019 • 45 min
We examine how HBO’s series “Watchmen” and Bong Joon Ho’s film “Parasite” bring to light the hidden histories that shape our modern lives. Discussed this week:“Parasite” (directed by Bong Joon Ho, 2019)“Watchmen” (HBO, 2019)“White Flights: Race, Fiction,…
Straws
Oct 31, 2019 • 38 min
California’s new legislation allowing college athletes to make money off endorsements. One step forward. The backlash against victims who came forward in the wake of #MeToo. Two steps back. Does big, sustainable change have to feel like grasping at…
Psychobros
Oct 24, 2019 • 42 min
We revisit “Fight Club” on the 20th anniversary of its release, and consider how the trope of the “psychobro” is showing up onscreen — in the new blockbuster “Joker” and HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Succession” — and off. Discussed this week: ”The…
J.Lo
Oct 17, 2019 • 43 min
Jennifer Lopez is having a triumphant 2019. From her Motown tribute at the Grammys to the success of “Hustlers” to the announcement that she’ll be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, she seems to be enjoying the fruits of her labor from about…
Back Next Week!
Oct 10, 2019 • 0 min
We’ll be back with a new episode next Thursday, October 17th.
Chappelle
Oct 3, 2019 • 40 min
Comedy is changing. Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix comedy special, “Sticks & Stones,” makes us wonder if he can keep up. Discussed this week:”Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” (Netflix, 2019)”Aziz Ansari: Right Now” (Netflix 2019)”A Black Lady Sketch…
BoomBoom
Sep 26, 2019 • 36 min
We’re in love with MTV’s dating-reality TV show “Are You the One?” Discussed this week:Jenna Wortham. “How Queer People Brought Some Actual Reality to Dating-Reality TV” (The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 28, 2019)Wesley Morris. “Rom-Coms Were Corny and…
Yeehaw
Sep 19, 2019 • 39 min
How “Old Town Road” gave us hope without making us cringe, and became our song of the year. Discussed this week: Joe Coscarelli, Alexandra Eaton, Will Lloyd, Eden Weingart, Antonio de Luca and Alicia DeSantis. ”Diary of a Song — ‘Old Town Road’: See How…
2020
Sep 12, 2019 • 31 min
Remember that beer test? It’s not enough. That’s why this election season, we bring you: Still Processing’s Rubric for Leadership and Democratic Excellence. Discussed this week:Astead Herndon, Jon Caramanica and Jon Pareles. “What Do Rally Playlists Say…
Catnip
Sep 4, 2019 • 1 min
Still Processing will be back in your ears on Thursday, September 12th.
Us
Mar 28, 2019 • 30 min
We dissect Jordan Peele’s new psychological thriller, “Us.”
Whoopi
Mar 21, 2019 • 39 min
We celebrate Whoopi Goldberg from her days as a boundary-pushing stand-up comedian in the early ’80s to her current role as professional curmudgeon on “The View.” Discussed this week:“Whoopi Goldberg” (Ottessa Moshfegh, Garage magazine: Issue 16, Feb. 19,…
Circular(s)
Mar 14, 2019 • 30 min
Why conscious consumption isn’t enough to combat climate change
M.J.
Mar 7, 2019 • 39 min
We wrestle with our love for and discomfort with Michael Jackson.
Liars
Feb 28, 2019 • 42 min
The Jussie Smollett investigation has captured America’s attention — and ours. We take a look at the support for as well as the doubts about Smollett’s claims, and try to make sense of the charge that Smollett staged his own attack. In an era in which…
Fantasies
Feb 21, 2019 • 37 min
We revisit “Do the Right Thing” almost three decades after it was snubbed at the Oscars.
Becoming
Feb 14, 2019 • 44 min
“Becoming,” the best-selling memoir by the former first lady, Michelle Obama, is a study in what happens when the ways we see ourselves don’t always line up with the ways that society sees us. In reading about her journey from high-achieving,…
Joy
Feb 7, 2019 • 37 min
We KonMari Wesley’s apartment.
Reality
Jan 31, 2019 • 27 min
What’s real anymore?
Relations
Jan 24, 2019 • 32 min
The new Netflix show “Sex Education” feels so refreshing because for the longest time, there has been a dearth of cultural properties that specifically deal with the realities of sex. Sure, there’s sex in film and TV, but in recent history, there has been…
Kaepernick
Jan 17, 2019 • 36 min
What does it mean for Nike to align itself with Colin Kaepernick?
Apology
Jan 10, 2019 • 37 min
In the age of #SorryNotSorry, we invite you to start off 2019 with an apology.
Questions
Dec 20, 2018 • 1 min
Buckle up, babies. Still Processing returns on Thursday, January 10th.
We R-E-S-P-E-C-T Aretha Franklin
Aug 30, 2018 • 52 min
This week we pay our respects to the late, great Aretha Franklin. A legendary singer, writer, arranger, pianist, performer and more, Ms. Franklin channeled both the difficult and beautiful aspects of American culture to make the songs that have scored our…
We Spy Two BlacKkKlansmen — and One is Omarosa
Aug 23, 2018 • 46 min
This week, we realize we have two black klansmen on our hands — one on the big screen in the form of Spike Lee’s new film “BlacKkKlansman,” and one on the small screen in the form of America’s most notorious reality show villain turned ex-White House…
We Got Goop’d
Aug 16, 2018 • 37 min
This week, our friend and colleague, Taffy Akner, chats with us about her viral article, ”How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million.” We trace some similarities and differences between Gwyneth and fellow mogul, Oprah, and ask why…
We Give You Our Summer Faves
Aug 9, 2018 • 37 min
This week, we celebrate summer and present to you our 2018 Summer Faves. From tech to treats, tunes to TV, and of course, summer looks, we make some recommendations to help you live your best life in these warmer months. Special thanks to James McCombe of…
We Blaxplain Blaxplaining
Aug 2, 2018 • 50 min
This week, we trace the evolution of black American cinema from blaxploitation in the 1970s to what we’re calling “blaxplaining” in 2018. While blaxploitation sought to showcase black actors in dramatic, action-packed films, today’s blaxplaining centers…
We Heard Lauryn Hill, But Did We Listen?
Jul 26, 2018 • 50 min
It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 5-time Grammy-winning debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Still very much a part of our contemporary musical landscape — being sampled by everyone from Drake to Cardi B to…
We Can’t Burn It All Down (Even Though Sometimes We Want To)
Jul 19, 2018 • 45 min
Jenna’s back in New York after spending last week at the Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon. An explosive moment at the workshop prompted us to consider what it means for an institution — from a writing workshop to a TV network to a social…
We Choose Our Own Families
Jul 12, 2018 • 56 min
This week, we take a deep dive into “Pose,” Ryan Murphy’s new show on FX, and unpack the role of queer chosen families in pop culture. We dissect some of our favorite scenes — featuring Blanca Abundance Evangelista (Mj Rodriguez), Elektra Abundance…
Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen - Part 2
Jul 5, 2018 • 34 min
It’s the second installment of our two-part series on anti-Asian racism. Once again, we hand over the mics to our Asian-American colleagues, friends and listeners to hear about their experiences with dating, work and more as they relate to race and…
Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen - Part 1
Jun 28, 2018 • 36 min
This week and next, we’re doing something different. After witnessing an awful instance of anti-Asian racism at a movie theater, we couldn’t stop thinking about how this type of racism is rampant in American culture, both on the screen and off. At first,…
We Louvre The Carters
Jun 21, 2018 • 57 min
Beyonce and Jay-Z. Donald and Melania. Kim and Kanye. Harry and Meghan. We’re compelled by the performance of marriage in culture. And with The Carters’ new surprise album, “Everything Is Love,” we wonder what it means for our beloved Beyonce — and Jay-Z…
We Need Bad Women
Jun 14, 2018 • 45 min
After watching the blockbuster hit “Ocean’s 8” and BBC America’s cat-and-mouse drama “Killing Eve,” we noticed some similarities in these leading women - they’re all “bad.” They’re indulgent and driven. They care about their work more than your feelings.…
We Wouldn’t Leave Kanye, But Should We?
Jun 7, 2018 • 51 min
Almost one week after Kanye West released his eighth studio album, “Ye,” we wonder what to do with artists who displease us. Going back to 2004, we take a closer look at Kanye, the artist, who questioned the role of higher education, called out former…
We’re Here For Your Anger, Jessica Walter
May 31, 2018 • 57 min
When actor Jessica Walter said fellow co-star Jeffrey Tambor verbally harassed her on the set of “Arrested Development,” the show’s lead, Jason Bateman, jumped to Tambor’s defense — and we noticed. This week, we suss out what this interaction — documented…
We’re Queer - and Apparently So Is Everybody Else
May 24, 2018 • 46 min
With Rita Ora, Janelle Monáe, Kehlani – and even fictional characters like Lando Calrissian – embracing bisexuality, pansexuality, queerness, and more, we wonder: what does it mean to publicly declare your sexual identity as something outside the…
We Unpack Black Male Privilege
May 17, 2018 • 48 min
This week, shortly after multi-hyphenate artist Donald Glover blew up the internet with the video for his song ”This is America,” Wesley and guest host Rembert Browne (New York Magazine, Grantland) explore Glover’s career, and how he evolved from a…
We Watch Whiteness
Apr 26, 2018 • 61 min
This week we’re talking about white culture, and what it is trying to tell us about itself on TV, at the movies and in books. We’re noticing that white people are anxious—consciously and unconsciously—about their place in the world, and it’s fascinating…
We Talk BeyChella
Apr 19, 2018 • 60 min
We were so blown away by Beyoncé’s performance at the Coachella music festival that we decided to scrap our previous plans and dedicate this week’s entire episode to it. We think her performance will go down in the annals of American pop music as one of…
We Get It On (With Ourselves)
Apr 12, 2018 • 57 min
As a break from the onslaught of traumatic news, this week we’re talking about what makes us feel good about ourselves. Really good. We start by exploring what has been lost with the recent closure of Craiglist’s personal ads section: a unique place, so…
We Celebrate the REAL MLK Day
Apr 5, 2018 • 45 min
This week, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. While MLK’s birthday is celebrated on a national level, we spend time processing why his death holds a significant importance as well. We examine the months leading up to…
We’re Maxed Out, You’re Maxed Out, Everybody Is Maxed Out
Mar 29, 2018 • 56 min
This week we’re talking about why we’re stressed out, why the country is stressed out, and whether anxiety has become a permanent condition. We consider the role technology has played in driving us to this point, from push alerts — so many push alerts —…
We Love Aunties
Mar 22, 2018 • 46 min
This week we pay homage to aunties, in our own lives, in politics, and in pop culture. But first we have to define what an aunty is, so we play a little game called “Aunty or Nah-nty,” naming aunty candidates from television shows and movies to refine our…
We Don’t Love Everything Made By Black People and That’s OK?
Mar 15, 2018 • 61 min
This week, we discuss “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay’s attempt to take the audience on a magical adventure with Meg Murray as she searches for her father through multiple universes. Our time traveling experience … wasn’t as magical as we hoped. But…
We Paint the Town Obama
Mar 8, 2018 • 37 min
We went to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. to look at the recently installed portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama. The paintings—Barack’s by Kehinde Wiley, Michelle’s by Amy Sherald—prompted both rapture and controversy when they were…
We Want To Know What Love Is
Mar 1, 2018 • 48 min
This week, we examine four of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated films—“Call Me By Your Name”, “Get Out”, “Shape of Water”, and “Phantom Thread”—to ask whether we are entering a new phase of romance films. By diverging from conventional norms and…
We Take the 15:17 All the Way to Pyeongchang
Feb 22, 2018 • 40 min
This week we’re looking for a thread running through three seemingly disparate moments: the release of Clint Eastwood’s new film “The 15:17 to Paris,” the Olympics in South Korea, and the tragic death of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School…
We Sink Our Claws Into “Black Panther” with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Feb 16, 2018 • 56 min
It’s going to be one of the biggest opening weekends in movie history. But “Black Panther” is about so much more than the box office. This week we’re putting Ryan Coogler’s new film in the full context it deserves and demands, with a little help from our…
We’ll See You Tomorrow
Feb 15, 2018 • 1 min
There’s no episode of Still Processing today, but Wesley and Jenna are cooking up something special — a whole show on “Black Panther” with special guest Ta-Nehisi Coates. Check your feed Friday morning!
We Don’t Know Where We Are
Feb 8, 2018 • 38 min
This week, we take the Oscar-nominated film “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” as a starting point for a discussion about a new sense of placelessness in film and TV. Over the last year, we’ve been seeing stories set in ambiguous spaces—the…
We’re Still Here For Janet
Feb 1, 2018 • 58 min
This week, in light of Justin Timberlake’s upcoming Super Bowl performance, we revisit his infamous 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” halftime show with Janet Jackson. We dissect the public reaction to “nipplegate,” why Janet (and not Justin) took the fall, and…
We Have a Right To Be Mad
Jan 25, 2018 • 47 min
This week, we examine the outrage that is expressing itself in all corners of the culture. In the process, we found unexpected connections between events and ideas that might seem unrelated: Ed Sheeran being left out of all the major Grammy categories as…
We Have a Theory About Oprah
Jan 18, 2018 • 46 min
The wait is finally over - we’re back for Season 3! This week, we look at the movie “Proud Mary” starring Taraji P. Henson as a jumping off point for the cultural moment that black women are having right now in pop culture. We run through a brief history…
We Back! (On Thursday)
Jan 16, 2018 • 1 min
The wait is (almost) over: Jenna and Wesley will be back with a new season of “Still Processing” starting Thursday, Jan. 18th. It’s O.K. to cry, even if you’re wearing glitter.
We Are Tired of Sexual Harassment (and Sequels) | Season Finale
Oct 12, 2017 • 40 min
It’s our season finale! We’ve spent our second season keeping a critical eye on the unreality of America and dissecting the systems of power that uphold the status quo. Last week, a series of news articles reported that Harvey Weinstein, one of the most…
We Get Biracial
Oct 5, 2017 • 52 min
For months, the two of us have been trying to figure out a way to have a conversation about the experience of being biracial. This week we just go for it. First, we talk about the cultural and historical suspicion America still has of black-white…
We Take a Knee
Sep 28, 2017 • 34 min
Another day, another rant from Donald Trump. This time, the president took aim at Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who spent the majority of last season sitting or kneeling during the national anthem to draw attention to police…
We Assess the Outrage over “Bodega” and Mother!
Sep 21, 2017 • 42 min
Last week, a Silicon Valley startup called Bodega instigated an internet meltdown after a Fast Company profile made the company’s intentions clear. “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary, because there will be 100,000 Bodegas…
We Bow Down to Rihanna and Venus
Sep 14, 2017 • 40 min
Last week, we witnessed two extraordinary events: Venus Williams playing some of the best tennis in the last decade of her career (she lost in the U.S. Open, but with grace and style), and the rollout of Rihanna’s new cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, which…
We Debate NPR’s Greatest Albums by Women
Sep 7, 2017 • 40 min
Last month, NPR published a list of the 150 greatest albums by women. The list was debated. It was discussed. There were alternative lists of 150 additional albums not on the NPR list. But quibbling with the particulars misses an important concern about…
We Have a Chappelle Show
Aug 31, 2017 • 56 min
This summer, Dave Chappelle returned to the stage for an ambitious, monthlong residency at Radio City Music Hall in New York. We saw the show independently, on separate nights. What we witnessed inspired us to dedicate an entire episode to the legacy of…
We Care For Ourselves and Others in Trump’s America
Aug 24, 2017 • 48 min
The events of the last few weeks have shown us that we are fully living in Trump’s America, with a president who is slow to condemn the actions of white supremacists. The realization has been exhausting. This week, we take a step back to think about what…
We Grieve Charlottesville
Aug 15, 2017 • 29 min
What happened in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend was the largest public melee during a presidential administration that includes men with white nationalist ties. Three people were killed, dozens of people were injured and the country was thrown…
We Discuss: Who Owns Stories About Blackness?
Aug 3, 2017 • 47 min
It’s been a summer of outrage over the question of who can tell stories about black history and black pain. We reckon with this question by examining Kathryn Bigelow’s film “Detroit,” Dana Schutz’s painting “Open Casket” and the recently announced new…
We’re Freaking Out About O.J. and Girls Trip
Jul 27, 2017 • 39 min
The country was barely on the other side of a period of deep thought about the cultural meaning of O.J. Simpson, and then last week we found out that O.J. will be a free man this October. We explore the vexing empathy that racism toward him inspires in…
We Pick Science Fiction for Mitch McConnell
Jul 20, 2017 • 36 min
2017 feels sort of like the End Times, and we’re leaning into science fiction TV shows and movies to imagine the outcome of our current political and geological climate. If science fiction functions as a cautionary tale, offering lessons in morality and…
We Get Bodied Talking Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Jul 13, 2017 • 52 min
“4:44” is Jay-Z’s first album since Beyoncé turned their marital trouble into a masterpiece called “Lemonade.” On “4:44,” Jay-Z expresses regret for his infidelity and ruminates on the socioeconomic state of black America. The album is knotty and…
We Seek “Authentic” BBQ
Jul 6, 2017 • 42 min
It’s barbecue season! But let’s be clear: We aren’t talking about throwing burgers and veggies on a grill. We’re talking about the rich culinary tradition of slow-cooking meat over a dirt pit, a cuisine cultivated by enslaved Africans in the American…
We Revive Tupac and Side-Eye Sofia Coppola
Jun 29, 2017 • 40 min
What responsibility does a movie have to the details of history? In Sofia Coppola’s new film, “The Beguiled,” a remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 psychological thriller set in the American South during the Civil War, she omits a key character from the original…
We Celebrate Gay Pride — The Highs and Lows
Jun 22, 2017 • 47 min
June is Gay Pride month: four weekends of parades, pageantry, and partying, all over the country. But now, a year after the Pulse nightclub shooting, people are asking whether Pride celebrations are sufficiently black, political and confrontational. We…
We Said, He Said, She Said
Jun 15, 2017 • 36 min
In a live-stream to promote her new album, “Witness,” Katy Perry put on an elaborate performance, giving a series of confessional interviews about her cultural missteps. We analyze all the reasons this was an experiment gone terribly wrong. We then turn…
We Watch ‘Wonder Woman’ and Do a Taxonomy of the Summer Jam
Jun 8, 2017 • 44 min
Summer is here, and so are the superhero movies and hit pop songs that define the season. We discuss the politics of “Wonder Woman,” the first female-fronted and female-directed superhero blockbuster. We also search for the definitive summer jam of 2017…
We Love the Beach, We Hate the Beach
Jun 1, 2017 • 34 min
Last week, the Baywatch franchise returned — this time on the big screen — with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron leading a cast of tan, muscled lifeguards. But the film isn’t just a goofy romp; it presents the beach as a place of danger that needs…
We’re Going Black(er) AKA Dear Woke People
May 25, 2017 • 52 min
In the last 30 years, blackness has migrated from the margins of American popular culture to its center. Right now, a bounty of television, movies, and music engages with the question of how people signal to each other that they’re down with blackness.…
We Watch Trump TV with Emily Nussbaum
May 18, 2017 • 38 min
Donald Trump has changed the way we watch TV, whether it’s the reality show within the White House, or the scripted dramas we can’t help but compare to our political situation. New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum joins us to analyze what Trump’s…
We Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston
May 11, 2017 • 51 min
It has been five years since Whitney Houston died. She was one of the biggest pop stars of her time and a glorious singer — but we don’t properly remember her for that. Instead, she is considered a tragic figure who sacrificed herself to drugs and her…
We Feud About “Feud”
May 4, 2017 • 42 min
The ruthlessness of Silicon Valley companies like Uber is out of control, but why do we expect more from the tech industry than from corporations like McDonalds or Exxon Mobil? We also discuss the bloody rivalry between the big-screen queens Joan Crawford…
We Relive the Oscars with Barry Jenkins
Apr 27, 2017 • 47 min
A conversation with the director of “Moonlight” about his cinematic style, his forthcoming adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s “Underground Railroad,” his love of science fiction and, yes, that crazy night at the Academy Awards.
We Listen to Kendrick Lamar & Talk to Valerie Jarrett
Apr 20, 2017 • 40 min
We discuss Kendrick Lamar’s new album, “DAMN.,” and listen closely to “XXX,” one of our favorite tracks. Is his latest project a breakup with America, or with an older version of himself? Then we speak to Valerie Jarrett, a former White House adviser,…
We Go To S-Town
Apr 13, 2017 • 40 min
We’re back! And we’re picking up right where we left off: thinking about “Get Out.” Jordan Peele’s instant classic is the lens through which we’re seeing everything these days, from the hit podcast “S-Town” to that Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad the internet…
Season Finale with Jordan Peele | Episode 26
Mar 2, 2017 • 42 min
We’re not over what happened at the Oscars on Sunday. You probably aren’t either. But we’re ready to move onto next year’s Oscars, where we fully expect to see “Get Out,” currently the No. 1 movie in America. We talk to its writer and director, Jordan…
Oscars Preview with A.O. Scott | Episode 25
Feb 23, 2017 • 56 min
“La La Land” is probably going to win a lot of Oscars on Sunday. Perhaps even for best picture. But it’s O.K. Truly. We are joined by A. O. Scott, a chief film critic for The New York Times, to discuss our predictions and preferences for the Academy…
Beyoncé to Baldwin and Back Again | Episode 24
Feb 16, 2017 • 34 min
It’s been five days, and we’re still trying to make sense of Beyoncé’s loss at the Grammys. It’s been 50 years, and we’re still learning from James Baldwin. The new Baldwin documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” touched both of us, and this week we interview…
The Women of “Girls” | Episode 23
Feb 9, 2017 • 41 min
HBO’s “Girls” begins its final season this Sunday, and we discuss the show’s legacy before Jenna sits down for a live conversation with Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke. They talk about the show’s early lack of diversity, why…
‘You Only Leave Home When Home Won’t Let You Stay’ | Episode 22
Feb 2, 2017 • 59 min
We speak to three friends: Habab, a Muslim woman born in Sudan who was nearly detained after landing home at Dulles International Airport in Virginia this weekend; Rukmini Callimachi, our colleague who covers terrorism for The Times and immigrated to…
Wesley and Jenna’s Existential Fears | Episode 21
Jan 26, 2017 • 45 min
It’s 50 degrees in New York in January, 2016 was the warmest year ever— and the words “climate change” no longer exist on whitehouse.gov. Time for a call to self-proclaimed climate hawk Eric Holthaus, co-host of the podcast “Our Warm Regards,” to give us…
Show Me the (Read) Receipts! | Episode 20
Jan 19, 2017 • 46 min
We start by debating one of the great questions of our time: should you or should you not use read receipts on your text messages? Jenna feels strongly one way, Wesley the exact opposite. So we call our pal Juliet Litman, managing editor of The Ringer,…
Batman vs. Joker | Episode 19
Jan 12, 2017 • 44 min
We take a deep breath after President Obama’s farewell speech and talk about his future as the ultimate black dad. Next we call up our friend and New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg to help us make sense of the latest on Donald Trump’s…
‘The Perfect Movie for Our Time’ | Episode 18
Jan 5, 2017 • 46 min
We’re kicking off 2017 with a movie speed round to prepare for this weekend’s Golden Globes. We talk through our feelings about “La La Land,” “Fences” and a couple of the other films we saw over the holidays that made us laugh, cry — and sometimes cringe.…
The Kanye-thon | Episode 17
Dec 29, 2016 • 42 min
This week we devote the entire episode to one question: What is happening with Kanye West?
The Lives They Lived | Episode 16
Dec 22, 2016 • 59 min
This week, it’s our turn to take a look back on 2016 and share our picks for the most cultural moments that will stick with us. But before we do that, Ilena Silverman, an editor at The New York Times Magazine, joins us to talk about the people remembered…
Best of 2016 with Bill Simmons, Heben Nigatu, Tracy Clayton and Ezra Edelman | Episode 15
Dec 15, 2016 • 66 min
This week on the show we’re talking to some of our favorite people on Earth about the culture from 2016 — the movies, the music, the moments — that will stick with them. We’ve got Bill Simmons, CEO of the Ringer; Ezra Edelman, director of “OJ: Made in…
Beyoncé vs. Adele? No Contest | Episode 14
Dec 8, 2016 • 40 min
Good news: Jenna’s back! And in the wake of this week’s Grammy nominations, she’s here to say that no matter how desperate the internet may be for a Beyoncé and Adele rivalry, it’s just not a competition. Next, New York Times tech reporter Mike Isaac…
Obama’s Last Cultural Statement | Episode 13
Dec 1, 2016 • 32 min
Jenna is off road-tripping across Southern Africa, so this week Wesley reunites with Alex Pappademas, his old co-host on Grantland’s podcast “Do You Like Prince Movies?” Wesley explains why he found President Obama’s final Medal of Freedom Ceremony to be…
The Brilliance of Kerry James Marshall | Episode 12
Nov 24, 2016 • 30 min
Join our field trip to The Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum’s new space in New York dedicated to contemporary art, where we give you an audio tour of the painter Kerry James Marshall’s astonishing retrospective. We also have picks for movies to see…
How to Survive Thanksgiving | Episode 11
Nov 17, 2016 • 30 min
To nourish your souls this week, we’re serving up some serious comfort food live from the kitchen of the New York Times food editor Sam Sifton. Sam literally wrote the book on Thanksgiving, and he walks us through how to make the perfect gravy, his tips…
The Reckoning | Episode 10
Nov 9, 2016 • 48 min
Through tears, and with the help of our oracle Margo Jefferson, we begin to process the election of Donald J. Trump.
Dancing in the Moonlight | Episode 9
Nov 3, 2016 • 46 min
To combat the stresses of an election we want to end and the onset of winter, we’re offering a whole episode dedicated to things that make us feel good. We talk to the Times film critic A.O. Scott about “Moonlight,” a movie everyone agrees is perfect. We…
Nudity Clause | Episode 8
Oct 27, 2016 • 45 min
This week we’re talking about penises. Specifically, penises on the big screen. There are more and more of them, but the penises deemed safe enough to see tend to be white ones. We talk about the role of black penises and black sexuality in popular…
Peak Black TV | Episode 7
Oct 20, 2016 • 41 min
This week, we devote an entire episode to our favorite (and not so favorite) shows on TV, touching on “Queen Sugar,” “Westworld,” “Insecure,” “Empire,” and more. We give out superlatives, delve into the brilliance of Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” and attempt…
America, What You Doin’ Gurl? | Episode 6
Oct 13, 2016 • 43 min
This week we’ve got some questions. What show could possibly hold your attention for 24 straight hours? (Wesley found it.) Should you still feel obligated to see “Birth of a Nation,” even though Nate Parker is Nate Parker? (You most certainly should not.)…
A Journey to the ‘Blacksonian’ | Episode 5
Oct 6, 2016 • 54 min
This week our entire episode comes to you from inside the Smithsonian’s brand-new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. We talked to children. We talked to curators. We sat together in the Oprah Winfrey Theater and it felt…
Maintaining Higher Ground | Episode 4
Sep 29, 2016 • 31 min
This week we catch up with Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the husband-and-wife team behind “High Maintenance,” HBO’s new show (which was just renewed for a second season) about a weed dealer in New York. It’s billed as a stoner comedy, but the show is…
RuPaul: ‘Identity Is a Hoax, People!’ | Episode 3
Sep 22, 2016 • 35 min
While we are discussing the Emmys, which Jenna barely wanted to watch, something amazing happens: a call from somebody who actually has an Emmy! Yup, it’s RuPaul. He talks about both the importance of his Emmy-winning show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and its…
‘You Can’t Code Your Way Out of Racism’ | Episode 2
Sep 15, 2016 • 33 min
This week, Wesley and Jenna meet for breakfast to talk through their conflicting feelings about the new film “When the Bough Breaks,” the No. 2 film in America — she loved it, he not so much. They also decode the inherent racism of the sharing economy and…
First Date | Episode 1
Sep 8, 2016 • 32 min
In this inaugural episode, Wesley and Jenna work through their feelings about America’s reaction to Colin Kaepernick and Leslie Jones, take a romantic stroll through Central Park, and talk to Tika Sumpter of “Southside With You” about the art of the first…
Introducing Still Processing
Sep 6, 2016 • 1 min
The first episode of Still Processing will drop on Thursday, Sept. 8, and Wesley and Jenna will be back every Thursday after that. Here’s a quick taste of what’s to come.