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Working: How Does an Economics Correspondent Do His Job?
Mar 29 • 41 min
For Jordan’s last episode as host, he won’t be asking the questions. Instead, Slate’s June Thomas will be talking to him about how he’s covering the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. They also discuss what it takes to be an economics correspondent,…
Slate Money: Big Business and Bailouts
Mar 28 • 45 min
This week, Felix, Emily, and Anna talk to Rich Lesser of Boston Consulting Group about how big businesses are coping right now and the relief bill that was just passed. Then they discuss what the Fed is doing, and what’s going on at Amazon. “U.S. airlines…
Amicus: Protecting Democracy in a Pandemic
Mar 28 • 61 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Ian Bassin, former associated White House counsel from 2009-11 and co-founder of Protect Democracy for a look at the pain points, tensions, and glimmers of hope in how this constitutional democracy is handling the…
Gist: Corona Stimulus Dissenters
Mar 27 • 31 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, Dr. Mark Siegel is at it again on Fox. In the interview, Mike speaks with the Globe and Mail’s…
Spoiler Specials: Star Trek: Picard
Mar 27 • 72 min
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…
What Next TBD: Where Are All the Tests?
Mar 27 • 26 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. The United States failed to roll out widespread testing in the early days of the pandemic. Now it faces…
Trumpcast: Coronavirus Reveals Trump’s Disaster Fault Lines
Mar 26 • 46 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to history professor and disaster expert Dr. Scott Knowles about how care is rationed in U.S. society, how the elite respond to panic, meditations on Albert Camus’s The Plague and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, and…
Political: Two Trillion Dollars
Mar 26 • 73 min
Emily, John and David are joined by epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves to discuss the latest pandemic debates and also by Civil War historian David Blight on what history can teach us about surviving catastrophe. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment…
Gist: Isolation in the Nation
Mar 26 • 30 min
On the Gist, Trump knows Tom Brady. In the interview, Mike talks with Kate Greene, crew writer and second-in-command of the first HI-SEAS simulated mission to Mars. They discuss Greene’s experience during her four months living in the dome, how…
Mom & Dad: The Cross Country Conundrum Edition
Mar 26 • 55 min
On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and Elizabeth discuss parenting anxiety. Is it OK for a letter writer not to be overprotective? Or does parenting anxiety keep children safe? They also answer a letter from a woman whose stepdaughter is struggling on…
Man Up: Single Guys Are Really Going for It Right Now
Mar 26 • 25 min
As people continue to self-quarantine, single men are still out there trying to date and, in some cases, have sex. First Aymann talks to his coworker Katie Rayford, who was hit on by two men on the same day when she was stocking up on groceries. Then he…
Thirst Aid Kit: Maximum UST
Mar 26 • 66 min
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…
What Next: When Your Doctor Gets COVID-19
Mar 26 • 28 min
What happens when the people on the frontlines get sick? An ER doctor shares her experience with coronavirus as doctor and patient. Guest: Dara Kass, Emergency medicine physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center…
The Waves: The “Coronavirus Everywhere” Edition
Mar 26 • 67 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss being cooped up at home during coronavirus. Then, they review the new Hulu show Little Fires Everywhere, based on the 2017 novel by Celeste Ng. Finally, the panel discusses…
Gist: Assessing the Risk of COVID-19
Mar 25 • 40 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, we’ve been mean to the elderly. In the interview, Ian Bremmer, political analyst and president…
Outward: COVID-19, AIDS, and Community
Mar 25 • 59 min
This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan look at comparisons between the COVID-19 pandemic and AIDS with Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. Then they conduct a post-mortem on Pete Buttigieg with DC lawyer and Pete supporter Brooke…
Slate Money: COVID-19: March 25, 2020
Mar 25 • 19 min
In this weekly, day-of update, the Slate Money hosts discuss what’s going on right now amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Emily, Anna and Felix discuss the $2 Trillion relief package and how the US government stacks up in the crisis. Email:…
Culture Gabfest: Walking into the Abyss
Mar 25 • 68 min
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,…
What Next: Does 1918 Even Apply Here?
Mar 25 • 22 min
There’s plenty to be learned from past pandemics. They tend to follow a dramatic arc: denial, blame, and mass mobilization. So far, the coronavirus tracks with some contagions of the past—but can history tell anything about where we’re headed? Guest:…
Gist: Trump’s Dangerous Optimism
Mar 24 • 29 min
On the Gist, how to stay out of the ICU. In the interview, Mike talks with Andy Slavitt, former head of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act for the Obama Administration, about why the US was less prepared for a pandemic like COVID-19. They…
Trumpcast: Civil Liberties Still Matter In The Coronavirus Crisis
Mar 24 • 49 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Mystal of The Nation about continuing to commit to political issues even in the wake of biological troubles, freeing prisoners and caged children during the health crisis, patriarchy problems, the upcoming presidential…
Dear Prudence: Social (Media) Distancing
Mar 24 • 62 min
Prudence is joined this week by Phil Surkis, an Oakland based podcast producer, whose shows include Dear Prudence, and the upcoming Alicia Garza podcast, Lady Don’t Take No. He’s the co-host of the podcast, o.k. land, along with comedian Abas Idris.…
What Next: How to Hold an Election During a Pandemic
Mar 24 • 27 min
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, the United States might have to figure out how to hold an election in a time of social distancing. Will local, state and federal officials be able coordinate in time to transform our election infrastructure? Guest: Nate…
Slate Money: Food: Technology
Mar 24 • 33 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon talks to guests about the economics of food. Jordan Thaeler of WhatsBusy joins Slate Money Food to talk about the tech and data side of the food biz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How To!: Not Go Crazy Under Quarantine
Mar 24 • 31 min
This week, we’re struggling with the same problem as our listeners: self-quarantine. As news of the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, how do we stay sane while staying home? How do we reduce stress and remain healthy while juggling remote work and…
Gist: Making Outbreak Models
Mar 23 • 32 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, state governments need help. In the interview, Dr. Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University talks…
What Next: Can Congress Save the Economy?
Mar 23 • 21 min
To understand where the country is right now in battling this pandemic you have to confront some pretty grim statistics. Roughly one in three Americans are under some kind of orders to stay at home. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 33,000.…
Working: How Does a Cloistered Nun Do Her Job?
Mar 22 • 43 min
This week, Jordan talked to Sister Mary Catharine Perry, a Dominican nun at The Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in New Jersey. As more people have begun social distancing to help flatten the coronavirus curve, Sister Mary Catharine shared some tips on…
Flashback: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Mar 22 • 78 min
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…
Slate Money: A Bigger Hammer
Mar 21 • 51 min
This week, the Slate Money hosts discuss the government’s plan to send out checks, the senators who used inside information to profit off the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest news from China. “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance,” by Tomas Pueyo And in…
Gist: Coronavirus Contrarianism Is a Health Risk
Mar 20 • 34 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, Trump thinks Peter Alexander is a bad journalist. In the interview, Mike talks with MSNBC…
Man Up: What Women Are Learning About Men During Self-Quarantine
Mar 20 • 40 min
This week, Man Up host Aymann Ismail learns how the outbreak of COVID-19 is changing how men’s partners see them at home. What happens when a husband and wife have very different crisis modes? What do you do if your new boyfriend wants you to quarantine…
What Next TBD: Big Tech Eyes the Pandemic
Mar 20 • 24 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Google has spent the last decade trying to find a foothold in the health care industry. Now they’re…
Trumpcast: When Conservative Media Got Serious About Coronavirus
Mar 20 • 41 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post reporter Sarah Ellison about Fox News’ evolving thinking on the coronavirus crisis, some of the more dangerous pundit downplays of the virus, their view that Trump is doing well handling it, and the need to…
Gist: Convincing in Crisis
Mar 19 • 34 min
On the Gist, Trump’s press conference. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back to talk with Mike about persuasion. They discuss the best and worst tactics for convincing people of something the don’t believe, and why it will make us feel better to try…
Political: How Long Will It Last?
Mar 19 • 77 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by Dr. Amesh Adalja to discuss efforts to address the pandemic, journalist Neil Irwin on whether the U.S. economy can be saved, and author Jon Mooallem on his new book This is Chance! about…
Mom & Dad: We Are All Homeschoolers Now Edition
Mar 19 • 60 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by official third host of Mom and Dad are Fighting… Elizabeth Newcamp! They discuss their new homeschool schedules and Elizabeth gives Dan and Jamilah tips on how to make their plans attainable,…
Decoder Ring: Rubber Duckie
Mar 19 • 26 min
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…
Thirst Aid Kit: Thirst Buckets Galore!
Mar 19 • 63 min
‘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…
What Next: Italy’s Message From the Future
Mar 19 • 21 min
Many Americans still can’t imagine how the coronavirus pandemic will upend their lives. In northern Italy, no imagination is needed. Coffins pile up in churches and cemeteries as funeral gatherings remain banned. Hospitals are overwhelmed. And those who…
Gist: We Need a Government Bail-Out
Mar 18 • 30 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, our slow government. In the interview, In the interview, Mike talks to CEO of Three Uncanny Four…
Slate Money: COVID-19: March 18, 2020
Mar 18 • 19 min
In this weekly, day-of update, the Slate Money hosts discuss what’s going on right now amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Email: [email protected] Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Slow Burn 3 Live: Party & Bullshit
Mar 18 • 53 min
A special edition of Slow Burn features Joel Anderson live on stage, with legendary producers Nashiem Myrick and Easy Moe Bee, and Reverend Conrad Tillard, known in the 90s as “The Hip Hop Minister.” Plus, a story from the season 3 cutting room floor.…
What Next: How Long This Could Last
Mar 18 • 21 min
As the novel coronavirus spreads sickness and anxiety around the U.S., it’s tempting to point fingers at government agencies that seemed wholly unequipped for the crisis. And, to be clear, Washington was not prepared. But here’s what decision makers can…
Culture Gabfest: Viral Songs and Quarantine Culture
Mar 18 • 68 min
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…
Trumpcast: The President Without A Psychology
Mar 17 • 12 min
In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to psychology professor Dan McAdams about how Trump builds his internal narrative identity, and McAdams’ book The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: Halt the Vote?
Mar 17 • 31 min
On the Gist, the election mess in Ohio. In the interview, Richard Hasen, legal expert and professor at the UC Irvine School of Law, is here to discuss closing the polls in Ohio, the legal implications of how that decision was made, and why we need…
What Next: We Still Have to Talk About Elizabeth Warren
Mar 17 • 18 min
When Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the end of her presidential campaign, she was asked about the role of sexism in the race. Warren didn’t venture an answer, promising she’d have more to say later. In the meantime, we have some thoughts. Guest:…
Dear Prudence: Feminist Breast Lift
Mar 17 • 52 min
Prudence is joined this week by Calvin Kasulke, a writer, podcast producer and transsexual living in Brooklyn. His work has been featured in outlets including MEL Magazine, Vice, Electric Literature and BuzzFeed. Prudie and Kasulke dig into letters about…
Spoiler Specials: Contagion
Mar 17 • 50 min
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…
How To!: Forgive the Unforgivable
Mar 17 • 31 min
For years Claire has been holding on to a terrible family secret: Her mom physically abused Claire’s brother when he was young. How could her mom have done that? Now, over a decade later, both Claire’s mother and brother have passed away, but Claire still…
Lexicon: Chinese Has No Grammar, Right? Wrong!
Mar 17 • 50 min
Mandarin might not have gender or case endings but there’s more to grammar than conjugations. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Lexicon Valley each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our show. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
Slate Money: Food: Costco
Mar 17 • 31 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon talks to guests about the economics of food. In the first episode of the mini-series, Felix talks to Zachary Crockett about the cult of Costco and what makes the no-frills warehouse such an alluring shopping…
What Next: Can Our Economy Handle This?
Mar 17 • 23 min
In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. political leaders are moving faster than they have in years. But it still might not be fast enough. Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent. Slate Plus members get bonus…
Gist: We Don’t Need a Revolution
Mar 16 • 35 min
On the Gist, the war against invisible enemies. In the interview, Mike spoke with Dr. Fred Buckner of the University of Washington about how hospitals are dealing with COVID-19, who is and isn’t being hospitalized, and the important things we need to do…
Hang Up: The NFL Has a New CBA
Mar 16 • 67 min
Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis talk about the latest on the coronavirus and sports. They are joined by former NFL player Domonique Foxworth and former NFL executive Andrew Brandt to break down the league’s new labor deal. Hall of Fame soccer player Julie…
What Next: An ER Doctor Prepares for the Worst
Mar 16 • 18 min
Open or closed? Across the country, state governors and mayors are asking themselves that question: Are we safer staying open, or are we safer closing down? Over the weekend, more cities and states ordered shutdowns to temper the spread of COVID-19. But…
Working Classics: How Does a Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Chef Do Her Job?
Mar 15 • 53 min
This week, Jordan talks to Molly Baz, Senior Associate Food Editor at Bon Appétit. Molly is part of the team of chefs who create and test recipes for the magazine—which you may already know if you’re one of the millions of people who watch Bon Appétit’s…
Slate Money: The World is Falling Apart
Mar 14 • 50 min
This week Ben Hubbard, author of “MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman”, joins Felix, Emily, and Anna to discuss the global economic effects of the Coronavirus, the oil situation in the Middle East and the pros and cons of working from home. In…
Amicus: The Law of Public Health
Mar 14 • 56 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California Irvine School of Law. Professor Goodwin unpacks the oral arguments…
Gist: Trump’s Gaffes Are a Virus
Mar 13 • 35 min
On the Gist, the president is a disastrous communicator. In the interview, Mike speaks with his friend Luke Burbank, host of Live Wire Radio and Too Beautiful to Live, about what it’s like in the Seattle area right now. They discuss travel, how this might…
Hit Parade: Wesley on Whitney
Mar 13 • 29 min
In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Wesley Morris, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic, New York Times critic-at-large, and co-host of Still Processing. They discuss the most recent full-length episode of Hit Parade about the…
What Next TBD: What If They Close All the Schools?
Mar 13 • 19 min
Last week, the superintendent of the Northshore school district near Seattle made a difficult decision. With the coronavirus spreading rapidly in the area, she closed all 34 schools in her district and moved all classes online. But for many schools,…
Gist: You Can’t Win a Pandemic
Mar 12 • 27 min
On the Gist, Trump’s lies are so dangerous. In the interview, Mike calls his friend David Lichtman, who lives in New Rochelle, New York, on the edge of the coronavirus containment zone. They discuss what it’s like on the ground, how it’s affected local…
Political: Flatten the Curve
Mar 12 • 70 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the coming COVID-19 crisis, Biden as the presumptive nominee, and guest Leon Neyfakh joins the show to talk about his podcast Fiasco Season Two: Iran-Contra. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment,…
Hang Up: Coronavirus Shuts Down Sports
Mar 12 • 34 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin get together for an emergency podcast on the cascading shutdowns in the world of sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss which leagues have handled the crisis admirably and which haven’t and they…
Mom & Dad: The Quarantine’s a-Comin’ Edition
Mar 12 • 65 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Carvell Wallace to discuss how the Coronavirus has been impacting their areas and what they are going to do if their schools resort to online learning. We also ask Carvell YOUR catch-up questions, as…
The Waves: Nevertheless, Misogyny Persisted
Mar 12 • 62 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss how we got to such a white, male set of options for President. Then, they dive into the gendered responses to coronavirus. Finally, the panel discusses a new movie about…
What Next: If Prisoners Could Vote
Mar 12 • 25 min
We talk about polls a lot on this podcast. State polls, national polls, polls that make you shrug and vote for the other guy. Today, we’re talking about one of the most unusual polls we’ve ever seen: Slate teamed up with The Marshall Project to conduct a…
Gist: Bernie’s Losses Aren’t Surprising
Mar 11 • 32 min
On the Gist, maybe Sanders was never really that popular. In the interview, we have part two of David Plouffe’s interview. He and Mike go deeper on campaigns, what Trump needs to do to win again, and what Biden and Sanders could do to win the White House.…
Man Up: Why Men Who Are Sick Insist on Going to Work
Mar 11 • 31 min
Man Up editor Lowen Liu explains why he’s so bad about taking sick days, even when a serious epidemic is dominating the news. But first, Slate’s culture editor Forrest Wickman lays out why he desperately wants his co-workers to go home when they show…
What Next: What the World Left Behind in Syria
Mar 11 • 24 min
Even though Kareem Shaheen left Syria a few years back, the reminders of his time there are everywhere. For nine years a brutal conflict has left millions seeking refuge with millions more still stuck in limbo. This past December, the Assad regime…
Culture Gabfest: Cows and Capitalism
Mar 11 • 79 min
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…
Trumpcast: The Bank That Backed Trump
Mar 11 • 57 min
Virginia Heffernan welcomes David Enrich, a reporter for the New York Times and author of the book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign…
Gist: Fighting the Trump Campaign
Mar 10 • 30 min
On the Gist, Steve Bannon making some sense. In the interview, David Plouffe is here to discuss his new book, A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump. He and Mike talk about strategy, lessons learned, Biden and Bernie, and Plouffe’s podcast, Campaign HQ…
Dear Prudence: He Could Be The One
Mar 10 • 51 min
Prudence is joined this week by Kaitlyn Greenidge, the author of the novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman. Greenidge has written for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Virginia Quarterly Review and other places. Prudie and…
How To!: Find Your First Kiss at 38
Mar 10 • 33 min
Sharon is 38 and never been kissed. This, as she acknowledges, is “a bit weird.” As a nurse who loves ballroom dancing, Sharon is smart, funny, and attractive. At the same time, she’s deeply religious and has been waiting so long for the perfect man she…
What Next: Will the Coronavirus Tank the Economy?
Mar 10 • 22 min
On Monday morning, the Dow saw its biggest one day drop since 2008. This time, the cause was a combination of a volatile oil market and heightened fears of a pandemic. The usual economic tools may not be enough to reassure markets. Guest: Jordan Weissman,…
Gist: We’re Fumbling the Coronavirus Crisis
Mar 9 • 31 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, Trump’s antics will not work with the Coronavirus. In the interview, Mike talks with staff…
Hang Up: The Is the Hot Hand Real? Edition
Mar 9 • 74 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to talk about the latest on the coronavirus and sports. They also interview Cohen about his book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks. Finally, they…
What Next: Donald Trump Wants Your Digits
Mar 9 • 23 min
The Trump 2016 campaign had unprecedented success on Facebook. Ever since, Trump’s reelection campaign has been pumping out ads and collecting data on a massive scale. Democrats are only just beginning to catch up. Guest: Andrew Marantz, staff writer at…
Working: How Do You Teach Someone to Fly?
Mar 8 • 50 min
This week, Jordan kept his feet on the ground but talked with Daniel Darby about intentionally falling through the air. Daniel is a professional wingsuit pilot who competes on the international level. He also teaches adventure-seekers how to skydive and…
Sponsored: Going Global with Startup Investor & Advisor Kyle York
Mar 7 • 35 min
As any business grows, there comes a time when it has to expand to access new markets and opportunities. Whether you’re connecting with new clients across the country or launching offices on other continents, going global requires you to adapt and be…
Slate Money: Jack Jack
Mar 7 • 51 min
This week Felix, Emily, and Anna discuss the Fed’s emergency, coronavirus-driven rate cut; the life of Jack Welch and the troubles of Jack Dorsey; and Lebanon’s Ponzi scheme. “‘Knowing the Right People’: The Embattled Concierge With Elite Connections” by…
Gist: Biden Has the Obama Coalition
Mar 6 • 35 min
On the Gist, the International Criminal Court. In the interview, musician Stephen Malkmus is here to talk about his new album Traditional Techniques. He and Mike discuss the various instruments he used, tennis, and Santa Con. In the spiel, Biden’s got the…
Spoiler Specials: Onward
Mar 6 • 45 min
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…
What Next TBD: Did the Internet Doom a Pregnancy?
Mar 6 • 23 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. For pregnant women in the U.S., there are plenty of reasons to mistrust the medical establishment. Mortality…
Trumpcast: Trump’s Mind Control Madness
Mar 6 • 60 min
Virginia Heffernan welcomes back author and leading cult expert, Steven Hassan, to talk about his latest book, The Cult of Trump, and about his own experience being lured into and then recovering from a cult. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every…
Gist: Trump Is Clueless About Coronavirus
Mar 5 • 31 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, daylight savings time. In the interview, Mike talks with journalist and political analyst Yuval…
Political: Wash Your Hands
Mar 5 • 70 min
Emily, John and David discuss Super Tuesday, COVID-19’s spread and the Supreme Court’s hearing of a crucial abortion case. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss pandemics in fiction. Slate Plus members get a bonus…
Mom & Dad: The All Kids, All the Time Edition
Mar 5 • 49 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Emily Farranto to answer a question from a listener who works with kids and is thinking about having her own. Is constant contact with kids overwhelming? We also have a question from a mom whose son…
Thirst Aid Kit: Flooding the Basement with Ashley C. Ford
Mar 5 • 64 min
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,…
What Next: How Biden Made His Comeback
Mar 5 • 22 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Super Tuesday gave Joe Biden a blowout, in part because of a surge from black voters. While white voters…
Gist: Stop Talking About Women’s Looks
Mar 4 • 34 min
Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence. Sign up now to listen and support our work. On the Gist, Bernie and Biden. In the interview, Lizzie O’Leary is the host of What Next: TBD at Slate, but…
Man Up: Being an American Ninja Warrior with Parkinson’s
Mar 4 • 33 min
Vivek, a man with Parkinson’s disease, tries to get back the confidence he had before his diagnosis at age 38. To help him out, Man Up host Aymann Ismail recruits Jimmy Choi, a husband, father, ultra-marathoner, and competitor on NBC’s American Ninja…
What Next: He Saw the Coronavirus Coming
Mar 4 • 18 min
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, started in China as a bat virus that eventually made contact with humans. Researchers say this leap between species was highly predictable – so why were communities and governments caught flat-footed? And what does…
Culture Gabfest: Is Love Blind?
Mar 4 • 82 min
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…
Trumpcast: Coronavirus and the Democratic Primary
Mar 3 • 39 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Greg Dworkin, a Daily Kos contributing editor and the Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology and Medical Director of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. They discuss pandemic preparedness, where to find…
Gist: Chris Matthews Knew How to Hit Hard
Mar 3 • 32 min
On the Gist, don’t touch your face. In the interview, Mike talks with legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks about her book, The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President. They discuss her role on the prosecutorial team during the…
Dear Prudence: Cubicle Creep
Mar 3 • 52 min
Prudence is joined this week by New York City based writer, Jaya Saxena. She’s currently on staff at Eater.com, and her essay collection Crystal Clear is forthcoming from Quirk Books this year. Prudie and Saxena dig into letters about what to do when you…
Lexicon: From Uptalk to Vocal Fry, Women Are Prolific Language Innovators
Mar 3 • 49 min
Want to hear what English will sound like in the future? Talk to a woman. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley…
What Next: Who’s Left Standing for Super Tuesday?
Mar 3 • 21 min
The Democratic primary field has been dramatically re-shuffled since Saturday. After Joe Biden swept up votes and delegates in South Carolina, moderate candidates dropped out to strengthen his challenge against front-runner Bernie Sanders. So, with over a…
How To!: Get Your Mom to Accept You
Mar 3 • 31 min
When Hema first realized she was gay a few years ago after immigrating to the U.S., she knew she had to tell her mom. But the conversation didn’t go well. Hema’s mom lives in India and is convinced being gay is a Western phenomenon. So how does Hema help…
Gist: The DNC’s Primary Process is Flawed
Mar 2 • 35 min
On the Gist, 1946 was a good year for presidential births. In the interview, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is here to discuss his new book The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success. He and Mike debate the meaning of…
Hang Up: The Coronavirus and Sports Edition
Mar 2 • 68 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the rise of Zion Williamson. They also discuss the legends and myths of the NFL’s scouting combine and assess how the spread of the coronavirus will affect sports around the world. Zion (3:59):…
What Next: Is The Border Patrol Accountable to Anyone?
Mar 2 • 21 min
Lower courts have consistently ruled against the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies. But at the Supreme Court, the conservative majority almost always reverses lower court opinions, even in the most shocking cases. Last week, justices…
Decoder Ring: The Shop Around the Corner
Mar 2 • 38 min
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…
Political: Slate Plus Bonus Episode: South Carolina and Super Tuesday
Mar 1 • 2 min
David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Biden’s win in South Carolina and what it could mean for Super Tuesday and the Democratic Primary overall. Become a Slate Plus today to hear this bonus episode in full www.slate.com/gabfestplus You can tweet…
Working for the Run: How Does a Running Brand Owner Do Her Job?
Mar 1 • 34 min
For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run. In the final episode of the season, Shannon speaks to…
Slate Money: Old Bob, New Bob
Feb 29 • 42 min
This week, Felix Anna and Emily talk about how coronavirus is affecting the stock market, Disney’s two Bobs, and the crazy story of the “Madoff of France.” In the Slate Plus segment: The four-hour work week. ‘America’s Broken Social Safety Net Can’t…
Amicus: Have Progressives Lost the Courts for Good?
Feb 29 • 48 min
Dahlia Lithwick asks the new president of the American Constitution Society, Russ Feingold, if it’s too late for progressives to respond to the conservative steamroller that is the Federalist Society. Slate Plus members have access to a bonus segment in…
Gist: Busting Bernie’s Policy Myth
Feb 28 • 32 min
On the Gist, complaining to the FCC. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another round of “Is That Bullshit?” This time she and Mike look into the light, blue light that is. Does it really affect sleep the way everybody claims it does? Should we…
Man Up: The Secret to a Healthy Porn Habit
Feb 28 • 32 min
A young man wonders whether his habitual porn use has negatively affected the way he thinks about sex and relationships. Can porn cause erectile dysfunction? Is it even possible to have a healthy relationship to porn? To answer those questions and more,…
Hit Parade: I’m Your Whitney Tonight Edition
Feb 28 • 90 min
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…
What Next TBD: Did Money Corrupt an A.I. Utopia?
Feb 28 • 20 min
OpenAI was founded in 2015 with a billion dollars and an idealistic mission: Create artificial intelligence that could address humanity’s biggest problems, and do it out in the open. Then came the money problems. Guest: Karen Hao, senior A.I. reporter at…
Trumpcast: Trump Revisits This Whole ‘Intelligence’ Thing
Feb 27 • 28 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Natasha Bertrand, national security correspondent at Politico, about Trump’s move to temporarily hire loyalist Richard Grenell—who has no intelligence experience—as the top U.S. intelligence official, replacing acting Director…
Gist: Combatting Coronavirus With Clowns
Feb 27 • 29 min
On the Gist, why Bernie still needs the black vote. In the interview, Mike talks with senior fellow at the Brookings Institution E. J. Dionne about his most recent book, Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country. They tease…
Political: Bern, Baby, Bern
Feb 27 • 70 min
Emily, John and David discuss the Democratic presidential primary, Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, and conservative ascendency in the courts. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment: with inspiration from Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, Emily,…
Studio 360: The final episode
Feb 27 • 54 min
After 20 years, Studio 360 is switching off the ON AIR light one last time. Alec Baldwin conducts Kurt Andersen’s exit interview and they listen to some of Kurt’s favorite moments with guests. Since it’s this show’s finale, Kurt talks with TV showrunners…
Mom & Dad: The Hyphenation Headache Edition
Feb 27 • 48 min
On this week’s episode: Dan is joined by Elizabeth Newcamp and Gabriel Roth to answer a question from a mom debating whether her son should take her last name or her husband’s last name. Or they could hyphenate, but will that burden her son later in life?…
Thirst Aid Kit: We Love James McAvoy, That’ s All
Feb 27 • 52 min
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…
The Waves: Love In a Pod
Feb 27 • 65 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss the Harvey Weinstein trial verdict. Then, they dive into the reality show Love Is Blind. Finally, the panel interviews artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh about her book Stop…
What Next: Can Bernie Beat Trump?
Feb 27 • 24 min
As Bernie Sanders becomes the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, pundits have started wringing their hands about Bernie’s chances of winning in a general election. Are any of these fears grounded in reality? Guest: Steve Kornacki, National…
Gist: Electing the Muppet in Chief
Feb 26 • 34 min
On the Gist, the missed opportunities of the South Carolina debates. In the interview, Mike talks with Eitan Hersh, professor of Political Science at Tufts University, about his new book Politics is for Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take…
Trumpcast: Fear is Our Common Political Enemy
Feb 26 • 9 min
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Mormon writer and activist Sharlee Mullins Glenn about the use of fear to manipulate politics, mistaken conflations of Mormons and Evangelicals when talking about conservative Christians, wedge…
Outward Classic: Our Queer Roots
Feb 26 • 50 min
A look back at our first episode: On the first episode, hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley—along with a smorgasbord of Slate staffers—reveal their queer roots. Does it all come down to crop tops? Then, in the debut…
What Next: The Toxic Combo Behind Colorado’s Police Shootings
Feb 26 • 26 min
Colorado has one of the highest rates of officer involved shootings in the country. After looking at the data, two reporters from Colorado Public Radio found that a complex mix of meth addiction, illegal firearms and car thefts are to blame. Guest:…
Culture Gabfest: Portrait of Taylor on Fire
Feb 26 • 79 min
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…
Gist: The New York Times is Ready to Rumble
Feb 25 • 26 min
On the Gist, Bernie Sanders’ public access past. In the interview, journalist Conor Dougherty is here to talk about his new book Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America. They discuss potential solutions to the housing shortage in major cities, why…
Dear Prudence: Not A Good Look
Feb 25 • 56 min
Prudence is joined this week by Faran Krentcil, the editorial director of The Newsette and editor-at-large for ELLE.com. She lives in New York City with her life partner, a vintage leopard print coat from Paris. Prudie and Krentcil tackle letters about…
Studio 360 Extra: American Icons: The Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence
Feb 25 • 70 min
From 1910 to 1970, 6.6 million African Americans migrated from the rural south – a dramatic movement that would permanently change the social, political and cultural fabric of our nation. In 1941, Jacob Lawerence’s iconic series The Migration of the Negro…
Studio 360 Extra: American Icons: The Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence
Feb 25 • 70 min
From 1910 to 1970, 6.6 million African Americans migrated from the rural south – a dramatic movement that would permanently change the social, political and cultural fabric of our nation. In 1941, Jacob Lawerence’s iconic series The Migration of the Negro…
What Next: Did Bill Barr Break the Justice Department?
Feb 25 • 24 min
Attorney General William Barr has lost the confidence of more than 2,600 former Department of Justice employees. We talked to one of them. Guest: Donald Ayer, who served in the Department of Justice under George H. W. Bush. Read his piece in the Atlantic,…
How To!: Vote for the Next President
Feb 25 • 33 min
Anthony is that rarest of things in American politics—a swing voter who is up for grabs in 2020. Caught between his Republican voting history and his current dislike of President Trump, Anthony is now registered as an Independent. But does he follow his…
Gist: Battling Against Bernie
Feb 24 • 31 min
On the Gist, caucuses are bad. In the interview, Mike talks with Touré about why his podcast title, Touré Show, doesn’t have a definite article. They discuss Touré’s particular interview style, how he would write his Obama-era book on race and Blackness…
Hang Up: Will the NFL Move to a 17-Game Season?
Feb 24 • 70 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the push for a 17-game NFL season and John Beilein’s short, tumultuous tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Joseph Bien-Kahn also joins to discuss ultrarunner Jim Walmsley’s quest to qualify for the…
What Next: Why Republicans Always Win
Feb 24 • 19 min
Republicans have relied on one organization in particular to help pass conservative laws in states across the country: The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The kicker is that ALEC learned its tricks from public-sector unions. Guest: Alex…
Studio 360 Extra: Studio 360: The Wonder Years
Feb 23 • 36 min
Studio 360 broadcast its first episode on November 4, 2000, just before we elected George W. Bush as President and we all learned what a “hanging chad” was. Fittingly, that first program was an exploration of art and politics hosted by a newcomer to…
Working for the Run: How Does an Olympic Running Coach Do Her Job?
Feb 23 • 42 min
For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run. This week, Shannon talks to Amy Begley, an Olympic…
Slate Money: Housing Bonanza
Feb 22 • 61 min
Conor Dougherty joins Slate Money to talk about his new book Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America and all things housing crisis. Plus: An extra long housing bonanza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trumpcast: A Meditation on Conservatives Who Change Their Minds
Feb 22 • 32 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Windsor Mann (USA Today, The Week) about his penchant for epigrams, Neo-conservatism, more on the relationship between Republicans and Russia, Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Amicus: Election Meltdown, Part 5
Feb 22 • 72 min
In the fifth and final part of this special series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined live on stage in Washington by former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, MacArthur fellow Professor Danielle Citron of Boston University law school,…
Gist: Leave George Washington’s Thighs Alone
Feb 21 • 31 min
On the Gist, Russia is at it again. In the interview, Mike chats with historian Alexis Coe, author of the new book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. They discuss the founding-father’s height, dentures and that awkward…
Spoiler Specials: Emma.
Feb 21 • 57 min
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…
What Next TBD: Inside Facebook’s Supreme Court
Feb 21 • 22 min
After years of controversial content moderation decisions, from deepfakes to deplatforming, Facebook is trying something new. In January, the social network announced that its new Oversight Board, which will act as a sort of supreme court for…
Gist: Bloomberg’s Defenseless Debate
Feb 20 • 31 min
On the Gist, stop the racism. In the interview, Mike talks about the democrats with director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver Seth Masket. They discuss the way the debate went, and what could happen at the convention with all…
Political: Two Stents
Feb 20 • 67 min
Emily, John and David discuss the fiery Democratic debate, Trump’s white-collar pardoning spree, and A Very Stable Genius with authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how they would…
Studio 360: Public Enemy’s groundbreaking album, Maya Angelou’s classic memoir and Angie Thomas on TLC
Feb 20 • 54 min
How Public Enemy brought the revolution to hip-hop with “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.” Plus, our Americans Icons segment on Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which broke boundaries when it was published and still…
Mom & Dad: The Trampled on the Playground Edition
Feb 20 • 58 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Elizabeth Newcamp to answer a question from a mom worried about her young kids’ safety at the park. Is it okay to tell off older kids for not playing nicely? We also have a question from a listener who…
Thirst Aid Kit: The Deceptive Deference of Clive Owen
Feb 20 • 53 min
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…
What Next: Will a Union Spoil Bernie’s Chances in Nevada?
Feb 20 • 18 min
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has dominated Nevada politics for years. Last week, leaders announced that the union would not endorse any of the Democratic primary candidates before the caucuses this Saturday. Did union leaders make that call…
Trumpcast: Bill Kristol’s Long Strange Trip with Republicans
Feb 19 • 57 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Bill Kristol about Trump’s impact on liberal democracy, the unexamined reward structure of becoming a Trumpist, American conservatism in decades past versus today and conservatives’ relationship to Russia, isolationist language…
Gist: Ye Olde Bloomberg Soundbite Shoppe
Feb 19 • 31 min
On the Gist, birtherism and deatherism. In the interview, Mike chats with Daily Beast reporters, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsang about their new book, Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump’s Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington. They discuss how they used…
Man Up: Why Can’t My Wife and I Pray Together?
Feb 19 • 31 min
After years of praying in mosques that treat women’s spaces as an afterthought, Aymann tries to find an alternative. First he talks to his wife Mira about the difference between men’s spaces and women’s spaces during prayer. Then Imam Khalid Latif joins…
Man Up: Why Can’t My Wife and I Pray Together?
Feb 19 • 31 min
After years of praying in mosques that treat women’s spaces as an afterthought, Aymann tries to find an alternative. First he talks to his wife Mira about the difference between men’s spaces and women’s spaces during prayer. Then Imam Khalid Latif joins…
What Next: How ICE Is Weaponizing Therapy
Feb 19 • 27 min
Unaccompanied minors at the border are required to speak to a therapist on a weekly basis. Now, officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement are able to use what was once confidential against these young migrants in court. Guest: Hannah Dreier,…
Culture Gabfest: Gender Swap
Feb 19 • 69 min
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…
Gist: Pardon the Crime
Feb 18 • 32 min
On the Gist, critiquing Bloomberg critiques. In the interview, we’ve got the second part of our conversation with journalist Andrea Bernstein on her new book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. She and Mike…
Hang Up: I Just Binged Cheer
Feb 18 • 74 min
Joel Anderson, Josh Levin, and special guest Lindsay Gibbs talk about the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. They also discuss WNBA free agency and the rise of Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu. Finally, they review the Netflix docuseries…
Dear Prudence: Porn Boss
Feb 18 • 55 min
Prudence is joined this week by Molly Woodstock, a biracial journalist, audio producer, and equity consultant based in Portland, Oregon. They produce and host an award-winning weekly podcast called Gender Reveal, and have been featured as a gender expert…
Lexicon: In What Order Did Languages Arrive in Europe?
Feb 18 • 43 min
DNA analysis is revealing which speakers traveled where and when. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
Studio 360 Extra: New York Icons: Kaufman Astoria Studios
Feb 18 • 35 min
New York was the original center of American moviemaking. But soon filmmakers figured out it was cheaper and simpler to work in California’s open spaces and good weather. With the westward migration, however, certain types of filmmakers were still drawn…
What Next: Is Michael Bloomberg Sorry?
Feb 18 • 25 min
Since he launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, Michael Bloomberg has been trying to distance himself from the legacy of ‘stop and frisk.’ He says stops went down 95 percent by the end of his time as mayor. Darius Charney, one of the lawyers that…
How To!: Write the Perfect Breakup Song with Ben Folds
Feb 18 • 33 min
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…
Working for the Run: How Does the Race Director of the New York City Marathon Do His Job?
Feb 16 • 43 min
For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run. This week, Shannon talks to Jim Heim, the Race Director…
Slate Money: Jeff Bezos’ Midlife Crisis
Feb 15 • 49 min
On this week’s episode, Felix, Anna, and Emily discuss Judy Shelton, Trump’s nominee to the Federal Reserve Board, tech antitrust investigations, and the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract. In the Slate Plus segment: Wells Fargo ends…
Amicus: Election Meltdown, Part 4
Feb 15 • 54 min
In the fourth part of this special five-part series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by election law professor Rick Hasen and Professor Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of One…
Gist: Why Iran-Contra Hardly Rings a Bell
Feb 14 • 29 min
On the Gist, the Houston Astros cheating scandal is like the US Democracy. Mike and former host of Slow Burn, and current host of Luminary Podcast network’s Fiasco, Leon Neyfakh get into the details of the Iran-Contra Affair. They discuss the key players…
Trumpcast: Dave Eggers and the Red Hats
Feb 14 • 10 min
In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to renowned author Dave Eggers about his new book, The Captain and The Glory, connecting with people at Trump rallies and the arch of Trump’s stump speeches, challenges to the “Trump followers are in a cult”…
Outward: Queer Advice
Feb 14 • 57 min
In this special bonus episode, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan are joined by John Paul Brammer of the Hola Papi column to offer some sex and relationship advice. They answer listener questions about asexuality and navigating intimacy, reconciling fantasies…
Spoiler Specials: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Feb 14 • 60 min
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…
Hit Parade: Living in an Amish Paradise
Feb 14 • 30 min
In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Nathan Rabin, podcaster and writer of two books about “Weird Al” Yankovic. They discuss the most recent full-length episode of Hit Parade, a history of novelty songs on the Billboard…
What Next TBD: Coronavirus Tests China’s Surveillance State
Feb 14 • 19 min
Over the last month, as coronavirus spread across China, Xi Jinping’s vast surveillance and censorship infrastructure went into high gear. But with outrage growing over the death of a beloved doctor, and surveillance technology under strain, the virus is…
Gist: Unpacking the Buttigieg CIA Conspiracy
Feb 13 • 38 min
On the Gist, what Bloomberg said about redlining. In the interview, Mike talks to former host of Slow Burn and current host of Luminary Podcast network’s Fiasco, Leon Neyfakh. In the first part of their conversation, they talk about what the Iran-Contra…
Political: Bernie Burns It and Biden Bites It
Feb 13 • 67 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Democrats after New Hampshire, Trump’s emboldened post-impeachment moves, and COVID-19. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the possibility that Trump will…
Studio 360: Delilah, the making of Yanni and loving ‘Sweet Valley High’
Feb 13 • 54 min
Where do you turn when you’re heartbroken in the dead of night? Delilah, of course. Her radio call-in show pairs romantic advice with the perfect song. Plus, how Yanni, John Tesh and others discovered an improbable vehicle to ‘90s stardom: the PBS pledge…
Mom & Dad: The I Hate You Edition
Feb 13 • 41 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Isaac Butler to answer a question from a mom trying to make up for a verbal slip in a moment of frustration. And we have a question from a mom who wants to fend off family pressure to baptize her…
Thirst Aid Kit: Blair Underwood: The Most Charming Man in the World
Feb 13 • 64 min
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,…
The Waves: Is George Washington Canceled?
Feb 13 • 67 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss Alexis Coe’s George Washington biography You Never Forget Your First. Then, they dive into Taylor Swift and Jessica Simpson’s recent characterizations of how fame has shaped…
What Next: The Trump Appointee on a Mission to Gut Medicaid
Feb 13 • 26 min
A few weeks back the Trump administration made an announcement. They rolled out a new health care policy called the Healthy Adult Opportunity. It’s a policy that would give states the option of reducing benefits for millions of Medicaid patients. This is…
Gist: Bloomberg’s Bad Racial Math
Feb 12 • 33 min
On the Gist, why Vindman wasn’t fired. In the interview, journalist Andrea Bernstein is here to talk about her new book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. She and Mike discuss how Trump bullied his way…
Man Up: Why Valentine’s Day is a Scramble for So Many Men
Feb 12 • 27 min
This week on the show, a Texas man who struggles with romance tries to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day. But first, Aymann gets the cold hard truth about his past Valentine’s Day performances from his wife, Mira. Then he talks to psychotherapist Lori…
Culture Gabfest: Parasite Without a Host
Feb 12 • 76 min
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…
What Next: Inside The Base, a Secret Neo-Nazi Group
Feb 12 • 27 min
This past summer, while Ryan Thorpe was doing his day job as a reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, some frightening posters started appearing around town. They were recruitment posters for a white nationalist organization known as The Base. Over the…
Trumpcast: A New Election Forecasting Model for 2020
Feb 12 • 40 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to political analyst Rachel Bitecofer about her new electoral theory sweeping the forecasting world, the outlook for 2020, swing voters, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: What Hurt Warren
Feb 11 • 29 min
On the Gist, the little ones. In the interview, Mike talks to journalist and public health researcher Katherine Rowland about her new book, The Pleasure Gap: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution. They discuss why American women are…
Dear Prudence: Listen To Me
Feb 11 • 48 min
Prudence is joined this week by Lane Moore, the creator of the hit comedy show Tinder Live! Moore is also the author of the bestselling book How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t, and the front-person in the band It Was Romance. Prudie and…
How To!: Convince People to Give You Money
Feb 11 • 32 min
Shannon runs a nonprofit in Aspen, Colorado — a place filled with wealthy donors, but also stiff competition. With nearly 500 nonprofits vying for money, how does Shannon help her organization stick out? Some of the best advice may come from an unlikely…
What Next: The Border Patrol’s After School Program
Feb 11 • 21 min
In border towns across the country, high school students are participating in an after school program run by the U.S. Border Patrol. When journalist Morley Musick first encountered the Border Patrol Explorers, he saw it as another example of the…
Gist: Are Essential Oils Essentially Bunk?
Feb 10 • 34 min
On the Gist, talking is hard. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for her usual game of “Is That Bullshit?” Today she and Mike tackle essential oils, talking through the history of using essential oils, modern studies, and the potential uses they…
Hang Up: The XFL is Back
Feb 10 • 73 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the opening weekend of the new XFL. They also discuss the Houston Rockets’ small-ball experiment and review ESPN’s new Michael Vick documentary. XFL (01:57): Is the latest iteration of Vince…
What Next: Los Angeles Confronts Its Housing Crisis
Feb 10 • 23 min
Homelessness in Los Angeles isn’t a new problem. But it has become a bigger problem. And it’s gotten really easy to see. Guests: Theo Henderson, host of the We the Unhoused podcast. Emily Alpert Reyes, City Hall reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Slate…
Decoder Ring: Friend of Dorothy
Feb 10 • 33 min
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…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 9: How Did American Slavery End?
Feb 9 • 60 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In Episode 9, the finale episode of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie discuss emancipation. They examine how emancipation was more a process than an overnight change, and…
Working for the Run: How Does a Sports Bra Scientist Do Her Job?
Feb 9 • 39 min
For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run. This week, Shannon talks to Dr. Amy Sanchez, a…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 8: Runaway Railroad
Feb 8 • 56 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In Episode 8 of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie discuss the small minority of people who escaped slavery during the 1850s and 1860s and the people who helped them along…
Slate Money: Media Media
Feb 8 • 57 min
Edmund Lee, media journalist for The New York Times, joins the Slate Money hosts to discuss the demented rollercoaster that is Tesla stock, The New York Times’ surprising subscription numbers and the revenue of Youtube and other social media sites. Plus:…
Amicus: Election Meltdown, Part 3
Feb 8 • 56 min
In the third part of this special five-part series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by election law professor Rick Hasen to unpack the bag of dirty tricks that may be deployed in 2020’s election, and to examine the debris of the Iowa caucus debacle to…
Gist: Moshe Kasher Surfs the Crowd
Feb 7 • 33 min
On the Gist, Central Casting strikes again. In the interview, comedian Moshe Kasher is here to talk about his new comedy album Crowdsurfing. He and Mike discuss the difference between crowd work and prepared material, and the history of Moshe’s family. In…
Trumpcast: Joe Walsh’s Mission is to Stop Trump
Feb 7 • 41 min
On the day he dropped his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee, Virginia Heffernan talks to former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh about facing Trumpites, the pressure to please conservative advertisers, when the Tea Party became populist,…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 7: To Do No Harm?
Feb 7 • 52 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In Episode 7 of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore how science and medicine interacted with slavery in antebellum America. They discuss how doctors such as J. Marion…
What Next TBD: Iowa’s App-ocalypse
Feb 7 • 20 min
On Monday, the Iowa caucuses went off the rails. As the hours stretched into days, and still the results remained unclear, a new piece of election technology was identified as a central cause of the delay. An app designed to make the election process…
Trumpcast: Elitists Versus Trump and the Populists
Feb 7 • 42 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Joel Stein, author of the book In Defense of Elitism, about the different kinds of elites and the people who both love and hate them, connections between crafting and populism, and how to avoid taking the low road in politics.…
Gist: Iowa Was Lost in Translation
Feb 6 • 29 min
On the Gist, we went through hell. In the interview, Mike talks with linguist Dennis Baron about his new What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She. The two analyze the history of English language pronouns and debate whether or not language is meant for…
Political: The Most Abusive and Destructive
Feb 6 • 57 min
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the Iowa debacle, Mitt Romney’s impeachment vote, and Trump’s expanded immigration ban. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss George Packer’s acceptance speech for…
Studio 360: The Oscar episode
Feb 6 • 54 min
It’s all about the Oscars. Kurt talks with Thelma Schoonmaker, the longtime editor for Martin Scorsese who’s up for an Academy Award for “The Irishman”; Adam Driver, who’s a contender for his performance in “Marriage Story”; Quentin Tarantino, nominated…
Mom & Dad: Let Black Girls Be Girls Edition
Feb 6 • 52 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by poet, performer, and activist Staceyann Chin to field a question from a mom who’s worried she should give her son a year to grow before he starts kindergarten. Scott Brown, author of the YA novel XL…
Thirst Aid Kit: Next Stop: Penn Badgley
Feb 6 • 54 min
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…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 6: When Cotton Became King
Feb 6 • 46 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In Episode 6 of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the rise of the antebellum cotton economy in the early decades of the 19th century. They discuss how the growth of…
What Next: Michael Bloomberg’s Shot
Feb 6 • 28 min
Michael Bloomberg has toyed with running for president many times. He has the money and the political clout, but 2020 is the first time he’s thrown all his weight behind a White House bid. It might also be the only year where his abnormal approach to…
Man Up: Why Straight Bros Are So Important to Gay Guys
Feb 5 • 30 min
A gay man in Maine tries to figure out how to develop closer friendships with straight men. But first, Aymann tries to understand why Sam has his heart set on those friendships in the first place. For additional help, the guys turn to Alex DeLuca, founder…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 5: What Happened When Slaves Rebelled
Feb 5 • 49 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In Episode 5 of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the slave rebellions—both real and imagined—that unfolded during the settlement of the 19th-century American…
Culture Gabfest: Boingity Boing Music
Feb 5 • 77 min
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…
What Next: A Wake-Up Call From Iowa
Feb 5 • 18 min
The Iowa caucuses on Monday were a mess. Only 71 percent of precincts were reporting by late Tuesday night. Rick Hasen says, we’re just lucky this disaster happened early on. That means that election officials in other states have time to get it right.…
Gist: The Unsurprising Acquittal of Donald Trump
Feb 5 • 31 min
On the Gist, Donald Trump slurred his way through the State of the Union. In the interview, Mike talks with public education advocate Diane Ravitch about her most recent book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to…
Trumpcast: Trump’s Contributions to the Fixer Economy
Feb 4 • 51 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Michael Rothfeld, New York Times reporter and co-author of The Fixers, about the special cadre of supporters and enablers that allowed Trump to rise to power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: The Lesson of Iowa’s Chaos
Feb 4 • 29 min
On the Gist, the Iowa caucuses was created to disenfranchise babysitters. In the interview, Mike talks with NPR’s Steve Inskeep about his new book, Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the…
Dear Prudence: A Hell of a Guy
Feb 4 • 58 min
Prudence is joined this week by Josh Gondelman, a comedian who has written for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and now writes for Desus & Mero. His debut essay collection Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results is available now. Prudie…
Dear Prudence: A Hell of a Guy
Feb 4 • 58 min
Prudence is joined this week by Josh Gondelman, a comedian who has written for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and now writes for Desus & Mero. His debut essay collection Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results is available now. Prudie…
Lexicon: Digging Up the Past
Feb 4 • 41 min
Let’s talk about how we talk about that which already occurred. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
Studio 360 Extra: This Woman’s Work: ‘Black Gold’ by Nina Simone
Feb 4 • 36 min
This Woman’s Work is a series of stories from Classic Album Sundays and Studio 360, highlighting classic albums by female artists who have made a lasting impact on music and pop culture. This time: the Grammy nominated live album “Black Gold” by singer…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 4: The Family Life of Enslaved People
Feb 4 • 57 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In Episode 4 of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the shape of family life on the slave plantations of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They make a case…
What Next: Why Don’t D.C. Residents Count?
Feb 4 • 28 min
This episode originally aired in October 2019. Growing up in D.C. during the civil rights era made the fight for D.C. statehood deeply personal for civil rights advocate Wade Henderson. He’s said that being unable to secure a voting representative in…
How To!: Protect Yourself Against the Coronavirus
Feb 4 • 27 min
The coronavirus outbreak in China is causing panic worldwide. The World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency and all we hear about are doubling infection rates, massive quarantines, and drugstores running out of masks. In this…
Gist: Oregon, Lab for Democracy
Feb 3 • 29 min
On the Gist, how Elizabeth Warren inspires her supporters before the Iowa caucuses. In the interview, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon is here to discuss how the state has the highest voter-turnout rate, the possibility of granting 16-year-olds the vote,…
Hang Up: Patrick Mahomes is the Super Bowl Champ
Feb 3 • 62 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the Chiefs’ win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Stefan and Josh are then joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to discuss the wins by Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open. Super…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 3: The Hypocrisy of America’s Revolution
Feb 3 • 49 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In Episode 3 of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the shape of slavery during America’s Revolutionary War. They discuss how the enlightenment ideas that helped…
What Next: This Week In Impeachment: A ‘Bullet Proof’ President
Feb 3 • 31 min
On Friday, Senate Republicans blocked efforts to hear new witnesses and evidence in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The decision signals an unwillingness to challenge the executive branch, despite several Republican lawmakers conceding that…
Decoder Ring: The Stowe-Byron Controversy
Feb 3 • 41 min
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…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 2: Inside the Slave Ship
Feb 2 • 48 min
This episode was originally released in 2015. In episode 2 of the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the shape of slavery during the late 18th century. They talk about the heyday of the trans-Atlantic slave trade…
Working for the Run: How is the CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind Changing Racing?
Feb 2 • 49 min
For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, from professional athletes to coaches to people who do all manner of things to help other people run. This week, Shannon talks to Thomas Panek, president and…
Amicus: Election Meltdown, Part 2
Feb 2 • 35 min
In the second part of a special five-part series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by election law professor Rick Hasen to take a close look at what happened with Michigan’s failed recounts in 2016, exploring how small mistakes can cause big problems…
The History of American Slavery Ep. 1: The Terrible Transformation
Feb 1 • 42 min
This episode was originally released in 2015 by Slate Plus. We are now releasing the entire series to the public. Slavery in America started out pretty bad in the 17th century. White colonists made it way, way worse in the 18th. What made this “terrible…
Slate Money: Brexit Day
Feb 1 • 57 min
Izabella Kaminska, editor of FT Alphaville, joins the Slate Money hosts from London to discuss Brexit Day, ESG (environmental, social and governance) and LIBOR (London InterBank Offered Rate). Plus: An extra long Brexit segment. Podcast production by…
Sponsored: The Power of Mentorship with Chefs Gavin Kaysen & Chris Nye
Feb 1 • 29 min
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…
Amicus: Impeachment’s Aftermath
Feb 1 • 46 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Barbara McQuade, professor of law at the University of Michigan and former U.S attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, to explore the ramifications of the last two weeks in the Senate. Join us for a live show on Feb. 19…
Gist: Jon Favreau’s The Wilderness
Jan 31 • 32 min
On the Gist, Bloomberg will join the debate stage. In the interview, Crooked Media’s Jon Favreau is here to talk about the new season of his series The Wilderness, where he goes to different parts of the country and explores politic tastes with focus…
Hit Parade: The White and Nerdy Edition
Jan 31 • 88 min
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…
What Next TBD: Why Is the U.S. Scared of Huawei?
Jan 31 • 20 min
Recently a special delegation of senior Trump administration officials arrived in the U.K. Their mission? To convince prime minister Boris Johnson to bar Huawei from their new 5G network. Why is the U.S. so keen to influence Britain’s decision on 5G? And…
Trumpcast: Losing the Fear of Evangelical Hell
Jan 31 • 47 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to ex-evangelical writer Chrissy Stroop, co-editor of “Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church,” about being raised in—and leaving—a fundamentalist discipline, what she learned in her religious school, Christian apologetics,…
Gist: The Deep Doo-Doo of Dershowitz
Jan 30 • 27 min
On the Gist, Pam Bondi at the impeachment trial. In the interview, journalist Ezra Klein is here to discuss his new book Why We’re Polarized. They debate if extremism and polarization are related, and talk about the increasing difficulty of compromise,…
Political: 49 years and 364 days of Plotz
Jan 30 • 74 min
David, Emily and John discuss outlandish impeachment defenses, the approaching Iowa caucuses, and the Supreme Court allowing the “public charge” rule to go into effect. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the…
Studio 360: ‘12 Angry Men’ and the music of Cuphead
Jan 30 • 54 min
For our latest installment of American Icons, Studio 360’s Sam Kim explores “12 Angry Men,” the courtroom drama that has inspired jurists — and Hollywood script writers — for decades. And how Kris Maddigan, a first-time video game composer, wrote a 3-hour…
Mom & Dad: The Basketball Families Edition
Jan 30 • 68 min
On this week’s episode: A question from a mom who is feeling like the only parent at home due to her husband’s time-consuming commitment to assistant coaching a high school basketball team. Also, Jamilah wrote about her experience talking about Kobe…
The Waves: Writhing in the Workplace
Jan 30 • 61 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, and Marcia take on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix show The Goop Lab. Next, the panel discusses Donald Trump’s appearance at March for Life—the first time a sitting president attended the annual…
Thirst Aid Kit: TAK Takes Sundance
Jan 30 • 54 min
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 Next: Who’s Excited About Joe Biden?
Jan 30 • 25 min
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is making two arguments in the last few days before the Iowa caucuses. One is all about the heart—you know Joe, you love Joe. The other argument is all in the head—Democrats need to vote for a candidate who can beat…
Gist: Could Bernie Take Iowa?
Jan 29 • 34 min
On the Gist, could Bernie Sanders win in Iowa? In the interview, humorist and numbers ninja Matt Parker is here to discuss his new book Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World. He and Mike discuss the peculiarities of his page numbers, how he…
Trumpcast: The Creepiness Factor of Dershowitz and Starr
Jan 29 • 11 min
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to writer Karen Schwartz about her recent piece in NBC News about Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz, then dives deeper into Dershowitz’s former clients and the overall creepiness factor of it all. Learn…
Outward: Pandering and Parenting
Jan 29 • 61 min
This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan break down exclusively gay moments in film and television, exploring why they can feel so craven, and if there’s any way to get it right. Then they interview Richie Jackson about his new book Gay Like Me, a letter…
Man Up: A Black Man’s Fears About Managing White Women
Jan 29 • 35 min
A tech company executive named Jason feels nervous about being the only black manager in an office made up mostly of white women. He wants to create a space where people feel comfortable talking about race and gender, but he’s worried about all the biases…
What Next: A Threat to the Separation of Church and State
Jan 29 • 24 min
Republican lawmakers in Montana came up with a plan to help taxpayers fund scholarships for private schools, including religious ones. But Montana’s constitution makes it clear that public funding for parochial schools is not allowed. Now, religious…
Culture Gabfest: Making Mat
Jan 29 • 71 min
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…
Gist: The Nuclear Power of the Presidency
Jan 28 • 29 min
On the Gist, Mike Pompeo and Mary Louise Kelly. In the interview, Fred Kaplan is back and this time he and Mike are talking about nuclear bombs. They discuss the history of nuclear weapons in the US, why it’s concerning that Trump holds the detonator, and…
Dear Prudence: Why Do I Spy?
Jan 28 • 43 min
Prudence is joined this week by Jason Carini, an attorney who works in recruiting for the legal industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prudie and Carini tackle letters about what to do when you can’t help snooping for dirt on a job you left…
How To!: Put Your Wife’s Career First
Jan 28 • 30 min
Andy would do anything for his girlfriend Cassie. Well, almost anything. As Cassie looks to move away for vet school, Andy has to decide if he’s going with her, leaving his job, family and friends, and two bands behind in Austin, TX. In this episode of…
What Next: A Radical Voter Suppression Tactic
Jan 28 • 29 min
Back in July, President Trump addressed the nation from the Rose Garden. The Supreme Court had just ruled that the 2020 census could not ask the citizenship question and the president was there to acknowledge that fact. However, he was also there to issue…
Gist: Kobe Bryant, Transcendent Athlete
Jan 27 • 31 min
On the Gist, the likely acquittal of Trump. In the interview, we’re back with political reporter and host of Stranglehold, Lauren Chooljian. We discuss how the New Hampshire primaries are likely to shake out, which candidates will remain after many of…
Hang Up: Remembering Kobe Bryant
Jan 27 • 64 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Kobe Bryant’s on-court and off-court legacies with NPR’s Gene Demby and Lindsay Gibbs of the Power Plays! newsletter and the Burn It All Down podcast. Kobe’s shocking death (00:50): What we felt when…
What Next: This Week in Impeachment | Finally, Some Answers
Jan 27 • 26 min
The House impeachment managers have wrapped up their oral arguments. The president’s legal team is getting started. The only question now, will key witnesses be able to testify? Guests: Dahlia Lithwick, covers the law and Washington for Slate. Jeremy…
Flashback: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jan 26 • 10 min
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…
Working for the Run: How Does an Ultra Runner Do Her Job?
Jan 26 • 49 min
For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s own Shannon Palus is delving into the world of running, talking to professional athletes and people who do all manner of things to help people run. This week, Shannon talks to Mirna Valerio, professional ultra…
Amicus: Election Meltdown, Part 1
Jan 25 • 42 min
Despite winning the Electoral College vote in 2016, President Donald Trump still claimed widespread voter fraud had robbed him of millions of votes. In the first part of a special five-part series of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by election law…
Slate Money: Speaking of Terrifying…
Jan 25 • 43 min
The Slate Money hosts discuss such terrifying topics as facial recognition technology, the coronavirus, and Australian bushfires. Plus: SmileDirectClub. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas, @EmilyRPeck Podcast production by…
Gist: The Hits of 1983
Jan 24 • 34 min
On the Gist, Wells Fargo strikes again. In the interview, Chris Molanphy is back to talk Mike through the hits of 1983. Enjoying vegemite sandwiches, the rains in Africa, and a bunch of sweet dreams, they indulge in the pop mainstays that continue to…
Trumpcast: These Rhetorical Devices Help Trump Maintain Power
Jan 24 • 47 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, professor of rhetoric and author of Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump, breaking down how he uses language to control his audience, philosophical explorations of Hobbes and…
What Next TBD: Which Tech Companies Are Doing the Most Harm?
Jan 24 • 23 min
Last week, Slate published The Evil List, an expansive attempt to document the most concerning tech companies around the world, according to the experts. Some you’ve heard of, some you probably haven’t, and some you almost certainly use every day. Which…
Gist: The Monstrous Monotony of Mitch McConnell
Jan 23 • 31 min
On the Gist, how the senators are occupying themselves. In the interview, writer Will Self is here to talk with Mike about his new memoir Will. They discuss addiction, how Will accesses memory, and the difficulty of his name. In the spiel, Mitch’s…
Political: Nobody Likes Him
Jan 23 • 70 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Trump on trial, the Democratic primary race, and Mohammed bin Salman’s hacking of Jeff Bezos. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss what elements they would include…
Studio 360: Wynton Marsalis and Kate Bush
Jan 23 • 54 min
He’s a jazz icon, but Wynton Marsalis has always been drawn to classical music as well. Marsalis talks with Kurt Andersen about composing symphonies and performing with orchestras. And the newest installment in our series about influential albums by…
Mom & Dad: The Odd Girl Out Edition
Jan 23 • 49 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Elizabeth Newcamp to answer a question from a mom with sons who is bothered when people ask her if she wants a daughter. While she loves having boys, the questions are annoying because, deep down, she…
TAK REWIND: Ryan Coogler, Bay Area Bae
Jan 23 • 44 min
Hey Thirst Buckets! We’re taking a break right now, resting up to do some intensive thirsting. But until then, we’re sharing some of our favorite episodes from over the years. In this one, we talk about Ryan Coogler, Bay Area Bae. Ryan Coogler is not your…
What Next: How Virginia’s Gun Rally Dodged a Bullet
Jan 23 • 23 min
Earlier this week, gun rights activists arrived outside the capitol building in Richmond, Virginia to rally against proposed gun control laws. Some people worried the event would turn into another Charlottesville. But even though thousands of people…
Gist: A Bunch of Dopes and Babies
Jan 22 • 32 min
On the Gist, revisiting the travel ban. In the interview, we talk with Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes, the editors of Lawfare, about their new book, Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office. They discuss the…
Trumpcast: What Does The Presidency Even Mean After Trump
Jan 22 • 64 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Susan Hennessey and Ben Wittes of Lawfare about their new book, Unmaking the Presidency, which explores Trump’s impact on the presidency and asks how his successor might be able to revive the role. Learn more about your ad…
Man Up: Why Men Would Rather Suffer Than Ask for Help
Jan 22 • 32 min
Aymann wonders why he has so much trouble asking for help. First he sits down with his wife Mira, who paints a more detailed picture of the problem. Then Aymann turns to Dan Doty, co-founder of the men’s group Evryman, who shares the benefits of accepting…
Culture Gabfest: Half for Me, Half for You
Jan 22 • 60 min
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…
What Next: The Rules of This Impeachment
Jan 22 • 29 min
On Tuesday, the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump began in earnest in the Senate. The debate over the rules of engagement lasted into the early hours of Wednesday morning and gave a first look at how both sides are going to approach the…
Was Killing Soleimani Worth It?
Jan 21 • 30 min
On the Gist, the New York Times endorsement. In the interview, senior fellow and director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Matthew Levitt is here to talk about the killing of Qasem…
Hang Up: Ken Jennings Is the Jeopardy! GOAT
Jan 21 • 75 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about how the Chiefs and 49ers made the Super Bowl. They also discuss the new Netflix documentary Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. Finally, Fatsis and Mike Pesca interview the greatest Jeopardy!…
Dear Prudence: Not My Best Side
Jan 21 • 55 min
Prudence is joined this week by Hari Kondabolu, the star of the Netflix standup special Warn Your Relatives, and the critically acclaimed documentary The Problem with Apu. In 2018, he was named one of Variety’s “Comedians to Watch.” He will be in New York…
Studio 360 Extra: ‘BoJack Horseman’ creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Jan 21 • 24 min
The final eight episodes of “BoJack Horseman” — Netflix’s animated series about a washed-up ’90s sitcom star living in the Hollywood Hills — will be released on January 31. Its protagonist is half-horse, half-man, and its tone is half-jokes,…
Lexicon: Verbs on the Move
Jan 21 • 40 min
Coming and going in languages around the world. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
What Next: Why Trump’s Anti-Refugee Policy Could Backfire
Jan 21 • 21 min
A new executive order from the Trump administration was meant to curb refugee resettlement and further polarize the country. But most Republican governors have snubbed the policy. How did this particular anti-immigrant scheme backfire? Guest: Jonathan…
How To!: Kick a Meth Habit
Jan 21 • 31 min
Jason has been addicted to meth for the past 15 years, which is not uncommon in his small Illinois town. Every time Jason got clean he would relapse, until last year when the state took custody of his two kids. Since then he’s sobered up, but is worried…
Trumpcast: A Hinky Feeling From The Trump GOP
Jan 20 • 50 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to longtime GOP strategist Rick Wilson about evangelical political issues, media pundits, and stirring the ire of Rush Limbaugh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Working: Second Acts: How Does a Lawyer Become a Rabbi?
Jan 19 • 43 min
This week, Working revisits its special five-episode mini-season with people who have had “second acts,” that is people who made a dramatic career pivot at some point in their working lives. Nicole Auerbach worked as an attorney for 10 years, first as a…
Slate Money: Trans-Pacific Tractor Beams
Jan 18 • 46 min
The Slate Money hosts discuss the newest trade deals, Visa buying Plaid and the Rooney Rule. Plus: Nike Vaporfly shoes. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas, @EmilyRPeck Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more about…
Amicus; A Trial That’s Not A Trial
Jan 18 • 51 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Neil Eggleston, White House Counsel during the last three years of the Obama Administration. He also represented the Office of the President in privilege litigation against the Starr Independent Counsel’s Office during the…
Gist: Journalists Aren’t Activists
Jan 17 • 30 min
On the Gist, Joe Biden and the New York Times. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another episode of “Is That Bullshit?” This time she and Mike tackle whether or not we’re currently experiencing the latest mass extinction event. We may not have…
Hit Parade: Legacy of the Elusive Chanteuse
Jan 17 • 31 min
In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Rich Juzwiak, writer for Jezebel as well as Slate’s advice column How to Do It. The two discuss the most recent full-length episode of Hit Parade, a breakdown of how Mariah Carey’s…
What Next TBD: The Silicon Valley Dream Was Always a Fantasy
Jan 17 • 23 min
In 2013, Anna Wiener moved from New York to San Francisco to join the city’s booming tech scene. Over the course of four years, she worked at three companies: an e-book startup, a data analytics company, and an open-source software platform. Then, her…
Gist: Dave Eggers and the Struggle of Satire
Jan 16 • 28 min
On the Gist, Donald Trump and Devin Nunes know Lev Parnas. In the interview, Mike talks with author Dave Eggers about his new book, The Captain and the Glory, a story about the clownish captain of a great ship. Eggers discusses how satire can help us…
Political: If You Want Her Out
Jan 16 • 65 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss new impeachment revelations, the Warren-Sanders rift, and Bill Barr going after Apple’s encryption. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss Megxit. You can tweet…
Mom & Dad: Already Over the Christmas Presents Edition
Jan 16 • 50 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Care and Feeding columnist Nicole Cliffe. They answer a question from a mom whose brother’s suicide attempt is causing her to reevaluate her son’s relationship with his uncle. He’s recovering, but can…
The Waves: The “Runaway Royals” Edition
Jan 16 • 64 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss the recent drama about whether Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren that a woman can’t be president. Then, the panel adds to the chronic (but desired) over-coverage of…
Thirst Aid Kit REWIND: Lee Pace, Sturdy but Delicate
Jan 16 • 63 min
Hey Thirst Buckets! We’re taking a break right now, resting up to do some intensive thirsting. But until then, we’re sharing some of our favorite episodes from over the years. Enjoy, and we’ll be back with a bunch of new episodes in a few weeks! Learn…
What Next: The Trouble With the Warren-Sanders Beef
Jan 16 • 25 min
After Tuesday’s Democratic debate, the beef between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders spilled over onto national television. Derecka Purnell has been following the primary — she says the way this fight ends depends on how we think about identity…
Gist: The Wasted Debate
Jan 15 • 34 min
On the Gist, cats will eat you. In the interview, economist Daniel Susskind is here to discuss his new book A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond. They talk about the future of work, how technology is shifting, and the…
Man Up: How to Raise Sons Who Won’t Send Dick Pics
Jan 15 • 29 min
Aymann hears from Maria, a mother in Norway who’s worried about raising her two young boys in the #MeToo era. She admits that she originally wanted girls and now wants to make sure her boys grow up to be respectful, empathetic men. For help, Aymann and…
What Next: Australia’s Fires and the Upside of Anger
Jan 15 • 27 min
Australia and the United States have a lot in common: politicians who still deny climate change, a supremely powerful energy industry, and a growing sense of dread about climate catastrophes. Guest: Journalist Emily Atkin. Check out her newsletter,…
Culture Gabfest: “Royal Pain In The Arse” Edition
Jan 15 • 55 min
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…
Gist: Forgiveness by Fiat
Jan 14 • 33 min
On the Gist, the latest debate and Corey Booker. In the interview, John Tierney is here to talk about his and Roy F. Baumeister’s new book The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. They discuss why the bad is always more…
Hang Up: LSU is the Geauxt
Jan 14 • 89 min
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and new Hang Up and Listen co-host Joel Anderson revel in LSU’s win over Clemson in college football’s title game. ESPN’s Jeff Passan talks about MLB’s punishment of the Houston Astros. Finally, Daniel Engber discusses his story…
Dear Prudence: No Place For Love
Jan 14 • 52 min
Prudence is joined this week by Grace Lavery, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. Prudie and Lavery tackle letters about how to decide if you should you let your best friend raise your troubled daughter, what to do when…
How To!: Rob a Bank
Jan 14 • 33 min
Joe Loya robbed more than 30 banks during an 18-month span before going to jail. Charles wants to rob one bank on a Saturday afternoon, and get away scot-free. Can Joe teach Charles the tricks of the trade? Or will he shatter his dreams, and a few…
What Next: What Mike Pompeo Does For Trump
Jan 14 • 23 min
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has had some serious staying power in the Trump administration. Now with the impeachment trial on the horizon, he’s become even closer to the president. How has he managed to keep his position in President Donald Trump’s…
Gist: The Issue With Oscar Noms
Jan 13 • 35 min
On the Gist, Trump lying about embassies and Iran. In the interview, New America’s Lee Drutman is here to discuss his new book Breaking the Two Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America. He and Mike talk about why we need more than two…
What Next: What Happened to Lindsey Graham?
Jan 13 • 23 min
Before President Donald Trump took office, Lindsey Graham was willing to reach across the aisle to work on big issues like immigration reform and climate change. Now, his total loyalty to the Trump administration is baffling close friends and political…
Flashback: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Jan 12 • 78 min
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…
Working With Code: How Does a Backend Engineer for the FEC Do Her Job?
Jan 12 • 34 min
This week, Working is bringing you unaired episode from October 2019’s Working With Code mini-series, where Slate’s own Greg Lavallee talked to people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg sits down with Laura…
Slate Money: Megxit
Jan 11 • 49 min
The Slate Money hosts discuss what a split with the Royal Family means for Meghan and Harry financially, how Trump’s wine tariff will mess with the industry, and index funds and voting. Plus: Is war good for the stock market? ‘The Hidden Dangers of the…
Gist: Marianne Williamson Teleports Away
Jan 10 • 32 min
On the Gist, Marianne Williamson is out. In the interview, Adam Davidson is back, this time talking to Mike about his new book The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century. They discuss the case studies Adam used to…
Spoiler Specials: The Witcher
Jan 10 • 48 min
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…
What Next TBD: How Targeted Ads Started Watching Us All
Jan 10 • 20 min
In 2019, for the first time, more advertising money went toward targeted digital ads in the U.S. than on radio, television, cable, magazine, and newspaper ads combined. The moment was the culmination of a decadeslong journey that has completely…
Gist: The Final Great Jeopardy! Game
Jan 9 • 30 min
On the Gist, accusing people of writing eulogies. In the interview, Slate’s Lizzie O’Leary and Justin Peters talk with Mike about Jeopardy!’s “Greatest of All Time” tournament. With Justin as a previous Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? contestant, and Mike…
Political: Bomb Iran—We’ve Had a Bomb Iran Edition Before
Jan 9 • 66 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz, with Iran expert Suzanne Maloney, discuss Iran, the Democratic presidential race, and John Bolton. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss The Morning Show. You can tweet…
Trumpcast: Why People Fall For Trump’s Political Cult
Jan 9 • 52 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump, about why we fall for cults, Trump’s brainwashing, and stories of his own deprogramming from a political cult in the 1970s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Studio 360: Tig Notaro’s case for Nickelback, Ranky Tanky live, and Jamie Barton’s bisexual spin on classical music
Jan 9 • 53 min
Ranky Tanky performs live in our studio, and explains to Kurt Andersen how their music is rooted in the regional Gullah culture — descendants of West African slaves who lived on isolated islands along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas. For our…
Mom & Dad: Pretty White Boy Edition
Jan 9 • 50 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by Laura Tisdel to answer listener questions. A mom wonders how to deal with the privilege disparity between her biracial black daughter and her white son after she noticed her son getting preferential…
What Next: Will Voter Suppression Backfire in Florida?
Jan 9 • 22 min
Over a year ago, Florida residents approved the restoration of voting rights for approximately 1.4 million ex-felons in the state. But in the months since, lawmakers have tried to implement new hurdles for former convicts trying to access the ballot box.…
Gist: What’s John Bolton’s Game?
Jan 8 • 29 min
On the Gist, the Iran story isn’t over yet. In the interview, Slate’s Jim Newell is here to talk with Mike about John Bolton. They discuss why Bolton has announced he’s available to be subpoenaed by Congress, how this might play out, and where the Senate…
Man Up: What You Lose When You Don’t Drink
Jan 8 • 31 min
This week Aymann learns about the military’s machismo drinking culture through the eyes of Claire, a young Air Force officer who’s trying to earn the trust of her peers while also giving up alcohol. First Claire talks about why drinking is so prevalent at…
Culture Gabfest: The Secret Mailbox
Jan 8 • 77 min
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.…
What Next: Why It’s So Easy To Start A War
Jan 8 • 22 min
Presidents have always skirted the rules when it comes to gaining authorization from Congress to use military force. President Trump’s direction to kill General Qasam Soleimani takes it to a whole new level and exposes just how weak The War Powers Act has…
The World’s Worst Extortion Racket
Jan 7 • 30 min
On the Gist, Trump’s letters to Iraq. In the interview, journalist Lauren Chooljian is here to talk about her podcast series Stranglehold. It focuses on the New Hampshire primary, how it continues to be first primary in the nation, and what long-running…
Trumpcast: The Depth of the Pentagon’s Legal Concerns
Jan 7 • 54 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Brannen, editorial director of Just Security, about her story uncovering the unredacted version of emails, mostly between Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and…
Amicus: What Is Impeachment For?
Jan 7 • 5 min
In a conversation taped live at the Aspen Institute, Dahlia Lithwick speaks to former acting solicitor general of the United States Neal Katyal about impeachment, and how he approaches is it as an “extremist centrist.” Katyal’s book, co-written with Sam…
Dear Prudence: Bisexual Dating Tips
Jan 7 • 55 min
Prudence is joined this week by Jordan Blok, a queer non-binary science communicator, research administrator, and hoop earring enthusiast based out of LA, and Prudie regular, Grace Lavery, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC…
Lexicon: Does PROCESSES Rhyme with KNEES?
Jan 7 • 47 min
How our idea of formality can affect the way we say certain words. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
Studio 360 Extra: New York Icons: ‘Central Park Zoo’ by Garry Winogrand
Jan 7 • 23 min
Garry Winogrand was a master of street photography, even though he disavowed that label. He photographed across the United States, including Texas and California, but his hometown, New York City, remained his greatest inspiration. His 1967 Central Park…
What Next: Bernie Could Win This Thing
Jan 7 • 20 min
Right now, when it comes to fundraising, it certainly looks like Bernie Sanders is winning. In the last three months, his campaign has raised more money than any other Democrat in the field. And with just a few weeks left before the Iowa caucuses, Sanders…
How To!: Propose (to a Man)
Jan 7 • 27 min
Once upon a time, Ashley met a man and fell in love. Now, she’s ready to get down on one knee and pop the question. But with so few women proposing to men, she’s not sure how to go about it. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Caroline Kitchener,…
Sponsored: Reinventing Yourself with Arlan Hamilton
Jan 7 • 27 min
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…
Gist: Trump’s Iranian Connection
Jan 6 • 38 min
On the Gist, Kellyanne Conway and unnecessary clarifications. In the interview, New Yorker writer Adam Davidson is here to talk about Trump’s business dealings in Iran. Based on his past reporting, Davidson discusses with Mike how Trump became financially…
Hang Up: The Commissioner Is Making Funny Faces
Jan 6 • 75 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Slate’s Seth Stevenson to discuss the Patriots’ playoff loss and the post-NFL life of Rob Gronkowski. ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan also joins to talk about the legacy of NBA commissioner David Stern. Finally, they…
What Next: Trump Chooses War
Jan 6 • 25 min
In a little over a week, tensions in the Middle East have gone from high to fever pitch. What started with one American civilian contractor in Iraq being killed escalated to airstrikes on militia-controlled sites in Iraq and Syria, killing 24 people and…
Trumpcast: The Big Themes of Bit Trump Players
Jan 4 • 43 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Daily Beast White House reporter Asawin Suebsaeng about Jenna Ellis, Vanilla Ice, and reporting in the age of distraction and misinformation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Slate Money: The Big Mistake of The 2010s
Jan 4 • 38 min
The Slate Money hosts discuss the news from Iran and its effect on oil prices, the biggest mistakes in the past decade of government policies, and the legacy of former NBA Commissioner David Stern. Plus: Carlos Ghosn. ‘The 2010s Were an Economic Tragedy’…
Amicus: Buckle Up, John Roberts
Jan 4 • 53 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Slate’s own Mark Joseph Stern to discuss Chief Justice John Roberts’ New Year’s resolutions on the judiciary, impeachment, and this Supreme Court term. Stern’s book American Justice 2019: The Roberts Court Arrives is out now.…
What Next | This Week in Impeachment: A Senate Trial in Limbo
Jan 3 • 21 min
President Donald Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives just over two weeks ago. There’s just one hitch: The articles of impeachment that were passed haven’t made it to the Senate … yet. It’s part of a tactical hold by the Democrats seeking…
Gist: Starting a War
Jan 3 • 29 min
On the Gist, the Quds force. In the interview, Slate’s Fred Kaplan is here to talk with Mike about the recent action the Trump administration has taken against Iran. They discuss what impact the death of Qasem Soleimani will have on the Middle East, the…
Spoiler Specials: Cats
Jan 3 • 48 min
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…
What Next TBD: Do Algorithms Make Sentencing Fairer?
Jan 3 • 19 min
Around the country, states are employing algorithms to help reduce prison populations and predict recidivism. This week, we hear from a Wisconsin judge with serious reservations about the algorithm used in his state. Also: a deep dive into Virginia’s…
Gist: Julián Is Through-lian
Jan 2 • 26 min
On the Gist, guns in Louisiana and New York. In the interview, the second part of our Zero Blog Thirty interview where Mike talks to Chaps and Kate about Chaps being a dog handler in the Marines and all the ways it’s different than we think it is. In the…
Political: Good Trouble
Jan 2 • 61 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice discuss impeachment fatigue, the twin canaries of anti-Semitism and philo-Semitism, and the incredible John Lewis. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and Josie revisit a conundrum about…
Studio 360: American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part Two
Jan 2 • 53 min
A half century later, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is still shaping our future. With no help from CGI, the movie predicted private space travel, artificial intelligence and much of Apple’s product line. It showed the promise and perils of…
Mom & Dad: New Year, New Us
Jan 2 • 48 min
On this week’s episode: Jamilah is joined by former MADAF host Gabriel Roth to talk about their New Year’s parenting resolutions. Plus, they answer a listener question from a mom wondering if her husband’s napping is selfish. For Slate Plus, Jamilah and…
What Next: Billionaires’ Favorite Tax Reform
Jan 2 • 24 min
When President Trump passed his tax overhaul in 2017, Democrats and Republicans were excited about the prospect of one specific provision. ‘Opportunity zones’ were meant to spur investment in low-income communities. Two years later, it’s unclear if that…
The Waves: The Princess and the Poop
Jan 2 • 75 min
On this week’s episode the Waves, Christina, June, Nichole, and Marcia kick off 2020 by answering listeners’ “is it sexist?” questions. The hosts tackle bathroom etiquette, male presidential candidates, the term “girly girl,” and much more. In Slate Plus:…
Culture Gabfest: “Welcome to Slaht Ploos, Books and Cats” Edition
Jan 1 • 77 min
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…
Trumpcast: Writing About Political Characters From New York
Dec 31, 2019 • 51 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine about her coverage of Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, and reporting on presidential candidates and New York characters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Prudence: The Year In Prudie
Dec 31, 2019 • 84 min
Prudence is joined this week by Grace Lavery, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley, who occasionally feels like she has an alien in her throat. Prudie and Lavery go back and look at some of the many memorable letters of 2019…
How To!: Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
Dec 31, 2019 • 32 min
How To! gave dozens of people advice this year about solving their problems. Now, we track a few of them down to see how our experts’ suggestions transformed their lives. We follow up with an actor trying to get buff to play a superhero, a bachelor hoping…
Hang Up: Giving It Everything on the Klaebo-Bakken
Dec 30, 2019 • 93 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about the College Football Playoff. They also interview Matthew Goodman about his book on the CCNY point-shaving scandal, The City Game. Finally, they review the greatest sports moments of…
Gist: The Stories the Gist Skipped in 2019
Dec 30, 2019 • 31 min
On the Gist, Mike makes predictions about what happened the week of Christmas. In the spiel, Mike reflects on 2019. He shares a rundown of what he didn’t cover, and a few particular standout moments from this year’s episodes. Learn more about your ad…
What Next: Three Stories We Can’t Stop Thinking About
Dec 30, 2019 • 26 min
As 2019 comes to a close, What Next is checking back in on three stories we did this year. From a power struggle in Venezuela to a border wall dispute in Arizona and back to Washington for an impeachment update. Here’s what happened…next! Guests: Ana…
Working With the Homeless: How Does the Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Social Services Do His Job?
Dec 29, 2019 • 64 min
In the finale episode of the season, Jordan speaks to Steven Banks, the Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services. Commissioner Banks’ long title means that he’s the man in charge of all of the services…
Slate Money: Cautionary Tales
Dec 28, 2019 • 35 min
Tim Harford joins Slate Money to discuss his new podcast Cautionary Tales, Christmas cards and the black market for Chinese sand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trumpcast: The World Through the Eyes of a Trump Impersonator
Dec 27, 2019 • 10 min
Virginia Heffernan catches up with John Di Domenico, the peerless voice behind our Trump tweets, and goes deep into his experiences working different gigs as a full-time professional Trump impersonator and what he does when engaging with Trump’s fans.…
What Next TBD: A Landmark Privacy Law Takes Effect. Now What?
Dec 27, 2019 • 19 min
On January 1st, a new law will grant Californians the right to see, delete, and stop the sale of personal information collected by tech companies. But the impact of the bill may reach far beyond California. How does this landmark law affect the rest of…
Studio 360: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part One
Dec 26, 2019 • 54 min
A half century later, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is still shaping our future. With no help from CGI, the movie predicted private space travel, artificial intelligence and half of Apple’s product line. It showed the promise and perils of…
Mom & Dad: Peek Behind the Curtain
Dec 26, 2019 • 63 min
From yelling at kids to teens gallivanting around Europe to breast milk taste tests, 2019 has been a year of wonderful questions and conundrums from you—our fellow parents. On this week’s special edition: our favorite moments from this year’s Slate Plus…
Political: Oakland Conundrum
Dec 26, 2019 • 68 min
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz solve listeners’ most pressing philosophical conundrums including personal conundrums like, would you rather be exceptional at one thing but awful at everything else? And societal conundrums like, would you…
Man Up: Why a Dad Dancing to Frozen is Still a Big Deal
Dec 25, 2019 • 27 min
Early in 2019 Ørjan Burøe had an Instagram video go viral. It showed him and his young son wearing dresses and dancing to the song Let it Go from Disney’s Frozen. The response online was mostly positive, but a handful of louder voices argued that the…
Culture Gabfest: “Call Us, Definitely” Edition
Dec 25, 2019 • 72 min
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
Spoiler Specials: Little Women
Dec 25, 2019 • 62 min
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…
Trumpcast: A Very Special Holiday Trumpcast
Dec 24, 2019 • 25 min
Kick back and lighten your political load with never-before heard interpretations of Trump’s most infamous missives by John Di Domenico, and new sketches from Kate James and Ben Rameaka of the Trumpcast Impeachers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Dear Prudence: All Growl, No Bite
Dec 24, 2019 • 68 min
Prudence is joined this week by Mistress Justine Cross, a lifestyle dominatrix and BDSM consultant based in Los Angeles. She also owns and operates Dungeon East, a minimal, modern paradise, and Dungeon West, its atmospheric West LA counterpart. She is the…
Lexicon: A Bisl Yiddish
Dec 24, 2019 • 46 min
Add to German a large helping of Hebrew and a dollop of Slavic. Stir. Let marinate. Enjoy! Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter:…
Studio 360 Extra: Human Intelligence: A Holiday Tale
Dec 24, 2019 • 24 min
Kurt Andersen’s version of a Christmas story doesn’t have your typical talking snowman or mistletoe. Instead, this holiday tale involves extraterrestrial surveillance and melting polar ice caps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How To!: Give a REALLY Big Gift
Dec 24, 2019 • 34 min
Mary’s mother needs a new kidney — as long as it doesn’t come from Mary. What’s a daughter to do? In this episode of How To!, Mary hears from Larissa MacFarquhar, author of a book on extreme altruism, to learn how to convince ourselves — and others — to…
The Authority: Betrayal
Dec 23, 2019 • 56 min
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…
Gist: Approving War Crimes?
Dec 23, 2019 • 31 min
On the Gist, John Bolton. In the interview, Mike talks to the hosts of Zero Blog Thirty, a podcast about the military from those who’ve lived it. They discuss the recent news about the Afghanistan papers, how Trump handled all the recent war criminals,…
Hang Up: Barking Dog Tells All
Dec 23, 2019 • 66 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis to discuss the Dallas Cowboys’ demise. Power Plays’ Lindsay Gibbs also joins to talk about WNBA owner and incoming GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Finally, “barking dog” Jason Holt on his…
Outward: Special Episode: The Inheritance
Dec 23, 2019 • 53 min
In 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…
Hit Parade: Make My Wish Come True Edition
Dec 23, 2019 • 74 min
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…
Working With the Homeless: How Does a Students in Temporary Housing Coordinator Do His Job?
Dec 22, 2019 • 31 min
Jordan talks to Kevin Nadjmabadi a Community Coordinator for Students in Temporary Housing for New York City’s Department of Education. It’s Kevin’s job to provide assistance and support for students with unstable housing conditions at his school, giving…
Trumpcast: A Historical Lens on Trump’s Authoritarianism
Dec 21, 2019 • 43 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to renowned historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat about seeing Trump through an authoritarian lens, a deeper look at mafia culture, and how Trumpism will one day fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Slate Money: Saving for the Second Coming
Dec 21, 2019 • 43 min
This week Felix, Emily, and Anna discuss the state of Boeing, the new California law for contract workers, and the incredible wealth stockpiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the Slate Plus segment: book recommendations. Podcast…
Amicus: Divided Realities
Dec 21, 2019 • 70 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by three women using their legal experience to advocate for people trying to navigate the ever-changing, labyrinthine process of claiming asylum in the United States. It’s tough work, and they are volunteering in the face of…
Gist: Ignoring Iowa
Dec 20, 2019 • 30 min
On the Gist, Pete Buttigieg and wine bars. In the interview, Mike talks to actor Rhea Seehorn and creator Mike Sacks about their new Audible original Passable in Pink, a satire of John Hughes films. They discuss their shared love of Hughes’ movies, how…
Slow Burn S3 Epilogue: Got a Story to Tell
Dec 20, 2019 • 51 min
Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. This is a preview of the bonus episodes released this season:—interviews with Slow Burn host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson about the making of the series, and extended…
Spoiler Specials: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Dec 20, 2019 • 82 min
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…
What Next TBD | Ring: Your Doorbell Is Watching
Dec 20, 2019 • 20 min
Back in 2013, an entrepreneur named Jamie Siminoff appeared on Shark Tank. He was seeking an investment in a new product he was calling Doorbot, a smart doorbell that would make answering the door more convenient and users’ lives “more connected.” Six…
Gist: The Democrats Hardly Knew Jeff Van Drew
Dec 19, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, impartial jurors for impeachment. In the interview, Pat Garofalo, managing editor of TalkPoverty.org is here to discuss his new book The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. He and…
Political: Read My Letter
Dec 19, 2019 • 57 min
Emily, John and David discuss impeachment, the pushback against Pete Buttigieg, and they offer a review of the most important stories of 2019. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: The, soon to be, end of an era with her warm and welcoming…
Studio 360: Jukebox heroes
Dec 19, 2019 • 54 min
Our latest New York Icons segment is about Midtown Manhattan’s Brill Building era, when songwriters like Carole King, Ellie Greenwich and Cynthia Weil churned out hit after hit for artists like The Shirelles, The Crystals and Little Eva. And producer Evan…
Mom & Dad: This Was Not in the Parenting Handbook
Dec 19, 2019 • 41 min
On this week’s episode: Jamilah is joined by Rebecca Lavoie to answer this week’s listener questions from moms contemplating changing schools because their biracial daughter is bothered about not fitting in, and a mother whose childcare provider is…
Thirst Aid Kit: The 2019 Thirst Report
Dec 19, 2019 • 61 min
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…
The Waves: “The Morning Show” Edition
Dec 19, 2019 • 62 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole reflect on The Morning Show, remember the ups and downs of feminist blogs that were popular in the early 2000s and ask whether open floor offices might be sexist. In Slate Plus: are…
What Next: A Year of “Remain in Mexico”
Dec 19, 2019 • 23 min
The “Remain in Mexico” policy was sold as a humane way to throttle the flow of migrant families seeking asylum in the U.S. But the immigration courts remain overwhelmed, and migrants who do make the trip to the southern border have been left to wait for…
Gist: Pontius Pilate, Democrat
Dec 18, 2019 • 37 min
On the Gist, the third impeachment in U.S. history. In the interview, Mike talks to reporter Dan Weissmann about the cost of healthcare, the horror stories of people navigating the complicated system, and what at all can be done to fix it. Dan’s…
Outward: The LGBTQ Decade
Dec 18, 2019 • 65 min
This month, Christina, Bryan welcome Rumaan Alam as the official third host of Outward. First, June Thomas joins the team to discuss the new L Word reboot, how it compares to the original, ways it’s stepped past it, and if any of the characters will…
Slow Burn: S3 Ep. 8: Dead Wrong
Dec 18, 2019 • 39 min
Questions have swirled around the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls ever since their deaths. Who killed them, and why? How come no one was ever charged in either case? Is Tupac still alive and hiding out somewhere? On the final episode of the…
Man Up: A Man Learns to Cry Again
Dec 18, 2019 • 34 min
Aymann talks to a college student named Sammy, who feels like he should allow himself to cry more. First, they talk about why so many men resist the urge to cry in the first place and why re-learning to cry is so much harder than expected. Then they talk…
Slate Presents: Lockdown
Dec 18, 2019 • 24 min
If you have any school-aged children in your life, you know that lockdown and active shooter drills have become a routine part of their school experience. These drills now take place in 95 percent of American schools. What you’re about to hear is a…
Culture Gabfest: “Peloton Prisoner” Edition
Dec 18, 2019 • 67 min
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…
What Next: Are Active Shooter Drills Traumatizing Kids?
Dec 18, 2019 • 22 min
Preparing for an active shooter is becoming a disturbingly normal part of the school experience. And while companies are developing new methods for how to keep students and teachers safe, it’s unclear if they’re becoming more effective. Guest: Tali…
Trumpcast: A Backup Plan For Political Apocalypse
Dec 17, 2019 • 34 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Eric Columbus, lawyer and Obama-appointed former member of the Senate Judiciary Counsel, about impeachment, Trump voters, Mike Pence, Bill Barr, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: Capitalism Won. Now What?
Dec 17, 2019 • 39 min
On the Gist, how government should work. In the interview, Mike talks to economist Branko Milanovic about the various forms of capitalism that exist in the world today, the role of higher education signaling in American society, and the ways to reduce the…
Memory Error
Dec 17, 2019 • 50 min
Prudence is joined this week by Glynn Washington, the host of Snap Judgment, which is heard on over 400 NPR stations every week. He also hosts the podcasts Heaven’s Gate and Spooked. Prudie and Washington dig into letters about what to do when one of your…
How To!: Remember Everything
Dec 17, 2019 • 33 min
Jessica is only 26, but says her memory is ‘worse than my mother’s.’ She forgets friends’ birthdays, important details at work and worries that life is passing her by. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Joshua Foer, a former U.S.A. Memory Champion…
What Next: Black Voters Fight to Count in Georgia
Dec 17, 2019 • 19 min
It’s hard to keep track of all the things that have happened in Georgia to tweak voter rights and poll access over the past several years. But a new investigation highlighted two overarching themes to recent changes: diminishing federal oversight and…
The Authority: The Fight to the Death
Dec 16, 2019 • 50 min
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…
Gist: The Youthful Power of Greta Thunberg
Dec 16, 2019 • 34 min
On the Gist, impeachment and partisanship. In the interview, Mike talks to Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt University professor and the research director of The Safe Tennessee Project. They discuss the latest Supreme Court case that examined a person’s right…
Hang Up: Bronny Makes His Name
Dec 16, 2019 • 62 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Undefeated’s Lonnae O’Neal to talk about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri also joins to discuss baseball free agency. Finally, author Damon Young chats about…
What Next: How McKinsey Became a Villain
Dec 16, 2019 • 20 min
Public sector consulting is under a new kind of scrutiny. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has thrust his former employer, McKinsey, into the spotlight. What’s been brought to the surface has challenged their stated values of “doing the most…
Working for the Holidays: How Does a Christmas Decorator Do His Job?
Dec 15, 2019 • 23 min
This week, Working is taking a break from its season about Homelessness Services to get into the holiday spirit. Jordan talks to Jame Bonavita, the owner of B&R Christmas Decorators — one of the companies responsible for the famously all out lights…
Slate Money: The End of the World As We Know It
Dec 14, 2019 • 45 min
This week Felix, Emily, and Anna discuss the end of the World Trade Organization, the life of Paul Volcker and Away’s toxic workplace. And in the Slate Plus segment: Hydrocarbons. This episode is brought to you by LightStream. Get an additional interest…
Gist: The Kakistocracy Depends on the Cacophony
Dec 13, 2019 • 31 min
On the Gist, birds and Debird. In the interview, Mike talks to journalist and CNN correspondent Peter Bergen about Trump’s national security team, the internal feuds, and why the key players of this team have all left, three years later. His new book is…
Spoiler Specials: Uncut Gems
Dec 13, 2019 • 65 min
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…
What Next TBD: Inside The Influence Economy
Dec 13, 2019 • 18 min
Over the past decade, the world of influencers has grown from a fringe marketing movement to a multibillion-dollar industry. Now, tactics and strategies originally developed by influencers can be found across industries, from health care to politics to…
Gist: The Politics of Humor
Dec 12, 2019 • 28 min
On the Gist, trade symbols. In the interview, Mike talks to Dannagal Goldthwaite Young about satire, irony, and humor in a politically divided world. They discuss successful and not-so-successful examples of conservative political satire, how humor…
Trumpcast: Wrangling Over the Articles of Impeachment
Dec 12, 2019 • 35 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Third Way’s Mieke Eoyang about the House Judiciary mark-up conversation on impeachment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Political: Crossfire Hurricane
Dec 12, 2019 • 73 min
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss impeachment, the FBI Inspector General’s report on the Russia investigation, and the Afghanistan Papers. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the Trump…
Studio 360: Raising a glass … to glass!
Dec 12, 2019 • 54 min
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, “The Glass Menagerie,” Studio 360 is devoting a whole hour to the art of glass. Kurt Andersen and architect Frances Bronet tour the glass towers of Midtown Manhattan to see firsthand…
Mom & Dad: Candy Cane Lane
Dec 12, 2019 • 61 min
On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are joined by guest host Michelle Herman, writer, professor and author of Slate’s Care and Feeding column. They answer listener questions from a parent looking for ways to make Christmas enjoyable and a mother who…
Thirst Aid Kit: Randall Park: He Has the Range
Dec 12, 2019 • 51 min
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…
What Next: The Ugly Truth About America’s Longest War
Dec 12, 2019 • 22 min
On Monday, the Washington Post published a damning account of America’s war in Afghanistan. Titled “The Afghanistan Papers,” the report features dozens of interviews with people directly involved in the war, detailing the lies, deception, and misleading…
Gist: Discredited Nincompoop Nunes Is (Slightly) Vindicated
Dec 11, 2019 • 32 min
On the Gist, the problem with democracies. In the interview, Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution and Lawfare is on the phone with Mike today to talk about Devin Nunes’ memo from 2017 in light of the recent Inspector General’s report. What did…
Culture Gabfest: Impenetrable Façade Edition
Dec 11, 2019 • 72 min
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…
S3 Ep. 7: To Live and Die in LA
Dec 11, 2019 • 31 min
In this week’s episode: After Tupac’s murder: Revenge killings in Compton, a day of atonement in Harlem, and Biggie Smalls risks everything by going back to Cali. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.…
Man Up: Why So Many Men Still Dress Like They’re 16
Dec 11, 2019 • 27 min
A listener named John tries to figure out how to upgrade his wardrobe. First, he and Aymann bond over their fear of taking fashion risks, and then they talk to Israel “Izzy” Bermeo, owner of the clothing shop Zero Kids. Izzy helps John and Aymann think…
What Next: HIV’s Threat to Rural America
Dec 11, 2019 • 22 min
Two maps can help tell the story of a looming public health problem in rural America. One, published by the CDC, shows 220 of the most vulnerable counties in America either experiencing or at risk of an HIV outbreak. The other, published by the Washington…
Gist: Expecting History to Judge
Dec 10, 2019 • 33 min
On the Gist, William Barr and malfeasance. In the interview, comedians Drennon Davis and Mike Phirman are here to talk about their podcast Bandtastic, a sci-fi musical for the family. They talk with Mike about how the project came about, adult and child…
Trumpcast: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Impeachment
Dec 10, 2019 • 45 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to writer David J Roth about his latest post on impeachment in New York Intelligencer and connections between the Hallmark Channel and Trumpland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Prudence: Surprise Naked Houseguest
Dec 10, 2019 • 49 min
Prudence is joined this week by Ella Baker, a trans lesbian writer and the host of How to Be Trans, a platform celebrating thriving transgender lives. Prudie and Baker tackle letters about what to do when your girlfriend allows a strange coworker to live…
Lexicon: Private Parts
Dec 10, 2019 • 40 min
What does a rooster have to do with male genitalia anyway? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
How To!: Sleep
Dec 10, 2019 • 29 min
Ben aka ‘Sleepless in San Francisco’ hasn’t been able to get a good night’s rest for over a decade. He’s tried noise machines, medication, vodka, even eating cheese — but nothing has worked. It’s harming his health, his career and his dating life. In this…
What Next: Inside Trump’s Impeachment Bunker
Dec 10, 2019 • 23 min
Underneath the Oval Office there’s this room. It’s a windowless place with terrible cell phone reception but, right now, it’s home to a team crafting President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense strategy. Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and…
Slate Money: SWAG: Cars
Dec 10, 2019 • 35 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon will investigate SWAG — Silver Wine Art Gold — and other things people invest in. In the last episode of the mini-series, Felix talks to Hannah Elliott of Bloomberg about what makes a car collectible. Learn…
The Authority: The Daemon-Cages
Dec 9, 2019 • 48 min
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…
Gist: Not a Point of Order
Dec 9, 2019 • 32 min
On the Gist, fighting Biden. In the interview, Mike talks to sports journalist and author Joe Posnanski about the elusive Houdini. They talk about how Erik Weisz became the great Harry Houdini, how the man transformed himself from failing magician to…
Hang Up: Bad Taste on Ice
Dec 9, 2019 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Banner Society’s Spencer Hall to discuss the college football playoff. The Athletic’s Wosny Lambre also joins to talk about the surging Los Angeles Lakers. Finally, the Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky…
What Next: Harry Reid’s Impeachment Prediction
Dec 9, 2019 • 17 min
Former U.S. Senator Harry Reid thinks the expected impeachment trial in the Senate will fail to convict. And Reid should know — he was in the Senate during the last impeachment trial. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign…
Decoder Ring: Murphy’s Law
Dec 9, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Working With the Homeless: What’s it Like to Help Run a Shelter?
Dec 8, 2019 • 47 min
This week, Jordan talks to Tamara Ortiz who has been working at Women in Need (WIN) for 23 years. WIN is the largest network of family supportive housing in New York City. Tamara’s job is all about making sure families who are homeless find a safe,…
Slate Money: ABC
Dec 7, 2019 • 45 min
This week Felix, Emily, and Anna discuss Larry and Sergey, aka The Boys, stepping away from Alphabet, Uber’s big safety report and Silver Lake’s investment in Manchester City soccer. And in the Slate Plus segment: Argentina. Learn more about your ad…
Amicus: Impeaching Other Presidents
Dec 7, 2019 • 63 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Kate Shaw, a professor of law at Cardozo Law School and the co-director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. They talk about presidential speech, impeachment, and why figuring out what happens next involves…
Gist: The Truth Behind the Steele Dossier
Dec 6, 2019 • 25 min
On The Gist, Chuck Todd. In the Interview, former The Wall Street Journal reporter and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson is here to talk with Mike about the Steele dossier, the infamous pee tape, and his regrets and hopes around the dossier’s coverage.…
Spoiler Specials: Marriage Story
Dec 6, 2019 • 57 min
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…
What Next TBD: What Is Google After Larry and Sergey?
Dec 6, 2019 • 19 min
On Tuesday, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page announced that they are stepping down from their respective roles as president and CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. The move will leave Sundar Pichai in charge of both Google and Alphabet.…
Gist: Biden Wants a Fight
Dec 5, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, UNESCO. In the Interview, Mike talks to Bina Venkataraman, The Boston Globe editorial page editor. They talk about the best ways to tackle climate change, how to encourage people to think long-term, and whether or not humanity will make it…
Trumpcast: They Do Talk About Impeachment in Trump Country
Dec 5, 2019 • 41 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to The Root’s Jason Johnson about middle America and impeachment, Matt Gaetz, and everything we project onto Nancy Pelosi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Political: Badly Written & Reseached Disaster
Dec 5, 2019 • 61 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss impeachment, Kamala Harris, and guest Ruth Marcus’s new book about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Supreme Ambition. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s Dec. 18, 2019, “Conundrum” live show at the Fox…
Studio 360: ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam, and say “moist,” everybody!
Dec 5, 2019 • 54 min
Our latest American Icons feature explores Patricia Highsmith’s series that began with “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and how Tom Ripley fits into an American tradition of protagonists struggling with identity and morality. Kurt Andersen visits perfumer Tanwi…
Mom & Dad: Home Alone
Dec 5, 2019 • 56 min
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…
Thirst Aid Kit: Funny Bones ft. Wyatt Cenac
Dec 5, 2019 • 55 min
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…
What Next: A Toxic Mess Reaches The Supreme Court
Dec 5, 2019 • 24 min
Residents of Opportunity, Montana have a problem: their town is infected with a century’s worth of toxins from copper mining. The responsible company, Arco, and the E.P.A. have come up with a plan to fix that, but the community members say it’s woefully…
The Waves: So Long, Kamala
Dec 5, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss Kamala Harris and her departure from the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls. Then, they talk about Frozen 2. Finally, the panel takes on Black Friday - the sales and…
Gist: Making the Worse Argument
Dec 4, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, unpopular opinions. In the Interview, Mike talks to actor Kal Penn about his sitcom Sunnyside. They discuss how he came up with the idea for the show, his time working for the Obama administration, and the Easter eggs hidden throughout the…
Hang Up: Live at the Hamilton
Dec 4, 2019 • 84 min
At a live show in Washington, D.C., Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss the state of sports media. Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson also joins to talk about her comeback as a mother. Finally, Demby, Lindsay…
Man Up: A Father Tries to Talk to His Daughter About Sex
Dec 4, 2019 • 26 min
Aymann hears from Adam, a father who wants to talk to his teenage daughter about sex without coming off as weird, overbearing, or inappropriate. In other words, Adam wants to be the opposite of the rapper T.I., who recently said he takes his teenage…
What Next: Will Republicans Derail Jerry Nadler?
Dec 4, 2019 • 22 min
The next impeachment hearing will be in the House Judiciary Committee, where Corey Lewandowski made a mockery of Democrats in September. So perhaps it’s by design that the testimony planned for Wednesday seems rather low-stakes: Four professors will speak…
Slow Burn S3 Ep. 6: Til Somebody Kills You
Dec 4, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode: In the summer of 1996, Tupac Shakur seemed to be on the verge of a decision—about what kind of career he wanted to have, and what kind of life he wanted to live. And then he went to Las Vegas. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow…
Culture Gabfest: The Donut Inside the Donut Hole
Dec 4, 2019 • 58 min
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. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized…
Trumpcast: That ‘Trump is Anti-Corruption’ Defense
Dec 3, 2019 • 40 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post opiner and Talking Feds host Harry Litman about the latest defense of Trump over Ukraine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: Kamala Is Out
Dec 3, 2019 • 28 min
On The Gist, Kamala Harris. In the Interview, Mike talks to Slate writer Julia Craven about Kamala Harris’ decision to end her White House bid, the internal crises that broke out within her campaign, and why, after a promising start, she struggled to…
Dear Prudence: To Serve With Love
Dec 3, 2019 • 51 min
Prudence is joined this week by Peyton Thomas, a freelance journalist and video game writer based in Toronto. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Billboard, and Pitchfork. Prudie and Thomas dig into letters about how to handle feeling not non-binary…
Studio 360 Extra From ‘Aria Code’: The shattered illusions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Dec 3, 2019 • 33 min
On this Studio 360 extra, we’re sharing a podcast called “Aria Code.” Produced by WQXR and the Metropolitan Opera, it features singers and opera observers revealing the magic of a single song from an opera, followed by the aria uninterrupted. In this…
What Next: Why Not Cory Booker?
Dec 3, 2019 • 23 min
Senator Cory Booker still hasn’t made the cut for the next Democratic debate, despite having all the moderate bona fides that a suburban voter could want. Why has Booker failed to pop up in the polls? Guest: Slate’s Jordan Weissmann. Read his piece, “Dear…
Slate Money: SWAG: Wine
Dec 3, 2019 • 33 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon will investigate SWAG — Silver Wine Art Gold — and other things people invest in. This week, Felix talks to Dan Rosenheck of The Economist about a literal liquid asset: wine. Learn more about your ad choices.…
How To!: Get Your Kid To Finally Grow Up
Dec 3, 2019 • 29 min
Owen is about to graduate from high school and has no idea what he wants to do next. Owen doesn’t seem worried, but his mom, Lisa, is freaking out. In this episode of How To!, we get help from Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean and author of How…
Gist: Alex Gibney’s Citizen K
Dec 2, 2019 • 39 min
On The Gist, Chuck Todd did good. In the interview, documentarian Alex Gibney is here to discuss his newest film, Citizen K, about former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Putin’s Russia. They discuss what led to Khodorkovsky’s exile, and the way…
The Authority: The Lost Boy
Dec 2, 2019 • 45 min
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…
What Next: The Woman Who Turned on Stephen Miller
Dec 2, 2019 • 26 min
When she was a staff writer at Breitbart News, Katie McHugh exchanged hundreds of emails with Stephen Miller, who is currently one of President Trump’s senior advisors. Then, McHugh was a champion of the alt-right and a supporter of white nationalist…
Trumpcast: All The President’s Misogyny
Dec 1, 2019 • 43 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Christina Cauterucci, Slate staff writer and Waves / Outward co-host, about the book All The President’s Women, misogyny in show business and reality TV, The Apprentice, and the case of E. Jean Carroll. Learn more about your ad…
Working Classics: How Does the Director of Operations at a Soup Kitchen Do His Job?
Dec 1, 2019 • 50 min
Keeping in the theme of Homelessness Services, Working revisits a classic episode when Jordan spoke to Michael Ottley, the Director of Operations for one of New York City’s biggest emergency food programs on the week of Thanksgiving. Learn more about your…
Slow Burn S3 Ep. 5 Plus: “East vs. West”
Nov 30, 2019 • 70 min
Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. To listen to the rest of the bonus episodes this season, sign up for Slate Plus now. In this Slow Burn bonus episode, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson discuss the growing…
Slate Money: Open Borders
Nov 30, 2019 • 54 min
This week, economist and professional contrarian Bryan Caplan joins Slate Money to discuss his books on parenting, education, and, his latest, a graphic novel called Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Spoiler Specials: Knives Out
Nov 29, 2019 • 51 min
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…
Studio 360: Jennifer Reeder, ‘Naked Came the Stranger’ and ‘Love Actually’
Nov 28, 2019 • 53 min
Kurt Andersen talks with director Jennifer Reeder about her path from making short arthouse films in the 1990s to her new film, “Knives and Skin.” Producer Sam Kim has the story of erotic potboiler “Naked Came the Stranger,” which climbed The New York…
Mom & Dad: Live from Miami
Nov 28, 2019 • 45 min
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…
Thirst Aid Kit: Jake Johnson: Turtle, Bear, Total Snack
Nov 28, 2019 • 53 min
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…
Amicus Bonus: A Conversation About Conversations With RBG
Nov 28, 2019 • 68 min
A special bonus live episode from the National Constitution Center. Dahlia Lithwick in conversation with Jeffrey Rosen about his new book Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law. Podcast production by Sara Burningham,…
Gist: The Great Denial
Nov 27, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Maria Konnikova is back for another “Is That Bullshit?” In the Interview, she talks to Mike about DOGTV, a cable network made for dogs. Maria breaks down whether or not DOGTV helps dogs feel a little less…
Trumpcast: Last Roundup of Impeachment Thoughts Before Thanksgiving
Nov 27, 2019 • 56 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Crooked Media’s Brian Beutler about everything related to the impeachment hearings up to this point, how polling on support for impeachment has worked, the influence of Representative Adam Schiff, attacks on Joe Biden, Fiona…
Hit Parade: Rolling in God’s Royal Uptown Road Edition.
Nov 27, 2019 • 97 min
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…
Man Up: Why Men Won’t Tell You What They Want for Xmas
Nov 27, 2019 • 28 min
Aymann talks to former Man Up producer Danielle Hewitt and her sister to help them think of Christmas gift ideas for their dad. Also joining the show is Micky Onvural, CEO of the menswear company Bonobos. She explains why it’s so hard to shop for men and…
Sponsored: Coaching and Culture with Margo Downs
Nov 27, 2019 • 27 min
Whether you’re leading an international corporation or building your own brokerage, two things are essential for teams looking to progress to the next level: positive culture and effective coaching. In this special episode recorded live at the CENTURY 21®…
Slow Burn S3 Ep. 5: Wrath of a Menace
Nov 27, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode: Tupac claims—loudly, publicly, and with very little evidence—that he’s been sleeping with Faith Evans, Biggie’s estranged wife. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about…
What Next: This Week In Impeachment - “Presidents Are Not Kings”
Nov 27, 2019 • 21 min
For months, White House lawyers have argued that many of the president’s aides can sidestep congressional subpoenas because of their proximity to Trump. This week, a judge rejected that claim, setting the stage for another installment in the House of…
Political: Good Order and Discipline
Nov 27, 2019 • 62 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Jamelle Bouie discuss the firing of the Navy Secretary, the case for prolonging impeachment investigations, and new holidays everyone should celebrate. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Jamelle…
Culture Gabfest: Posh Veg
Nov 27, 2019 • 63 min
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…
Gist: The Business of Apples
Nov 26, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, beavers. In the interview, Mike talks to The Sporkful host Dan Pashman about Washington State University’s latest creation—the Cosmic Crisp apple. Pashman explains the birth of this new apple, how it compares to other varieties, and quizzes…
Lexicon: The Soft Power of Like
Nov 26, 2019 • 45 min
Terms such as “like” and “sort of” are ways for English speakers to sound more polite. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter:…
Dear Prudence: Forever Young
Nov 26, 2019 • 37 min
Prudence is joined this week by Aric McBay, an organizer, a farmer, and an author. He lives near Kingston, Ontario. His latest book is Full Spectrum Resistance, which explores how to build more effective movements. Prudie and McBay tackle letters about…
Studio 360 Extra: The Symphonic Side of Wynton Marsalis
Nov 26, 2019 • 25 min
Wynton Marsalis is a jazz icon — a renowned trumpet player and composer, he is also the music director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. But since the very beginning, classical music has been a part of his musical makeup. Marsalis tells Kurt…
Slate Money: SWAG: Luxury Goods
Nov 26, 2019 • 27 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon will investigate SWAG — Silver Wine Art Gold — and other things people invest in. This week, Felix talks to Max Bittner, CEO of Vestiaire Collective, about why luxury goods like watches, handbags and designer…
What Next: How Vaping Escaped Stiff Regulation
Nov 26, 2019 • 26 min
This summer, the explosion of vaping-related illnesses sent medical researchers on an urgent quest to figure out why teenagers were showing up at the hospital unable to breathe. Years before this became a public health crisis, federal regulators had the…
How To!: Cook One Perfect Meal
Nov 26, 2019 • 34 min
Jonny is a 26-year-old bachelor whose cooking often leads to heartache (and for one ex-girlfriend, a stomachache). Jonny admits he’s a klutz in the kitchen, so we hooked him up with Sam Sifton, cookbook raconteur and head of the New York Times’ Cooking…
Gist: Paving the Way to Progressive America
Nov 25, 2019 • 37 min
On The Gist, Nikki Haley. In the interview, Mike talks to Senator Sherrod Brown about his new book Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America. They talk about these forgotten figures, what people can learn from them, and the power and limits…
The Authority: Armour
Nov 25, 2019 • 54 min
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…
Hang Up: John Hollinger
Nov 25, 2019 • 58 min
Josh Levin interviews the Athletic’s John Hollinger about his career inside and outside the NBA. Topics discussed include the rise of Luka Doncic, how Hollinger came up with player efficiency rating, his tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies, and trading Marc…
What Next: The Anxiety of Being Muslim in India
Nov 25, 2019 • 19 min
In India, Muslims are watching the secular democratic principles of their country crumble. What is it like when your country rejects your family and shakes your faith in multiculturalism? Guest: Rana Ayyub, a contributor to the Washington Post Opinion…
Working With the Homeless: How Does a Psychiatrist for People Who Are Homeless Do Her Job?
Nov 24, 2019 • 56 min
Jordan talks to Joanna Fried, a psychiatrist at Janian Medical Care who works with the street outreach team. It’s Joanna’s job to conduct the psychiatric evaluations that are part of the packet someone needs to secure housing from the city as well as to…
Slate Money: Taylor Swift is a Volatile Asset
Nov 23, 2019 • 41 min
Felix and special guest Janine Gibson of the Financial Times call Emily and Anna from Oxfordshire, England to discuss the situation in Hong Kong, TikTok, and stanning Taylor Swift and her fight for artist ownership. In the Slate Plus segment: The Hummus…
Amicus: Your Move, Mitch
Nov 23, 2019 • 69 min
Dahlia Lithwick wants to know what’s next in the impeachment process, so she asks Professor Michael Gerhardt, an expert on constitutional law and the relationship between congress and the president. Then, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland…
What Next: This Week in Impeachment - Are We There Yet?
Nov 22, 2019 • 30 min
With two weeks of public impeachment hearings in the books, how will the next phase of the inquiry take shape? Guest: Jim Newell, senior politics writer at Slate. Dahlia Lithwick, writes about the courts and the law for Slate. Slate Plus members get bonus…
Gist: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Game
Nov 22, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, Joe Biden again. Then Mike speaks with Slate blogger Ben Mathis-Lilley about impeachment. And we end with an interview with Chris Molanphy, who is back to run through the nominees for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He and Mike talk…
Spoiler Specials: Frozen 2
Nov 22, 2019 • 53 min
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…
What Next TBD: Is TikTok Really a National Security Threat?
Nov 22, 2019 • 21 min
TikTok now has over 1.5 billion downloads, putting it in the company of social media giants like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. While all of these companies have faced scrutiny from lawmakers in one form or another, TikTok is getting attention for its…
Slate Live: Women of Slate
Nov 22, 2019 • 59 min
Virginia Heffernan joins the women of Slate for a political panel on the night of the Democratic debates. Recorded live at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Weds. Nov 20, 2019. First segment: What Next host Mary Harris moderates Amicus host Dahlia Lithwick…
Gist: David Shulkin Knows Sacrifice
Nov 21, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, is Pete Buttigieg ready? In the interview, Mike talks to former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin about his time in office, how he drastically reduced wait times at VA medical centers, and the infamous tweet that got…
Studio 360: ‘My Ántonia,’ Lynda Barry and Roger Deakins
Nov 21, 2019 • 54 min
Cartoonist Lynda Barry is famous for drawing the darkly funny strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” that appeared in alternative newsweeklies for three decades, but for the latest installment in our Guilty Pleasure series, she makes a case for why she loves perhaps…
Political: In The Loop
Nov 21, 2019 • 57 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice discuss this week’s impeachment bombshells, the Democratic presidential debate, and emails confirming that Steven Miller is a white nationalist. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and…
Mom & Dad: Whoops…A Baby!
Nov 21, 2019 • 62 min
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…
Thirst Aid Kit: The Many Lives of Joshua Jackson
Nov 21, 2019 • 53 min
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…
What Next: America’s Top Elections Official Isn’t Happy
Nov 21, 2019 • 20 min
The Federal Election Commission was designed to prevent the parties from going rogue with overly punitive campaign finance regulations. But what’s paralyzed FEC is something less partisan, and more principled: Democrats think the government should enforce…
The Waves: Stiff Upper Lip
Nov 21, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss the newest season of The Crown, where Olivia Colman takes the throne as a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth II. Then, they break down a few sexist moments during the impeachment…
Gist: Gordon Sondland Has No Clue
Nov 20, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, Representative John Ratcliffe. In the interview, Mike talks to CIA whistleblower Jeffery Sterling about his CIA career, how he blew the whistle on a bungled covert operation in Iran in 2015, and his life after serving time. His new book is…
Outward: Kids These Days
Nov 20, 2019 • 57 min
This month, Christina and Bryan are joined again by writer and Slate advice columnist Rumaan Alam to talk about children. First, the team invites Slate executive editor Allison Benedikt to talk about the ways children learn about queerness and sexuality,…
Man Up: Can a 30-Year-Old Man Change His Worst Habit?
Nov 20, 2019 • 23 min
Aymann makes some adjustments to his life in an effort to stop being late for everything. Joining him as a guide is Brigid Schulte, director of the Better Life Lab and author of “Overwhelmed: Working to change how we work, love and play.” Brigid urges…
S3 Ep. 4: Against Those Thugs
Nov 20, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode: Gangsta rap becomes a huge money maker. Civil rights activist C. Delores Tucker and conservative culture warrior Bill Bennett launch a crusade against offensive lyrics. And hip-hop divides black leaders along generational and gender…
What Next: Pete Buttigieg Surges
Nov 20, 2019 • 24 min
Pete Buttigieg will take the stage at the fifth presidential democratic debate as the front-runner in the Iowa polls. His rise, while surprising for some, can’t simply be explained as luck. So, how did Buttigieg go from being the mayor of South Bend with…
Gist: Another Day, Another Impeachment Hearing
Nov 19, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, the MSNBC and The Washington Post Democratic debate. In the interview, Mike talks to actor June Diane Raphael of Grace and Frankie about her call to activism after the 2016 election, working with Emily’s List, and encouraging more women to…
Dear Prudence: Mistress at Work
Nov 19, 2019 • 51 min
Prudence is joined this week by Dr. Ghazaleh Samandari, an integral development coach. Samandari has spent the last 15 years researching and advocating for women’s health and rights around the world. Prudie and Samandari dig into letters about how to…
Studio 360 Extra: New York Icons: West Side Story
Nov 19, 2019 • 28 min
West Side Story, the tragic musical about star-crossed lovers from two rival gangs, was a hit on Broadway in the 1950s and then exploded across the country when it came to the silver screen. At the time, New York City’s demographics and landscape were…
Slate Money: SWAG: Gold
Nov 19, 2019 • 39 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon will investigate SWAG — Silver Wine Art Gold — and other things people invest in. This week, Felix talks to Justina Vasquez of Bloomberg News about how and why people have been investing in gold for a very,…
What Next: The Backstory to Bolivia’s Coup
Nov 19, 2019 • 23 min
Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, was pushed out of office this month after attempting to secure an unprecedented fourth term. Now, the country is consumed by a power vacuum and the economy is facing challenges. How did Bolivia get here,…
How To!: Win At Online Dating
Nov 19, 2019 • 30 min
Traci is a single, professional woman looking for love. She builds furniture in her spare time, enjoys dancing and can’t believe she has to devote an hour each day to swiping through photos and sending flirty texts. Traci’s quest for romance is made…
The Authority: The Spies
Nov 18, 2019 • 46 min
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…
Gist: Crowdfunding Creativity
Nov 18, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, Pete Buttigieg. In the interview, Mike talks to Yancey Strickler, co-founder of Kickstarter, about the company’s origins, the challenges of developing creator guidelines, and what he thinks about wealth in the tech industry. His new book is…
Hang Up: Bang the Garbage Can Quickly
Nov 18, 2019 • 83 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Nate Jackson to discuss Colin Kaepernick’s workout and Myles Garrett’s helmet smash; the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh assesses the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme; and Asif Kapadia talks about his documentary…
What Next: What Is Devin Nunes Thinking?
Nov 18, 2019 • 24 min
Rep. Devin Nunes has been in Congress for over a decade. In those years he built up a lot of political capital in the Republican party–Nunes is currently a member of the Gang of Eight, a bi-partisan set of eight leaders in Congress who are briefed on…
Working With the Homeless: How Does a Director of Street Medicine Do Her Job?
Nov 17, 2019 • 49 min
This week, Jordan talks to Bonnie Coover, a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Director of Street Medicine at Janian Medical Care. Bonnie and her team provide primary care medical services to people who are living on the street in New York City. She tells…
Cloud Kitchens
Nov 16, 2019 • 48 min
This week Felix, Emily, and Anna discuss the potentially sexist tendencies of the Apple Card algorithm, why tech is killing restaurants and the new big player in streaming, Disney+. And in the Slate Plus segment: Bolivia. This episode is brought to you by…
Gist: Devin Nunes Is a Nincompoop
Nov 15, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, Elizabeth Warren’s new plan. In the interview, Jamil Zaki is here to discuss his new book The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World. He and Mike debate the merits of sympathy versus empathy, and discuss the ways we view…
What Next: This Week in Impeachment - New Evidence
Nov 15, 2019 • 24 min
Testimony of a phone call between President Donald Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland has set the stage for a dramatic Week 2 in the inquiry. What does the revelation of that call tell us about how House Republicans are mounting a defense of the…
Hit Parade: Genre v. Generation, ’80s to ’10s
Nov 15, 2019 • 27 min
In this mid-month mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Ned Raggett, freelance music writer for All Music Guide and The Quietus and expert on the ’80s U.K. bands celebrated on the most recent full-length episode of Hit Parade. Chris…
Spoiler Specials: Doctor Sleep
Nov 15, 2019 • 57 min
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…
What Next TBD: How WhatsApp Got Hacked
Nov 15, 2019 • 21 min
Recently, Facebook filed a lawsuit against a little-known Israeli spyware firm called NSO Group. Facebook is accusing NSO of supplying technology that enabled a hack of 1,400 WhatsApp accounts. But NSO’s reach goes far beyond a few thousand phones.…
Gist: The Business of Celebrity Tabloids
Nov 14, 2019 • 27 min
On The Gist, Nancy Pelosi. In the interview, Mike talks to filmmaker Mark Landsman and former National Enquirer editor-in-chief Steve Coz about their new documentary Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer. They discuss ethics, Trump, and how…
Political: DP [Hearts] MB
Nov 14, 2019 • 64 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the public impeachment hearings, fresh faces in Democratic presidential primary, and DACA at the Supreme Court. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox…
Studio 360: New York Icons: ‘The Bell Jar’ & ‘Siembra’
Nov 14, 2019 • 54 min
Studio 360’s American Icon series has explored dozens of influential works of art and entertainment that have shaped who we are as Americans. Now we turn to our hometown of New York for a new batch of Icons stories about works of art that were born in the…
Trumpcast: Taylor and Kent Won’t Dance with the Stars
Nov 14, 2019 • 40 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig about yesterday’s impeachment hearings, including our addiction to hyper-arousal, the work of Dan Goldman, the attempts to discredit William Taylor and George Kent, John Bolton not wanting to get…
Mom & Dad: Keep Your Head Above Water
Nov 14, 2019 • 51 min
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…
Culture Gabfest: Live From Los Feliz
Nov 14, 2019 • 80 min
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.…
Thirst Aid Kit: The Weird and Wonderful Lakeith Stanfield
Nov 14, 2019 • 50 min
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…
What Next: Virginia Democrats’ Chance to Gerrymander
Nov 14, 2019 • 21 min
The latest round of elections in Virginia brought in a new Democratic majority to the state Legislature. It’s the first time Virginia’s government has been fully Democratic in 26 years. The question now is: What will the Democrats do with all that power?…
Gist: The Threat of Democracy
Nov 13, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Purple: Project for Democracy. In the interview, Mike talks to writer and National Review editor Rich Lowry about the tradition of American nationalism, how to reclaim the term, and why we need it more than ever. His new book is The Case for…
Trumpcast: Irony, Solidarity, and the Internet
Nov 13, 2019 • 12 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Marantz, a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of Anti-Social, about Facebook and the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s “tuberculosis” and other memes, the difference between word and lived experience, the…
Man Up: A Virgin in His Mid-20s Starts to Worry
Nov 13, 2019 • 31 min
In the first episode of season 2, Aymann talks to a 23-year-old virgin who’s looking for dating tips in all the wrong places. To get him back on the right track, Aymann enlists the help of Andrea Silenzi, host of the hit dating podcast, Why Oh Why. Are…
S3 Ep. 3: What’s Beef?
Nov 13, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode: Biggie releases “Who Shot Ya,” an instant hip-hop classic that Tupac takes as a personal affront. Tupac calls out Biggie and Puffy in a jailhouse interview. And the Death Row and Bad Boy crews start preparing for war. Slate Plus members…
What Next: Impeachment Goes Public
Nov 13, 2019 • 20 min
Today, when the House Intelligence Committee comes to order to host the first public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, Michael McFaul knows better than most what will happen next. Not only did he serve at the State Department with…
Gist: For the Love of Scandal
Nov 12, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, treason and bribery. In the interview, Irish writer and critic Fintan O’Toole talks to Mike about Brexit, the nationalist wave sweeping England, and country’s future without the European Union. His book The Politics of Pain: Postwar England…
Dear Prudence: Their Cheatin’ Hearts
Nov 12, 2019 • 62 min
Prudence is joined this week by Alexandra Petri, a humor columnist for the Washington Post, author of A Field Guide To Awkward Silences, and also working assiduously on a new book! Prudie and Petri tackle letters about how to handle that you’re husband of…
Lexicon: Men, Women and Children
Nov 12, 2019 • 36 min
What is it with people and animals and irregular plurals? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
Slate Money: SWAG: Cryptocurrency
Nov 12, 2019 • 44 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon will investigate SWAG — Silver Wine Art Gold — and other things people invest in. This week, Felix talks to Nathaniel Popper of The New York Times about whether cryptocurrency is a real investment asset or a…
Studio 360: Extra: Guilty Pleasure: Comic Sans
Nov 12, 2019 • 10 min
The childlike, cartoonish typeface Comic Sans is the most hated font in the world. Twenty-five years after its release, it’s become notorious for showing up in seemingly inappropriate contexts, from office memos to newspapers and government documents. But…
What Next: DACA’s Day in Court
Nov 12, 2019 • 20 min
Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have an enormous effect on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people known as Dreamers. Back in 2017, the Trump administration ended DACA, a program created by the Obama…
How To!: Perform Under Pressure
Nov 12, 2019 • 32 min
Mike’s dream job of playing bass in a Chicago orchestra is within reach — if only he can conquer his nerves and master the audition. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Dr. Don Greene, a peak performance psychologist who’s worked with Wall Street…
The Authority: The Idea of North
Nov 11, 2019 • 49 min
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…
Gist: The Imperfect Republican Defense
Nov 11, 2019 • 26 min
On The Gist, partisanship. In the interview, Brian T. Brown is here to talk about his new book, Someone Is Out to Get Us: A Not So Brief History of Cold War Paranoia and Madness. He and Mike discuss the ways the US and the USSR felt about each other, how…
Hang Up: Roll Tigers Roll
Nov 11, 2019 • 77 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Banner Society’s Spencer Hall to discuss LSU’s win over Alabama; by Slate’s Joel Anderson to chat about the NCAA going after Ohio State’s Chase Young and Memphis’ James Wiseman; and by the New York Times’ Lindsay…
What Next: The Televangelist Inside the White House
Nov 11, 2019 • 23 min
Many past presidents have had a spiritual advisor. President Trump’s party faithful are an extension of his brand — white, evangelical. And his most trusted preacher is a wealthy televangelist who’s been investigated by Congress. Meet Paula White, the…
Working With the Homeless: How Does a Street Outreach Leader Do Her Job?
Nov 10, 2019 • 50 min
Jordan sits down with Stephanie Somar, a clinical supervisor for the Center for Urban Community Services’ street outreach team. Stephanie and her team work on the very front lines of New York City’s effort to help the homeless, driving through upper…
Slate Money: Iberian Siestas
Nov 9, 2019 • 43 min
On Slate Money this week: CEOs being fired for consensual relationships with subordinates, including, this week, Steve Easterbrook of McDonald’s Austin Frakt’s New York Times story about sleep being good for your salary Felix’s Axios piece on the allure…
Amicus; A Look at the Original Quid Pro Quo: Emoluments.
Nov 9, 2019 • 71 min
Dahlia Lithwick calls former prosecutor Mimi Rocah for an answer to a question Amicus listeners often ask. She then asks Sen.Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, if all hope is lost for the federal judiciary. Finally, she revisits emoluments with Deepak…
AmicusA Look at the Original Quid Pro Quo: Emoluments.
Nov 9, 2019 • 71 min
Dahlia Lithwick calls former prosecutor Mimi Rocah for an answer to a question Amicus listeners often ask. She then asks Sen.Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, if all hope is lost for the federal judiciary. Finally, she revisits emoluments with Deepak…
Gist: Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn
Nov 8, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, the new book by the anonymous member of the White House. In the interview, Mike talks to actor Edward Norton about his new film Motherless Brooklyn. They discuss Robert Moses’s complicated legacy in New York, his early beginnings volunteering…
What Next Impeachment: The Tortoise and the Hare
Nov 8, 2019 • 26 min
This week, in impeachment inquiry news: Gordon Sondland revised his memory, Lev Parnas said he’d cooperate with inquisitors, and Donald Trump, Jr. insisted that we focus on the whistleblower. Guests: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s courts correspondent, and Jim…
Spoiler Specials: Last Christmas
Nov 8, 2019 • 52 min
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…
What Next TBD: The Uber Drivers Who Don’t Want to Be Employees
Nov 8, 2019 • 18 min
California recently passed a law that would classify rideshare drivers across the state as employees, rather than contractors. Among many other benefits, they’d be allowed to unionize, collect overtime pay, and take sick leave. So why are so many drivers…
Trumpcast: Transcripts Whispering Quid Pro No
Nov 8, 2019 • 39 min
Virginia Heffernan has a conversation with CNN commentator and lawyer Ross Garber about the Ukraine call, the transcripts coming out of the White House, Rudy Guiliani and Trump’s advisers, Rep. Adam Schiff’s strengths and weaknesses, and much more. Learn…
Gist: Steve Bullock’s Blue-Collar Candidacy
Nov 7, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, taxing Bill Gates. In the interview, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana is here to talk with Mike about his run for the Democratic nomination. They discuss how Bullock’s work on campaign finance reform in Montana, how he alters his message for…
Political: One Year From This Week
Nov 7, 2019 • 70 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss new polls and election results, impeachment, and leaving the Paris climate accord. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John discuss the “OK, Boomer” phenomenon. Get your tickets…
Studio 360: Mark Morris, Carmen Maria Machado and ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’
Nov 7, 2019 • 53 min
Kurt Andersen talks with the choreographer Mark Morris about how music has always been central to his work. The author Carmen Maria Machado reveals how an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” had the unlikely effect of helping her write her new…
Mom and Dad: Into The Unknown
Nov 7, 2019 • 53 min
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…
Thirst Aid Kit: Jason. And Jason Again.
Nov 7, 2019 • 53 min
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…
The Waves: Ronan Farrow’s on the Line
Nov 7, 2019 • 70 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss former congresswoman Katie Hill’s resignation and revenge porn. Then, they break down the successes and failures of the new television show on female desire, Mrs. Fletcher.…
What Next: 8chan, the Hate Site That’s Hard to Kill
Nov 7, 2019 • 23 min
The 8chan message board has become synonymous with hate speech. It’s been a go-to forum for mass shooters’ manifestos. It courts devotees of the cultish QAnon conspiracy theory. In August, 8chan was booted from the internet, but now the forum is making a…
Gist: The Policy Popularity Game
Nov 6, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, political correctness? In the interview, Mike talks to political scientist James A. Robinson about why some nations have more liberty than others and what nations can do to uphold freedom in the face of political threats. His new book,…
Decoder Ring: Gender Reveal Party
Nov 6, 2019 • 40 min
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…
What Next: What Is Tulsi Gabbard’s Deal?
Nov 6, 2019 • 24 min
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, has always had a maverick streak. But since launching a presidential campaign, her tactics have only become more perplexing. Guest: Lisa Lerer, political reporter for the New York Times. Slate Plus…
Slow Burn S3 Ep. 2: Cops on My Tail
Nov 6, 2019 • 33 min
In 1992, Ronald Ray Howard shot and killed Texas state trooper Bill Davidson. His lawyer argued he’d been driven to murder by the music he’d been playing in his car: a dubbed copy of Tupac Shakur’s first album, 2Pacalypse Now. On the second episode of…
Gist: Another Plan for That?
Nov 5, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, it’s not good to agree with Donald Trump, Jr. In the interview, race car driver Michael Waltrip and filmmaker Paul Taublieb are here to talk with Mike about the new documentary Blink of an Eye based on the book of the same name about racing,…
Trumpcast: The Dangers of Trump’s Lower Court Judges
Nov 5, 2019 • 31 min
Leon Krauze talks to Slate staff writer Mark Joseph Stern about the dangers of the judges Trump appoints, and not just the SCOTUS—nearly one in four appeals court judges in the federal judiciary was appointed by Trump. These are lifetime appointments.…
Dear Prudence: Morning Buns
Nov 5, 2019 • 52 min
Prudence is joined this week by Elizabeth Freeman, a Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, specializing in, among other things, Gender/Sexuality Studies. Prudie and Freeman dig into letters about what to do when you feel like your…
Studio 360: Why Should Tenors Have All the Fun?
Nov 5, 2019 • 22 min
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is a rising opera star, performing on some of the world’s most venerable classical music stages. In concert halls from London to New York, Barton not only flaunts her velvety rich tone, but also her commitment to social justice…
Slate Money: SWAG: Art
Nov 5, 2019 • 50 min
In this Slate Money mini-series, Felix Salmon will investigate SWAG — Silver Wine Art Gold — and other things people invest in that don’t have any cash flows. This week, Felix sits down with Julia Halperin, Executive Editor of Artnet News to talk about…
How To!: Withstand Pain
Nov 5, 2019 • 33 min
Sophie is a typical mom … who runs ultramarathons in her spare time. She’s pretty tough but an upcoming 268-mile race across the loneliest parts of England is freaking her out. In this episode of How To! we turned to Wim Hof, aka “The Iceman” for advice.…
What Next: Does Warren’s Medicare Plan Add Up?
Nov 5, 2019 • 22 min
At the last Democratic primary debate, Elizabeth Warren refused to say that her plan for Medicare for All would require raising taxes on the middle class. Critics accused her of dishonesty. But on Friday, Warren released a plan pledging to do exactly what…
His Dark Materials Season 1, Episode 1: “Lyra’s Jordan”
Nov 4, 2019 • 48 min
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…
Gist: Kellyanne Conway’s Fibs and Half-Truths
Nov 4, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, socialism and taxes. In the interview, Thomas Chatterton Williams talks to Mike about why it’s important to reject social constructs like race, how he has reckoned with these categories, and what he has learned about identity as a parent. His…
Hang Up: What Was Deadspin?
Nov 4, 2019 • 59 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former Deadspin staffers Megan Greenwell, Tom Ley, and Barry Petchesky to discuss the site’s demise and what caused it. Topics covered include the conflicts between writers, editors, and management; journalism…
What Next: California’s Wildfire Problem Goes Beyond PG&E
Nov 4, 2019 • 16 min
In California, thousands of people have evacuated their homes in yet another season of dangerous wildfires. Thousands of other residents have had their power shut off in an effort to help prevent incidents along power lines that could trigger yet more…
Working with the Homeless: How Does a Tenants’ Rights Attorney Do His Job?
Nov 3, 2019 • 68 min
Jordan Weissmann returns to host a new season all about the people who work with the homeless population in New York City. In this first episode, Jordan speaks to Mark Hess, a Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. For many people, an…
Slow Burn S3 Ep. 1 Plus: The Two Sides of Tupac
Nov 2, 2019 • 70 min
Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. To listen to the rest of the bonus episodes this season, sign up for Slate Plus now. In this first bonus episode of Slow Burn season 3, host Joel Anderson and producer Christopher Johnson…
Sponsored: Staying Ahead of Industry Trends with Neil Irwin
Nov 2, 2019 • 30 min
Staying on top of industry trends has never been more important. These days, changes come so often and happen so fast, it can start to feel like a full-time job. So how do you anticipate shifts and spot trends before they become standard practice in your…
Slate Money: Don’t Be Evil
Nov 2, 2019 • 48 min
Rana Foroohar joins Slate Money to discuss her book Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles — and All of Us, the Facebook vs Twitter war over political ads, NCAA players finally getting paid, and PG&E and the California wildfires. And…
Gist: The Future for Democrats
Nov 1, 2019 • 44 min
On The Gist, Mike went to Politicon this past weekend and moderated the panel What Now Democrats, featuring James Carville, Joe Lockhart, Zerlina Maxwell, Kyle Kulinski and Jess McIntosh. They debate the future of the party, what kinds of issues will…
What Next: This Week in Impeachment - Let’s Make It Official, Again
Nov 1, 2019 • 28 min
This week, Alexander Vindman testifies with first hand knowledge of the Ukraine call and the house votes to formalize the impeachment inquiry. Plus, who’s the person you should be keeping your eye on heading into next week? Guest: Dahlia Lithwick and Jim…
Man Up: Help Man Up Help You!
Nov 1, 2019 • 1 min
Ahead of Season 2, Aymann wants listeners to get in touch and share their stories. Give us a call at (805)-626-8707, or email us at [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spoiler Specials: Terminator: Dark Fate
Nov 1, 2019 • 55 min
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…
What Next TBD: The Price of Automating Aviation
Nov 1, 2019 • 17 min
This week, Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg appeared in front of Congress. He was there to answer questions about what his company knew, and when, before two 737 Max airplanes crashed and claimed the lives of 346 people. But beyond the planes’ technological…
Trumpcast: Now Approaching the Trump Impeachment Endgame
Oct 31, 2019 • 39 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Fordham Law’s Jed Shugerman about how we’re approaching the “end game” of impeachment, what might happen to Trump in the courts post-impeachment, clarifying statements from Trump private lawyer William Consovoy, Tish James, the…
Gist: The Truth About Impossible Burgers
Oct 31, 2019 • 28 min
On The Gist, presidential incompetency at its finest. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for “Is That Bullshit?” She and Mike figure out what are really in Impossible and Beyond burgers and if they’re healthier than red meat burgers. Maria’s latest…
Political: Halloween
Oct 31, 2019 • 76 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the impeachment resolution, Twitter’s ban on political ads, and the downfall of Katie Hill. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily and John review the Founders’ meticulous efforts to establish…
Studio 360: American Icons: The tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Oct 31, 2019 • 54 min
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are so familiar they’ve become part of our cultural wallpaper. A raven croaking “nevermore?” An enemy bricked up in a cellar? A heart beating under the floorboards? These images are the stuff of our collective nightmares, but Poe…
Studio 360: American Icons: The tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Oct 31, 2019 • 54 min
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are so familiar they’ve become part of our cultural wallpaper. A raven croaking “nevermore?” An enemy bricked up in a cellar? A heart beating under the floorboards? These images are the stuff of our collective nightmares, but Poe…
Mom and Dad: Parent Under the Influence Edition
Oct 31, 2019 • 57 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who wants to know if a few drinks while watching the kids is a bad decision or modern parenting. And a question about a grandpa with advancing Alzheimer’s. As usual, we…
Hit Parade: Lost and Lonely Edition
Oct 31, 2019 • 85 min
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,…
Thirst Aid Kit: That Sturdy Feeling ft. Driadonna Roland
Oct 31, 2019 • 65 min
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…
What Next: Partisan Gerrymandering Is Over in North Carolina
Oct 31, 2019 • 21 min
State court rulings have ended partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina on both the state and congressional levels. The rulings could lead the way for progressive activists who’ve been shut out at the Supreme Court. This episode is a part of Slate’s Who…
Trumpcast: How National Defense Issues Play Out in U.S. Culture
Oct 30, 2019 • 9 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Katherine Voyles about the way national defense issues play out in culture, and the culture of national defense issues. They also discuss Jim Mattis and Steve Bannon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Gist: Tupac and Biggie: What Really Happened?
Oct 30, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, ghosts aren’t real. In the interview, Mike talks to Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson about the new season, the hidden facts he learned about Tupac and Biggie, and the latest revelations he uncovered documenting the biggest…
Slow Burn S3 Ep. 1: Against the World
Oct 30, 2019 • 31 min
On the first episode of Slow Burn’s third season: How a violent robbery severed Tupac’s friendship with Biggie Smalls and sparked a bicoastal beef that consumed the world of hip-hop. In November 1994, while on trial for sexual abuse, Tupac Shakur is shot…
What Next: Jailed Over Medical Debt
Oct 30, 2019 • 23 min
There’s a story unfolding in the courtroom of a small town in Kansas. It’s a story about runaway medical costs, aggressive debt collectors, and jail. Guest: Lizzie Presser, reporter for ProPublica Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast…
Gist: Samantha Power’s Atrocity Prevention
Oct 29, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, Melinda Gates and empowering women. In the final part of Mike’s two-part interview with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, they talk about the right and wrong ways to handle human rights atrocities across the world and their love of…
Dear Prudence: Some of Us Work
Oct 29, 2019 • 62 min
Prudence is joined this week by Jae Bearhat, a Seattle-based writer, zinester, and known Internet presence. Their work includes the Czap Books published comic Little Teeth, the Youtube critique series Film Critters, and over dozens of posts on Twitter…
Lexicon: Zombie English
Oct 29, 2019 • 34 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Long-dead elements of the language still haunt our everyday speech. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: [email protected] Learn more about…
Studio 360: Extra: New York Icons: ‘The Bell Jar’
Oct 29, 2019 • 32 min
The Bell Jar is often read as a sort of literary suicide note by poet Sylvia Plath. The autobiographical novel memorably follows her first attempt at taking her own life and her experiences living in a mental institution and undergoing electroshock…
How To!: Not Be Scared
Oct 29, 2019 • 30 min
Becca is 6-feet tall, bold and strong-willed. She’s also easily startled and paralyzed by fear — even a children’s haunted house can reduce her to tears. In this episode of How To!, we bring in sociologist Margee Kerr, author of Scream: Chilling…
What Next: What It Took To Close Rikers
Oct 29, 2019 • 22 min
This month, the New York City Council approved a plan to close Rikers Island in 2026. The jail has become a potent symbol for those fighting to reform the criminal justice system. Where do reformers go from here? Guest: Aaron Morrison, senior reporter at…
Amicus Bonus: Impeachment and the “Spy Stuff”
Oct 29, 2019 • 37 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, to talk about the role of intelligence and counterintelligence in the Mueller probe, the impeachment inquiry, and the damage deep state fever dreams…
Gist: The Fall of Katie Hill
Oct 28, 2019 • 38 min
On The Gist, socialism and millennials. In the first part of a two-part interview, Mike talks to Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, about the early beginnings of the Syrian crisis, her role in trying to stop the Assad regime, and what she…
Hang Up And Listen: Heavy Top
Oct 28, 2019 • 74 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss the Astros’ massive World Series comeback. Deadspin’s Laura Wagner also joins to talk about Houston’s front office debacle, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham assesses…
What Next: Can Trump Save Kentucky’s Republican Governor?
Oct 28, 2019 • 19 min
Kentucky’s Republican Gov, Matt Bevin won a decisive victory in 2015 and has tethered himself to President Donald Trump ever since. But now, he’s up for reelection and his popularity has taken a nosedive—it doesn’t help that thousands of public school…
Working: How Does an Influencer Talent Agent Do Her Job?
Oct 27, 2019 • 47 min
To wrap up the season on the Influencer Industry, Rachelle talks to Jess Hunichen, co-founder of talent agency Shine Influencers. Jess cut her teeth as a traditional film and television agent when she lived in Australia. But when she had trouble finding…
Slate Money: Pancake Brains
Oct 26, 2019 • 54 min
This week Felix, Emily, and Anna discuss the latest news on WeWork, Emily’s article on the so-called leadership and empowerment seminar at Ernst & Young that told women their brains were like pancakes, among other indignities, and Felix’s recent review of…
Amicus: The Conservative Legal Resistance
Oct 26, 2019 • 60 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Stuart Gerson of the conservative legal group Checks and Balances to talk about developments in the border-wall case he helped bring in El Paso, Texas; the view of impeachment from concerned conservatives; and the latest…
What Next, Impeachment: Storming the SCIF
Oct 25, 2019 • 19 min
We survey this week’s developments: the testimony from Ambassador Bill Taylor, a stunt at the SCIF, and what the founding fathers might have thought of our reticence to impeach. Guests: Dahlia Lithwick and Jim Newell. Slate Plus members get bonus segments…
Gist: Joel Stein Knows You’re Elitist
Oct 25, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, understanding the differences between Hispanic and Latinx. In the interview, Mike talks to journalist Joel Stein about elitism in 2019, how Trump is really part of the elite, and what the future holds for populism across the world. His new…
What Next TBD: Inside Facebook’s Political Ad Mess
Oct 25, 2019 • 20 min
Over the last week, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have been under fire for declining to fact-check political ads. But a former insider says this is the wrong debate to be having—and it misses a more fundamental problem: Facebook’s business model itself.…
Spoiler Specials: Jojo Rabbit
Oct 25, 2019 • 45 min
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…
Trumpcast: Say Yes to Rebuilding Post-Trump
Oct 24, 2019 • 30 min
Virginia Heffernan talks with law professor and MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance about Trump’s bloodlust, Turkey, building nonpartisan offices, that now-iconic Twitter image of Rep. Nancy Pelosi disciplining Trump, Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s pushback, and…
Gist: What’s Zuckerberg’s Time Worth?
Oct 24, 2019 • 36 min
On The Gist, Katie Hill’s throuple. In the interview, Mike talks to writer Coleman Hughes about how his childhood shaped his views on race in America, his case against reparations, and what he’s working on next in the world of philosophy. In the Spiel,…
Political: Cooper, Taylor, SCIFer Spy
Oct 24, 2019 • 69 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss damning new impeachment testimony, Facebook under fire, and taking to the streets against Trump. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John take inspiration from Christine…
Studio 360: Michelle Obama’s portraitist and ‘96 Tears’
Oct 24, 2019 • 55 min
Kurt Andersen talks with Amy Sherald, who painted the official Michelle Obama portrait, about her strict religious upbringing, the surreal experience of interviewing with the Obamas and why she’ll only ever paint African Americans. Our latest American…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Jesus Take The Wheel
Oct 24, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who wants to better deal with her kid’s identity and a dad who is insisting his kid learn to drive. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some…
Thirst Aid Kit: Stern Men and Power Femmes with Nicole Cliffe
Oct 24, 2019 • 64 min
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…
The Waves: Bless This Mess
Oct 24, 2019 • 59 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, Marcia, and June dive into the tension between love and politics in light of a recent piece on Democratic women married to MAGA-loving men. Then, they talk about the implications of framing abortion as…
What Next: Russia’s Play for the Middle East
Oct 24, 2019 • 21 min
Syria is in the midst of a civil war, a refugee crisis, a war on terror, and a massive demographic shift. Why does Russia want a piece of it? Guest: Deb Amos, international correspondent for NPR. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast…
Gist: Facebook Should Fact-Check
Oct 23, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, storming the SCIF. In the interview, podcast producer and Canadian Chris Berube is here to talk with Mike about the recent Canadian election, how much shorter their elections are, and the government Trudeau has had to cobble together. Berube…
What Next: The “Detective” Behind the Wealth Tax
Oct 23, 2019 • 20 min
Gabriel Zucman and his co-authors have become known for releasing these charts that go megaviral. In a new book, Zucman claims to have found that the 400 richest Americans now pay a lower tax rate than the bottom 50 percent of the country. This finding…
Culture Gabfest: Voice Like a Jangly Bell
Oct 23, 2019 • 60 min
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…
Trumpcast: Real Activism in the Face of Trump Rot
Oct 22, 2019 • 49 min
Virginia Heffernan talks with activist lan Madrigal, known for their “cause play” work as the Monopoly Man, about the most potent times to be an activist, reckoning with the feelings that come up in our repressive politics, acknowledging trauma and being…
Gist: Thinking Outside the America Box
Oct 22, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, racial slurs and context. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another round of “Is That Bullshit?” This time, she and Mike figure out if sunscreen is good for us, what we should be wary of, and why many of us need more sunlight.…
Dear Prudence: Couch Surfer
Oct 22, 2019 • 44 min
Prudence is joined this week by Matt Martin, who recently launched TILT, a new brand of public media by and for young people to help them navigate an out-of-balance economy. Martin has worked in public radio for many years, including a long stint as a…
Studio 360 Extra: Ranky Tanky: Live in Studio 360
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
Charleston band Ranky Tanky draws on the musical traditions of the Gullah culture from the Lowcountry region of the Southeastern U.S. They perform live in Studio 360 and then break the music down into its essential components, explaining what exactly…
What Next: How El Chapo’s Son Got Away
Oct 22, 2019 • 21 min
Last Thursday, in the city of Culiacán, a massive gun battle between Mexican government forces and the Sinaloa cartel erupted in broad daylight. It was captured on cameras by residents across the city. For hours, residents took shelter as the Mexican…
How To!: Fire Your Daughter
Oct 22, 2019 • 31 min
Kyle wants to sell his 50-year old family insurance business so he can finally retire. But a troublesome employee is holding him back: his daughter. In this episode of How To!, Harvard Business School professor Christina Wing tries to help Kyle figure out…
Gist: Cracking Trump’s Code
Oct 21, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, Trump is no George Washington. In the interview, Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks are here to discuss their new book Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, and Why. They talk about why the expert isn’t always the best vessel for…
Hang Up And Listen: The Making Adjustments Edition
Oct 21, 2019 • 74 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Jeff Passan to discuss the World Series matchup between the Astros and Nationals. The Ringer’s Kevin Clark also joins to talk about the Rams’ deal for Jalen Ramsey, and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl…
Slate Money: Succession: Bonus Episode With Gerri!
Oct 21, 2019 • 57 min
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,…
What Next: Warren and Obama: It Got Messy
Oct 21, 2019 • 26 min
Sanctimonious, condescending, narcissist, professional critic. These are just a few of the words officials from the Obama White House used to describe Elizabeth Warren. It’s no secret that Warren’s views differed from those of many officials in the Obama…
Working: How Does a Beauty Influencer Do Her Job?
Oct 20, 2019 • 45 min
This week, Rachelle talks to Hemali Mistry, a beauty influencer based in Toronto. Hemali is one of those people you see online who has figured out how to turn her skill with makeup into a full blown social media career. But, as she’ll tell you, there is…
Slate Money: The Robopocalypse Edition
Oct 19, 2019 • 49 min
This week Felix, Emily and Anna discuss the threat of robots taking our jobs, TurboTax and the Vanity Fair piece on Wall Street supposedly making money on the chaos of Trump. And in the Slate Plus segment: D.E. Shaw. Email: slatem[email protected] Twitter:…
Gist: Meghan Daum’s Problem With Everything
Oct 18, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Gordon Sondland testified before Congress. In the interview, Meghan Daum is here to talk with Mike Pesca about her new book The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars. They discuss toughness versus sensitivity, age…
Spoiler Specials: Parasite
Oct 18, 2019 • 51 min
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…
What Next: This Week in Impeachment: Testifying Anyway
Oct 18, 2019 • 24 min
One week ago, the White House released a letter effectively stating to House Democrats: no more witnesses, no more documents. This week, witnesses in the impeachment inquiry lined up to testify on Capitol Hill, and a cascade of revelations ensued. How…
Trumpcast: Trump Skewers the Pax Americana
Oct 18, 2019 • 46 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Brannen, editorial director of Just Security, about Gordon Sondland’s opening statement, a glance at Russian interference, Trump’s bizarre letter to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, that bizarre Trump-Pelosi Twitter photo…
Gist: The Curdling Affair in Syria
Oct 17, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, what does quid pro quo even mean? In the interview, Mike talks to Ash Carter about his time as the 25th Secretary of Defense, what he would have down if he were Jim Mattis, and what he thinks about Trump’s military strategy in Syria. In the…
Political: Don’t Be a Tough Guy. Don’t Be a Fool! I Will Call You Later
Oct 17, 2019 • 80 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the US abandonment of the Kurds, the Democratic presidential debates, and guest Daniel Markovits’s new book The Meritocracy Trap. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David and Emily discuss the…
Studio 360: ‘The Searchers’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Oct 17, 2019 • 54 min
Two highlights from our American Icons special series. First, producer Arun Venugopal revisits “The Searchers,” the John Ford film starring John Wayne that is widely regarded as a masterpiece, but which many see as racially problematic in the way that…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: You Need To Calm Down
Oct 17, 2019 • 66 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who wants to know if it really makes a difference whether you yell at your kids and another mom who wants to make sure she doesn’t overshare her mental health issues…
Thirst Aid Kit: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Can Catch It
Oct 17, 2019 • 47 min
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?…
What Next: Meanwhile At Fox News
Oct 17, 2019 • 18 min
There have been indications of discord at Fox News — tension between the news division and the more opinion-driven shows on the network. Shepard Smith and Tucker Carlson hashed out their differences on air. And then, Smith submitted his resignation to the…
Gist: Unmasking the Watchmen
Oct 16, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, the October CNN democratic debate. In the interview, Mike talks to director and executive producer Nicole Kassell about directing the Watchmen pilot, the show’s many Easter eggs, and how they honor the real-life 1921 riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma.…
Outward; Dolls and Democrats
Oct 16, 2019 • 55 min
This month, Christina and Bryan are joined by writer drag performer Pretty Rik E. After talking about Ellen and Big Mouth during Pride and Provocations, they jump into CNN’s LGBTQ town hall where nine different candidates discussed the queer aspects of…
Lexicon: Let’s Do Lunch
Oct 16, 2019 • 37 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Come table-hopping as we discuss the linguistic quirks of some mealtime terms. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: [email protected] Learn…
If Then: Smash Bros Side Hustlers
Oct 16, 2019 • 41 min
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What Next: What the Kurds Are Fighting For
Oct 16, 2019 • 21 min
When the US abandoned its Kurdish allies, it not only left the Kurds vulnerable to devastating attacks from Turkey, but it also abandoned Rojava, the Kurdish autonomous region that lies in the northeast of Syria. Right now, the Kurds are fighting to…
Culture Gabfest: Claggy Sponge
Oct 16, 2019 • 60 min
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…
Gist: Shea Serrano’s Great Movie Debates
Oct 15, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, too many candidates? In the interview, Shea Serrano is back to talk with Mike about his newest book Movies (And Other Things). They talk about Armageddon, why Booksmart will have such longevity and importance, and watching movies with your…
Hang Up and Listen: The It’s a Marathon and a Sprint Edition
Oct 15, 2019 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to talk about LeBron James’ comments on China; the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh discusses the Nationals’ playoff run and why baseballs aren’t flying as far; and Ed Caesar assesses marathon…
Dear Prudence: Cult Conversion
Oct 15, 2019 • 58 min
Prudence is joined this week by Molly Priddy, a writer and editor living in Minnesota. She likes Diet Coke, her dog, and talking about feelings because feelings are the worst. Prudie and Priddy tackle letters about how to admit to your date that you’re a…
Studio 360 Extra: This Woman’s Work: ‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush
Oct 15, 2019 • 29 min
This Woman’s Work is a series of stories from Classic Album Sundays and Studio 360 highlighting classic albums by female artists who have made a lasting impact on music and pop culture. This time we’re looking at the artist who inspired the name of this…
Working With Code: How Does a Software Engineering Manager Do Her Job?
Oct 15, 2019 • 36 min
For this mini-season on coding, Slate’s own Greg Lavallee is talking to the people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg sits down with Marianne Bellotti, a software engineering manager at a company called…
Working with Code: How Does a Graphics Coder Do His Job?
Oct 15, 2019 • 25 min
For this mini-season on coding, Slate’s own Greg Lavallee is talking to the people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg sits down with Omar Shehata, a graphics programmer at Cesium, a 3D mapping company. Omar…
How To!: Put Down Your Phone
Oct 15, 2019 • 27 min
How many times have you looked at your phone so far today? Do you feel like you’re choosing to look, or automatically craving it when you ought to be enjoying life? In this episode of How To! we get advice from Jia Tolentino, New Yorker writer and author…
What Next: Impeachment Froze the Democratic Primary
Oct 15, 2019 • 17 min
The impeachment inquiry has crowded out all but the most urgent news about the 2020 presidential election. In doing so, it’s frozen the Democratic primary in ways that have helped Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the expense of almost every other candidate. How…
Working with Code: How Does a Coder at NASA Do His Job?
Oct 15, 2019 • 27 min
For this mini-season on coding, Slate’s own Greg Lavallee is talking to the people who write the software that makes your digital life possible. In this episode, Greg speaks to Adam Michaels, a coder at Omitron, a company contracted by NASA. Adam writes…
Slate Money: Succession: S2E10: “Thank You For the Chicken”
Oct 14, 2019 • 72 min
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. For the finale, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined…
Working: How Do the Creators of an Influencer Marketing Platform Do Their Job?
Oct 13, 2019 • 62 min
This week, Rachelle talks to Mae Karwowski and Max Domain, co-founders of Obviously and the company’s CEO and CTO respectively. Working as a social media manager, Mae discovered the power of working with influencers to bring a brand’s campaigns to super…
Slate Money: The Economists’ Hour
Oct 12, 2019 • 52 min
New York Times writer Binyamin Appelbaum joins Slate Money to discuss his new book The Economists’ Hour, the concept of putting a dollar value on a human life and the NBA’s whole thing with China. And in the Slate Plus segment: The latest from the Fed.…
Amicus: Impeachment Primer
Oct 12, 2019 • 69 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by all-star SCOTUS experts to walk us through this week’s biggest legal and constitutional developments. First, Laurence Tribe answers the questions Amicus listeners have been asking about the next steps in the impeachment…
Gist: Giuliani Whisperer
Oct 11, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, Trump’s trade war with China. In the interview, Mike talks to writer Elaina Plott about her reporting on Rudy Giuliani, new White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and the future of the impeachment hearings. Plott is a staff writer at the…
Spoiler Specials: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Oct 11, 2019 • 36 min
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…
What Next: This Week in Impeachment - Obstruct and Distract
Oct 11, 2019 • 25 min
As the impeachment inquiry rolls on, it’s easy to get lost in the paperwork and characters surfacing each week. We’re here to help sort through it all and tell you what you really need to know. Today: the White House’s letter to Congress and what it says…
Hit Parade: Rain Sounds and Moody Goths
Oct 11, 2019 • 27 min
In this monthly mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Aisha Harris, culture editor for The New York Times’ Opinion section. Aisha and Chris discuss the Janet Jackson album Rhythm Nation 1814, the topic of the most recent full-length…
Trumpcast: There’s No Law in that White House Counsel Letter
Oct 11, 2019 • 41 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Above the Law’s Elie Mystal, who breaks down the White House counsel’s letter attempting to invalidate the Trump impeachment inquiry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: Who Deserves the Right to Vote?
Oct 10, 2019 • 36 min
On The Gist, how should we feel about Ellen and George W. Bush? In the interview, Desmond Meade of the Florida Restorative Rights Coalition is here to talk with Mike about the recent movement in Florida to give voting rights back to individuals who have…
Political: Great and Unmatched Wisdom
Oct 10, 2019 • 63 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss obstruction of impeachment investigations, the new Supreme Court term, and Bernie Sanders’ health. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using…
Studio 360: ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ and Liz Phair
Oct 10, 2019 • 55 min
Our latest Americans Icons segment is about “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Maya Angelou’s first book broke boundaries when it was published 50 years ago and still profoundly resonates with readers today. And Kurt Andersen talks with Liz Phair, the…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Breast Milk Taste Test
Oct 10, 2019 • 38 min
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Thirst Aid Kit: Forgive Us, Father
Oct 10, 2019 • 52 min
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…
What Next: Why Don’t DC Residents Count?
Oct 10, 2019 • 26 min
Growing up in D.C. during the civil rights era made the fight for D.C. statehood deeply personal for civil rights advocate Wade Henderson. He’s said that being unable to secure a voting representative in Congress is one of his greatest disappointments.…
The Waves: Impeachment Sisterhood
Oct 10, 2019 • 72 min
On this week’s episode of The Waves, Christina, Marcia, and Nichole discuss Rowena Chiu’s essay about Harvey Weinstein, and what her voice brings to the conversation about sex, race and power. Next, the panelists tackle whether the right women are getting…
Gist: Uncomplicating the NBA and China
Oct 9, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, what Trump is doing to the Kurds is everybody’s fault but Trump’s. In the interview, Mike talks to Ozy’s national politics reporter Nick Fouriezos about U.S. voter apathy, where its most prevalent, and its ramifications for future elections.…
Man Up: The Aftermath of a Public Proposal
Oct 9, 2019 • 30 min
Flashy public proposals are all over social media, but people seem divided over whether they’re adorable or cringeworthy. This week on Man Up, Aymann learns about two different public proposal stories and figures out whether the people involved have any…
If Then: The People Who Hold The Internet Together
Oct 9, 2019 • 43 min
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What Next: America’s Top Elections Official Isn’t Happy
Oct 9, 2019 • 19 min
The Federal Election Commission was designed to prevent the parties from going rogue with overly punitive campaign finance regulations. But what’s paralyzed FEC is something less partisan, and more principled: Democrats think the government should enforce…
Culture Gabfest: Your Boundary Is My Trigger
Oct 9, 2019 • 69 min
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…
Trumpcast: The Trump-Zelensky Call and the Language of Corruption
Oct 9, 2019 • 43 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to info warfare expert Molly McKew about the how the Trump-Zelensky call benefits Vladimir Putin, the Ukraine, javelins, disarmament, Hunter Biden, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: Selling Out the Kurds
Oct 8, 2019 • 37 min
On The Gist, Trump and the Kurds. In the interview, Mike talks to Aaron Mehta, deputy editor and senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense News. They talk about why Ukraine wants javelin missiles, the internal conflicts in the Pentagon, and China’s rising…
Dear Prudence: Urine My Chair
Oct 8, 2019 • 52 min
Prudence is joined this week by Amira El-Sayed, a German/Egyptian Londoner who advises organizations around the world on how they can have a positive social impact. Prudie and El-Sayed dig into letters about what to do when you overhear your friend’s hair…
Sponsored: It’s a Playdate
Oct 8, 2019 • 24 min
In Episode 3, we’re exploring friendship from a kid’s eye view. Have you ever seen your child walk up to a kid they’ve never met before on the playground and spend the whole day together like old friends? Children seem hardwired to create these instant,…
What Next: A Dream Supreme Court Term for Conservatives
Oct 8, 2019 • 25 min
The Supreme Court embarks on its new term with a solidly conservative majority and a sense of urgency when it comes to settling legal questions that keep cropping up. Will Chief Justice John Roberts continue to strike centrist compromises in the interest…
How To!: Be Funny
Oct 8, 2019 • 30 min
How do you learn to tell the perfect joke? A pastor from Oklahoma wants to spice up his sermons from the pulpit. So we introduce him to Gary Gulman, a New York standup comedian who makes jokes about his clinical depression in the new HBO comedy special…
Gist: The Cowardice of the NBA
Oct 7, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, Daryl Morey versus NBA China. In the interview, Comedy Bang Bang host Scott Aukerman is here to talk about Between Two Ferns: The Movie, the early beginnings of the Between Two Ferns show, and how he writes and directs great cringe comedy.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Silver in China Edition
Oct 7, 2019 • 72 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Joshua Keating to talk about the NBA’s China kerfuffle. ESPN’s Sam Miller also joins to discuss the baseball playoffs and David Epstein assesses Alberto Salazar’s doping suspension and the world track and…
Decoder Ring: Bart Simpson Mania
Oct 7, 2019 • 48 min
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…
What Next: How Long Will Affirmative Action Last?
Oct 7, 2019 • 21 min
Last week, a contentious affirmative action case came to a temporary resolution. In a lawsuit filed against Harvard by Asian American students and conservative opponents of affirmative action, a judge ruled in favor of the university’s race-conscious…
Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, “You Can’t Make a Tomlette Without Breaking Some Gregs”
Oct 7, 2019 • 60 min
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…
How Long Will Affirmative Action Last?
Oct 7, 2019 • 21 min
Last week, a contentious affirmative action case came to a temporary resolution. In a lawsuit filed against Harvard by Asian American students and conservative opponents of affirmative action, a judge ruled in favor of the university’s race-conscious…
Working: How Does an Internet Astrologer Do Her Job?
Oct 6, 2019 • 63 min
Astrology has been around for centuries. But in recent years, it has truly been thriving thanks to social media—spawning huge communities, inspiring endless memes and creating minor celebrities of astrologers like this week’s guest, Chani Nicholas. Chani…
Slate Money: Money & Happiness
Oct 5, 2019 • 47 min
This week, Laurie Santos joins Felix, Anna, and Emily to discuss the ideas around money and happiness that she explores in her podcast The Happiness Lab, and some of the science may surprise you. And as an added bonus, Taffy Brodesser Akner (who was in…
Amicus: Get Ready for the Most Significant Supreme Court Term in a Decade
Oct 5, 2019 • 47 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, who explains the biggest cases facing the Supreme Court this term. Then Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights,…
Gist: Norbert Leo Butz Is on the Long Haul
Oct 4, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, dishonesty and the media. In the interview, Norbert Leo Butz is a Broadway powerhouse who’s been in all sorts of projects like Wicked and Catch Me If You Can, but he’s also a talented musician out with a new album, The Long Haul. He’s here to…
Dear Prudence: New Mini Episodes on Slate Plus!
Oct 4, 2019 • 1 min
Slate Plus members get an additional mini-episode of Dear Prudence every Friday. Sign up now to listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Next: Between Trump and the Snake Moat
Oct 4, 2019 • 22 min
How independent can a Trump cabinet official be? Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan is testing the limits. Guest: Nick Miroff, Washington Post reporter covering immigration enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. Slate Plus members get bonus…
Slate Spoiler Specials: Joker
Oct 4, 2019 • 60 min
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…
Trumpcast: Trump Voters and the Power of Twelve Angry Men
Oct 4, 2019 • 42 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to blogger Aneela Mirchandani about what the classic movie Twelve Angry Men can teach us about Trump supporters, the psychic permission Trump gives to his voters, and the archetypes of people that keep a con going. Learn more…
Gist: Gary Gulman’s Great Depresh
Oct 3, 2019 • 25 min
On The Gist, getting pronunciations right and extremely wrong. In the interview, comedian Gary Gulman talks to Mike about his new HBO comedy special The Great Depresh, how he talks about mental health on stage, and the magic of vision boards. In the…
Political: We’re Not Fooling Around Here
Oct 3, 2019 • 69 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the impeachment investigation, a new theory of why conservatives can’t quit Trump, and the court ruling upholding Harvard’s affirmative action program. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David,…
Studio 360: Antonio Banderas, the Joker’s makeup and ‘I Want You Back’ at 50
Oct 3, 2019 • 55 min
Kurt Anderson talks with Antonio Banderas about “Pain and Glory,” where he plays his longtime friend and collaborator –– and the director of this same movie –– Pedro Almodóvar. With the opening of “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Kurt talks with Rick…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Birthday Parties and Birthday Suits
Oct 3, 2019 • 58 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca. Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a a mom disagreeing with a father about their young boys showering with her and a mom who thinks her child’s unsupportive father shouldn’t be invited to a birthday party. As…
Thirst Aid Kit: In The Shadows with Taika Waititi
Oct 3, 2019 • 47 min
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…
What Next: Adam Schiff’s Inquiry
Oct 3, 2019 • 17 min
Adam Schiff was elected to Congress as part of the blowback against House Republicans after the Clinton impeachment saga in the late 1990s. Now he’s at the forefront of another spectacular political scandal enveloping Washington. Schiff, who chairs the…
Gist: Presidential Temper Tantrums
Oct 2, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, suing the swamp. In the interview, Marc Randolph is here to talk with Mike about the early beginnings of Netflix, his relationship with co-founder Reed Hastings, and what he’s doing now post-Netflix. Randolph’s new book is That Will Never…
Man Up: About Guys Who Insist on Paying the Bill…
Oct 2, 2019 • 26 min
This week Aymann looks back at some of his dating habits from before he was married, specifically his policy of always paying on the first date. First he talks to Sarah Crow, who wrote a piece for GQ called ‘Why You Should Always Split the Bill.’ Then Mel…
Man Up: About Guys Who Insist on Paying the Bill…
Oct 2, 2019 • 26 min
This week Aymann looks back at some of his dating habits from before he was married, specifically his policy of always paying on the first date. First he talks to Sarah Crow, who wrote a piece for GQ called ‘Why You Should Always Split the Bill.’ Then Mel…
If Then: What it Takes to Study Online Harassment
Oct 2, 2019 • 41 min
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What Next: The Ukraine Scandal Was in Plain Sight
Oct 2, 2019 • 23 min
In the late spring and early summer of 2019 there were these stories. Stories that ran in the New York Times and BuzzFeed News about Rudy Giuliani and his backchannel campaign to get Ukraine’s help securing Donald Trump’s re-election. Though not easy…
Culture Gabfest: Gap toothed Rube
Oct 2, 2019 • 64 min
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…
Gist: ZuckyLeaks
Oct 1, 2019 • 36 min
On The Gist, the Zuckerberg audio leaks. In the interview, Martha Minow is here to talk with Mike about forgiveness, who should be forgiven, and how to incorporate more forgiveness in the U.S. legal system. Minow’s new book is When Should Law Forgive? In…
Trumpcast: The Brett Kavanaugh Epistemological Crisis
Oct 1, 2019 • 51 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, New York Times reporters and co-authors of The Education of Brett Kavanaugh, about the process of reporting for the book, Kavanaugh’s middle-of-the-road college performance and tendency to stay by…
Dear Prudence: Getting Off Easy
Oct 1, 2019 • 57 min
Prudence is joined this week by Nichole Perkins and Bim Adewunmi, Perkins is a writer and co-host of the Slate podcast The Waves. Her first collection of poetry, Lilith, But Dark was published last year. Adewunmi is a producer on This American Life. Her…
How To!: Decide To Have a Baby
Oct 1, 2019 • 31 min
Megan is 35 years old, a lawyer, happily married — and suddenly not sure if she wants to be a mom. She always figured one day the maternal urge would kick in, but so far she’s only felt ambivalence. Does that mean that she shouldn’t have a baby? We asked…
Lexicon: How to Think Like a Linguist
Oct 1, 2019 • 36 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Never mind those 26 letters—the English language has 44 unique sounds. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: [email protected] Learn more…
Studio 360 Extra: David Byrne and the Birth of Talking Heads
Oct 1, 2019 • 15 min
David Byrne’s stage show “American Utopia” is heading to Broadway in October. The show will feature songs from his latest album of the same name, as well as some older works from his former band, Talking Heads. This month also marks the 35th anniversary…
What Next: How Green is Amazon’s Future?
Oct 1, 2019 • 21 min
A growing contingent of Amazon employees has been pushing the company to be a leader in the fight against climate change. Recently, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promised to reduce carbon emissions and add thousands of electric trucks to the company’s fleet.…
Gist: The Self-Impeacher in Chief
Sep 30, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, what’s going on at Café Altura? In the interview, journalist Amanda Aronczyk is here to talk with Mike about her recent series for WNYC’s The Stakes podcast, “A History of Persuasion.” Through the lens of Ted Kaczynski she explores the way…
Hang Up And Listen: The Kids Play the Darndest Things Out Edition
Sep 30, 2019 • 44 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Allison Benedikt to answer your questions about youth sports. Topics covered include whether and how to teach your kids how to talk trash, how to balance sports time with family leisure time, and whether…
What Next: Jeff Flake Talks Impeachment and More
Sep 30, 2019 • 30 min
In a week that saw the talks of impeachment boil over into Congressional action, a former Republican Senator says Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right to hold off on an impeachment inquiry until now. Once a reliable critic of the Trump administration, Jeff…
Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”
Sep 30, 2019 • 54 min
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…
Working: How Does an Influencer’s Husband Do His Job?
Sep 29, 2019 • 47 min
This week, Rachelle sits down with Matthew Stevens, a self-described “Instagram Husband”. Matthew is married to lifestyle blogger and influencer Lindsay Silberman. And while he has a full-time job working for a fashion house, considers it to be his third…
Trumpcast: The Dance Around Quid Pro Quo
Sep 28, 2019 • 11 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Dahlia Lithwick, friend of the pod and host of Slate podcast Amicus, about everything happening with the Ukraine whistleblower debacle, quid pro quo, and abusing power in the workplace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Slate Money: Implosions
Sep 28, 2019 • 46 min
Felix, Emily and Anna sit down to discuss the continuing insanity at WeWork, the fate of Juul amid recent health scares and the mess made by the collapse of British travel agency Thomas Cook. Plus: Elizabeth Warren and Wall Street. Learn more about your…
Amicus: How Donald Trump Weaponizes the Law
Sep 28, 2019 • 82 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Walter Dellinger to discuss impeachment, and the role of White House lawyers in “Ukraine-gate”. And James Zirin, author of Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits , breaks down the President’s history…
Gist: Whistleblower Woes
Sep 27, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Trump and Ukraine-gate? In the interview, journalist and author Mary Lane is here to talk with Mike about Hitler’s art, how he seized “degenerate” art in Germany, and the people who finally recovered these lost works in 2013. Lane’s new book…
Hit Parade: State of the World Edition
Sep 27, 2019 • 75 min
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…
Sponsored: Finding Your Work-Life Balance With Kim Scott
Sep 27, 2019 • 32 min
“Work-life balance” has become a loaded phrase and a looming goal for many professionals.And for those who are self-employed, like entrepreneurs and real estate professionals, it can be especially difficult to figure out where your work ends and your…
What Next: In the Words of the Whistleblower
Sep 27, 2019 • 26 min
On Thursday morning, the House Intelligence Committee publicly released a whistleblower complaint providing evidence of President Trump’s alleged abuse of presidential power. The complaint came just before the Acting Director of National Intelligence was…
Political: I Would Like You To Do Us A Favor
Sep 26, 2019 • 76 min
The Ukraine scandal, the politics of impeachment, and Jodi Kantor about investigating Harvey Weinstein and She Said, a new bookwritten with co-author Megan Twohey. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Kirsten Powers discuss what…
Studio 360: Fred Wilson, Uta Hagen and ‘The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet’
Sep 26, 2019 • 54 min
Conceptual artist Fred Wilson has spent much of his career examining how museum collections are chosen and exhibited, so Kurt Andersen meets Wilson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a chat and a tour. With this year marking the centennial of the birth…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Suburban Appropriation
Sep 26, 2019 • 53 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca. Jamilah and Amy answer listener questions from a questioning the appropriateness of a local organization and a mom who wants her husband to be better about raising a body positive child. As usual, we share our triumphs and…
Thirst Aid Kit: Dan Levy: Smokeshow Extraordinaire
Sep 26, 2019 • 53 min
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…
The Waves: “Strippers Behaving Badly”
Sep 26, 2019 • 58 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, Marcia, and June discuss the Washington Post profile of Kamala Harris that focuses on her years at Howard University and what that tells us about the candidate, HBCUs, and American political life. Then they…
Man Up: The Joy of Quitting Football
Sep 25, 2019 • 33 min
After his sixth documented concussion, NFL linebacker Joshua Perry decided to retire. He was only 24, but knew that if his brain suffered anymore trauma, it could impact his cognitive functioning down the line. This week on Man Up, Perry tells Aymann…
If Then: The Surveillance Is Coming From Inside The (Smart) House
Sep 25, 2019 • 38 min
Host Shannon Palus talks to Roxanne Leitao, a UK-based designer researching ways to make the smart home gear safer for victims of domestic abuse. They’ll discuss the ways that smart thermostats can be used to gaslight victims, the security measures that…
What Next: So, This Is Impeachment
Sep 25, 2019 • 22 min
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Tuesday evening. After a year of Democratic leadership holding off, what makes this time different for Speaker Pelosi? And what happens now? Guests: Dahlia…
Culture Gabfest: Iconic Staircase
Sep 25, 2019 • 69 min
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…
Trumpcast: The Trump Impeachment Story Is Unfolding
Sep 24, 2019 • 24 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Jacob Weisberg, founder of Trumpcast, about how Pelosi threw down the gauntlet, the Senate spoke in unison, and the nation is now facing the impeachment of Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Gist: Lauren Duca Wants a Revolution
Sep 24, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, journalist Lauren Duca is here to talk with Mike about her new book, inspiring young people to get more involved in politics, how activism and journalism might intersect, and the problems with our binary political system. Duca’s new book is…
Dear Prudence: Can’t Stop Looking
Sep 24, 2019 • 47 min
Prudence welcomes you to our first international episode, recorded live at Storey Hall in Melbourne, Australia on September 8th, 2019. Prudie was joined by Clementine Ford, a Melbourne based writer, feminist and author of the best-selling books Fight Like…
What Next: Will Canada Dump Trudeau?
Sep 24, 2019 • 20 min
Last week, Time Magazine released photos of a 29-year-old Justin Trudeau in blackface. In the days following, the Canadian Prime Minister admitted to two more instances of using blackface. The Canadian election is a month away. How will Trudeau’s latest…
How To!: Go On a Family Adventure
Sep 24, 2019 • 31 min
Can a family travel around the world for a year without killing each other? Dan Kois spent a year in New Zealand, The Netherlands, Costa Rica and Kansas with his wife Alia and their two young daughters, learning how other cultures parent. The result is…
Gist: Hungry for Murder
Sep 23, 2019 • 28 min
On The Gist, the news we missed during Comedy Week. In the interview, Rachel Monroe is here to talk with Mike about why people, and women in particular, are so interested in true crime. Is it a new thing or just newly popular? Does being an at-home sleuth…
Hang Up and Listen: The Cut It Out Edition
Sep 23, 2019 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Undefeated’s Jesse Washington to talk about the latest allegations against Antonio Brown and the story of a high school wrestler who was instructed to cut off his dreadlocks. The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh also…
Slate Money: Succession, S2E7, “Bolus of Gubbins”
Sep 23, 2019 • 59 min
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…
What Next: The White House vs. The Whistleblower
Sep 23, 2019 • 27 min
Somewhere in Washington right now there is a whistleblower. We don’t know who they are, what their job is, or if they’re a man or a woman. The only thing we do know is that they are in the middle of a political firestorm. So, how did this all come about?…
Working: How Does a Parenting Influencer Do Her Job?
Sep 22, 2019 • 50 min
Continuing her exploration into the influencer industry, Rachelle chats with Ilana Wiles, creator of the blog Mommy Shorts and author of The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting. Ilana started her parenting blog when she was laid off from…
Flashback: Imitation of Life (1959)
Sep 22, 2019 • 8 min
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.…
Slate Money: Super Pumped
Sep 21, 2019 • 49 min
This week, Mike Isaac of the New York Times joins to talk about his new bookSuper Pumped which tells the dramatic story of Uber’s rise and fall. He and the hosts also get into the whole WeWork IPO debacle and the strike at GM. Plus: The Repo Market. This…
Gist: Comedy Week: Late-Night
Sep 20, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, late-night writers Steve Waltien, Bryan Tucker, and Alison Leiby sit down with Mike to discuss what it’s like to write on a late-night show. How do they deal with the constant churn of topical humor? Why is it so difficult to continue…
Trumpcast: This Unambiguously Constitutes an Impeachable Offense
Sep 20, 2019 • 32 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Susan Hennessey of Lawfare blog and the Brookings Institution about why President Donald Trump’s reported pleas to Ukraine to help him rough up Joe Biden constitute an impeachable offense. Learn more about your ad choices.…
What Next: Trump and Modi’s Rodeo
Sep 20, 2019 • 26 min
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first rally in the U.S. when he was elected in 2014. Now, he’s coming back to appear in front of 50,000 people in Houston, Texas. The other person expected to take the stage is President Trump. So, what do the leaders…
Spoiler Specials: Downton Abbey
Sep 20, 2019 • 56 min
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…
Political: Twin Cities
Sep 19, 2019 • 75 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Democratic middle ground, “chaos voters,” and guest Curtis Sittenfeld’s fiction about living political figures. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John take questions from the…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Wrap It Up
Sep 19, 2019 • 47 min
On this week’s episode, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who is feeling anxious about her teenager wanting to buy condoms and a co-parenting dad who has some concerns. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some…
Gist: Comedy Week: Film
Sep 19, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, screenwriters Dana Fox and John August, and film critic K. Austin Collins are here to talk all about the comedy film. What makes a funny movie? how has that changed over the years? And has humor just creeped its way into all the other genres…
Studio 360: Guest host Hari Kondabolu with Hannah Gadsby and more!
Sep 19, 2019 • 54 min
Stepping in for Kurt Andersen this week, guest host Hari Kondabolu, the stand-up comic, gets the hour started with a conversation with fellow comic Hannah Gadsby. They discuss the success (and blowback) from Gadsby’s Netflix special last year, “Nanette,”…
What Next: The Price of a Peanut Allergy
Sep 19, 2019 • 20 min
A buzzy new drug to help treat people with a peanut allergy was recommended for approval by an FDA advisory board this week. It would be the first government-approved method intended to combat these kinds of allergic reactions. The story behind that drug…
Gist: Comedy Week: Podcasts
Sep 18, 2019 • 36 min
On The Gist, our third part of comedy week is all about comedy podcasts. Podcast hosts Jesse Thorn and Ron Funches join Mike to talk about the wide variety of comedy podcasts, how they both got started, and why they are such a freeing avenue for…
Man Up: How Not to Be a Reply Guy
Sep 18, 2019 • 29 min
This week Aymann talks to several women (and one man) about the phenomenon of “reply guys” where men reply to women on social media in order to pester them, correct them, or to just be noticed. First, three Slate writers compare reply guys to gnats and…
Outward: What Makes Us Gay
Sep 18, 2019 • 51 min
This month, Christina, and Bryan, and are joined by writer Rumaan Alam. After Pride and Provocations they talk about the news about searching for the gay gene and whether the endeavor has any positive use. Then they discuss McKrae Game, the conversion…
If Then: Breaking Away From Google
Sep 18, 2019 • 42 min
Host Aaron Mak discusses with journalist Nithin Coca his attempt to abstain from using any Google products in his daily life. They discuss why he did it, the useful alternatives he found for specific apps, the quirks of using different tools abroad, and…
What Next: Are College Athletes About to Get Paid?
Sep 18, 2019 • 21 min
A star college athlete can help rake in millions for the schools they attend but never see a cent for themselves because of existing NCAA rules. California lawmakers just passed a bill that would allow collegiate athletes to profit off of their name,…
Culture Gabfest: Climb Inside My Fur
Sep 18, 2019 • 63 min
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…
Trumpcast: When Trump Tried to Move to Hollywood
Sep 18, 2019 • 12 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Allen Salkin, co-author of “The Method to the Madness,” about Trump’s struggles to fit in with the Hollywood in crowd, developing his reality TV life, and his visit to California. This is a preview of a Slate Plus episode. To…
Dear Prudence: Twincest and TV
Sep 17, 2019 • 49 min
Prudence is joined this week by Portia Elan, who lives in Oakland and works as a Teen Librarian. A friend once described her as “farm strong.” Prudie and Elan tackle letters about what to do when your twin son and daughter are obsessed with a TV show…
Lexicon: Has English Gotten Less Complex?
Sep 17, 2019 • 40 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. English has shed many of its nuances over the centuries. Take pronouns, for example. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: [email protected]
How To!: Look Like a Superhero
Sep 17, 2019 • 30 min
How did Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman get so buff to play Deadpool and Wolverine? An up-and-coming Hollywood actor wants to know so he can land his own superhero role. We turn to Reynolds’ and Jackman’s trainer, Don Saladino, who says the key to six-pack…
Studio 360 Extra: New York Icons: ‘Siembra’
Sep 17, 2019 • 25 min
Studio 360’s American Icon series has explored dozens of influential works of art and entertainment that have shaped who we are as Americans. Now we turn to our hometown of New York for a new batch of Icons stories about works of art that were born in the…
What Next: What Does It Mean to Be “for Impeachment”?
Sep 17, 2019 • 24 min
Last week the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines on new investigative procedures the panel will use as they inch closer and closer to possibly writing articles of impeachment. So, has the impeachment conversation changed on Capitol Hill?…
Mom and Dad: How to Be a Family Edition
Sep 17, 2019 • 63 min
On this special midweek bonus episode, Dan Kois shares the first chapter of the audiobook of How to Be a Family, plus Dan is joined by retired MADAF all-stars Allison Benedikt and Gabe Roth to talk about the trip around the world, the lessons Dan and his…
Hang Up and Listen: The Bernie and LeBron Are Both on Board Edition
Sep 16, 2019 • 79 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Matt Brown to talk about California’s Fair Pay to Play Act; the New York Times’ Joe Drape discusses Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test; and ex-NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan joins for a…
Gist: Comedy Week: Stand-Up Comedy
Sep 16, 2019 • 38 min
On The Gist, we’re kicking off our week on the world of comedy by talking to three comedians about the state of stand-up comedy. Adam Ferrara, Aparna Nancherla, and Hari Kondabolu talk with Mike about the way they perform, how they interact with their…
What Next: Is Texas Moving on Guns?
Sep 16, 2019 • 18 min
Last week, the Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, came out in support of modest background checks for gun sales. In the past, even the mere suggestion of tighter gun laws were a career ender for Texas Republicans. Are the political winds shifting on guns…
Slate Money: Succession, S2E6, “Yuppie RoboCop”
Sep 16, 2019 • 47 min
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…
Working: How Does an Influencer Analytics CEO Do His Job?
Sep 15, 2019 • 49 min
For her first season hosting Working, Slate’s own Rachelle Hampton takes a deep dive into the brand new industry popping up around social media influencers. To kick off the season, she sits down with Frank Spadafora, founder and CEO of D’Marie Analytics,…
Slate Money: The Meritocracy Trap
Sep 14, 2019 • 52 min
This week, Yale Professor Daniel Markovits joins Emily and Felix to discuss his new book ‘The Meritocracy Trap’, Jeffrey Epstein and the MIT Media Lab, and the Volfefe Index. Plus: Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein. [email protected],@EmilyRPeck Learn more…
Amicus: The Clerk’s Eye View of Justice John Paul Stevens
Sep 14, 2019 • 68 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor Sonja West of the University of Georgia School of Law and Professor Jamal Greene of Columbia Law School, both former clerks to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. They discuss his life, legacy, and the lessons…
Gist: Do the Hustle
Sep 13, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, questions the debate needed. In the interview, director Lorene Scafaria is here to talk with Mike about the new film Hustlers. They discuss recruiting Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, and Cardi B, the importance of Chopin, and filming at a strip club.…
Hit Parade: Ladies of the Canyon and the Rhythm Nation
Sep 13, 2019 • 25 min
In this monthly mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Asha Saluja, operations manager for Slate Podcasts and new producer of these monthly mini-episodes. Asha tells Chris about an episode of Hit Parade about a certain pop…
What Next: Trump Takes On the Auto Industry
Sep 13, 2019 • 28 min
There’s a fight brewing between four auto makers and the Trump administration. This fight is largely about environmental regulations — but it’s also about what kind of governance is required to have a thriving national economy. And the U.S. might be…
Trumpcast: Bolton and Mattis Are Not White Horses
Sep 13, 2019 • 43 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to information and political analyst Molly McKew about why we’re not getting more vital information from those leaving the Trump administration, institutional erosion, the lack of honorable men, lessons from Russia, and what she’s…
Gist: Leave It to Lovett
Sep 12, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, what should we care about? In the interview, Jon Lovett is here to talk with Mike about Joe Biden, debate in liberal roundtables, the Overton window, and the live Lovett or Leave It show at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2019. In the…
Political: Last Mustache in Washington
Sep 12, 2019 • 67 min
The cancelled Taliban talks, John Bolton’s departure, and guest Paul Tough’s new book The Years That Matter Most. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John debate the ideal length for books and movies. You can tweet suggestions,…
Studio 360: Guest host Hanif Abdurraqib!
Sep 12, 2019 • 54 min
The writer and poet Hanif Abdurraqib fills in for Kurt Andersen. Hanif talks to fellow writer — and fellow proud Midwesterner — Ashley C. Ford about some of her inspirations, including Toni Morrison (who, yes, was also from the Midwest). Then, with the…
Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Back To Work and Back To School
Sep 12, 2019 • 51 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom who is worried she won’t be able to do it all and a mom who wants to keep her parents from putting her kid into a gender box. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails…
The Waves: Couples Therapy
Sep 12, 2019 • 67 min
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, Marcia, Nichole, and June discuss the success of the SoulCycle boycott and ask why some boycotts bite more than others, and why this one is getting so much attention. Then, they talk about Showtime’s…
What Next: Chasing Joe Biden
Sep 12, 2019 • 23 min
Vice President Joe Biden still holds a wide lead in Democratic primary polls. Candidates who want to attack him at tonight’s primary debate do so at their own risk. Guest: Slate’s Jim Newell. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast…
Gist: The Ousting of Donald Sterling
Sep 11, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, Fort Campbell middle schoolers and the border wall. In the interview, journalist Ramona Shelburne is here to talk about her new five-part 30 for 30 series on Donald Sterling and the Clippers. She and Mike discuss how she started covering the…
Man Up: The Real Threat of Video Games
Sep 11, 2019 • 27 min
Video game scholar Megan Condis joins the show to explain why white supremacists have been targeting online gamers. She says there’s a specific subset of men, whose fear of newcomers in the gaming space make them attractive recruits for hate groups. Learn…
If Then: The Case For The Vape
Sep 11, 2019 • 37 min
Host Shannon Palus discusses how today’s vaping panic is connected to the rise of the cigarette with Jacob Grier, author of the new book The Rediscovery of Tobacco: Smoking, Vaping, and the Creative Destruction of the Cigarette. Grier argues for a nuanced…
What Next: Bolton Exits, But It’s Still Trump’s Show
Sep 11, 2019 • 20 min
President Donald Trump and his now former national security adviser, John Bolton, have had their differences. From North Korea to Iran, the two have been at odds with one another on some of the most important foreign policy decisions. That tension boiled…
Trumpcast: Decoding the Mystery of Jim Mattis
Sep 11, 2019 • 36 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to the New Yorker’s Susan Glasser about dropping in on Jim Mattis’ book tour, the worldviews of figures like Mattis and Rod Rosenstein, and not taking the reality stars of the Trump administration seriously. Finally, what Trump…
Culture Gabfest: Our Poetry Is Bad
Sep 11, 2019 • 64 min
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…
Gist: The Made-for-TV President
Sep 10, 2019 • 28 min
On The Gist, Bolton is out. In the interview, New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik is here to talk about his new book about Trump and television. He and Mike discuss how the increasing variety of television networks and the boom of reality TV led to…
Dear Prudence: In-Laws 2.0
Sep 10, 2019 • 60 min
Prudence is joined this week by Soleil Ho, the San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic. She’s written for food and pop culture publications like Bitch, Food & Wine, Taste, and Wine Enthusiast and hosted podcasts like Popaganda and Racist Sandwich.…
How To!: Stress Your Kid the Right Way
Sep 10, 2019 • 29 min
Is there a right way to let kids struggle and fail? How do you raise resilient children? And most important, when should you help out, and when should you chill out? We ask Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee to advise a Portland,…
What Next: Coal Country Has Been Burned Before
Sep 10, 2019 • 18 min
A group of unpaid miners has blockaded a railway in Harlan County, Kentucky. The goal? Stop a train car full of their former employer’s coal from going to market until they get what they’re owed. It’s a straightforward protest that has been going on for…
Gist: Scientific Solutions to Absurdity
Sep 9, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, Trump and Scotland. In the interview, creator of xkcd Randall Munroe is here to talk about his new book How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. He and Mike talk about puzzling out the chicken and the egg, testing…
Hang Up and Listen: The Wide Receiver Performance Art Edition
Sep 9, 2019 • 76 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to talk about the women’s and men’s U.S. Open finals. Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley also joins to discuss Antonio Brown’s move to the Patriots and the secrets of the Clemson football…
Slate Money: Succession, S2E5, “Good Cop, Misogynist Cop”
Sep 9, 2019 • 50 min
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…
What Next: How the Electoral College Will Crumble
Sep 9, 2019 • 24 min
Twice in two decades, the Electoral College has created great, big questions about presidential legitimacy. Is it time for a tune-up? Guest: Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn…
Working Classics: How Does a Music Supervisor Work?
Sep 8, 2019 • 52 min
If you really love the music in a film from the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Randall Poster was responsible for that. This week, Jordan speaks to the veteran music supervisor who has worked with Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater,…
Flashback: The Fly (1986)
Sep 8, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Sponsored: Imagine That
Sep 7, 2019 • 26 min
Episode 2 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…
Slate Money: Omnishambles
Sep 7, 2019 • 49 min
This week, Felix explains this whole Brexit mess, Emily talks about Amazon’s irresponsible delivery polices and Anna finally gets to talk about Argentina. Plus: Walmart vs guns. Host Emily Peck, Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski [email protected],…
Gist: It’s an Economist’s World
Sep 6, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, Trump’s lightbulbs. In the interview, economists weren’t always at the levers of public policy in America. The New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum tracked the profession’s post-war movement into power, and how the laissez-faire philosophy…
Spoiler Specials: It Chapter Two
Sep 6, 2019 • 66 min
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,…
Trumpcast: Backstage on the Scaramucci Redemption Tour
Sep 6, 2019 • 48 min
Anthony Scaramucci, the infamous 11-day communications director for President Donald Trump in 2017, talks to Virginia Heffernan about his conversion from Trumpism; his politics and his relationship to power; growing up working class; his wife, Diedre;…
What Next: When Is It Okay to Out Political Donors?
Sep 6, 2019 • 25 min
Last month, Representative Joaquin Castro tweeted out a list of Trump donors living in his district in San Antonio. Actress Debra Messing asked for an attendance list at a Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Both efforts were likened to doxxing or…
Political: Prolix Prorogue
Sep 5, 2019 • 71 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus discuss the state of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination; the newest Brexit chaos—with guest Amanda Taub; and hope for accountability and funding to stem the opioid crisis. For this week’s Slate…
Gist: How We Speak Internet
Sep 5, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, Mike Pence and Boris Johnson. In the interview, it’s internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch on how the language we use has been shaped by the information superhighway—and for starters, people never say “information superhighway” anymore. They…
Studio 360: Guest host Maeve Higgins!
Sep 5, 2019 • 54 min
Writer and comedian Maeve Higgins fills in as guest host this week, interviewing playwright Michael R. Jackson about his new musical “A Strange Loop” and artist-journalist Molly Crabapple about her illustrations of ISIS-occupied Syria. Plus, the creators…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Bittersweet
Sep 5, 2019 • 44 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Faith answer listener questions from an aunt struggling to confront her niece’s traumatic experience and a non-parent that wants to be more useful to her friends with kids. As usual, we share our triumphs and…
What Next: Anarchy in the U.K.
Sep 5, 2019 • 22 min
Just weeks into his role as prime minister, Boris Johnson has kicked the U.K.’s Brexit drama into high gear. It culminated yesterday in a vote that would force him to delay Britain’s EU exit until Jan. 31, 2020, unless Parliament (in an unlikely scenario)…
Trumpcast: Humor, Trump, and the Patriarchy
Sep 4, 2019 • 48 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to comedian John Fugelsang about men and problematic humor in the MeToo movement, the excuse of “political correctness,” mansplaining, Trump, atheism, and his new Off-Broadway show “Laughing Liberally.” Learn more about your ad…
Gist: Lobbying for Good?
Sep 4, 2019 • 40 min
On The Gist, it’s Boris Johnson’s show now. In the interview, Thomas Sheridan isn’t your mother’s lobbyist—or wait, maybe he is? His firm, the Sheridan Group, fights for social change. He tells Mike about why lobbyists aren’t all bad, how he got his…
Man Up: How a Drag King Parodies Masculinity
Sep 4, 2019 • 31 min
Pretty Rik E, a DC-based drag king, talks to Aymann about what it means to treat masculinity as a performance. Rik E is part of a group called Pretty Boi Drag, whose drag shows involve lip syncing to hyper masculine songs, dancing confidently, and…
If Then: Inside Uber
Sep 4, 2019 • 36 min
New York Times technology reporter Mike Issac discusses his new book Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber, which traces Uber’s rapid rise and fall under co-founder Travis Kalanick. He and host Aaron Mak talk about Uber’s fraught relationship with the media,…
What Next: There’s Something in the Water
Sep 4, 2019 • 26 min
When Christopher Werth saw some paint chips falling off a radiator in his daughter’s New York City classroom, he picked one up and sent it to get tested. The results spurred him to launch a larger investigation into lead exposure in New York City…
Secret History Of The Future: New Media, Old Story
Sep 4, 2019 • 42 min
Radio was originally a social medium, as early radio sets (each of which could transmit as well as receive) turned cities into giant chatrooms, populated by Morse Code-tapping enthusiasts. But the excitement of this democratic, digital platform did not…
Culture Gabfest: Stinker Thinker
Sep 4, 2019 • 63 min
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,…
Hang Up and Listen: The Why Is She Hanging Around Here? Edition
Sep 3, 2019 • 72 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about the first week of the U.S. Open. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders also joins to preview the NFL season, and Sheba Rawson of the Timbers Army fan group discusses the dispute over political signage in Major League…
Gist: The Big Power of Right-Wing Radio
Sep 3, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, how hurricanes are like racism. In the interview, talk radio has shaped so much of our political discourse, often in ways we don’t even realize. Brian Rosenwald sought to figure out just how much influence it’s had and condensed it all into…
Dear Prudence: Stepped Down Step Dad
Sep 3, 2019 • 54 min
Prudence is joined this week by Melissa Dahl, a senior editor at The Cut, where she covers health, science and psychology. She is also the author of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness. Prudie and Dahl tackle letters about what to do when you suspect…
Lexicon: S#!t, Hell and Darn
Sep 3, 2019 • 36 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Curse words can reveal a lot about language. S#!t, hell and darn, to name three, contain countless linguistic lessons. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive…
Studio 360: Extra: Day Jobs — Unannounced Standardized Patient
Sep 3, 2019 • 11 min
Most artists have to lead a sort of double life: holding down a steady job during the day that allows them to do what they love in their free time. Alex Kramer is an actor who lives in Brooklyn, but he moonlights as an “unannounced standardized patient”:…
How To!: Survive a Pandemic
Sep 3, 2019 • 29 min
Have you ever wondered how you would fare in the apocalypse? Perhaps you have envisioned yourself, shotgun loaded, prepared to mete out kindhearted justice and tough-love defense in equal measure. It turns out, though, that when the next pandemic comes,…
What Next: Scrapping the Senate Filibuster
Sep 3, 2019 • 17 min
What would it look like if the U.S. Senate ditched its filibuster rule, allowing legislation to pass with just a simple majority? Guest: Slate staff writer Jim Newell. Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon. Slate Plus members get bonus…
Slate Money: Succession, S2E4, “Nazis. Terrible, Right?”
Sep 2, 2019 • 49 min
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…
Working Classics: How Does Neil Gaiman Work?
Sep 1, 2019 • 52 min
This week, Working is bringing back its classic interview with author Neil Gaiman. Jacob Brogan sits down with the author of The Sandman comics, American Gods, Good Omens, and Norse Mythology. They discuss Gaiman’s work routine, creative influences,…
Slate Money: Ab Roller with Wifi
Aug 31, 2019 • 35 min
This week, Felix, Emily and Anna are back in the studio to talk about Bill Dudley’s thoughts on Trump and the Fed, dig into the viability of Peloton and WeWork and to finally weigh in on Twitter’s great Chicken Sandwich Wars. Plus: GE [email protected],…
Sponsored: Negotiate Like a Pro with Sports Executive Andrew Brandt
Aug 31, 2019 • 25 min
Whether we realize it or not, negotiation comes up a lot in everyday life. From buying a house to negotiating your salary or even compromising with your partner, it can trigger a rollercoaster of emotions. To get a holistic sense of negotiation, host…
Amicus: Redefining The Executive Power
Aug 31, 2019 • 57 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Julian Mortenson, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan to discuss his work to re-frame the conversation around “the executive power”. His paper, “Article II Vests Executive Power, Not The Royal Prerogative” traces…
Hit Parade: We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified
Aug 30, 2019 • 77 min
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…
Dear Prudence: New Prudie Mini Episodes on Slate Plus!
Aug 30, 2019 • 1 min
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What Next: Mexico’s About-Face on Immigration
Aug 30, 2019 • 17 min
How has Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador changed his country’s approach to migrants heading north? Guest: León Krauze, Slate columnist, Trumpcast co-host, and Univision news anchor. This episode originally aired in April 2019. Podcast…
Trumpcast: Mr. Trump Goes to Biarritz
Aug 30, 2019 • 8 min
In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Eli Stokols, White House reporter for the LA Times–- who is fresh from reporting on Trump from the G-7 press pool–about how world leaders managed Trump now this time around, his G-7 specific “parade of…
Political: Don’t Worry I’ll Pardon You
Aug 29, 2019 • 67 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Trump’s offer to pardon lawbreakers who help build a border wall, whether the U.S. is a republic or a democracy, and how journalists can choose to punch up or punch down internet harassment. For this…
Gist: To Greta Goes the Glory?
Aug 29, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, this week in the news, truth is stranger than science fiction. In the interview, guest host Seth Stevenson talks to the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. And it turns out that when you’re a citizen…
Studio 360: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ continued
Aug 29, 2019 • 54 min
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is getting a sequel, “The Testaments,” so it’s a good time to look at what originally influenced Margaret Atwood, and how the book continues to influence others. First, Atwood herself talks about her inspirations for the book — the…
Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Am I A Spoiled Brat?
Aug 29, 2019 • 49 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom that wants her mother to be more supportive an a worried grandma who is looking for the right way to have a tough conversation with a child. As usual, we share our…
What Next: Listening to Ilhan Omar
Aug 29, 2019 • 20 min
Back in March, Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke passionately about pro-Israel political forces that “push for allegiance to a foreign country.” She later apologized for unwittingly deploying an anti-Semitic trope. Why were Omar’s words so triggering? And is she…
The Waves: A Soupçon of Hope
Aug 29, 2019 • 62 min
This week on the Waves, Christina, Nichole and Marcia discuss the “electablity” conversation around Elizabeth Warren, the CBS All Access show Why Women Kill, and intimacy coordinators. In Slate Plus: Is it sexist that Maggie Haberman paid back her book…
Gist: The Mystery of Ivanka Trump
Aug 28, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, journalist and podcast host Lauren Ober was shocked to realize Chelsea Manning is back in jail. In the interview, Ober talks with journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis about the new podcast Tabloid: The Making of Ivanka Trump. What’s it like to go…
Whistlestop: The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 2)
Aug 28, 2019 • 45 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to October 19, 2016 as Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the defeated GOP aspirant for the presidency, is asking his party not to play by the modern rules of politics. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about…
Man Up: The Fear of Male Birth Control
Aug 28, 2019 • 33 min
Aymann realizes he’s a little squeamish about the current birth control options for men. First he talks to writer Angela Anagnost-Repke, who’s been trying to convince her husband Brad to get a vasectomy. Then Dr. Paul Turek joins the show to explain what…
If Then: Cosmetic Gene Editing Gone Awry
Aug 28, 2019 • 40 min
Host Shannon Palus explores a future in which high school girls stay atop the social hierarchy by editing their genes, giving themselves purple eyes, and glittery skin. That’s what fiction author E. Lily Yu imagines 2060 is like in her short story, Zero…
Secret History Of The Future: A Brief History Of Timekeeping
Aug 28, 2019 • 36 min
The first mechanical clocks were made to summon monks to prayer. Ever since, timekeeping technology has often been about control and obligation. But underneath a mountain in Texas, a new kind of clock is being built that’s meant to alter the way we think…
What Next: The Recycling Crisis
Aug 28, 2019 • 17 min
Henry Grabar explains why the global market for your trash collapsed, and how American recyclers are course-correcting. Guest: Meleesa Johnson, president of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin. This show originally aired in April 2019. Podcast…
Culture Gabfest: Will You Be There For Me?
Aug 28, 2019 • 62 min
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…
Trumpcast: The Hacked Manafort Texts and #MeToo
Aug 28, 2019 • 44 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Maya Gurantz, co-host of culture and politics podcast The Sauce, about the hacked Manafort texts, journalists’ efforts to confirm allegations, E Jean Carroll, “do me” feminism, #MeToo’s ability to free men from the Patriarchy.…
Gist: They Tried to Cancel You
Aug 27, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, journalist Katie Herzog fills in for Mike Pesca and focuses on cancel culture. In the interview, Herzog interviews filmmaker Rhys Ernst about his new film Adam, and the queer backlash against the film. What’s it like for your own community to…
Dear Prudence: Asexually Speaking
Aug 27, 2019 • 64 min
Prudence is joined this week by author Sandy Allen. Allen hosts a new podcast called Mad Chat, which unpacks what our pop culture is telling us about madness and mental health. Prudie and Allen dig into letters about how to handle your guilty feelings…
What Next: Court-Packing Is Not That Extreme
Aug 27, 2019 • 20 min
Some of your favorite presidents have tried to pack the Supreme Court. So why does it sound like such an extreme tactic? And how did some of the top Democrats running for president come to embrace it? Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, Slate’s legal correspondent.…
How To!: Stop Being Anxious
Aug 27, 2019 • 29 min
Matt has anxiety attacks. Every day. When he gets too many texts, when he starts worrying about his family, when the unexpected occurs: that’s when the sweat starts and his mind begins racing. He’s a strong guy — he was a cop — but he thinks today’s…
Gist: What’s in a Face, Anyway?
Aug 26, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Trump is a bad negotiator. In the interview, you’ve probably heard of face blindness. And you possibly wondered whether it was a real thing. Do some people really walk the world, full of other people as it is, without the ability to recognize…
Hang Up and Listen: The Why Luck Left Edition
Aug 26, 2019 • 76 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Jake Plummer and Nate Jackson to talk about Andrew Luck’s retirement; Billy Cundiff discusses the Chicago Bears’ bizarre kicker tryouts; and Slate’s Christina Cauterucci helps assess the state of the National…
What Next: Reconsidering Joe Biden’s Record
Aug 26, 2019 • 20 min
Joe Biden might be the favorite to defeat President Trump, but that doesn’t mean Biden would defeat Trumpism. Guest: Jamelle Bouie, New York Times Columnist. This episode was first posted on March 12, 2019. Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De…
Slate Money: Succession, S2E3, “French Kissing an Armadillo”
Aug 26, 2019 • 47 min
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…
Working: How Does a Think Tank Founder Do His Job?
Aug 25, 2019 • 68 min
Sean McElwee has one of those jobs you certainly know about, but probably can’t pinpoint what it is he does all day. Sean runs a think tank called Data for Progress that he started with Colin McAuliffe. As for what they do as an organization, the name…
Working: How Does a Think Tank Founder Do His Job?
Aug 25, 2019 • 68 min
Sean McElwee has one of those jobs you certainly know about, but probably can’t pinpoint what it is he does all day. Sean runs a think tank called Data for Progress that he started with Colin McAuliffe. As for what they do as an organization, the name…
Flashback: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Aug 25, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Slate Money: Q&A
Aug 24, 2019 • 51 min
Slate Money has been asking for your all your business and economics questions for weeks. And now it’s finally time to get some answers! Like are CDs actually useful to anyone? Are RSUs a fair form of compensation? Is the Gold Standard a dated concept?…
Gist: David Koch Was Bad. But Evil? Eh.
Aug 23, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, if an eleventh Democratic candidate makes the next debate in Houston, we’ll hear more from all of them (because they’ll be split across two nights!). In the interview, it’s part II of Mike’s discussion with Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley. They talk…
Spoilers: Blinded by the Light
Aug 23, 2019 • 52 min
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…
What Next: The Dangerous Idea Behind the World’s Unrest
Aug 23, 2019 • 21 min
Over the past several months, tensions have escalated in Hong Kong, Kashmir, and the United States. Each for their own reasons. But what if all these headlines are connected? Guest: Josh Keating, international editor at Slate For more information about…
Trumpcast: How Populist Messaging Obscures Conservative Policy
Aug 23, 2019 • 36 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Paul Waldman about how the Trump administration reconciles a fiscal policy that favors the rich with a populist message aimed at the working class. Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan and Ethan Brooks, with help from Danielle…
Gist: Visiting the Migrant Families in Crisis
Aug 22, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, the Amazon is on fire. In the interview, Sen. Jeff Merkley was the first member of Congress to visit the migrant detention centers along the border and view the atrocious ways we were treating the people forced to live there. He’s here to…
Political: 1619
Aug 22, 2019 • 73 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the New York Times Magazine’s “1619 Project” examining slavery in the U.S. (with guest Wesley Morris), corporate responsibility, and the policy changes niche groups are scoring federally. For this…
Studio 360: Shades of noir
Aug 22, 2019 • 54 min
When noir haunts and inspires. Portishead’s seminal album “Dummy,” which came out 25 years ago this week, was inspired by the band members’ obsession with mid-century spy movies. Karen Russell was struggling writing her first novel when she saw the…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Favorite Grandma
Aug 22, 2019 • 51 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah and Isaac answer listener questions from a mom that wants to know why her kids hates granny visits and a teen that wants to turn seventeen without her mom around. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer…
What Next: The Next Housing Crisis
Aug 22, 2019 • 21 min
Henry Grabar fills in as host, surveying how the Democratic presidential candidates would try to fix the housing affordability crisis. What kinds of local policies have given rise to the crisis in the first place? Guest: Jenny Schuetz, a fellow at…
Gist: Trump Is America
Aug 21, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, Scaramucci was wrong about Trump. In the interview, journalist David Robson is here to talk about his new book The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes. He and Mike talk the intelligence quotient, the blind spots smart…
Man Up: Becoming “Man of the House” Too Soon
Aug 21, 2019 • 32 min
What exactly was going through Kareem Rahma’s 20-year-old head when he found out his father only had 6 months to live?As he tells it, nothing. He was entirely fixated on how the family dynamic was about to change. As the eldest sibling, as the oldest boy,…
If Then: When Your DNA is Public Information
Aug 21, 2019 • 38 min
Aaron Mak learns about how law enforcement is using public genealogy websites to crack cold cases. His guest is Nila Bala, Associate Director of Criminal Justice Policy at the R Street Institute, which is a think tank whose mission is to find solutions to…
Secret History Of The Future: Salvation In The Air
Aug 21, 2019 • 37 min
At the dawn of the 20th century, chemists dreamed of extracting nitrogen from the air and turning it into a limitless supply of fertiliser. Sceptics thought they were crazy — it was possible in theory, but it was unclear if it could be done in practice.…
What Next: The Danger Around the Corner
Aug 21, 2019 • 16 min
When it comes to pedestrian deaths, the Sun Belt is the most dangerous area in the country. Six of the 10 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians are located in Florida. Nineteen of the top 20 are in the Sun Belt. How is the way we build our cities and…
Outward: Fights
Aug 21, 2019 • 60 min
This month, Christina, Bryan, and Brandon look at the debates that can sometimes divide the queer family. After the usual Pride and Provocations, they dig into three fights happening in our community, including how critical we should be of queer art,…
Culture Gabfest: Where’d You Go, Jar Jar Binks?
Aug 21, 2019 • 63 min
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…
Trumpcast: The Hidden Evangelical Power in Washington
Aug 21, 2019 • 44 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Netflix recently released a documentary series based on his reporting. Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan and Ethan…
Gist: When the CIA’s “Dark Side” Works
Aug 20, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, if Peter Navarro wants to criticize the Wall Street Journal, he really ought to read it once in a while. In the interview, it’s easy to condemn the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation techniques in retrospect. But as agency alumnus Philip Mudd puts…
Dear Prudence: Coming Out Quandary
Aug 20, 2019 • 48 min
Prudence is joined this week by Daniel Mallory Ortberg, a lover of peanut butter who—-WAIT! Prudence is Daniel Mallory Ortberg. Buckle up for this rare solo flight. Prudie tackles letters about how to come out to your parents while also protecting the…
Lexicon: This Family Speaks 1,200 Languages
Aug 20, 2019 • 46 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. From Madagascar to Easter Island, Austronesian tongues traveled far and wide with early seafarers. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts,…
Studio 360: Extra: Touring Edgar Allan Poe’s Baltimore with Laura Lippman
Aug 20, 2019 • 11 min
Laura Lippman is an Edgar Award-winning author of detective fiction, most famously for the Tess Monaghan series. And this summer, she has a new book on the New York Times Best Seller list called “Lady in the Lake.” Kurt Andersen recently visited Baltimore…
How To!: Uproot Your Life
Aug 20, 2019 • 28 min
A decade after Elizabeth’s family left the U.S. to live in Portugal, they’re wondering if it’s time to move back. So, we turn to professional poker player, Annie Duke, who treats every decision like it’s a bet. She says think of each choice as a wager on…
What Next: Writing the New Playbook for Political Women
Aug 20, 2019 • 19 min
Activists invigorated by the Women’s March and the Me Too movement are expanding the definition of what it means to be a female political leader. Meet one woman who’s coaching them along the way. Guest: Chris Jahnke, speech coach to women working in…
Gist: Tim Ryan’s Big Plans
Aug 19, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, despite what Peter Navarro says, a yield curve inversion there was indeed (and a recession there may be). In the interview, in a Democratic field crowded with grand policy promises, Tim Ryan’s more centrist ideas have been crowded out. But…
Hang Up: The Classy Intangibles Edition
Aug 19, 2019 • 60 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham talk about Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL. They also discuss Joseph Tsai’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy the Brooklyn Nets. Finally, they select the words they’d like to ban from…
Slate Money: Succession S2E2: “Don’t Be an A**hole. You Don’t Have Principles.”
Aug 19, 2019 • 39 min
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…
What Next: Delaware Could Elect the Nation’s First Trans State Senator
Aug 19, 2019 • 23 min
Sarah McBride made waves at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 as the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention. Three years and many political successes later, Sarah is trying to add another win to her resume. One that would…
Working: How Does Monopoly’s Senior Director Do Her Job?
Aug 18, 2019 • 38 min
This week, we meet the “Queen of Monopoly” at Hasbro. Well, technically Jennifer Boswinkel’s title is Monopoly Senior Director of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing. But she truly is the queen of all things Monopoly as it’s her job to keep the 84 year…
Sponsored: Put On a Brave Face
Aug 17, 2019 • 23 min
In Episode 1, we’re looking at the many ways children can teach us to be more fearless as adults. Whether they’re encouraging us to take a literal leap on a flying trapeze or motivating us to follow our dreams, kids seem to possess a unique and…
Slate Money: India
Aug 17, 2019 • 39 min
For a special India Edition of Slate Money, Felix, Emily and Anna are joined by economist Raghuram Rajan to talk about the economics of India and his new book The Third Pillar. And in Slate Plus: More with Raghuram Rajan. [email protected],…
Amicus: Lawyers, Who Needs ‘Em?
Aug 17, 2019 • 41 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Rebecca Sandefur, who turns a sociologist’s eye to civil justice. Civil justice problems can lead to bankruptcy, homelessness, illness, family separation and poverty, but Sandefur says what makes it to the courts is just the…
Gist: What Happened to Sha Na Na
Aug 16, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, the varying sizes of Trump and Greenland. In the interview, journalist Steve Rushin is here to talk with Mike about his new memoir Nights at White Castle. They discuss the amorphous nature of nostalgia, why children should go on boring…
What Next: How to Avoid a Recession
Aug 16, 2019 • 19 min
Did your heart skip a beat reading and hearing about all the economic news this week? Today on the show we explain just what’s happening in the markets and try to pin down why things are happening the way they are. Plus, we offer a few possible ways to…
Hit Parade: Nostalgic for Number Ones
Aug 16, 2019 • 26 min
In this monthly mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Tom Breihan, senior editor at Stereogum and writer of their long-term blog project “The Number Ones,” a chronological review of every song that’s hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…
Trumpcast: Ivanka and the Reckoning of New York Society
Aug 16, 2019 • 11 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis, host of the Ivanka podcast Tabloid, about her lifestyle changes since her father came to office, life with Jared Kushner, her intelligence and bookishness, her relationship with New York high society,…
Gist: The Leftist Takeover Edition
Aug 15, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, Slate’s Jordan Weissmann tells guest host Sean McElwee which presidential candidates’ signature ideas are hot (and which are not). In the interview, the Green New Deal isn’t just a set of climate policies—it’s a chance to break with the…
Political: Public Charge
Aug 15, 2019 • 64 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice (of The Appeal) discuss Trump’s new move to punish documented immigrants, death in prison and Jeffrey Epstein, and recession. Come see the Political Gabfest LIVE in the Twin Cities for an unforgettable yet…
Studio 360: Taking stock of Woodstock
Aug 15, 2019 • 53 min
Fifty summers after Woodstock. First, Kurt Andersen talks with Sha Na Na co-founders Robert Leonard and George Leonard about the utter incongruity of a ’50s throwback band taking the stage at the festival. The Jimi Hendrix version of the national anthem…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Euro-Trip
Aug 15, 2019 • 52 min
On this week’s episode, Jamilah and Dan answer listener questions from a mom that’s having second thoughts about a second kid and a mom whose kid wants to travel across Europe. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations.…
What Next: Hong Kong’s Protesters Have No Good Options
Aug 15, 2019 • 21 min
This week the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong escalated, as activists effectively shut down an airport and beat up suspected imposters. Activists show no sign of letting up, even though the local government has withdrawn the extradition bill that…
The Waves: Work Wife
Aug 15, 2019 • 64 min
This week on the Waves, Christina, Nichole, Marcia and June discuss, the book Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, a New York Times Modern Love column, and the legacy of Toni Morrison. In Slate Plus: Is it sexist to dislike vocal fry? Podcast production by…
Gist: The Problem With “White Supremacy”
Aug 14, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, getting a bit willy-nilly with “white supremacy.” In the interview, John Hickenlooper may be mulling a pivot from presidential to Senate candidate, but he was at the Iowa State Fair to weigh in on issues that affect the entire country—and to…
Man Up: Where Mass Shootings Often Start
Aug 14, 2019 • 28 min
This week on Man Up, Aymann talks with Kim Gandy about the link between mass shootings and domestic violence. Gandy has been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence for over 30 years, so she knows better than most the cost of staying silent on the…
If Then: The Allure of Smart Guns
Aug 14, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode Shannon Palus learns about personalized guns, sometimes referred to as “smart” guns. Her guest is Cassandra Crifasi, Deputy Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research. More specifically, Crifasi is an epidemiologist…
What Next: The Iowa State Fair Will Never Make Sense
Aug 14, 2019 • 19 min
Another presidential primary means another trip to the Iowa State Fair. But the Democratic Party’s new rules for thinning down the field of candidates means a photo-op with a turkey leg isn’t all it used to be. Guest: Slate’s politics writer Jim Newell.…
Secret History Of The Future: A Bug In The System
Aug 14, 2019 • 36 min
The first ever computer program was written in 1843 by Ada Lovelace, a mathematician who hoped her far-sighted treatise on mechanical computers would lead to a glittering scientific career. Today, as we worry that modern systems suffer from “algorithmic…
Culture Gabfest: Super-Abled
Aug 14, 2019 • 59 min
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…
Trumpcast: The Language Around Guns in America
Aug 14, 2019 • 40 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to AC Valdez, editor of GunsAndAmerica.org and former Trumpcast producer, about the way we talk about guns in the US, how mass shootings are defined in media, strategies for de-escalating gun violence in gang situations vs.…
Gist: Are Attention Spans Shrinking?
Aug 13, 2019 • 28 min
On The Gist, Biden’s gaffes. In the interview, Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game, is back for another round of Is That Bullshit? This time she and Mike talk all about attention spans. There always seem to be claims that attention spans are…
Dear Prudence: Too Handsome Fiancé
Aug 13, 2019 • 60 min
Prudence is joined this week by Vanessa Zoltan, a non-denominational chaplain, who co-hosts Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and its spin-off show Women of Harry Potter. She also has a new podcast, Hot and Bothered. Together they dig into letters about a…
How To!: Cook One Perfect Meal
Aug 13, 2019 • 32 min
Jonny is a 26 year-old bachelor whose cooking often leads to heartache (and for one ex-girlfriend, a stomach ache). Jonny admits he’s a klutz in the kitchen, so we hooked him up with Sam Sifton, cookbook raconteur and head of the New York Times’s Cooking…
Sponsored: Introducing How to Raise a Parent
Aug 13, 2019 • 1 min
Welcome to How to Raise a Parent: a podcast about the surprising life skills our kids can teach us. Join host Mallory Kasdan as she talks to parents and experts about how we can adopt a kids’ eye view of the world by learning from the pure, unadulterated…
What Next: The Gangs and Corruption Fueling the Border Crisis
Aug 13, 2019 • 21 min
The demographics of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States have changed over the last several decades. What used to be young Mexican men seeking economic opportunity has turned into families seeking refuge from broken Central American…
Gist: Who’s the Filibuster For?
Aug 12, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, the opinions of the people at the Iowa State Fair. In the interview, Jay Inslee was among the 21 Democratic presidential candidates to converge on the Iowa State Fair this past weekend. Washington’s governor grabbed a seat with Mike to talk…
Hang Up and Listen: The Extremely Cold Feet Edition
Aug 12, 2019 • 72 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk with ESPN’s Sam Borden about Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea debut. The Gist’s Mike Pesca also joins to discuss Antonio Brown’s feet and helmet issues, and Rebecca Schuman explains Simone Biles’ latest feats of gymnastics…
Slate Money: Succession S2E1: “Silica Mud Treatment”
Aug 12, 2019 • 45 min
Don’t worry, Slate Money is obsessed with Succession too. So we’re going to be recapping and discussing the latest episode every week. For the season premiere, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by journalist Edmund Lee to talk about the real world…
What Next: Can Any School Be Massacre-Proof?
Aug 12, 2019 • 20 min
In the absence of new federal laws to address mass shootings, school safety has become a design problem. Guest host Henry Grabar asks: How are architects responding to an era of active shooter drills and bulletproof backpacks? Guest: Jenine Kotob,…
Decoder Ring: Ice Cream Truck
Aug 12, 2019 • 41 min
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…
Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Aug 11, 2019 • 10 min
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…
Working: How Does the Head Designer for Magic: The Gathering Do His Job?
Aug 11, 2019 • 43 min
This week we go back to Wizards of the Coast to talk to Mark Rosewater, the head designer for Magic: The Gathering. Last week, Alison told Jordan all about creating the stories behind Magic cards. And it’s the job of Mark and his team to come up with the…
Slate Money: Naked Swimmers
Aug 10, 2019 • 62 min
This week, Emily Peck is out, so How To! Host Charles Duhigg joins Felix Salmon and Anna Szymanski to discuss Chinese currency manipulation, the economics of agriculture, and instant payments. And in Slate Plus: The effective embargo on Venezuela. Follow:…
Gist: How to Rob a Bank, And Be Funny While You’re at It
Aug 9, 2019 • 27 min
On The Gist, the real consequences of immigration laws. In the interview, Charles Duhigg is who you get when you combine an investigative reporter with an agony aunt. In his new Slate podcast (How To!), he teases out advice on everyday problems, from how…
Spoiler: Hobbs & Shaw
Aug 9, 2019 • 56 min
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…
What Next: Ferguson Revisited - A Prosecutor’s Power
Aug 9, 2019 • 20 min
Five years ago Wesley Bell watched as protests erupted across Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. Bell, the son of a police officer, stood between the protestors and the police as he watched Ferguson descend into chaos. In an effort to make…
Gist: Politics Is a Circus
Aug 8, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, Montana has gone a little berserk. In the interview, Joshua Cohen is here to discuss his new book Attention: Dispatches From the Land of Distraction, and the many discursions he and Mike go on thanks to it. Like the depth of Bernie’s…
Trumpcast: Facing and Erasing White Terrorism
Aug 8, 2019 • 30 min
In an episode that originally aired as a Slate Plus exclusive on March 27, shortly after the horrendous attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, León Krauze talks to Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs and geopolitical reporter for the Washington Post, about…
Political: Moscow Mitch
Aug 8, 2019 • 70 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Mike Pesca discuss white supremacist violence, Mitch McConnell’s new nicknames, and the impact of Joaquin Castro tweeting the names of Trump donors. Come see the Political Gabfest LIVE in the Twin Cities for an unforgettable…
Studio 360: Hallelujah
Aug 8, 2019 • 54 min
Nick Waterhouse, the Los Angeles-based musician who has cultivated a ’50s and ’60s inspired sound, joins Kurt Andersen to perform live and talk about his influences and his self-titled fourth album. For our latest installment of Guilty Pleasures, the…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: What’s Up With All Those Nannies?
Aug 8, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s episode, Rebecca, Jamilah, and Tom answer listener questions from a mom that doesn’t seem to understand the need for nannies and a mom that wants to have more inclusive birthday parties. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer…
What Next: Ferguson Revisited - Questioning the Legend
Aug 8, 2019 • 20 min
There are two stories of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, the day Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson: the story we heard immediately after, and the story we came to know months later. In the second part of our three-part…
Man Up: My First Therapy Session, on Tape
Aug 7, 2019 • 29 min
This week on Man Up, Aymann sits down for his first-ever therapy session with psychotherapist and host of the Hey Man podcast, Avi Klein. He learns something about how he copes, and about how some therapists might be pushing men away. Tell us what you…
Gist: Turning Out the 2020 Voter
Aug 7, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Dayton and El Paso deserve better than the presence of Donald Trump. In the interview, FiveThirtyEight elections analyst Geoffrey Skelley talks through what Democrats need to do to turn out voters in 2020. Should they focus on the “Obama…
If Then: China’s Cyber War Against Hong Kong
Aug 7, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode Aaron Mak learns about all the ways China is using cyber warfare to disrupt the efforts of protesters in Hong Kong. His guest is Nick Frisch, a fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project and a scholar of media and technology in the…
Secret History Of The Future: Dots, Dashes, and Dating Apps
Aug 7, 2019 • 36 min
In the 19th century, young people wooed each other over the telegraph. But meeting strangers on the wires could lead to confusion, disappointment, and even fraud. Do modern online dating apps have anything to learn from telegraph romances? Learn more…
What Next: Ferguson Revisited - The Worst Night
Aug 7, 2019 • 26 min
Its been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson in the middle of Ferguson’s Canfield Drive. His death at the hands of a police officer sparked protests across the country and cemented the Black Lives Matter movement…
Culture Gabfest: Best in Blow
Aug 7, 2019 • 60 min
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…
Trumpcast: False Coherence And White Terrorism
Aug 7, 2019 • 48 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox, about our current bout of white terrorism, knowing versus understanding, why some groups lean on conspiracies and myths of the elite, the conservative argument of political…
Gist: Trade War Rumblings? We’re Already In One.
Aug 6, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, if you want gun control, you clearly have to just vote Democrat. In the interview, the tit-for-tat trade war with China is unceasing. Slate’s Jordan Weissmann tells Mike about the latest developments in the fight between presidents Trump and…
Studio 360 Extra: Remembering Toni Morrison
Aug 6, 2019 • 19 min
Toni Morrison, the author of books including “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon,” died on August 5 at the age of 88. Her novels won the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize, and in 2012, Barack Obama awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Morrison’s work…
Dear Prudence: DNA Drama
Aug 6, 2019 • 69 min
Prudence is joined this week by Connor Goldsmith, a literary agent at Fuse Literary, specializing in sci-fi/fantasy fiction and a variety of nonfiction subjects. Together they tackle letters about what to consider when a DNA kit reveals you married your…
Lexicon: Language vs. Dialect
Aug 6, 2019 • 41 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. The difference between a language and a dialect is mostly meaningless and entirely political. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and…
Studio 360 Extra: American Icons: ‘Mad Magazine’
Aug 6, 2019 • 21 min
After a 67-year run, the “usual gang of idiots” will no longer be serving up the snark. After the August 2019 issue of “Mad Magazine,” old material will be reprinted with new covers, but you won’t find any new parodies or cartoons in those pages, aside…
What Next: The Last Time We Passed Gun Control
Aug 6, 2019 • 21 min
In 1993, a mass shooting in downtown San Francisco prompted a familiar debate about restricting access to guns and assault weapons. But something unusual happened. Two major gun control bills passed Congress and were signed into law. How did it happen?…
How To!: Fire a Bad Employee
Aug 6, 2019 • 28 min
Gabe wants to fire a bad employee, but still be a good boss. We turn to Stanford professor of management science, Bob Sutton (The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss) for help. First, Sutton says, Gabe has to act like a boss, not a friend. Then he…
Gist: There Are the “Maybe” Factors, and Then There’s the Rifle Factor.
Aug 5, 2019 • 27 min
On The Gist, this weekend’s mass shooters had different motives. It won’t do to draw lessons from just one of them. In the interview, Amherst College professor Austin Sarat wants to enlist gun owners themselves in the fight for firearm regulation. “48…
Hang Up and Listen: The Melosanity Edition
Aug 5, 2019 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about Alejandro Bedoya speaking out against gun violence during an MLS game. The New York Daily News’ Kyle Wagner joins to discuss Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony, and the Omaha World-Herald’s Henry Cordes explains how…
What Next: You’ve Probably Been Hacked
Aug 5, 2019 • 20 min
Capital One is only the latest victim of a massive data breach. Equifax announced millions of users were affected by its data breach back in 2017. The fallout from Equifax’s episode is still playing out today. Why is the United States so bad at defending…
Sponsored: Bouncing Back From Rejection with Actor and Comedian Adam Ferrara
Aug 4, 2019 • 25 min
Rejection can be an incredibly demoralizing experience. When we hear “no,” it’s easy to start doubting ourselves and giving in to our insecurities. But in life, and especially in business, success often hinges on our ability to bounce back from rejection.…
Working: How Does a Worldbuilder for Magic and Dungeons & Dragons Do Her Job?
Aug 4, 2019 • 48 min
Working’s peek into the business of fun and games continues this week when Jordan chats with Alison Luhrs who works for Wizards of the Coast, the part of Hasbro that is responsible for the classic fantasy games Dungeons and Dragons and Magic:The…
Slate Money: One Dimensional Checkers
Aug 3, 2019 • 47 min
This week, the Slate Money hosts discuss Jay Powell’s announcement that the Fed is cutting interest rates for the first time in over a decade, delve into the messed up economics of generic drugs and follow up on the whole Equifax refund debacle. And in…
Amicus: Let’s Start with Race
Aug 3, 2019 • 66 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, for a wide reaching conversation about race and gender and the stories America tells itself so it can sleep at night. Starting with…
Gist: The Case of “The Case of Al Franken”
Aug 2, 2019 • 37 min
On The Gist, a theory as to why we still hear dusty old terms like “happy warrior”—at least during election season. In the interview, Slate writer Christina Cauterucci, who recently wrote about Al Franken, criticizes a recent New Yorker story on the…
What Next: Clemency for Cyntoia Brown
Aug 2, 2019 • 18 min
Advocate Mariame Kaba explains why the Cyntoia Brown story is compelling, complicated, and deeply frustrating — why it’s wrong to portray Cyntoia Brown as a child, why Brown’s story is deeply familiar to black women in America, and why Kaba considers…
Gist: How Fantastic Negrito Started From Scratch
Aug 1, 2019 • 36 min
On The Gist, the Democrats making Republican soundbites. In the interview, Fantastic Negrito walked a long and winding road to blues stardom. His first album (under his legal name, Xavier) was a bust—“everyone hated it”—and saw him dropped from his label.…
Trumpcast: What Dangers Could Loom Under Ratcliffe?
Aug 1, 2019 • 13 min
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Mieke Eoyang, VP of Third Way’s National Security Program, about the realities of Dan Coats’ work while he was on the job, what could be in the future if Ratcliffe becomes Director of National…
Political: Dark Psychic Force
Aug 1, 2019 • 65 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the Democratic primary debates, Trump’s nominee for director of national intelligence, and whether heat waves across the globe could inspire real action on climate change. For this week’s Slate Plus…
Studio 360: American Icons: ‘Moby-Dick’
Aug 1, 2019 • 53 min
August 1 marks the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth. To celebrate, we’re revisiting our Peabody Award-winning American Icons hour on his masterpiece, “Moby-Dick.” Melville’s white whale survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Playground Beer
Aug 1, 2019 • 55 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about an introverted dad who wants to raise a social kid and atheist parents struggling with attending events at a problematic evangelical university. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails…
What Next: Red State Democrats Walk the Tightrope
Aug 1, 2019 • 20 min
In just over a month, North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District will hold a special election. The Democratic candidate has been running for over two years and following the red state Democrat playbook to the letter. The new Republican candidate is…
The Waves: “Softcore Rumpy-Pumpy”
Aug 1, 2019 • 71 min
This week on the Waves, Christina, Nichole, and June discuss the New Yorker piece “The Case of Al Franken”, the piece in The Cut “The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge” and finally the new season of Veronica Mars. In Slate Plus: Is it sexist to ask for “no…
Gist: Chuck Klosterman and the Ivory Tower
Jul 31, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, Jeffrey Epstein’s ideas. In the interview, when Chuck Klosterman writes non-fiction, he worries about missing some grand historical context in a way that would ruin his work. With fiction, that anxiety goes out the window— if someone reads…
Trumpcast: Barr and the Overman Class
Jul 31, 2019 • 45 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post columnist and constitutional law professor Harry Litman about the thickness of Trump administration lies and his experience working with Bill Barr. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast…
Man Up: The Trouble With Being an Asian Guy on Tinder
Jul 31, 2019 • 34 min
This week on Man Up, writer Eddie Kim talks with host Aymann Ismail about sexual racism, why he thinks Asian men are at a disadvantage on dating apps, and how some toxic subcultures react to that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
If Then: Chemists Spill the Science of Skincare
Jul 31, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode Shannon Palus talks to Victoria Fu and Gloria Lu, co-founders of Chemist Confessions. Their goal is to help us all cut through the marketing buzzwords of the skincare industry and understand some of the actual chemistry behind the products…
Secret History Of The Future: Mars On Earth
Jul 31, 2019 • 38 min
Polar exploration was the Victorian equivalent of the space race. Major powers vied to outdo each other, funding expeditions to the most inhospitable parts of the world as demonstrations of their supremacy over nature and each other. Today, the resulting…
What Next: A Big Sign of a Slowing Economy
Jul 31, 2019 • 17 min
The Fed will cut interest rates today for the first time since the Great Recession. Why are they cutting the rate now and what does that mean for the underlying strength of the economy? Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Senior Economic Correspondent at Slate Learn…
Culture Gabfest: Gunfight at the O.K. Career
Jul 31, 2019 • 64 min
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…
Gist: The Consultants of Yore Weigh in on 2020
Jul 30, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, billionaire Tom Steyer didn’t qualify for this round of Democratic debates, but he’s bought a lot of CNN ad space to make up for it. In the interview, political consultants David Axelrod and Mike Murphy have spent years advising politicians…
Dear Prudence: Love Sick
Jul 30, 2019 • 63 min
Prudence is joined this week by Sydney Hodges, a DC resident who, in addition to being interested in conflict resolution, is also a recovering armchair linguist who has found peace with only having a BA in Linguistics. Together they dig into letters about…
How To!: Give Your Mom a Kidney
Jul 30, 2019 • 29 min
Mary’s mother needs a new kidney—as long as it doesn’t come from Mary. What’s a good daughter to do? With the clock ticking, Mary hears from Larissa MacFarquhar, author of a book on extreme altruism, to learn how to convince ourselves—and others—to do the…
How To!: Rob a Bank
Jul 30, 2019 • 30 min
Joe Loya robbed more than 30 banks during an 18-month span before going to jail. Charles wants to rob one bank on a Saturday afternoon and get away scot-free. Can Joe teach Charles the tricks of the trade? Or will he shatter his dreams and a few…
How To!: Withstand Pain
Jul 30, 2019 • 30 min
Sophie Powers once breastfed her newborn during an ultramarathon, but an upcoming 268-mile race across a remote stretch of Great Britain is freaking her out. We turn to Wim Hof, aka “The Iceman,” for advice. Because when you are worried about pain, you…
How To!: Be Funny
Jul 30, 2019 • 27 min
How do you learn to tell the perfect joke? A pastor from Oklahoma wants to spice up his sermons. So we introduce him to Gary Gulman, a New York standup comedian who makes jokes about his clinical depression. The lesson? “Man plans, and God laughs.” But…
Slate Money Extra: Scott Kupor
Jul 30, 2019 • 50 min
In this Slate Money Extra, Felix sits down with Scott Kupor, managing partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Scott and Felix discusses the world of venture capital as covered in his new book, ‘Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital…
What Next: How YouTube’s Left is Converting the Far Right
Jul 30, 2019 • 22 min
Here’s how a leftist, transgender, PhD dropout is winning over white supremacists and more on YouTube. Guest: Micah Loewinger, producer at WNYC’s On The Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: How the GOP Got Here
Jul 29, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, Trump and racism. In the interview, Politico’s Tim Alberta has been covering the Republican Party since 2009, back when it was “totally rudderless and beaten into the ground.” Ten years later, and though in control of the White House, the GOP…
Hang Up And Listen: The Sleeping Pods in a Space Station Edition
Jul 29, 2019 • 65 min
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about ESPN’s stance on mixing sports and politics and LSU’s fancy new football facility. Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri then joins to discuss the Atlantic League’s role as a laboratory for new…
What Next: The Godfather of the Anti-Immigration Movement
Jul 29, 2019 • 19 min
How did a small-town eye doctor mastermind an anti-immigration movement premised on racism? Guest: Hassan Ahmad, founder of the HMA Law Firm in Virginia. He is suing the University of Michigan to unseal the complete archives of the late John Tanton. Slate…
Working: How Do a Toy Designer and Toy Engineer Do Their Job?
Jul 28, 2019 • 41 min
This week, Jordan talks to a couple of Hasbro employees. John Warden and Lynsey Bernier work closely together to create Transformers and Beyblades. John is the designer and Lynsey is the engineer (aka the “reality check”). They tell Jordan about all the…
Flashback: A New Leaf (1971)
Jul 28, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Slate Money: Toby for Prime Minister
Jul 27, 2019 • 44 min
This week, Slate Money talks about Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine, the UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the truth about the safety of safe deposit boxes. Plus a cameo from Toby the Dog! And in the Slate Plus segment: European Central Bank Email:…
Man Up: Chefs Don’t Have to Be Jerks
Jul 26, 2019 • 25 min
When J. Kenji López-Alt landed a job as a line cook at the elegant No. 9 Park restaurant, he wasn’t expecting to spend his first day standing in the corner with a figurative dunce hat on his head. He was being punished by the chef for incorrectly chopping…
Trumpcast: Which Volume of the Mueller Report are you?
Jul 26, 2019 • 47 min
For a big think on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Wednesday testimony, Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Fordham Law professor Jed Shugerman. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad…
Spoilers: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Jul 26, 2019 • 57 min
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…
What Next: Meet the EPA’s Ghost-Writer
Jul 26, 2019 • 21 min
A scientist on the outer fringes of his field has been patiently making the case that the U.S. government applies far too conservative controls on toxins in the environment. Now, he’s trying to implement his ideas at the EPA — by writing a sweeping new…
Hit Parade: Without The Beatles
Jul 26, 2019 • 71 min
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…
Gist: The Lie of Live PD
Jul 25, 2019 • 42 min
A few months ago, Dan Taberski joined us to talk about latest season of his Headlong podcast, Running From Cops, focused on reality television shows about police. One series in particular, Live PD, was billed as a documentary but seemed to fall into the…
Political: Not Exculpated
Jul 25, 2019 • 67 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Robert Mueller’s testimony, the downfall of Al Franken, and the deal to raise the debt ceiling. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using…
Studio 360: John Leguizamo, Nipsey Hussle’s legacy and re-choreographing ‘Oklahoma!’
Jul 25, 2019 • 53 min
Kurt Andersen talks with John Leguizamo about his latest one-man play, “Latin History for Morons,” and his career toggling between film and theater. The revival of “Oklahoma!” took a bold approach to updating the well-known musical, including the play’s…
Exclusive Besties
Jul 25, 2019 • 54 min
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What Next: Mueller Speaks
Jul 25, 2019 • 24 min
Special Counsel Robert Mueller appeared determined to do two things in his House testimony on Wednesday: carry no water for partisans, and communicate the national security threat of Russia’s interference in U.S. elections. Guest: Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick,…
Trumpcast: Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before the House Judiciary Committee
Jul 24, 2019 • 92 min
Robert Mueller’s Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: Mueller Is No Showman
Jul 24, 2019 • 27 min
On The Gist, Robert Mueller was a bit of a broken record in his congressional testimony. In the interview, David Wolman once happened upon a small Hawaiian museum dedicated to a small crew of cowboys in the state—and that was the first he heard of them.…
Trumpcast: Robert Mueller’s Testimony Before the House Intelligence Committee
Jul 24, 2019 • 82 min
This is the first half of the Robert Mueller’s Testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If Then: Why Facebook Can’t Just Create a Currency
Jul 24, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode Aaron Mak looks into Facebook’s plan to create a global cryptocurrency called Libra. For an expert opinion, he turns to Chris Brummer, a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the host of the podcast Fintech Beat. Brummer…
Outward: Icons
Jul 24, 2019 • 59 min
This month, Christina, Bryan, and Brandon immerse themselves in iconography. After a round of Pride and Provocations, we hear from a collection of queer Slate folks about who their icons are. Then the hosts explore major figures in their lives and what…
Spoiler Specials: Midsommar
Jul 24, 2019 • 67 min
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…
Secret History Of The Future: Meat and Potatoes
Jul 24, 2019 • 39 min
The potato seemed strange and unappetizing when it first arrived in Europe. But it grew into a wonder food that helped solve the continent’s hunger problems. Can its journey tell us what to expect from current efforts to replace animal meat with…
What Next: Puerto Ricans Are Fed Up
Jul 24, 2019 • 21 min
The protests in Puerto Rico are about so much more than nasty messages endorsed by the governor. The island’s political grievances were decades in the making — and even if protesters get the governor to resign, there are more complicated power struggles…
Culture Gabfest: Uncanny Savannah
Jul 24, 2019 • 60 min
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…
Trumpcast: Bottle-Blond Clowns Take the Anglosphere
Jul 24, 2019 • 40 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas about Boris Johnson, UK voters and Brexiteers, and conservative nostalgia. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Gist: How to Talk About Addiction
Jul 23, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, the governor of Puerto Rico will not seek reelection. In the interview, Chris Herren’s NBA career ended largely because of drug abuse that started in his teens. Now he speaks to thousands of students about making better choices—not by using…
Dear Prudence: Alive & Juicy
Jul 23, 2019 • 58 min
Prudence is joined this week by Joey Garcia, the Sacramento News & Review’s advice columnist, and on-air Relationship Expert for KTXL-40 TV. Garcia is also the founder of the Belize Writer’s Conference where writers vacation with literary agents in her…
Lexicon: The Internet Loves the Exclamation Point!!
Jul 23, 2019 • 38 min
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. A conversation with linguist Gretchen McCulloch about her new book, Because Internet. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign…
Studio 360: B-52’s PODCAST
Jul 23, 2019 • 30 min
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Studio 360 Extra: This Woman’s Work: ‘The B-52’s’
Jul 23, 2019 • 30 min
Here’s another edition of This Woman’s Work, a series of stories from Classic Album Sundays and Studio 360 where we highlight classic albums by female musicians, women who continue to influence the world of pop culture and inspire others. This time, we’re…
What Next: How to Stop a Racist Politician
Jul 23, 2019 • 25 min
In 1990, David Duke ran for Senate in Louisiana, appalling the Republican establishment and freaking out the Democratic consultant-class. Duke didn’t win — but he did well enough to feel emboldened, and a year later he launched a campaign for Louisiana…
Gist: Robert Mueller’s Return
Jul 22, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony isn’t likely to increase the pressure on president Trump. In the interview, losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is even harder. What can successful dieters do to maintain their goals, and are…
Hang Up: The Dave McKenna Edition
Jul 22, 2019 • 54 min
Josh Levin interviews Deadspin’s Dave McKenna about his life and journalism career. Topics covered include the greatness of Elgin Baylor and Gary Mays, getting sued by Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder, and reporting out sexual abuse allegations…
What Next: The Border Patrol’s Secretive Culture
Jul 22, 2019 • 25 min
“I’m 10-15.” That’s the border patrol code for “alien in custody.” It’s also the name of a secret Facebook group where a number of Customs and Border Protection agents posted racist and sexist memes. What about this agency allows such rampant misconduct?…
Working: How Does a Firefighter Do His Job?
Jul 21, 2019 • 54 min
Since his first season as the host of Working, Jordan has wanted to interview a Firefighter. It’s a job everyone knows about, but the day to day of the work of Firefighter might not be so familiar to most people. Jordan sat down with Jason Powell, a…
Slate Money: But the Gift Cards
Jul 20, 2019 • 49 min
This week, the Slate Money hosts talk about Elizabeth Warren’s plan for Private Equity, the surprising effects of gentrification, and Netflix’s current downtick. And in the Slate Plus segment: Cats. Email: [email protected]: @felixsalmon,…
AmicuThe End of an Era, and the Cult of the Constitution.
Jul 20, 2019 • 61 min
In a week marked by rising rancor, when racist rhetoric ricocheted out of the president’s twitter feed and into a chanting crowd at his reelection rally, the end of an era almost slid under the radar. Dahlia Lithwick reflects on the passing of Justice…
Amicus: The End of an Era, and the Cult of the Constitution.
Jul 20, 2019 • 61 min
In a week marked by rising rancor, when racist rhetoric ricocheted out of the president’s twitter feed and into a chanting crowd at his reelection rally, the end of an era almost slid under the radar. Dahlia Lithwick reflects on the passing of Justice…
Gist: The Moon Landing’s Glory Has Faded
Jul 19, 2019 • 36 min
On The Gist, why the moon landing’s 50th anniversary isn’t getting all that much attention. In the interview, success stories are great, but what about those business ventures that end in spectacular failure? Those tales are often better. Lauren Ober…
Trumpcast: Tendencies of the Nuclear-Prone
Jul 19, 2019 • 33 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Scott Sagan, political science professor at Standford University known for his research on nuclear weapons policy and nuclear disarmament, about the results of his recently co-authored poll gauging Americans’ desire to go to…
Hit Parade: Farewell, Lilith Fan
Jul 19, 2019 • 27 min
How much do you know about the women rockers who dominated the ’90s? Find out in the latest episode of Hit Parade: The Bridge. In this monthly mini-episode of Hit Parade, Host Chris Molanphy is joined by T. J. Raphael, senior producer of the Slate Podcast…
What Next: Deutsche Bank Is Trying to Wash Its Hands of Trump
Jul 19, 2019 • 21 min
Deutsche Bank was the one lender that couldn’t quit Donald Trump. Now the bank holds the key to understanding President Trump’s finances. Guest: David Enrich, finance editor for the New York Times. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and…
Political Gabfest: Rescue Squad
Jul 18, 2019 • 67 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s racist attack on members of Congress; whether the Census has been saved; and if we should go back to the moon. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.…
Gist: How Michael Bennet Wants to Fix America
Jul 18, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Ivanka Trump is every bit the monster her father is. In the interview, Senator Michael Bennet is here to talk about his campaign for president and his new book The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics. He…
Studio 360: On a high note
Jul 18, 2019 • 53 min
An episode about singers, alone and in harmony. The latest installment of This Woman’s Work, a series from Classic Album Sundays and Studio 360 highlighting classic albums by female artists, focuses on “Lady Sings the Blues” by Billie Holiday, whose role…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Carpool Liability Waiver
Jul 18, 2019 • 47 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who has some strong concerns about their kid carpooling and a friend who’s worried that they might be overstepping. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some…
What Next: How Trump Is Trying to Outsource His Border Crisis
Jul 18, 2019 • 20 min
It was all lined up just how President Trump wanted. A “safe-third-country” agreement with Guatemala was nearly complete, but over the weekend it fell apart. This is the second time the administration has tried to negotiate a safe-third-country agreement…
The Waves: Is Aziz Ansari Sorry?
Jul 18, 2019 • 70 min
This week on the Waves, Christina, Marcia, Nichole, and June discuss the drama at Riverside Church, Aziz Ansari’s new special “Right Now” and the Sarah Milov attribution controversy. In Slate Plus: Is the feud framing between The Squad and Nancy Pelosi…
Gist: The EPA Is Losing Its Mandate
Jul 17, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, Chance the snapper. In the interview, former EPA head Gina McCarthy expected the Trump administration’s backwardness on climate change—but not on no-brainers like limits on power plant mercury emissions and auto industry regulation, both of…
Man Up: Your Opinions on Her Wardrobe Are Probably Unwelcome
Jul 17, 2019 • 20 min
Noor Tagouri knows better than most what it feels like to have everything she does under a close watch. Her interview in Playboy Magazine caused an international firestorm not for what she said, but for what she wore. This week on Man Up, Noor shares what…
If Then: Prime Day Comes but Once a Year
Jul 17, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode, Shannon Palus talks about the journalistic ethics of Amazon affiliate links with Jacqui Cheng, former Editor-in-Chief of Wirecutter and current Editor-in-Chief of Music at WQXR in New York. As Cheng explains, it’s possible for news…
Secret History Of The Future: Unreliable Evidence
Jul 17, 2019 • 31 min
In the early 20th century a new forensic technique—fingerprinting—displaced a cruder form of identification based on body measurements. Hailed as modern, scientific, and infallible, fingerprinting was adopted around the world. But in recent years doubts…
What Next: The Plan to Take Down Mitch McConnell
Jul 17, 2019 • 17 min
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular senator in the country. Yet, he has represented the state of Kentucky for over 25 years, defeating an array of opponents along the way. Will his challenger in 2020 suffer the same fate as the…
Culture Gabfest: Cruel Angel’s Thesis
Jul 17, 2019 • 66 min
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.…
Gist: Trump Will Lose in 2020
Jul 16, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, it’s a good day for those who love quarterly fundraising numbers among Democratic presidential candidates! In the interview, we’re used to the Nate Silver approach to election forecasting, using constantly changing polling data to predict the…
Trumpcast: Trump The Criminal Co-Conspirator
Jul 16, 2019 • 37 min
Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Garrett Graff, director at the Aspen Institute and Mueller specialist, for a look-ahead of Mueller’s testimony next week, his first response to the Mueller Report, and where it’s particularly damning. Learn more about your…
Dear Prudence: Sex Sabbatical
Jul 16, 2019 • 67 min
Prudence is joined this week Kelly Anneken, an Oakland-based funny person and all-around swell gal who performs standup comedy. She’s best known as the host of The Handmaid’s Tale recap podcast Red All Over. Together they tackle letters about how to…
What Next: Trump’s Racist Tweets Have a Backstory
Jul 16, 2019 • 22 min
Over the weekend President Trump’s timeline filled with racist comments directed at members of the so-called “Squad.” This includes Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. In a press conference on Monday, the president…
Gist: Bring Back Late-Night Cruelty
Jul 15, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Elizabeth Warren and ICE. In the interview, Jason Zinoman, who writes about the New York Times, thinks the late-night shows need to return to the playful cruelty they once had. He and Mike talk about the current state of things, David…
Hang Up: The Popping Greenies Edition
Jul 15, 2019 • 72 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk about how Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep won at Wimbledon. Sam Anderson also joins to discuss Russell Westbrook and the end of an era in Oklahoma City, and John Thorn helps assess Jim Bouton and Bouton’s classic book…
Decoder Ring: Pillow Talk
Jul 15, 2019 • 30 min
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…
What Next: Should Everyone Quit Using Gendered Pronouns?
Jul 15, 2019 • 21 min
Why not go by they/them? Would a gender-neutral world be better? And what would it look like? Guest: Farhad Manjoo, New York Times op-ed columnist. Read their latest, “Call Me ‘They.’” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Flashback: Sergeant York (1941)
Jul 14, 2019 • 7 min
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…
Working: How Do Oyster Farmers Do Their Job?
Jul 14, 2019 • 54 min
Before heading out to Long Island to visit Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm, Jordan couldn’t even picture what an oyster farm looked like. So there was a lot to learn from talking to Mike and Isabel Osinski, the owners of the small family farm that supplies…
Slate Money: Smoke Filled Rooms
Jul 13, 2019 • 46 min
This week, Slate Money invites Neil Irwin, Senior Economics Correspondent for The New York Times, to the show to discuss Jeffrey Epstein, Christine Lagarde and his article on Economic Orthodoxy. And in the Slate Plus segment: Who will run the IMF now?…
Trumpcast: The Jeffrey Epstein Complicity Machine
Jul 12, 2019 • 38 min
Vicky Ward returns to Trumpcast to chat with Virginia Heffernan about Jeffrey Epstein. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: Acosta Is Out
Jul 12, 2019 • 38 min
On The Gist, they. In the interview, Emily Bazelon writes for the New York Times magazine, co-hosts Slate’s Political Gabfest, and she’s out with the new book Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, and its…
Spoilers - Spiderman: Far From Home
Jul 12, 2019 • 60 min
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…
What Next: This Bad Legal Argument Could Finally End the ACA
Jul 12, 2019 • 20 min
This week, an appellate court in New Orleans heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the ACA. The argument? That Obamacare is more coercive without a tax penalty. This position - one that has lawyers on both sides of the isle scratching their…
Gist: The CIA’s Bad Ideas
Jul 11, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, the metal straw incident. In the interview, Vince Houghton is a historian and the curator of the International Spy Museum and he’s here to talk about his new book Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the…
Political: You the North, We the South
Jul 11, 2019 • 75 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss the impact of the US health care debate on the primary season, white supremacy from Canada with guest Jesse Brown, and who’s at fault in addition to sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. For this week’s…
Studio 360: Lynn Shelton, Ursula von Rydingsvard and worshipping Cruella de Vil
Jul 11, 2019 • 53 min
Kurt Andersen talks with the director Lynn Shelton about how conspiracy theories and improvisation figure into her new film, “Sword of Trust,” which stars Marc Maron. Michael Bowen felt isolated growing up, but then he saw the animated feature film “One…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Fish and Candy
Jul 11, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who wants to know what to do about a sort of stepson and another about a kid who’s hanging out with a kid that counts calories. We also welcome Amy Scott as this week’s special host.…
What Next: The Ambassador Who Was Too Honest About Trump
Jul 11, 2019 • 20 min
The intriguing story of a British ambassador’s hasty resignation, and why it perfectly encapsulates our current geopolitical moment. This story has everything: leaked confidential reports, world trade implications, and a reference to the movie The…
The Waves: Hanna and Noreen’s Last Show
Jul 11, 2019 • 72 min
This week on the Waves, on Hanna and Noreen’s last episode, Hanna, June and Noreen discuss, the place of HR departments, Jefferey Epstein charges and Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s new novel “Fleishman is In Trouble”. Skip to recommendations at 1:00:00 to skip…
Gist: Soccer’s Pay Parity Problem
Jul 10, 2019 • 38 min
On The Gist, the Trump cabinet and violence against women. In the interview, Will Wilkinson from the Niskanen Center is here to talk with Mike about his new paper The Density Divide about the surprising way urbanization affected the rise of populism. In…
If Then: ICE’s Reckless Use of Facial Recognition Tech
Jul 10, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, Aaron Mak talks about federal law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology with Jake Laperruque. He’s Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project, which is part of the Project on Government Oversight. According to The Washington…
Trumpcast: Is Trump A Disease? A Medical Perspective
Jul 10, 2019 • 52 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee for a deep, compelling new take on the long debate about Trump’s mental fitness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Secret History Of The Future: Second Wind
Jul 10, 2019 • 33 min
For thousands of years we sailed our cargo across oceans using zero-emission, 100 percent renewable wind. Then we switched to ships that run on oil, creating a global maritime fleet that pumps greenhouse gases into the sky. Could we go back to…
What Next: The Cloud Over Joe Biden’s Son
Jul 10, 2019 • 24 min
Is there something fishy about the way Hunter Biden made money while his father was serving as vice president? One reporter looked into it. But he didn’t find corruption. He found something far more complicated — and commonplace. Guest: Adam Entous, staff…
Culture Gabfest: Fetch the Mallet
Jul 10, 2019 • 64 min
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.…
Gist: The Legacy of Ross Perot
Jul 9, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, jail time for absurd reasons. In the interview, journalist Jack Fairweather is out with a new book about the untold story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish resistance fighter who chose to get sent to Auschwitz so he could report back on atrocities…
Dear Prudence: Permanent Closet
Jul 9, 2019 • 79 min
Prudence is joined this week by author and activist, Aya de León, who teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. She is the author of the Justice Hustlers feminist heist series, including Side Chick Nation, the first novel published about Hurricane Maria in…
Lexicon: Why Is “Ph” Pronounced That Way?
Jul 9, 2019 • 46 min
Why is ph pronounced that way? The answer is positively phantastic. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
Extra: The Craft of John Leguizamo’s Theatrical Schizophrenia
Jul 9, 2019 • 26 min
John Leguizamo has a long and successful film and TV career. Early on he had recurring roles on Miami Vice and ER and worked with directors like Brian DePalma, Spike Lee, and Baz Lurhman. And he also provided a voice in the endless animated franchise Ice…
What Next: The Long, Ugly Road to Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest
Jul 9, 2019 • 22 min
Over the weekend, multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking. But back in 2003, journalist Vicky Ward had the inside scoop on Epstein: She interviewed two of his victims and wrote up the story for Vanity Fair. And then,…
Gist: Life After Death Row
Jul 8, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, did Joe Biden’s apology work? In the interview, Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongfully convicted for the murder of two teenagers in Alabama in 1985. After 30 years on death row his conviction was overturned and he was released. He’s since become…
Hang Up: The All They Do Is Win Edition
Jul 8, 2019 • 75 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk about the U.S. national team’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup; Ethan Strauss joins to discuss Kawhi Leonard’s move to the Los Angeles Clippers; and Louisa Thomas assesses the rise of 15-year-old tennis sensation Coco…
What Next: A Rare Look Inside a Private Prison
Jul 8, 2019 • 17 min
At a prison in southern Mississippi, guards can’t do basic population counts. They can’t keep cellphones, drugs, and weapons out of the building. They are at the mercy of gang leaders to control the inmates. Is this just what happens when you try to do…
Working: How Does a Tugboat Pilot Do His Job?
Jul 7, 2019 • 48 min
When massive container ships arrive at a port city like New York, they find themselves in a tight space with lots of obstacles to navigate. Enter, ship docking pilots, the expert hands that guide these massive ships into place. This week, Jordan is…
Slate Money: Cribsheet
Jul 6, 2019 • 44 min
This week, economics professor and author Emily Oster joins the Slate Money team to talk about what she learned writing her booksExpecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know andCribsheet: A Data-Driven…
Amicus: High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Jul 6, 2019 • 59 min
Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Frank Bowman, author of the upcoming book High Crimes and Misdemeanors, A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump about the big question: Impeachment - historical precedent, constitutional roots and present day…
Studio 360: Live with Studio 360!
Jul 4, 2019 • 54 min
Our recent live show was recorded in New York on a glorious spring day on the High Line, the elevated park. It begins with Kurt Andersen welcoming to the stage Friends Who Folk, the music comedic duo of Rachel Wenitsky and Ned Risely, who perform and…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: What’s Up With Your Boyfriend?
Jul 4, 2019 • 40 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a mom who wants to know what to do about a sexist boyfriend and a mom who wants to know what to do about her kid being left out in the dark after hanging with a friend. We also welcome…
Political: My President Went to North Korea and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
Jul 4, 2019 • 66 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Democratic presidential primary debates, Trump’s bizarre trip to North Korea, and Customs and Border Patrol’s scandals over appalling detention conditions and a racist Facebook group. For this…
The Waves: Buying Your Own BS
Jul 4, 2019 • 64 min
This week on the Waves, Christina (recording from vacation) , Marcia and Nichole discuss the democratic primary debates, the new HBO show Euphoria and finally what they make of spaces made exclusively for high powered women like Chief. In Slate Plus: Is…
Trumpcast: Is The GOP Finished? History Weighs In
Jul 3, 2019 • 45 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Kevin Kruse, professor of history at Princeton University, on battling revisions of Republican history on Twitter, racism as America’s original sin (and its other sins), the influence of Mike Pence and the religious right, and…
Gist: Let’s Rank the Presidents
Jul 3, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, should we rethink the structure of a week? In the interview, founding CEO of C-SPAN Brian Lamb and Co-CEO Susan Swain are here to discuss their new book The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America’s Best—and Worst—Chief Executives. They…
Man Up: An Intervention
Jul 3, 2019 • 24 min
Over the weekend, Aymann was going viral on the less savory, right-wing corners of the internet. An admittedly poorly worded tweet had exposed him to an avalanche of criticism, some understandable, others sinister and racist. And when a total stranger…
If Then: Healthcare via Video Chat
Jul 3, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, Shannon Palus explores the growing telehealth industry, where doctors and patients connect via video chat or sometimes just a secure message system. To figure out the benefits and potential drawbacks of telehealth, Shannon talks to Roy…
What Next: Can New York Desegregate Its Schools?
Jul 3, 2019 • 17 min
Jumaane Williams has been an activist, a city councilman, and is currently New York City’s public advocate. However, before that, he was a student in New York City’s public education system. As a product of the system, Williams is thinking about ways to…
Secret History of The Future: A Familiar Tune
Jul 3, 2019 • 43 min
The 19th century invention of the phonograph left composers worried they might not be paid for recordings. The 20th century proliferation of digital sampling outmoded old copyright laws. Can these previous tech disruptions of the music business teach us…
Outward: Live From Joe’s Pub
Jul 3, 2019 • 68 min
On June 27, 2019, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and Brandon Tensley hosted a live show in New York City’s Joe’s Pub. They began with a World Pride-sized edition of Pride and Provocations.…
Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2019
Jul 3, 2019 • 67 min
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…
Gist: Solving Urban Violence
Jul 2, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, the Hong Kong protesters and Chinese conspiracies. In the interview, Harvard research fellow Thomas Abt is here to discuss his new book Bleeding Out: The Devestating Consequences of Urban Gun Violence—and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the…
Dear Prudence: Wedding Day Drunk
Jul 2, 2019 • 68 min
Prudence is joined this week by Chrissy Macken, who runs a career coaching consultancy in Washington, DC with a focus on helping professionals break free from toxic work environments. Together they dig into letters about how to move past the embarrassment…
What Next: The “Busing” Skeleton in the Democrats’ Closet
Jul 2, 2019 • 22 min
Last week, Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden on his record with respect to busing. Most Americans understand busing in the context of the segregated south, but for Kamala Harris, the story is different. What does her experience as a child in the Berkley…
Gist: Groaning Through Dad Jokes
Jul 1, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, the South Bend shooting and Pete Buttigieg. In the interview, Jason Zinoman recently wrote about dad jokes for the New York Times so he’s here to talk with Mike about his grand theories, why we love to hate dad jokes, and if they really are…
Hang Up: The Our Hero Rapinoe Edition
Jul 1, 2019 • 80 min
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Caitlin Murray discuss the U.S. women’s big win over France at the World Cup. Josh, Ben Mathis-Lilley, and Vinson Cunningham break down the big moves in NBA free agency. Finally, Josh and Ben are joined by the Guardian’s…
What Next: Can Nipsey Hussle’s Death Bring Peace to L.A.’s Gangs?
Jul 1, 2019 • 17 min
In the days after rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed, members of rival gangs across Los Angeles came together to mourn his death. In the months since, that mourning has turned into action as gang leaders attempt to broker peace within their warring factions.…
Flashback: Wings (1927)
Jun 30, 2019 • 11 min
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.…
Working for the Holidays: How Does a Fireworks Designer Do His Job?
Jun 30, 2019 • 42 min
If you’re planning on watching a major fireworks display this Independence Day, there’s a good chance it was designed by this week’s guest. Phil Grucci, the CEO and Creative Director of Fireworks by Grucci, is the sixth generation in his family to design,…
SPONSORED: Goal, Set, Repeat with Scott Miller, EVP of Thought Leadership and CMO at FranklinCovey
Jun 29, 2019 • 25 min
When you talk to ultra-successful individuals, there’s one critical skill they all seem to have mastered: the ability to set and accomplish goals. Setting a goal may sound straightforward, but setting the ​right g​ oal requires self-awareness and…
Slate Money: Apocalyptic Vibes
Jun 29, 2019 • 38 min
This week, Slate Money talks about the exit of Jony Ive, the man behind Apple’s most iconic designs, discusses the employee upset at Wayfair over the company’s involvement with detention centers and answers a listener question about the Chinese bank…
Amicus: Ready, Set, Gerrymander!
Jun 29, 2019 • 41 min
A round table round-up of the 2018 Supreme Court term with Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, Professor Pam Karlan of Stanford and Professor Leah Litman of the University of Michigan Law School. Analysis of the census case, the gerrymandering…
Gist: Who Is the Real Kim Jong-un?
Jun 28, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, Joe Biden had no good answers at Thursday’s Democratic debate. In the interview, the Washington Post’s Anna Fifield is out with a new book on Kim Jong-un. She interviewed as many people who have had even a fleeting interaction with the man as…
Spoilers: Yesterday
Jun 28, 2019 • 63 min
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…
What Next: Supreme Court Hands Democrats Small Win and Big Loss
Jun 28, 2019 • 24 min
On Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census and delivered a staggering win for the Republican party in the case of partisan gerrymandering. Is this just another case of a small win for progressives and…
Hit Parade: The Lullaby of Broadway Edition
Jun 28, 2019 • 78 min
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…
Trumpcast: An Interview With E. Jean Carroll
Jun 27, 2019 • 41 min
Host Virginia Heffernan and special guest co-host Dahlia Lithwick of Amicus share an intimate conversation with journalist E Jean Carroll, author of “What Do We Need Men For,” about details of the sexual assault she experienced from President Donald…
Gist: Pen, Sword, or Rock and Roll
Jun 27, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, an absurd criminal charge in Alabama. In the interview, the Iron Curtain couldn’t block radio waves, or, in the ‘50s and ‘60s, a new form of music called rock and roll. András Simonyi, a former Hungarian ambassador to the United States, was…
Political: The “Please Send Soap and Toothpaste” Edition
Jun 27, 2019 • 72 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David French discuss President Trump’s backpedalling, the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on gerrymandering and the U.S. Census and “Frenchism.” Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions…
Studio 360: ‘Los Espookys,’ Stonewall on film and mistaking ‘multiple discoveries’ for stolen ideas
Jun 27, 2019 • 54 min
Kurt Andersen talks with Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega — two of the co-creators, writers, producers and stars of the new HBO series “LosEspookys.” Gauging how films have shaped — and skewed — our understanding of the Stonewall uprising, with Mark Segal,…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Teen in Need
Jun 27, 2019 • 50 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answer listener questions about a teen in need of some support about their sensitive mom and what to do about a little that likes dressing up as problematic princesses. We also welcome Aminta Steinbach as this week’s…
What Next: Oregon Republicans Walked Out, Democrats Caved
Jun 27, 2019 • 20 min
Republican state senators in Oregon are refusing to go to work. In a state legislature where Democrats hold a supermajority, the walkout is one way Republicans can put a halt to their rivals progressive agenda. With several statehouses throughout the…
Waves: A-List Actress Bingo
Jun 27, 2019 • 70 min
This week on the Waves, while Hanna is out, June and Noreen talk with host of Amicus and court reporter Dahlia Lithwick to talk SCOTUS term, E Jean Carroll, and more. Then, they discuss Big Little Lies with host of Decoder Ring Willa Paskin. Finally,…
Gist: Data in the Dugout
Jun 26, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, the first Democratic primary debate is about to start. In the interview, Ben Lindbergh is a staff writer at the Ringer, host of the Effectively Wild podcast, and author of the new book The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are…
Trumpcast: What We Want From Mueller’s Testimony
Jun 26, 2019 • 39 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to legal analyst Ross Garber about Mueller’s upcoming testimony, impeachment, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If Then: When Tech Journalism Took A Critical Turn
Jun 26, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, April Glaser catches up with her former co-host Will Oremus. Then the two of them are joined by Future Tense editor Torie Bosch and New York Times opinion writer Farhad Manjoo to discuss why tech journalism has become far more critical in…
Secret History of The Future: Season 2 Trailer
Jun 26, 2019 • 2 min
What can 19th century polar exploration teach us as humans plan missions to Mars? Do modern online dating apps have anything to learn from romances over the telegraph wires? Dig into the past, and you’ll find surprising lessons about what’s next for our…
What Next: Mayor Pete’s Policing Problem
Jun 26, 2019 • 24 min
Eric Logan, a black resident in South Bend, Indiana, was shot and killed by a police officer in the early morning hours on Father’s Day. Mayor Pete Buttigieg returned to the city, putting a halt to his presidential campaign, to deal with the fallout. The…
Culture Gabfest: Exploding Birkins
Jun 26, 2019 • 70 min
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…
Man Up: Why Men Refuse to Do Yoga
Jun 26, 2019 • 32 min
When Terrell Starr started doing yoga in his 30s, it opened up his mind to new possibilities of what his body could do—not to mention what he could do as a man. He realized he’d been restricting himself not only physically but mentally because of what…
Gist: Economic Anxiety? Joy Disagrees.
Jun 25, 2019 • 38 min
On The Gist, Trump and Pence talking nonsense. In the interview, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, especially when it comes to elections. MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid figures that “the hungriest constituency” often gets its way at the ballot box. Black voters…
Dear Prudence: Still Always Suspicious
Jun 25, 2019 • 55 min
Prudence is joined this week by Marianne R. Williams, the Librarian-in-Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas. Together they tackle letters about what to do when your absentee father wants back into your life, how to…
Lexicon: Does Language Affect Thought?
Jun 25, 2019 • 47 min
We revisit the popular notion that our language helps shapes our worldview. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley…
Studio 360 Extra: American Icons: Shaft
Jun 25, 2019 • 24 min
In 1971 Richard Roundtree stepped out of a subway entrance to the Oscar-winning sounds of Isaac Hayes, and changed American movie-making. The box-office success of Shaft, about a fiercely independent, courageous, and sexy private eye, led to an explosion…
What Next: A Polluted Town Fights for Its Right to Breathe
Jun 25, 2019 • 24 min
For years the residents of St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana thought their town was simply the victim of bad luck. Suffering more than their share of illnesses. Almost everyone in the town knows someone that has died of cancer. It was only in July…
Trumpcast: Understanding Mexico In The Migration Crisis
Jun 24, 2019 • 37 min
León Krauze talks to Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, about how the migration crisis at the border is being handled, understanding the Northern Triangle, the role Mexico is playing in the…
Hang Up: The Buffalo Mexico City Bills Edition
Jun 24, 2019 • 66 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the U.S. national team’s win over Spain at the Women’s World Cup. Josh and Joel Anderson are then joined by David West to talk about the NBA draft and the Historical Basketball League. Finally, Josh and Joel assess the…
Gist: Erdogan Loses Istanbul. Now What?
Jun 24, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Kamala Harris still has a lot to answer for. In the interview, media outlets used to employ ombudsmen—public editors who addressed readers’ concerns and weighed in on a newspaper’s reporting. Those roles have disappeared over the years but…
What Next: An Iran Deal Architect Watches It Get Nuked
Jun 24, 2019 • 18 min
Last week, a series of escalations brought the US to the brink of a strike on Iran. But only a few short years ago, the leaders of both countries were celebrating a landmark nuclear agreement. What changed? One of the architects of the Iran Nuclear Deal…
Working: How Does an Aquarium Director Do His Job?
Jun 23, 2019 • 60 min
What do you do with an architecture degree and a love animals? Well, as it turns out, running an Aquarium is a great option. This week, Working brings you another standalone episode with Jon Forrest Dohlin, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s…
Slate Money: Literally Making Money
Jun 22, 2019 • 47 min
This week, Slate Money talk about Libra, Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, the merits of upzoning and the Beyond Meat IPO. And in the Slate Plus segment: The billionaire who bought Sotheby’s. Email: [email protected]: @felixsalmon,…
Amicus: Flowers, Crosses, Clauses and Oaths
Jun 22, 2019 • 66 min
A flurry of decisions this week, but few big-ticket items. Mark Joseph Stern takes us through the opinions and dissents in Flowers v Mississippi, Gundy v United States and American Legion v American Humanist Association. Dahlia Lithwick is also joined by…
Hi-Phi Nation: YOLO Apologetics
Jun 22, 2019 • 43 min
Drake coined “YOLO,” short for “you only live once” in 2011, and then later apologized for all the douchiness it subsequently engendered. But the spirit is ancient, and cross-cultural, speaking deeply to the kind of decision-making that is supposed to…
Gist: Trump’s Chaotic Approach to Iran
Jun 21, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, how much sanity does it cost to change a lightbulb? In the interview, babies don’t come with instructional manuals, but the publishing industry is more than ready to bombard new parents with the latest, always evolving wisdom on how to raise…
Trumpcast: The Trump Show Tales Of Siege
Jun 21, 2019 • 8 min
Virginia Heffernan chats with author Michael Wolf about Siege, the sequel to Fire and Fury, covering Steve Bannon, Trumpian doublethink, how Wolff gets sources to open up, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spoilers: Toy Story 4
Jun 21, 2019 • 46 min
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? Listen to them…
What Next: The Smugglers Getting Rich Off Trump’s Policies
Jun 21, 2019 • 16 min
Mexico has agreed to crack down on immigration in response to threats from President Trump. But that isn’t stopping the flow of migrants — it’s pushing it further underground. Guest: Emily Green, freelance reporter. You can read her latest story on VICE…
Gist: The Science of Song
Jun 20, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, are children growing horns? In the interview, how does Pandora know what music I want to hear? That’s all thanks to the work of Nolan Gasser, musicologist and the architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project. He’s here to talk the origins of…
Political: The “Keep America… Oh Forget it” Edition
Jun 20, 2019 • 74 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s latest campaign relaunch, Elizabeth Warren’s rise, and Harvard’s decision to rescind Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to…
Studio 360: John Cameron Mitchell, Taffy Brodesser-Akner and a Doom Metal Schoolteacher
Jun 20, 2019 • 54 min
Journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner talks with Kurt Andersen about her first novel, “Fleishman Is in Trouble,” a book about divorce that has both humor and bite. John Cameron Mitchell was behind the punk musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and his latest…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Don’t Forget Grandpa
Jun 20, 2019 • 62 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about a mother who wants to ensure her kids remember their grandpa and the importance to table manners at dinner. We also welcome Doyin Richards as this week’s special host. As usual, we share…
The Waves: Trump Women
Jun 20, 2019 • 62 min
This week on The Waves, Christina, Nichole and Marcia discuss the accusations of excessive celebration against the US Women’s National Team, the legacy of Sara Huckabee Sanders and the women of the Trump administration, and the UK ban on sexist…
What Next: He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.
Jun 20, 2019 • 17 min
For a long time, Brandon Flood kept his criminal history quiet - he worked in the Pennsylvania state government, and didn’t want his former convictions to detract from his career success. But now, that history makes him uniquely suited for his new job as…
Gist: Taffy Brodesser-Akner Doesn’t Care What You’re Wearing
Jun 19, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, presidential candidates say the darndest things. In the interview, the best profile writer of our day doesn’t focus much on what her subjects are wearing—so we’ll only quickly mention that in the studio with The Gist, Taffy Brodesser-Akner…
Man Up: What Brown Men Do to Make Others Comfortable
Jun 19, 2019 • 25 min
Simran Jeet Singh has worn a turban his entire life. It’s a requirement of his Sikh faith but it has also made him a target for racist harassment. This week on Man Up, Aymann and Simran share their experiences experiences and discuss how Simran’s Sikh…
What Next: How Pelosi Holds the Line on Impeachment
Jun 19, 2019 • 24 min
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s political philosophy is an elegant one: If you want to do something bold, you must follow public sentiment, not lead it. Now why can’t House Democrats seem to shape public sentiment? And what makes them so afraid to cross…
Outward: Live From Slate Day
Jun 19, 2019 • 51 min
This month on Outward Bryan Lowder and Brandon Tensley join The Waves hosts June Thomas, Noreen Malone, and Nichole Perkins at our live Slate Day brunch in Manhattan. First, they discuss the exciting new teen comedy Booksmart. Next, June and Nichole…
Culture Gabfest: You Don’t Get to Hate It
Jun 19, 2019 • 59 min
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
Gist: Love, Rules, and Animal Puns
Jun 18, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, when science proves George Carlin right. In the interview, Raphael Bob-Waksberg is the creator of Bojack Horseman, but his so-earnest-it-hurts talent also extends to print. His new collection of short stories is Someone Who Will Love You in…
Dear Prudence: I Framed My Sister
Jun 18, 2019 • 70 min
Prudence is joined this week by Tonya Mosley is the host of KQED’s (NPR’s San Francisco station) new podcast Truth Be Told, an advice show by and for people of color. Tonya also serves as KQED’s Silicon Valley Bureau Chief. Together they tackle letters…
Studio 360 Extra: Nick Waterhouse Live on Studio 360
Jun 18, 2019 • 28 min
Los Angeles-based musician Nick Waterhouse weaves together classic rhythm and blues, jazz, and soul, lending his songs a ‘50s and ‘60s inspired sound. Waterhouse stopped by Studio 360 to tell Kurt Andersen about his self-titled fourth album. Learn more…
What Next: Strange Alliances on the Supreme Court
Jun 18, 2019 • 23 min
It’s June, which means it’s the season of highly anticipated Supreme Court rulings. We’re taking a look at two cases that shook up the typical partisan fault line on the bench. How did conservative and liberal justices find themselves making unusual…
Trumpcast: Democrats Dithering About Impeachment
Jun 17, 2019 • 47 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to MSNBC’s Dr. Christina Greer on why Democrats are slow on impeachment, Trump and U.S. racism, the logic of reality TV, and more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your…
Gist: Where Christianity Meets Big Oil
Jun 17, 2019 • 25 min
On The Gist, Trump knows how to produce himself. In the interview, America’s discovery of oil fields has long been entwined with godly significance—whether these were exploited by oil barons like the Rockefellers or the smaller producers (or…
Hang Up: The Finals Destination Edition
Jun 17, 2019 • 79 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Canadian soccer player Diana Matheson to discuss the Women’s World Cup; Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price talks about agent Rich Paul and Paul’s client Anthony Davis; and the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss ruminates on…
What Next: For Women’s Soccer, An Elusive Goal
Jun 17, 2019 • 23 min
At the Women’s World Cup this year, the U.S. players talk about living in a “bubble” — thinking of nothing but the game, eschewing any distractions. What looms outside that bubble is their lawsuit against their federation for gender discrimination, and…
Bonus | The Queen: An Audiobook Preview
Jun 17, 2019 • 23 min
Listen to the first chapter of the audiobook version of The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth. Narrated by January LaVoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)
Jun 16, 2019 • 10 min
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…
Working: How Does a Recording Studio Designer Do His Job?
Jun 16, 2019 • 47 min
This week, Jordan returns to talk nerdy with Tim Crossley, partner and lead designer at Crossley Acoustics. Tim’s company designs and builds recording studios for the music, film and (of course) podcasting industries — in fact, as it turns out, he built…
Slate Money: The Tweak Harder Edition
Jun 15, 2019 • 42 min
This week, Felix, Anna and Emily discuss the issues with Youtube’s policies, how bookstores are actually surviving the Amazon Era and the job that nobody seems to want—Well Fargo’s CEO. And in the Slate Plus segment: Why you should be careful when talking…
Gist: Un-Biel-ievable
Jun 14, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, Canada declares war on the plastic straw. In the interview, Emmy Blotnick has written for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and served as head writer on The President Show. But she also does stand-up, including in her new album Party Nights,…
The Bridge: The “Give My Regards” Edition
Jun 14, 2019 • 26 min
Think you know music? Hit Parade, the music history podcast from Slate, is back with a new episode of The Bridge. In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, Host Chris Molanphy is joined by T. J. Raphael, senior producer of the Slate Podcast Network. Together,…
What Next: What Bernie Gets Wrong About Socialism
Jun 14, 2019 • 21 min
The Bernie Sanders campaign billed his speech on Wednesday as a “major address on how democratic socialism is the only way to defeat oligarchy and authoritarianism.” Besides being a mouthful, the speech was an attempt for Bernie to explain why he calls…
Spoilers: Late Night
Jun 14, 2019 • 48 min
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…
Gist: A Generalist and a Scholar
Jun 13, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, who doesn’t get to be at the debates? In the interview, David Epstein’s new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World is all about how having a wide base of knowledge is so much better than narrowing your focus. He’s here to…
Political: The “Little Diddy About Mitch and Elaine” Edition
Jun 13, 2019 • 66 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao’s conflicts of interest, partisanship in state legislatures, and YouTube’s radicalizing recommendation algorithm. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions,…
Mom and Dad: Bed, Bath, and Biting Edition
Jun 13, 2019 • 48 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about what to do when your kid refuses to shower and a kid that refuses to stop biting. We also welcome Jamilah Lemieux as this week’s special host. As usual, we share our triumphs and fails and…
Studio 360: The Spektor of performing on Broadway
Jun 13, 2019 • 53 min
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor talks with Kurt Andersen about her upcoming Broadway residency and, seated at a Steinway, performs some songs. The story behind the Empire Zinc strike 70 years ago and the film it inspired, “Salt of the Earth.” And how one…
Trumpcast: Trump’s Relationship With Jews
Jun 13, 2019 • 48 min
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What Next: How Facebook Made an Enemy of Nancy Pelosi
Jun 13, 2019 • 20 min
Mark Zuckerberg used to avoid traveling to Washington, D.C., leaving a lot of the political outreach Facebook needed to do to COO Sheryl Sandberg. Now? He’s personally putting in phone calls to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (who won’t return his…
If Then: How Driverless Cars Will Actually Work
Jun 13, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode April Glaser talks to Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora, a company that builds the technology for self-driving cars. Urmson offers a timeline for when we might see autonomous vehicles on the road and lists the different hurdles the industry…
Waves: The “Live From Slate Day” Edition
Jun 13, 2019 • 43 min
This week, The Waves is live from Slate Day in a crossover drag brunch with Slate’s Outward Podcast. June, Nichole and Noreen are joined by Brandon Tensley and Bryan Lowder to discuss Booksmart. Plus, interviews with FLONY Chirlane McCray and Ru Paul’s…
Gist: Just Take My Money
Jun 12, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, curse the gauntlet that is buying an event ticket online. In the interview, John Urschel played as an offensive lineman in the NFL all while pursuing the PhD that would support an accomplished career as a mathematician. The values he…
What Next: It’s Mitch McConnell’s Swamp. We Just Live in It.
Jun 12, 2019 • 20 min
If you walk to the Ohio riverfront from Owensboro’s City Hall, past the Courthouse, and the Museum of Science and History, you’ll get to McConnell Plaza. Mitch McConnell Plaza. For years, this town has been courting the Senate majority leader and,…
Culture Gabfest: Live From the High Line Edition
Jun 12, 2019 • 62 min
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…
Man Up: A Black Trans Man Meets the Police Again
Jun 12, 2019 • 26 min
Dr. Trystan Cotten was not prepared for the way his relationship with law enforcement would change after he transitioned in his late thirties. As he wrote in the Washington Post last year, it all came to a head when a cop pulled his gun on him after he…
Trumpcast Live: Vicky Ward And Aparna Nancherla
Jun 11, 2019 • 85 min
From our full day of live shows at Slate Day comes Trumpcast Live! Virginia Heffernan welcomes to the stage Kushner Inc author Vicky Ward and comedian Aparna Nancherla to talk about the Kushners, the anxiety olympics, Trump’s penchant for cheating and the…
Gist: The Politics of Pith
Jun 11, 2019 • 26 min
On The Gist, Joe Biden curing cancer. In the interview, senior writer at the National Review Michael Brendan Dougherty is here to discuss his new book My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search For Home. He and Mike talk about Dougherty’s journey…
Dear Prudence: The “But We Had A Deal!” Edition
Jun 11, 2019 • 80 min
Prudence is joined this week by Corinne Segal, a senior editor at Literary Hub. Segal lives in Brooklyn with a preponderance of plants, stacks of poetry books, and an extremely loyal cat named Dill. Together they dig into letters about what to do when you…
Lexicon: A Fleeting Glance
Jun 11, 2019 • 38 min
The word transient reveals some enduring patterns in English pronunciation and etymology. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter:…
Studio 360 Extra: Deadwood Creator David Milch on Swearing and Swearengen
Jun 11, 2019 • 18 min
To commemorate Deadwood and its long-awaited conclusion, Kurt Andersen revisits his 2006 conversation with the show’s creator, David Milch. They discuss the show’s reprobate cast of characters and their florid, profane dialogue. “I did a lot of research,”…
What Next: Elizabeth Warren Is Not Here to Charm You
Jun 11, 2019 • 23 min
Elizabeth Warren might be a different kind of presidential candidate. Is America ready for that? Guest: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate writer and host of the Amicus podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Decoder Ring: Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War
Jun 11, 2019 • 48 min
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,…
Gist: Warren’s Wealth Tax Isn’t Enough
Jun 10, 2019 • 38 min
On The Gist, Democrats bob and weave around the question of abortion. In the interview, victims of crimes are often sidelined in the judicial process—the perpetrator is punished, but his or her target isn’t given the opportunity to set up the kind of…
Political: Slate Plus Bonus: The “Live from Chelsea New York’s Slate Day” Edition
Jun 10, 2019 • 8 min
In this Slate Plus special Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and guest Nikole Hannah-Jones discuss the Democratic Primary and the crucial African American vote, potential antitrust investigations of Big Tech and how the resegregation of America’s public schools…
Hang Up: The Golden State Calf Edition
Jun 10, 2019 • 66 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson to discuss the Raptors’ rise and the possible end of the Warriors’ dynasty. Louisa Thomas of the New Yorker also joins to talk about the French Open. Finally, Thompson returns for a…
What Next: Why Gun Bills in Virginia Always Die
Jun 10, 2019 • 24 min
Before Chris Hurst was a legislator in Virginia’s House of Delegates, he was a local news anchor. Working out of the same newsroom as his then-girlfriend, Alison Parker. Alison was tragically shot and killed on live TV alongside her colleague Adam Ward…
Bonus | The Queen: How to Write This Book
Jun 10, 2019 • 20 min
In this excerpt from the second bonus episode of The Queen, Dan Kois talks to Josh Levin about the process of writing the reporting-intensive book the podcast series is based on. They’re joined by a panel of three distinguished authors, who share their…
Working Classics: How Does a Queer Theorist Work?
Jun 9, 2019 • 62 min
In celebration of Pride Month, Working is revisiting one of its best episodes from the LGBTQ season. In this episode, Jacob Brogan talks to Elizabeth Freeman, a queer theorist and professor of English at UC Davis, about the ongoing role of gender and…
Slate Money: The Not So Frandly Edition
Jun 8, 2019 • 51 min
This week, Slate Money talks about the latest from the Federal Reserve, why Democrats are starting to turn on tech companies and Qualcomm’s grip on the industry. Tim Lee on Qualcomm Email: [email protected]: @felixsalmon,…
Trumpcast: Brexit, Media, And The UK In Trump Times
Jun 8, 2019 • 42 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Guardian reporter Carole Cadwalladr, bypassing Trump’s UK visit to talk conservatism and Facebook, Nigel Farage, Julian Assange, Brexit, and much more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up…
Hi-Phi Nation: The Illusionist
Jun 8, 2019 • 37 min
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…
Gist: Intellectual Agoraphobia
Jun 7, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, who’s on the right side of less auto pollution? In the interview, Adam Gopnik is here to discuss his new book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, inspired by a conversation with his daughter. Who gets to make…
Spoilers: Always Be My Maybe
Jun 7, 2019 • 63 min
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…
What Next: Who Wants to Tax a Millionaire?
Jun 7, 2019 • 19 min
As Democrats try to find an economic message that can win in 2020, a group of like-minded millionaires is making the rounds, telling any politicians who will listen, “We want to pay more in taxes.” Why, though? Guest: Morris Pearl, chair of Patriotic…
Gist: The Melodies of Evil
Jun 6, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, Joe Biden’s careful moderation leads him astray on abortion rights. In the interview, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick is back to talk all about the Supreme Court. How the recent abortion laws passed in the South impact the continued dismantling of…
Political: The “Underhanded Undercount” Edition
Jun 6, 2019 • 60 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the new revelations in the census case, Trump’s threatened tariffs, and the criminal charges against the school safety officer who failed to confront the Parkland shooter. Topic ideas for next week?…
Studio 360: ‘Booksmart’ besties, and ‘Ishtar’ reconsidered
Jun 6, 2019 • 54 min
In 1987 Elaine May’s comedy “Ishtar” was savaged by critics and flopped spectacularly, but it turns out that the movie is actually pretty funny — and the reason it failed is pretty complicated. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, the stars of “Booksmart,”…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Dan Kois Returns Edition
Jun 6, 2019 • 56 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answers listener questions about what to do with your kid that refuses everything, even the fun stuff, and another about what it even means to have siblings. We also welcome Dan Kois back to the show. And as usual, we…
What Next: A Health Care Tale of Two States
Jun 6, 2019 • 18 min
Washington and Connecticut set out to change health care in their own state’s using “public option” legislation. With the 2020 candidates discussing Medicare for All, these two states may serve as an example on the kinds of resistance the idea will meet…
Waves: The “Monetize Our Pain” Edition
Jun 6, 2019 • 59 min
This week on The Waves, Marcia fills in for Christina as host and is joined by Nichole and By The Book’s Kristen Meinzer to talk about the phenomenon of “Mentrification”, the rise and dangers of femtech health apps and the new Netflix rom-com Always Be My…
Whistlestop: The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 1)
Jun 5, 2019 • 29 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to October 12, 2012 when Democratic candidate Barack Obama was declared the loser at the first Presidential debate against Mitt Romney and Twitter won. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted…
Gist: What “Conservative” Means
Jun 5, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, holding Scott Peterson accountable after the Parkland shooting. In the interview, George Will has led conservative thought for decades, in over a dozen books and a Washington Post column he’s penned since 1974. In his latest work, The…
Man Up: Men Aren’t Doing the Dishes at Work, Either
Jun 5, 2019 • 20 min
In an effort to distribute office tasks evenly, Slate’s New York office implemented a sign-off sheet for loading and unloading dishwasher—when you do it, you cross your name off. After a quick, unscientific study of the list, it’s clear that there’s a…
If Then: Re-Up: Senator Mark Warner
Jun 5, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, April Glaser revisits an interview with Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who released a policy paper proposing possible regulations for U.S. social media and technology companies. In the…
Bonus | The Queen: The Kidnapping of Baby Fronczak
Jun 5, 2019 • 11 min
Is it possible that Linda Taylor perpetrated one of the most infamous child abductions in American history? In this excerpt from the first bonus episode of The Queen, Josh Levin talks to Paul Joseph Fronczak about how Taylor could be connected to the…
What Next: The Crowd-Funded Border Wall Is Not a Joke
Jun 5, 2019 • 15 min
The strange tale of how a group of Trump supporters started building the border wall themselves, and why the southern border has become a proving ground and businesses and politicians who want to catch the president’s eye. Guest: Politico reporter Ben…
Culture Gabfest: All This Science I Don’t Understand Edition
Jun 5, 2019 • 64 min
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.…
Gist: Saving Civilians, and the Mission
Jun 4, 2019 • 27 min
On The Gist, Trump visits the UK and drags London’s mayor. In the interview, Larry Lewis doesn’t just analyze civilian casualties in the midst of wars; he’s worked within the State Department to minimize them. His research makes clear that sparing…
The “Perfectly Fine, Healthy and Natural” Edition
Jun 4, 2019 • 73 min
Prudence is joined this week by Julian K. Jarboe, a writer and sound designer from Massachusetts. Their debut collection, “Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel”, is forthcoming next spring. They can be found on Twitter @JulianKJarboe. Together they…
What Next: The GOP Operative Haunting Republicans From the Grave
Jun 4, 2019 • 22 min
Tom Hofeller was a dedicated Republican operative, committed to achieving GOP political dominance and doing it with utmost discretion. Now, his political legacy is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court—and all because his daughter shared his old computer…
Trumpcast: When Interpreting Power Means Abuse
Jun 4, 2019 • 35 min
Yascha Mounk talks to Protect Democracy counsel and colleague Kristy Parker about the way Trump abuses power with regard to national emergencies and the border wall, specific ways he criticizes the press, and lawsuits against the president. Learn more…
Gist: Out Like a Champ
Jun 3, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, even in defeat, Jeopardy! genius James Holzhauer made one really smart play. In the interview, Mike Pesca sometimes bikes to work, and—in full adherence to New York City law, mind you—he doesn’t wear a helmet when he does. Should he, or are…
Hang Up: The Andre the Provocateur Edition
Jun 3, 2019 • 80 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz to discuss the NBA Finals. ESPN’s Julie Foudy also joins to talk about the Women’s World Cup, and Ben Lindbergh comes on the show for a conversation about his book The MVP Machine. NBA…
The Queen: Bobbie and Diana
Jun 3, 2019 • 31 min
Linda Taylor had a tendency to emerge from out of nowhere, upend everything in her path, then vanish without leaving a forwarding address. The final episode of The Queen focuses on two different stories about the lives Taylor changed. In one case, she…
What Next: The Basketball Coach Who Won’t Hire Men
Jun 3, 2019 • 19 min
Notre Dame basketball coach Muffet McGraw wasn’t planning on making a speech about feminism and gender equality. But at a press conference before the Final Four tournament, that’s just what she did, launching into a screed about the dearth of women in…
Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Jun 2, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Working: How Does a Longtime Comedy Cellar Comic Do Her Job?
Jun 2, 2019 • 48 min
To finish out the season on the Comedy Cellar, Laura talks to Marina Franklin a longtime Cellar comic. Marina has gone from comedy newbie to a comedy veteran on the Cellar stage. She has been working there so long not even she can recall exactly when she…
Sponsored: You Have My Attention with OkCupid CMO, Melissa Hobley
Jun 1, 2019 • 21 min
Whether you’re looking to engage new clients or find a romantic partner, it’s more important than ever to reach people in the digital space, form real connections, and develop those relationships. In Episode 2, we’re talking to someone who is an expert in…
Slate Money: The Panda Edition
Jun 1, 2019 • 46 min
This week, Slate Money talks about Trump’s trade wars with China and Mexico, the Fiat/Chrysler Renault merger and MacKenzie Bezos’ giving pledge. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas, @EmilyRPeck Podcast production by…
Gist: The Impeachment Tree of Possibilities
May 31, 2019 • 30 min
On The Gist, what to make of (alleged) executions in North Korea. In the interview, Slate’s chief news blogger, Ben Mathis-Lilley, makes the case for impeaching Trump. In his reasoning, impeachment proceedings would give Congress a stronger hand in…
Spoilers: Fleabag
May 31, 2019 • 66 min
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,…
What Next: Why Can’t California Fix Its Housing Crisis?
May 31, 2019 • 23 min
“California is full.” That’s effectively what some residents and lawmakers in the state said when they chose to punt on a bill that would build more financially sane housing across its biggest metropolitan areas. What does the story of that bill tell us…
Hit Parade: The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition
May 31, 2019 • 84 min
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…
Trumpcast: The Oracle Mueller Hath Spoken
May 30, 2019 • 8 min
Virginia Heffernan welcomes back MSNBC’s Matt Miller to talk about Mueller’s statement this week, Barr’s ideology, what Trump has accidentally revealed in doublespeak during the aftermath, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Gist: Enemies in Eurasia
May 30, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, using Olympic-sized swimming pools as units of measurements. In the interview, beyond covering national security as a journalist, CNN’s Jim Sciutto worked a stint in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In both careers, he’s seen signs of a shrinking…
Political: The “Freedom Gas” Edition
May 30, 2019 • 70 min
Emily Bazelon, and Julia Ioffe discuss the E.U. election means for the world, Trump’s war on climate science, and the deaths at Mount Everest. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your…
Studio 360: American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part Two
May 30, 2019 • 53 min
A half century later, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is still shaping our future. With no help from CGI, the movie predicted private space travel, artificial intelligence and much of Apple’s product line. It showed the promise and perils of…
Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Pollen Prank Edition
May 30, 2019 • 62 min
On this week’s episode: The hosts answer a listener question about what actually matters when parenting your kid. We also say farewell to Gabe and Carvell. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On Slate Plus, the…
What Next: Mueller Would Like You to Read His Report, Please
May 30, 2019 • 21 min
Special Counsel Robert Mueller breaks his silence to reiterate the conclusions of his investigation’s report — and remind the American people to read it. Guest: Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, host of the Amicus podcast. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson…
Waves: The “Hot Priest” Edition
May 30, 2019 • 60 min
This week on The Waves, Hanna and Noreen are joined by Slate Editorial Assistant Rachelle Hampton to discuss curvy wife guy, incel obsession with plastic surgery and the new season of Amazon Prime’s Fleabag. In Slate Plus: Was the reaction to Elizabeth…
Gist: The Mueller Dud
May 29, 2019 • 29 min
On The Gist, it’s a shoe! It’s a phone! It’s… both? In the interview, Darrick Hamilton’s ideas and research have the attention of more than one Democratic candidate for president. The Ohio State University professor—and head of the Kirwan…
If Then: Luxury Bunkers for the End of the World
May 29, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode April Glaser is joined by Max Read, an editor and writer at New York Magazine who writes the column Life in Pixels. First, April and Max talk to Patri Friedman, founder of the Seasteading Institute, which he started in 2008 with seed…
What Next: Brexiteers Receive Milkshakes and Results
May 29, 2019 • 22 min
It was the election that was never supposed to happen in the UK in the first place. Several delays, a few milkshakes, and a resignation later the British found themselves voting over the weekend for European Parliament. How did Brexiteers and Remainers…
Culture Gabfest: Barbie Body Dream Sequence Edition
May 29, 2019 • 63 min
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…
Man Up: What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Black Manhood
May 29, 2019 • 25 min
Growing up, Cord Jefferson never really saw himself reflected in the characters on TV. Now, he’s a script editor for shows like Master of None and The Good Place. Aymann talks with Cord about what happens when you don’t relate to the characters you’re…
Gist: Impeach a President
May 28, 2019 • 38 min
On The Gist, calculating whether or not impeachment is the right move. In the interview, Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached so Congress had to basically figure out how it worked as they did it. Brenda Wineapple is here to discuss the…
Trumpcast: Former Federal Prosecutors Agree On Trump
May 28, 2019 • 54 min
Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Mimi Roach, former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York and MSNBC legal analyst, to talk about the letter about the Mueller Report she’s spearheaded signed by former federal prosecutors, Barr’s ongoing…
Hang Up: The If The Raptors Don’t Get Stage Fright Edition
May 28, 2019 • 69 min
Stefan Fatsis, and substitute co-host by Gene Demby, are joined by Bruce Arthur to talk about the Raptors, Lindsay Gibbs to talk WNBA and Howard Bryant to talk about black players in the MLB. NBA (2:42): Are the Warriors worried about the Raptors? Should…
Dear Prudence: The “Couch Sleepers Anonymous” Edition
May 28, 2019 • 52 min
Prudence is joined this week by Laneia Jones, the executive editor of Autostraddle dot com, an independently-run online community for queer women and nonbinary people. Together they tackle letters about what to do with a mother-in-law who demands that you…
Lexicon: The Romance Languages
May 28, 2019 • 43 min
What an ancient, undecipherable manuscript says—and doesn’t say—about Latin and its spawn. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter:…
Studio 360: How the Stars of Booksmart Became Best Friends to Portray Best Friends
May 28, 2019 • 23 min
Booksmart is a new movie directed by Olivia Wilde, about two smart young women, Molly and Amy, who are best friends finishing at the top of their class because they spent high school doing homework and volunteering instead of partying so they could get…
What Next: Why Trump Keeps Losing in Court
May 28, 2019 • 19 min
Everywhere President Trump turns, he’s finding himself hemmed in by the courts. But could upcoming rulings from the Supreme Court make lower court judges take a more expansive view of the president’s executive powers? Guest: Slate writer Mark Joseph…
Gist: The Impeachment Special
May 27, 2019 • 34 min
President Trump may yet face impeachment proceedings, so we’re bringing you a roundup of two previous Gist interviews on the topic. The first is with the youngest woman ever elected to the House, Liz Holtzman—who participated in the Nixon impeachment…
The Queen: Constance
May 27, 2019 • 26 min
A decade before she became known as the “welfare queen,” Linda Taylor put herself at the center of a different Chicago scandal. Upon the death of gambling kingpin Lawrence Wakefield, Taylor posed as the heir to his sizable fortune. The ensuing court…
Women in Charge: Katrina Adams
May 27, 2019 • 40 min
What’s it like to be the president of the U.S. Tennis Association? For the season finale of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Katrina Adams, former president of the U.S. Tennis Association, about the pressures for Americans to win championships,…
Working: How Does a New Comedy Cellar Comic Do His Job?
May 26, 2019 • 44 min
This week, Laura Bennett talks to Ian Fidance, a comic who was passed at the Cellar just last year. For an up-and-coming comic and lifelong comedy fan like Ian, joining the tight-knit community of the Cellar is a true joy and honor. But as you’ll hear,…
Slate Money: The Temperature Edition
May 25, 2019 • 44 min
This week, Slate Money discusses Robert Smith’s major gift to the graduating class of Morehouse College, why office air conditioning might be a detriment to productivity and the debate around carbon offsets. Email: [email protected] Twitter:…
Hi-Phi Nation: Uncivil Disobedience
May 25, 2019 • 49 min
In Australia, vegan and animal liberation activism has recently become intense and disruptive, invading farms, restaurants, and city centers. They’re doing everything from rescuing animals to blocking traffic, and occupying steakhouses. Some argue that…
Amicus: “Slouching Toward Gilead”
May 25, 2019 • 68 min
A swathe of draconian abortion laws have been passed by states around the country in the past few weeks, but Alabama outdid them all. Legislators there are clearly hoping Justice Kavanagh will nullify Roe v Wade with a stroke of a pen, but there are quite…
Trumpcast: Of FOIAs And Buzzfeed Investigative Fights
May 24, 2019 • 52 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Buzzfeed senior investigative reporter Jason Leopold — who with partner Anthony Cormier has broken several Trump stories — about FOIAs, cultivating specific sources, media mistrust, insights into a checkered past, and of…
Gist: The Real Crimes of the TV Show Cops
May 24, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, Theresa May’s resignation. In the interview, Dan Taberski’s latest podcast series Running From Cops digs into the long-running reality series Cops to understand what’s actually going on in those arrests on screen and how accurate the stories…
Spoilers: Booksmart
May 24, 2019 • 67 min
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…
What Next: The “American Taliban” Goes Free
May 24, 2019 • 24 min
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. forces scoured Afghanistan for Taliban fighters. They weren’t expecting to find John Walker Lindh, a young man from California who had converted to Islam and moved abroad to study the Quran. Lindh was dubbed…
Gist: Life After Parkland
May 23, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, a look at the worst arguments in the debate over abortion. In the interview, After Parkland follows the lives of those affected by the Parkland shooting. That includes Tori Gonzalez, who lost her boyfriend, Joaquin Oliver, to the tragedy.…
Political: The “Legitimate Legislative Purpose” Edition
May 23, 2019 • 63 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Congress; whether Democratic presidential candidates should appear on Fox News; and the new book The Queen with Slate’s National Editor Josh Levin. Slate Plus members…
Studio 360: Drama club
May 23, 2019 • 53 min
Theater magic, starting with “Tootsie” composer David Yazbek and musical theater obsessive John McWhorter on the art and wonder of tongue-twisting patter songs. Kurt Andersen talks with performance artist Taylor Mac on writing the new Broadway play,…
Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Theatrical Charlatan Edition
May 23, 2019 • 49 min
On this week’s episode: Gabe and Carvell interview podcaster and author Theresa Thorn about her upcoming picture book, It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book about Gender Identity and answer a listener question about a narcissistic theatre teacher. And as…
What Next: Losing the Abortion Fight in Georgia
May 23, 2019 • 25 min
Last week, Georgia joined the wave of states passing stringent anti-abortion laws in a bid to topple Roe v. Wade. One Democratic state senator says she hasn’t lost her resolve to fight for women’s bodily autonomy. Guest: Georgia state Sen. Jen Jordan,…
Waves: The “Thirst Correspondent” Edition
May 23, 2019 • 60 min
This week on The Waves, Christina, Marcia, and Nichole talk to Josh Levin about his new book and podcast The Queen. Then, the conversation around the treatment of pregnant athletes. Finally, the new Netflix movie Wine Country and how it fits in with a…
Trumpcast: Brainstorming Ways To Rekindle Democracy
May 22, 2019 • 36 min
Yascha Mounk talks to the Berggruen Institute’s Nicholas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels, co-authors of “Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism,” about how money influences government, Trump’s impact on democracy…
Gist: Planned Parenthood Plans for Action
May 22, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, Biden’s electability. In the interview, eight states have passed bills to limit abortion access so far this year. And while these may not end up surviving challenges in court (whether Supreme or lower), getting an abortion is already…
Whistlestop: Avoiding A Great Re-Recession
May 22, 2019 • 44 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to March 12, 2008 as President George W. Bush goes over the text of his speech to address the financial crisis in the housing market and Treasury Secretary Paulson makes a warning that becomes an unfortunately accurate…
If Then: Why It’s So Hard to Live in California
May 22, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode April Glaser is joined by co-host Kim-Mai Cutler, a partner at Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture firm. She’s also a former full-time journalist at TechCrunch. First, April and Kim-Mai discuss the lack of affordable housing in…
What Next: Smile! You’re on Amazon’s Camera
May 22, 2019 • 25 min
Sheriff’s offices across the country are signing up to beta-test a facial recognition tool made by Amazon. Law enforcement proponents say the technology helps find perpetrators who otherwise may go free. But civil liberties advocates have questions about…
Charged | Ep 6: The Other Side
May 22, 2019 • 30 min
We check in with Tarari and others as they complete their time in the diversion program and look toward their futures. We hear from the people inside the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office about their plans to reshape their slice of the criminal justice…
Culture Gabfest: Fourth Wall of the Fourth Wall Edition
May 22, 2019 • 59 min
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…
Man Up: How Kids Can Change You
May 22, 2019 • 24 min
Aymann talks to his brother, Mohamed, about how they grew up and why he’s chosen a distinctly different parenting style from what they grew up with. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt and Cameron Drews. Contact us about this and other topics by leaving…
Gist: What Basketball Gave Felipe Lopez
May 21, 2019 • 32 min
On The Gist, oh, Ben Carson. In the interview, Felipe Lopez was once billed the Dominican Michael Jordan. His star power even in high school led the team to play in bigger New York City venues—the better to fit the legions of fans who cheered as he…
Dear Prudence: The “So Many Moms” Edition
May 21, 2019 • 68 min
Prudence is joined this week by Sarah Schneider, a registered nurse living in the Bay Area. Her go-fish game is on point. Together they tackle letters about what to do when your estranged mother sends an unexpected and inappropriate gift, how to handle a…
Studio 360: This Woman’s Work: Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings the Blues
May 21, 2019 • 27 min
This Woman’s Work is a series of stories from Classic Album Sundays and Studio 360, highlighting classic albums by female artists that have made a lasting impact on music and pop culture. This time, we focus on Lady Sings the Blues by legendary jazz…
What Next: Billionaire Gifts Can’t Fix College Debt
May 21, 2019 • 20 min
Over the weekend, billionaire Robert F. Smith ended his commencement address to the Morehouse Class of 2019 with an extraordinary pledge: He would pay off the entire class’s student debt. Smith’s pledge will undoubtedly transform the lives of those…
Gist: The First “Welfare Queen”
May 20, 2019 • 36 min
On The Gist, the gift to the Morehouse graduates is great, but should it be celebrated or just the standard? In the interview, Linda Taylor committed many crimes, but only one of them—welfare fraud—really mattered to politicians, the press, and the…
Hang Up: The Three-Body Problem Edition
May 20, 2019 • 85 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to discuss the Warriors and Zion Williamson. NFL retiree and mathematician John Urschel also joins to talk about his book Mind and Matter. Finally, Louisa Thomas assesses tennis…
Trumpcast: The Case Of Candidate Joe Biden
May 20, 2019 • 27 min
León Krauze talks to Slate political writer about the Democrats’ struggle with Joe Biden, his double-digit lead in the polls, and why they hate him despite this significant advantage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What Next: Why No One Takes Bill de Blasio Seriously
May 20, 2019 • 22 min
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would run for president, the mockery was swift. City tabloids were typically disdainful (New York Post: “Everyone Hates Bill!”). New York’s attorney general quipped, “Why?” Even de Blasio’s former…
The Queen: An Incredible Con
May 20, 2019 • 24 min
In the 1970s, a pair of very different men fought to define Linda Taylor’s image. For presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, Taylor epitomized the brokenness of the federal bureaucracy and the broader trend of poor people getting rich off the public dime.…
Women in Charge: Madeline Bell
May 20, 2019 • 37 min
What’s it like to be the president and CEO of a children’s hospital? On this episode of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Madeline Bell, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, about creating a culture of innovation in a…
Flashback: Wanda (1970)
May 19, 2019 • 59 min
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…
Working: How Does The Comedy Cellar’s Outside Steve Do His Job?
May 19, 2019 • 37 min
On any given night, you can see a line that snakes down Macdougal Street of people waiting to get into the Comedy Cellar. And the man responsible for making sense of this mob of tourists and comedy fans is known as Outside Steve. Steve Fabricant runs the…
Slate Money: The Backwardation Edition
May 18, 2019 • 43 min
This week, Slate Money discusses the question of land redistribution in South Africa, the future of real estate broker fees and goes deep on the economics of oil. And in the Slate Plus segment: The Koons Rabbit that just sold for $91 million. Email:…
Trumpcast: When Trump Trolls Give Up The War
May 17, 2019 • 42 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to David Weissman, once a hardcore self-described Trump troll, about his story — how he first came into conservative writing and became involved in “Trump train” social media and group DMs, his interventions with media figures…
Gist: A Very Grumpy Death
May 17, 2019 • 40 min
On The Gist, Grumpy Cat is dead. So are Bill de Blasio’s chances at winning the White House. In the interview, 1999 might be the greatest year in film—think The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, and Fight Club. But does Magnolia belong in the great movie pantheon,…
Spoilers: John Wick III
May 17, 2019 • 56 min
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…
Hit Parade: The Bridge | Monster Drums Edition
May 17, 2019 • 25 min
Think you know music? Hit Parade, the music history podcast from Slate, is back with a new episode of The Bridge. In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, Host Chris Molanphy is joined by Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding of the podcast Switched on Pop. Together,…
What Next: Who Got Hacked in Florida?
May 17, 2019 • 21 min
For the past couple years, politicians in Florida have been raising concerns about election security and making vague allusions to Russian hackers gaining access to voter databases. With the Mueller report, we finally got confirmation—but that’s about all…
Political: The “Abortion Ban” Edition
May 16, 2019 • 61 min
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the latest wave of anti-abortion bills, Trump’s showdown with Iran, and “Civic Saturday”—with guest Eric Liu. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free…
Gist: The Personal Is Geopolitical
May 16, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, what correlates with anti-abortion views (and votes) more than being a man? Being a Republican. In the interview, Jared Diamond brings new meaning to the old slogan that the personal is political. The author of Guns, Germs, and Steel argues…
Studio 360: Why Werner Herzog loves cat videos
May 16, 2019 • 53 min
Kurt Andersen talks with filmmaker Werner Herzog about his latest documentary, “Meeting Gorbachev,” his unusual approach to narrating documentaries and their mutual obsession with cat videos. One of the busiest directors of TV comedy, Beth…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Violating The Uber Pool Code Edition
May 16, 2019 • 49 min
On this week’s episode: Gabe, Carvell, and Rebecca answer a listener question about what to tell your kids when you’re getting a divorce but staying in the same home. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some recommendations. On…
What Next: Harvard’s Harvey Weinstein Mess
May 16, 2019 • 19 min
Ronald Sullivan joined Harvey Weinstein’s defense team in January. This set off a wave of protests and sit-ins across the Harvard campus asking for the removal of Sullivan as faculty dean at the university. And those student protests worked. On Saturday,…
The Waves: The “Do Real Men Recycle?” Edition
May 16, 2019 • 59 min
This week on The Waves, Hanna, June and Noreen discuss the New York Times article “My Cousin Was My Hero. Until the Day He Tried to Kill Me”. Then, the Zero Waste movement has made its way to Instagram. Have we totally missed the point? Finally, the…
Gist: Have a Job? Thank Yourself, Not Trump.
May 15, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, anti-abortion state legislatures know full well that the Supreme Court could one day turn on Roe v. Wade. In the interview, Chuck Rosenberg is a former U.S. attorney who also once worked for Robert Mueller. He’s here to talk about his new…
If Then: Designing a Better Facebook
May 15, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode, April Glaser is joined by guest co-host Max Read, an editor at New York magazine who covers technology and the internet. First, April and Max talk about Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ apostasy. Last week, Hughes wrote a long op-ed in…
Charged | Ep 5: The Long Tail
May 15, 2019 • 42 min
A standalone episode about one of the voices featured in our series who is introduced to listeners as an expert but who goes through his own harrowing experience with the system when he’s sent to Rikers a few days shy of completing his parole. We document…
What Next: John Bolton’s One-Man Show
May 15, 2019 • 25 min
If the U.S. stumbles into a war with Iran, it’ll be largely one of John Bolton’s making. The national security adviser appears to be running the foreign policy show at the White House and has a taste for regime change in several countries, including Iran.…
Outward: The “Sex Ed” Edition
May 15, 2019 • 67 min
This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley talk about sex. First, they invite Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman on as a straight correspondent to find out what he knows and misunderstands about…
Culture Gabfest: Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm Edition
May 15, 2019 • 65 min
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. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized…
Man Up: A Ghost Story
May 15, 2019 • 27 min
What happens when you finally meet an absent father who haunted your childhood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gist: “No War” Is the Best Trump Can Do
May 14, 2019 • 35 min
On The Gist, the NBA draft lottery. In the interview, Richard Clarke doesn’t have security clearance anymore, so on his podcast he talks to a lot of people who still do. His 10 years as a White House official gave him the bug for asking questions to sharp…
Dear Prudence: The “Trash Talking Twin” Edition
May 14, 2019 • 58 min
Prudence is joined this week by Harron Walker, a staff writer at Out magazine, whose work has appeared on Jezebel, BuzzFeed, Vulture, Vice, and Them. Together they tackle letters about how to create a safe space for your child who is showing signs of…
Lexicon: Why Do Some Americans Say Warshed?
May 14, 2019 • 47 min
The letter R has a habit of intruding on spoken English. How come? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook:…
Studio 360: John Cameron Mitchell’s Genre-Defying Podcast Musical
May 14, 2019 • 25 min
In Anthem: Homunculus, John Cameron Mitchell and composer Bryan Weller have taken the podcast musical to new heights. They join Kurt to discuss the shows origins, and perform a song live in our studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
What Next: The Trade War Escalates
May 14, 2019 • 18 min
Monday marked another escalation in the trade war with China. And yes, even by the academic definition, our guest says this is a full-blown trade war. Who’s feeling the effect most, and how is the administration handling the fight it began with the…
Gist: Decoding the Bliss Gene?
May 13, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, groans over Game of Thrones. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another round of “Is That Bullshit?” Because Mike experiences less anxiety than most, he has often wondered if he has higher levels of anandamide—a neurotransmitter…
Hang Up: The Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Win Edition
May 13, 2019 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer-beater with ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz. Slate’s Joel Anderson also talks about Warriors-Rockets and Blazers-Nuggets, and the New York Times’ Rory Smith analyzes the state of English soccer.…
What Next: A Battle Over Abortion in Alabama
May 13, 2019 • 25 min
Anti-abortion activists in Alabama are rushing to topple Roe v. Wade. But have they crafted an abortion ban that’s too extreme, even for Alabama’s Republicans? Guest: Brian Lyman, reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. Podcast production by Mary Wilson,…
The Queen: Coronation
May 13, 2019 • 24 min
Linda Taylor became the “welfare queen” in 1974 when the Chicago Tribune publicized her outrageous exploits. The reporter who introduced her to the world was a Pulitzer Prize winner named George Bliss. He stumbled into the Taylor story while investigating…
Women in Charge: Sharon Brous
May 13, 2019 • 46 min
What’s it like to be the senior and founding rabbi of a synagogue?On this episode of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Sharon Brous, the senior and founding Rabbi of the Los Angeles Congregation, IKAR, about the financial challenges of running a…
Trumpcast: A Republican’s Journey Away From Trump
May 12, 2019 • 43 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Max Boot, columnist for the Washington Post and author of “Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left The Right,” about his journey since Donald Trump took office. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds.…
Working: How Does a Server at The Comedy Cellar Do His Job?
May 12, 2019 • 34 min
This week, Laura returns to the Comedy Cellar to talk Aaron Nystrup, a manager and server who has been working at the iconic club for 10 years. Aaron talks about what it’s like to hear hours of comedy night after night, how he ended up on stage drunkenly…
Slate Money: The 5th Birthday Edition
May 11, 2019 • 55 min
It’s Slate Money’s 5th birthday! And one of the show’s original hosts, Slate’s own Jordan Weissmann, has returned to celebrate. Felix, Anna, Emily & Jordan discuss the China tariffs, long vs short term investing and the Uber IPO and driver strikes. And in…
Hi-Phi Nation: For Women Only (pt. 2)
May 11, 2019 • 48 min
In the 40 years since the events at Olivia Records, gender categorization seems to pop up sporadically in the mainstream press, leading to what sociologist Laurel Westbrook calls “gender panics,” and then they disappear only to emerge again at some other…
Amicus: A Judge, on Judging
May 11, 2019 • 64 min
Judges are at the center of every conversation on Amicus, but never as guests on the show. Until today. Dahlia Lithwick has a wide-ranging and illuminating conversation with Robert Lasnik, Senior United States District Judge of the United States District…
Gist: Comedy Is No Revolution
May 10, 2019 • 33 min
On The Gist, Instagram and FOMO. In the interview, they say president Trump has killed comedy. But in Larry Wilmore’s book, comedy isn’t responsible for leading us to the “right” kind of outrage or political enlightenment. Its role—get this—is to make us…
Spoilers: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
May 10, 2019 • 52 min
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…
What Next: The Progressive Critic Inside the Church
May 10, 2019 • 23 min
Last weekend, Slate published an obituary for Rachel Held Evans, the blogger who championed liberal values and challenged evangelicals on their politics. She was known to her devoted readers as RHE, and she represented something new in evangelical…
Gist: Bigger Than Titanic
May 9, 2019 • 41 min
On The Gist, magic mushrooms afoot! In the interview, every Avengers movie has an argument at its core. In the Marvel franchise’s finale—Avengers: Endgame—director Anthony Russo says it’s “that you can change destiny, but at the same time, you can’t…
Political: The “Contempt of Congress” Edition
May 9, 2019 • 70 min
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s showdown with Congress, the trade war with China, and what “socialism” means to Democrats. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast…
Trumpcast: Trump’s Finances Are Taxing
May 9, 2019 • 35 min
Virginia Heffernan dissects this week’s New York Times news on Trump’s tax losses with Richard Rubin, who writes about tax policy for the Wall Street Journal. Also discussed: Trump’s different mindset on taxes, his sources of income, and the cognitive…
Mom and Dad: Washing Dishes on an Infomercial Edition
May 9, 2019 • 65 min
On this week’s episode: Dan, Carvell, and Rebecca interview Darcy Lockman, author of All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers and the Myth of Equal Partnership, about her article in the New York Times, “What ‘Good’ Dads Get Away With,” and we answer a listener…
Studio 360: American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part One
May 9, 2019 • 54 min
A half century later, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is still shaping our future. With no help from CGI, the movie predicted private space travel, artificial intelligence and half of Apple’s product line. It showed the promise and perils of…
Introducing The Queen
May 9, 2019 • 2 min
Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America’s original “welfare queen,” the villain Ronald Reagan needed to create a vision of a country being taken advantage of by its poorest citizens. Josh Levin reveals the…
The Waves: The “Emotional Gold Digger” Edition
May 9, 2019 • 65 min
This week on The Waves, Christina, Marcia, and Nichole talk about the ruling against track athlete Caster Semenya . Then, they discuss the new Netflix cartoon Tuca & Bertie. Finally, they discuss the Harper’s Bazaar article that describes men as…
What Next: The Mayoral Scandal Gripping Baltimore
May 9, 2019 • 20 min
On May 2nd, Catherine Pugh resigned as mayor of Baltimore - making her the second mayor in less than ten years to leave office amid corruption allegations. The scandal forcing her to step down involved a children’s book, an FBI raid, and a host of…
Gist: Who Makes The Gist?
May 8, 2019 • 37 min
On The Gist, maybe Trump wants to be impeached? Then it’s a change of format as all the former and current producers of The Gist gather together for a roundtable. Founding producer Andrea Silenzi discusses the origins of The Gist, past producers Chris…
If Then: Cyberspace Didn’t Stay Free
May 8, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode April Glaser is joined once again by guest co-host Meredith Broussard, a data journalism professor at NYU and author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. First, historian Mar Hicks joins the show to talk…
Man Up: Let’s Talk About Sex
May 8, 2019 • 22 min
Jessica Valladolid is a sex educator in New York city. Her deep friendships with boys during her formative years helped her understand how they start thinking about sex and helped set her on the path she’s on today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Charged | Ep 4: The Escape Hatch
May 8, 2019 • 32 min
Tarari enters a diversion program which saves him from jail but puts his life — and the lives of other defendants like him — on a knife’s edge. We hear from social workers who run the program about the many ethical quandaries of trying to help their…
The Good Fight: Alexander Hertel-Fernandez
May 8, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Alex Hertel-Fernandez, an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, about the ways in which special interests dominate American politics, and whether this gives an inherent advantage to the right.…
What Next: The Constitutional Tug-of-War Is Just Getting Started
May 8, 2019 • 19 min
The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, for failing to provide a full and unredacted copy of the Mueller report. It’s the latest in a series of clashes between the legislative and…
Culture Gabfest: Taking Up Space Edition
May 8, 2019 • 55 min
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…
Gist: The Retro Hits and Repeats of 2014
May 7, 2019 • 37 min
On The Gist, president Trump’s mixes and matches idioms all the time, but his rhetoric doesn’t really suffer from it. In the interview, 2014 was full of retro vibes and repeats, with hits like “Happy,” “All About That Bass,” and “Blank Space” echoing…
Dear Prudence: The “Opinionated Playdate” Edition
May 7, 2019 • 57 min
Prudence is joined this week Aymann Ismail, an award-winning podcast host, video editor, photographer, and writer at Slate whose work focuses on identity and religion. He currently hosts Man Up, an interview podcast about men and relationships, family,…
What Next: (Fixed) An ERA Advocate On Why She’s Optimistic
May 7, 2019 • 24 min
We got our files mixed up this morning! This is the corrected show for Tuesday, May 7. The proposed Equal Rights Amendment is simple: It would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. To become part of the U.S. Constitution, the ERA has to be passed…
Hang Up: The Kawhi Gets the Last Laugh Edition
May 6, 2019 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the Kentucky Derby with Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden; author David Epstein talks about the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling on Caster Semenya; and Slate’s Nick Greene discusses Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic.…
Introducing The Queen
May 6, 2019 • 2 min
Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America’s original “welfare queen,” the villain Ronald Reagan needed to create a vision of a country being taken advantage of by its poorest citizens. Josh Levin reveals the…
Sponsored: The Relentless: The Sale is Just the Beginning for Erica Feidner
May 6, 2019 • 20 min
In Episode 1, we’re talking to someone who prides herself on forming and sustaining long term relationships with clients: Erica Feidner. Named one of the top salespeople in the world by Inc.com in 2011, Erica has become an expert in the art of pairing…
What Next: Why Don’t Democrats Want to Run for Senate?
May 6, 2019 • 18 min
With all the breathless enthusiasm for the presidential race, no one seems very interested in the U.S. Senate. Why not? Guest: Slate writer Jim Newell. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin, with help from Samantha Lee. Learn…
Gist: The Gist of the Past Five Years
May 6, 2019 • 34 min
On The Gist, do we need primary debates? We’re starting our fifth anniversary celebration week with a look back at the past. Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad was a guest on the first episode of The Gist so he’s back to reflect on the last five years, how podcasting…
Women in Charge: Ai-Jen Poo
May 6, 2019 • 40 min
What’s it like to be the director of the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States? On this episode of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Workers…
Flashback: Gaslight (1944)
May 5, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Working: How Does The Comedy Cellar’s Booker Do Her Job?
May 5, 2019 • 42 min
This week, Laura talks to Estee Adoram, a truly legendary figure in the comedy world. Estee has been the booker for the Cellar for nearly four decades, which means she’s been a major factor in creating the club’s incredible reputation. She’s known some of…
Slate Money: The Eat a Hamburger Edition
May 4, 2019 • 43 min
This week, Slate Money delves into the whole mess with Herman Cain and Stephen Moore, discusses the business of kidnapping and talks about why Jack Dorsey is being called the “Gwyneth Paltrow” of Silicon Valley. And in the Slate Plus segment: What’s going…
Gist: Bird City
May 3, 2019 • 28 min
On The Gist, is it unusual that Attorney General William Barr didn’t look at the underlying evidence covered in the Mueller report? In the interview, Tuca & Bertie is the new series from Lisa Hanawalt, best know for her art direction on Bojack Horseman.…
What Next: The Bank That Holds Trump’s Financial Secrets
May 3, 2019 • 21 min
Deutsche Bank was the one lender that couldn’t quit Donald Trump. Now the bank holds the key to understanding President Trump’s finances. Guest: David Enrich, finance editor for the New York Times. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and…
Gist: “I’ll Take Second Place for $2,000”
May 2, 2019 • 31 min
On The Gist, how many people have declared they’re running for president? In the interview, breaking a record doesn’t always mean going home a winner. Adam Levin learned that in his recent run on Jeopardy!, where he banked more money than any runner-up in…
Trumpcast: The View Of Putin From Moscow
May 2, 2019 • 41 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev about why Russians taking over the White House is a far-fetched idea, Putin’s main selling points, the American right-wing influence on Russian politics, fake Cyrillic, kettle logic, Russian…
Political: The “A Bit Snitty” Edition
May 2, 2019 • 66 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss William Barr’s spin on the Mueller report, whether to hope for an infrastructure deal, and Joe Biden’s non-apology tour. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to…
Studio 360: Karl Ove Knausgård and the musical activism of Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger
May 2, 2019 • 53 min
Kurt Andersen talks with novelist Karl Ove Knausgård about his nonfiction book about Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. Ani DiFranco’s new memoir chronicles the ups and downs of being a feminist folk hero. Pete Seeger would have been 100 this week, and Kurt…
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Stupid Box Edition
May 2, 2019 • 47 min
On this week’s episode: Gabe and Rebecca answer listener questions on what to do after you discover your kid isn’t a child prodigy and how to get your teen to maybe surf waves instead of the internet. And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and…
What Next: The Battle Over the Mueller Report
May 2, 2019 • 18 min
Attorney General William Barr showed up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify, but the spotlight was also on his colleague, Special Counsel Robert Mueller. What will it take to resolve the growing divide between these two men and their views of the…
The Waves: The “Old Timey Lesbian” Edition
May 2, 2019 • 61 min
This week on The Waves, Christina fills in for Hanna and joins Noreen and June to talk about a New York Times article about “greedy employers”, Olivia Munn’s response to the Go Fug Yourself fashion blog and the new HBO and BBC series Gentleman Jack. In…
Gist: Derby or Die?
May 1, 2019 • 30 min