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New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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    ICYMI: The Subreddits That Ruined the Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 31:43

    The subreddit r/TumblrInAction started out in the early 2010s as a place to mock the sorts of oversimplified social justice posts all over Tumblr, but it quickly became a breeding ground for online hate. On today's episode, Rachelle and Allegra discuss their own history as Tumblr teens, the simplified and misguided ways Tumblr posts tried to share progressive ideology, and how the culture of one subset of Reddit forums that made fun of those posts eventually led to GamerGate and all sorts of online harassment tactics. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Culture Gabfest: Into the Woods

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 65:06


    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by senior managing producer of Slate podcasts and co-host of Slate's Working podcast, June Thomas. First, the panel discusses the Princess Diana biopic Spencer. Dana tracked Kristen Stewart's career up to this Oscar vehicle film. Next, the panel gets a taste of the new "meet stew" of a show, Yellowjackets. Finally, the panel is joined by author and co-host of Slate's Working podcast Isaac Butler to remember the late, great Stephen Sondheim. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses their processes for writing a book. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: Susan Orlean reading her own audiobook of her non-fiction novel Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend about the famous Hollywood star...who also happens to be a German Shepherd.   June: The exhibit at the New York Historical Society titled “‘Turn Every Page': Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive.” Steve: Continuing his Rachel Cusk endorsement with his most recently read novel of hers, Transit. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "Any Other Way" by Particle House Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on Slate.com, and more. Sign up now at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Decoder Ring: The Philosophy of Vampires

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 37:05

    In literature, the choice to become a vampire is a metaphor for transformative experiences. On this episode, we bring you a story from Slate's Hi-Phi Nation podcast, which explores problems in contemporary philosophy through story. From real-life blood suckers, to Lord Byron, to Twilight, vampires are a tool for philosophers to think about otherness, sexuality, and the transformative experiences we all go through in life. To listen to more Hi-Phi Nation, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you can get ad free podcasts, bonus episodes, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Slate Money Succession: “Rubberneck the Train Wreck”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 48:28

    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 Episode 7, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined bytheir fellow Slate Money co-host, Stacy-Marie Ishmael to talk about Kendall's crazy birthday party, asking for receipts for He-Man lunchboxes, and why Roman keeps making deals in bathrooms.  Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Working: Creative Advice From Very Successful People

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 35:07

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Zak Rosen, host of The Best Advice Show podcast. First, they discuss the premise of Zak's podcast, which features very short pieces of advice, then Zak shares some clips of his favorite words of wisdom.  In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Zak offers advice about interviewing.  If you have advice that you'd like to share with Zak, you can leave a message at (844) 935-BEST.  If you want to get in touch with us at Working—whether you have creative advice or a problem you'd like us to help us solve—leave a message at (304) 933-WORK or email us at working@slate.com.  Podcast production by Zak Rosen. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: The End of the Dislike Button

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 28:55

    YouTube recently announced that it's doing away with publicly displaying the dislike count on videos. The buttons will still be there, but the numbers will be made private for creators. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison discuss why YouTube has decided to make this change, how dislikes are a tool for harassment, and why our brains have all been broken by the like economy. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spoiler Specials: House of Gucci

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 51:07

    On the Spoiler Specials 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 movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate staff writer Heather Schwedel and New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme to spoil the latest movie from Ridley Scott, House of Gucci. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), a woman whose glamor belies her working-class lifestyle, meets Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) at a party, she senses an opportunity for something more. The film follows their romance as it grows, and then morphs into something more sinister. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now.  Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer. Rachel Syme is a New Yorker staff writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Cooking for the Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 25:15

    The holidays bring out the chef in many of us. For Vallery Lomas, stress-baking through her final year of law school laid the foundation for a career as a chef, and a victory in the Great American Baking Show. This week, she joins host Jason Johnson this week to talk about her unlikely path to celebrity chef status, and her new book Life is What You Bake It.  Guest: Vallery Lomas, cookbook author, recipe developer, and creator at @foodieinnewyork on Instagram Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Why Women Are in Charge of Leftovers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 39:44


    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate staff writer Rebecca Onion is joined by leftovers expert and cookbook author Tamar Adler, author of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, to talk about what to do with all your excess food. They start out by discussing why dealing with leftovers has historically fallen on women and the division of labor in their own homes. Then they shift gears and give ideas for new dishes to transform your leftovers into—from the gravy to the cranberry sauce.  In Slate Plus, Rebecca and Tamar talk about whether cooking for a date and “engagement chicken” is feminist.  Recommendations: Rebecca: Mowing, instead of raking, your leaves. Tamar: Making cleaning part of your work schedule and watching videos during your home exercise class.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    ICYMI: An ICYMI Friendsgiving Spectacular

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 29:00


    So much has happened on the internet in 2021, from Bernie in his mittens to the big boat stuck in the Panama Canal. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison are joined at the Friendsgiving table by Buzzfeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Autostraddle's Christina Grace Tucker to discuss the funniest, craziest, and horniest things to come across their feeds this year. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Culture Gabfest: Hello, It's Me Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 63:36


    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by New York Times columnist and Slate graduate Jamelle Bouie. First, the panel discusses the Richard Williams—father of tennis phenoms Venus and Serena Williams—biopic, starring Will Smith, King Richard. Next, the panel is joined by Slate music critic Carl Wilson as they break down Adele's latest emotional rollercoaster, 30. Finally, the panel dives into a new comic book, The Department of Truth. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses their Thanksgiving culinary festivities. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: An Adele related endorsement, a clip that went viral from the British TV series An Audience With... on ITV, where famous people perform for an audience of other famous people who then ask the performer questions. In this clip, Adele reunited with her former English Teacher, Ms. McDonald. Jamelle: The Apple TV+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Steve: The all-time greatest/worst endorsement was in 2014 when John Swansburg endorsed the TV show Cheers. To do John Swansburg one better, Steve endorses The Beatles, more specifically the slant way to get at their greatness, an infamous bootleg that's been circulating for decades, The Esher Demos. Also: Rachel Cusk, a genius novelist. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "Did I Make You Wait" by Staffan Carlen. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on Slate.com, and more. Sign up now at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Decoder Ring: You Just Lost The Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 26:40

    When you think about the game, you lose the game. When you lose the game you must declare that you have lost the game, causing all others in your vicinity to also lose the game. That's it, that's the game.  The game is mind game that trades on a quirk of human psychology, and is so intensely viral that it went from a college science fiction club in-joke to an endemic mind virus in only a few decades. If you're a bit older and already know about the game, you likely learned about it in the aughts, but the game continues to spread through social media, most recently on TikTok, where the game became a meme over lockdown. On this episode, we examine the game to figure out how it works, where it came from, and the curious psychology that powers its viral nature.  Note: A version of this episode was originally released as a secret bonus to our 2018 episode “The Incunabula Papers”, but this is its official public release. The episode has been updated with new voice over, sound design, and minor story changes to bring it up to date in 2021. If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you can get ad free podcasts, bonus episodes, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Slate Money Succession: "Clown Town"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 61:01

    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 Episode 6, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined byjournalist, author and Godmother of Slate Money Succession, Taffy Brodesser-Akner to talk about Soy Boys, the fascists, and Tom's diner regiment in preparation for prison. Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Working: Writer Oliver Burkeman on the Dangers of Obsessive Time Management

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 53:26

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Oliver Burkeman, author of the book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. In the interview, Oliver shares his philosophy of time management, which hinges on the finite nature of life. He also discusses his previous experience as a “productivity geek” and explains some of the dangers of obsessive time management.  After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss their own approaches to organization and productivity.  In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Oliver talks about the benefits (and drawbacks) of group activities.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Hit Parade: Be the One to Walk in the Sun, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 70:17

    Thirty-five years ago, in the fall of 1986, women with rock foundations and pop sensibilities were doing quite well on the charts. Three acts in particular were drawing sizable attention—and they were all singing on the same album: Cyndi Lauper's True Colors, which featured backing vocals by the Bangles and 'Til Tuesday's Aimee Mann. It turns out these women had more than that brief coincidence in common. Lauper, Mann and the Bangles came up at the same postpunk, new-wave moment in '80s pop. And they fought many of the same battles: record-label machinations…a media that stoked rivalries, whether or not they existed…and a sexist music industry that repeatedly underestimated their skills. In this Hit Parade episode, Chris Molanphy recounts how these women emerged from distinctive rock scenes––from punk-era New York and Boston, to L.A.'s Paisley Underground—then outgrew them. They found critical and commercial acclaim and remain influential decades later, in a variety of media, from Hollywood to Broadway. What forces were they up against, and how did they fight to define themselves?  Podcast production by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: How a Harry Potter Fanfic Took Over the Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 31:39

    The realm of fan fiction is a wild, magical place to be, especially if that fan fiction is set at Hogwarts. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison talk about All the Young Dudes, an extensive Harry Potter fan fiction that has inspired a fandom all its own, and just how that fandom came to be. But first, they chat about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and spend time listening to the first line of some listeners' NaNoWriMo novels. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis, Daniel Schroeder, and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Colorism, Cluelessness, and Carefree Black Girls

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 28:59

    Zeba Blay popularized the hashtag #carefreeblackgirls, a celebration of positive online representation of Black women and girls. In her book Carefree Black Girls, she reckons with why––even in a pop culture led by people of color––so many critics are white men. Blay joins the show this week to discuss The Harder They Fall, Passing, Dave Chappelle, and where today's artists are, and aren't, hitting the mark on race.  Guest: Zeba Blay, culture and film critic and author of the book Carefree Black Girls Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Outward: Who Owns Queer Aesthetics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 71:24

    Christina and Bryan welcome guest host Carolyn Bergier, co-host of the podcast Dyking Out. The crew explore the ups and downs of the Amazon lesbian reality TV show Tampa Baes. They then talk about Billy Porter's fashion beef with Harry Styles, what queer fashion and signifiers actually mean, and whether they matter anymore. And finally, queer burlesque, queer DJ sets, and butch dykes for our Gay Agenda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Taylor Swift and Adele Take Different Approaches to Aging and Pop Stardom

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 36:50

    On this week's episode of The Waves, managing producer of Slate Podcasts Asha Saluja and senior editor Shannon Palus dive into new releases from superstars Adele and Taylor Swift. In the first half, they talk about how Taylor Swift shaped their views of romance and being 22, and whether her move to take back her song catalogue is actually feminist. Then, Asha and Shannon explore the conversation around Adele's weight loss and the patriarchal expectations put on female pop stars.  In our Slate Plus segment, Asha and Shannon talk about whether it's feminist when female pop stars don't dance in their music videos.  Recommendations: Asha: Jao Refresher hand sanitizer and singing in the shower.  Shannon: Getting a latte and going for a walk with said latte.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: The Yassification of the Internet

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 28:03

    You might have seen a bot on Twitter tweeting out facetuned versions of anybody you could think of, like Robert Pattinson or Mrs. Doubtfire, and wondered where they're all coming from. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison explain this weird trend, known as yassification, and why it might already be over. Plus, the the return of High Speed Downloads on Shailene Woodley defending her boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, and a neverending feud between Vin Diesel and the Rock. If you'd like to see some yassified photos, head to @ICYMI_pod on Twitter. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Culture Gabfest: Sexiest Man Alive

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 65:01


    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by writer extraordinaire Karen Han. First, the panel discusses Rebecca Hall's adaptation of Nella Larsen's novel, Passing. Next, the panel dives into The Shrink Next Door. Finally, the panel talks about People's 2021 Sexiest Man Alive, Paul Rudd. In Slate Plus, the panel answers a classic time travel question. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: Rebecca Hall's amazing performance in the 2016 film Christine, about news reporter Christine Chubbuck.  Karen: Swedish artist Agnes's new album Magic Still Exists. Specifically her song “Here Comes the Night.” Steve: First, the entire discography of Devonté Hynes aka Blood Orange—more recently, his work on the soundtrack for Passing. Second, Nick Lowe and Daryl Hall doing a marvelous acoustic version of Lowe's hit from the ‘70s “Cruel to Be Kind.” Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is “Edge of Life” by OTE. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on Slate.com, and more. Sign up now at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Decoder Ring: The Alberta Rat War

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 42:04

    Rats live wherever people live, with one exception: the Canadian province of Alberta. A rat sighting in Alberta is a major local event that mobilizes the local government to identify and eliminate any hint of infestation. Rat sightings makes the local news. Alberta prides itself on being the sole rat-free territory in the world, but in order to achieve this feat, it had to go to war with the rat. On this episode of Decoder Ring we recount the story of how Alberta won this war, through accidents of history and geography, advances in poison technology, interventionist government policy, mass education programs, rat patrols, killing zones and more. The explanation tells us a lot about rats and a lot about humans, two species that are more alike than we like to think.   If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you can get ad free podcasts, bonus episodes, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Slate Money Succession: “Belligerent Zucchini”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 58:02

    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 Episode 5, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Edmund Lee, longtime media industry reporter for The New York Times to talk about the real-life influences behind Sandy and Sandy, the big board meeting, and invisible cats.   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Working: Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson on Structure, Editing, and Sound

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 55:15

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, whose latest film, ATTICA, covers the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. In the interview, Stanley explains how he decides which stories to tell and how he earns the trust of his subjects. He also discusses the finer points of structure, editing, and his use of sound effects and music.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Karen Han talk about the challenges of creating a structure for nonfiction projects and the difficult task of cutting interviews down.  In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Stanley looks back at the time he worked with legendary documentary filmmaker William Greaves. Then Isaac asks him if he ever gets nostalgic for the pre-digital era of filmmaking.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: Taylor Swift Knows the Internet All Too Well

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 32:43

    Taylor Swift just released her version of the 2012 album Red, but if you'd asked her fandom what was coming the answers would've included all sorts of red-string conspiracy theories. On today's episode, resident Swiftie Madison takes Rachelle down Taylor's rabbit hole, explaining her origins as a MySpace teen, the easter eggs she has and hasn't hidden, and how her savvy engagement with fans demonstrates just how much she's mastered the online medium. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spoiler Specials: Eternals

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 48:22

    On the Spoiler Specials 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 movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams and Slate editorial assistant Nadira Goffe to spoil the newest Marvel film, Eternals. The Eternals, a group of immortal beings with superpowers, reunite following an unexpected tragedy to fight the evil Deviants. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now.  Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor.  Nadira Goffe is Slate's editorial assistant.  Sam and Nadira both contributed to “The Casual Marvel Fan's Guide to Eternals” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Lights, Camera, Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 26:14

    Decades before Moonlight, Black Panther, or anything from Spike Lee, Black film artists worked through and around the studio system to bring their visions to the big screen. Now the Black Film Archive has brought together classics from 1915 to 1979. Its creator Maya Cade joins Jason Johnson on A Word to talk about the importance of African Americans connecting with movies from the past. Guest: Maya Cade, creator of Black Film Archive and audience development specialist for the Criterion Collection Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: What the Debate Over ‘Pregnant People' Is Really About

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 40:48

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate's news director Susan Matthews talks with Slate writer and community manager Evan Urquhart about the phrase, “pregnant person.” What started as an effort to be inclusive of transgender men has devolved into an argument that at times has become transphobic. Susan and Evan unpack what's going on with this “debate,” and, later in the show, get into more productive ways to be a trans ally, the perils of the health care system, and how to better include trans and nonbinary people in coversations about them. In Slate Plus, Evan and Susan talk about the Torrey Peters novel, Detransition Baby. Additional Reading:  “Words for Every Body” by Ray Briggs and B R George “Should feminists talk about ‘pregnant people'?” by Jennie Kermode “You Can Still Say ‘Woman' But You Shouldn't Stop There” by Irin Carmon “BIPOC or POC? Equity or Equality? The Debate Over Language on the Left” by Amy Harmon “Healthcare avoidance due to anticipated discrimination among transgender people: A call to create trans-affirmative environments” by Luisa Kcomt, Kevin M. Gorey, Betty Jo Barrett, Sean Esteban McCabe Recommendations: Susan: Kiese Laymon's book Heavy and Laymon's The Ezra Klein Show interview with Tressie McMillan Cotton. Evan: The “best game of 2021” Inscription and Metroid Dread for the Nintendo Switch.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: The Life Hacks They Don't Want You to Know About

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 28:46

    Companies don't want you to know this, but there are lots of helpful tips hidden in plain sight, you just have to be willing to read the fine print. On the show today, Madison and Rachelle talk about all the terms of service secrets TikToker Erika Kullberg has been sharing with her followers, whether these tricks actually work, and exactly who might have to deal with our return and exchange demands. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Culture Gabfest: Eternals Return of the Same

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 63:07


    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by New York Times columnist and Slate graduate Jamelle Bouie. First, the panel discusses Marvel's most recent big picture, Eternals—which Dana reviewed for Slate. Next, the panel gives an update on their feelings about HBO's hit TV show Succession, which is currently in its third season. Finally, the panel explores the controversy involving Critical Race Theory. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses Jamelle's new podcast Unclear and Present Danger. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: Something small, but in hopes to find the entire thing: this 2 minute clip of Welsh actor Michael Sheen performing a segment of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas's drama Under Milk Wood. Jamelle: Norman Jewison's classic 1987 film Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage, which is currently in the Criterion Collection. Steve: A slightly odd endorsement of a book review. Peter Salmon's article for Prospect Magazine, titled “Boo to the Boo-Hurrahs: how four Oxford women transformed philosophy,” is a review of Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb's novel The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics. The book and review discuss the female-led movement to take on the male consensus in philosophy during the 1930s and ‘40s which saw the world as value free. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is “Self Made Woman” by Katharine Appleton. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on Slate.com, and more. Sign up now at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Decoder Ring: The Great Helga Hype

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 56:02

    In the summer of 1986, both Time Magazine and Newsweek ran blockbuster cover stories on the same subject: a secret cache of provocative, intimate paintings by Andrew Wyeth, one of America's most famous artists. These paintings were completed over fifteen years and all featured the same, often-nude model named Helga, and had been hidden from his wife and the public for 15 years. The implication was obvious: Wyeth had been having an affair with this woman. But just as the story was breaking in Time and Newsweek, it began to unravel, and something even stranger and more complex emerged. On this episode we examine the story of these secret paintings, the backlash to that story, and question if, maybe, that backlash was itself overdrawn. This is the first episode of our winter season. If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you can get ad free podcasts, bonus episodes, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Slate Money Succession: “Goons and Stooges and Rough-Jacks”

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 56:02

    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 Episode 4, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined byMichael Mechanic, author of Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live – and How Their Wealth Harms Us All to talk about the arrival of Adrian Brody, trying to kill your father with the sun, and how true to life Succession really is.  Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Working: Cartoonist Dami Lee on Freelancing, Pitching, and Generating Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 55:03

    This week, in her first episode as co-host of Working, Karen Han interviews cartoonist Dami Lee. In the interview, Dami talks about her resistance to art school and her early strategy of pursuing art “on the side.” Then she discusses her current career as a freelance cartoonist, her webcomic As Per Usual, and her book Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person.  After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler discuss the difficulties of pitching work as a freelancer.  In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Dami talks about her work translating comics from Korean to English.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: The Spon-Con Video That Accidentally Captures the State of Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 28:14

    Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was rebranding to become Meta, shifting the company's focus away from the single social media platform to some sort of amorphous, “embodied internet” concept. Khabane Lame, TikTok's second biggest star right now, got tapped to do some spon-con for the rebrand, appearing in a video alongside Zuckerberg on Instagram. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison discuss who Lame's rise to TikTok fame, why Facebook grabbed him for their publicity campaign, and how this might all just be a distraction from some rather unsavory news inside the Facebook Papers. If you would like to learn more about the Facebook Papers, check out: ”The Nationalism of Facebook,” by Siva Vaidhyanathan in Slate The What Next TBD episode, “Will the Facebook Whistleblower Make a Difference?” The What Next episode, “How Long Can Mark Zuckerberg Be King?” Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Daddy Love Me! Breaking Down the Men and Women of Succession

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 44:06

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate Money Succession podcast host Emily Peck and Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow talk about the men versus the women of HBO's Succession. They start out by talking about the power struggles and anxieties facing the female characters, and debate whether Shiv Roy just sucks. Then they talk about men in this bro-y show, including all that toxic masculinity and the relationship between Greg and Tom.  In Slate Plus, this week's “Is This Feminist” discussion is all about Seinfeld's Elaine Benes.  Recommendations: Lili: Using vintage gold nibbed fountain pens Emily: The podcast “The Just Enough Family”   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: The Real Housewives of Social Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 33:10

    As the Real Housewives of Potomac wraps its latest season, it's clear how essential the cast's social media presences are when trying to understand the dynamics at play on the show. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison talk to culture writer and critic Shamira Ibrahim about how the series has grown increasingly dependent on online drama, and how social media can be a useful tool for following the intricacies of race and class on display. They also explain the meme, “Let's Go, Brandon.” Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Culture Gabfest: Dancing Queen

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 65:22


    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Slate's music critic Carl Wilson. First, the panel reviews Edgar Wright's newest psychological horror film Last Night in Soho—which Dana reviewed for Slate. Next, the panel discusses the newest album in over 40 years from the legendary Swedish music group ABBA, titled Voyage. Finally, the panel is joined by host of Slate's Hit Parade podcast (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voter!) Chris Molanphy to discuss this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and the institution at large. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses music they like to listen to while working. You can find Dana's playlist of music to work and write to here, Steve's here, and Carl's here. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: The LA Times has been doing an incredible job of covering the ever-developing story of the tragic shooting on the set of the Alec Baldwin film, Rust. The story, which points to many bigger problems, including issues with labor relations in the entertainment industry at large. “The Day Alec Baldwin Shot Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza” chronologically accounts the events of the entire day, written by three different reporters: Meg James, Amy Kaufman, and Julia Wick. Carl: First, the great late-80s rock musician Billy Bragg's newest album The Million Things That Never Happened in which he reflects on aging, isolation, change, and being challenged ideologically by younger generations. This is specifically true of the track, “Mid-Century Modern.” Second, the new music historiography novel from Kelefa Sanneh (who, in the 2000s, wrote the great central piece on rockism for the New York Times), Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres, which is a celebration of what happens when you stay within a tradition. Steve: First, the ‘80s singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw's live cover of ABBA's song “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” Second, yet another Swedish indie band: The Amazing. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is “Lonely Calling” by Arc De Soleil. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on Slate.com, and more. Sign up now at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Slate Money Succession: "Caucasian Rich Brain"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 53:32

    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 Episode 3, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Matt Haber, Newsletter Editor for the Alta Journal, to armchair psychoanalyze Kendall, talk about the daddy issues of the Roy children, and debate whether Tom will actually go to prison.   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Working: Leslie Ann Sebert on Movie Makeup Magic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 46:40

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to makeup artist Leslie Ann Sebert about her long career in film and her latest project, the Netflix movie Nightbooks, starring Krysten Ritter. Leslie talks about how she fits into the collaborative process of creating the visuals that shape a film and it's characters … and just how hard it is to find the exact right formula for candy vomit.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss people who choose sole career path at a young age, versus people whose career changes over time, And Isaac explains his biggest piece of writing advice—buy a laser printer.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675. Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.   Host Isaac Butler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: The Untold Story of "Spooky Scary Skeletons"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 29:01

    For this special Halloween episode, you're in for a handful of treats. Rachelle and Madison reveal their Halloween costumes and talk about what scares and bugs them on the internet this spooky season. They'll discuss listener-submitted Vines, tweets, and Tumblr posts that are iconic Halloween internet staples, including the viral song “Spooky Scary Skeletons”' We'll dive deep into the origins of the song with Victoria Gold, whose father Andrew Gold wrote the celebrated bop. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder, Derek John, and Samira Tazari. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Spoiler Specials: Dune

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 46:22

    On the Spoiler Specials 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 movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams to spoil the new adaptation of the 1965 sci-fi novel Dune. In the year 10,191, Paul Atreides, along with his family and people, must travel to a dangerous planet at the behest of the emperor of the universe. Once there, violence explodes and Paul must test his training and power to survive. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. To listen to Spoiler Specials and other Slate podcasts with zero ads, read unlimited articles on Slate.com, and support Slate's journalism, sign up for Slate Plus now. For a limited time only, you can get $25 off your first year. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Cleo Levin. Hosts Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. You can read her review here.  Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor. You can read his breakdown of the ways to see the movie here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Hit Parade: I Write Sins, Not Tragedies, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 63:21

    In Part 2 of this episode of Hit Parade, Chris Molanphy traces the lineage of '90s bands like Green Day, Offspring and Blink‑182 to their descendants in '00s emo artisans Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco and their skinny-jeans-wearing, smarty-pants contemporaries.   Podcast production by Asha Saluja with help from Rosemary Belson. We have a special announcement! This year is the 25th anniversary of Slate. And for a limited time, we're offering our annual Slate Plus membership at $25 off. As a Slate Plus member, you'll get to hear every Hit Parade episode in full, the day it arrives; plus Hit Parade—“The Bridge,” our bonus episodes, with guest interviews, deeper dives on our episode topics, and pop-chart trivia. Plus, you'll get no ads on any Slate podcast, unlimited reading on the Slate site, and member-exclusive episodes and segments. This offer lasts until October 31st, so sign up now at slate.com/hitparadeplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Does Your Favorite Scary Movie Have a Lady Problem?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 38:59

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor Allegra Frank and Waves producer Cheyna Roth embrace the Halloween season and talk about horror movies. They get into the mainstays of horror and slasher movies that continue to haunt the genre to this day, ask whether the “final girl” trope is feminist, and question whether it's possible to remake a classic without all its original (often sexist) baggage.  In Slate Plus, Allegra and Cheyna keep the Halloween theme going and discuss whether sexy Halloween costumes are feminist.  Recommendations: Allegra: A very specific TikTok sound. Cheyna: Hulu's series Only Murders in the Building.   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Culture Gabfest: Maid in Arrakis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 62:03


    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Slate senior editor Allegra Frank. First, senior producer of Slate's Decoder Ring podcast, Benjamin Frisch, chimes in to review the sci-fi megafilm Dune. Next, the panel discusses Netflix's Maid. Finally, the panel dives into the IATSE strike, and the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, involving the actor Alec Baldwin. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses Halloween as an adult. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: Lauren Michele Jackson's piece for The New Yorker about corporate social media and the way Netflix's social media teams have responded to the Dave Chappelle controversy, titled “Dave Chappelle, Netflix, and the Illusions of Corporate Identity Politics.” Allegra: Lately, the videogame Super Smash Bros. Ultimate—which she has been playing on Nintendo Switch. Recently, the lead character of another video game franchise, Sora from Kingdom Hearts, has been added as an avatar you can play as in the game.  Steve: First, the song “Precious Memories” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Then, British political scientist David Runciman discussed Peter Thiel, silicon valley investor, for the London Review of Books' podcast, in an episode titled, “The Peter Thiel Paradox.”  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is “Precious Memories” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    ICYMI: Is This YouTuber Eating Himself to Death?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 33:49

    We're debuting our new segment, “Wormhole,” with this fascinating look into the phenomenon of the viral mukbang YouTuber and drama magnet, Nikocado Avocado. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison invite their internet obsessive colleague and senior producer of Slate's Decoder Ring, Benjamin Frisch, to discuss who this infamous extreme eating content creator is, and why the internet is convinced Nikocado Avocado is eating himself to death. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder, Derek John, and Samira Tazari. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Slate Money Succession: “Snake Linguini”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 47:39

    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 Episode 2, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by author and rich people expert Kurt Anderson, to talk about and whether Logan is in a decline, Kendal's big speech, and those doughnuts.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Working: Rebecca Lavoie on Her Podcasting “Side Hustle”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 49:35

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Rebecca Lavoie, who oversees podcasts at New Hampshire Public Radio and who has a “side” hustle as host and producer of Crime Writers On..., These Are Their Stories, and several other podcasts. Rebecca explains why her supposed side-gig has expanded into a much bigger enterprise, and how she makes that work.  After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about how Rebecca gets it all done and the “grass is always greener” issue of being on staff versus being a freelancer in creative fields.  Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: Is TikTok Giving Teen Girls Tics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 28:27

    Why have so many young women developed tic disorders during the course of the pandemic? Well, apart from the obvious pandemic-related stressors, TikTok could be a big part of it. On today's episode, Rachelle and Madison talk to science journalist Maddie Bender about her report for Vice unpacking this medical mystery. They discuss the correlation between exposure to Tic Tok, a subculture on TikTok where influencers share videos of their tic-related symptoms, and the rise of young women who have developed tic-like behaviors. Though social media could be a trigger for this phenomenon, they'll discuss if TikTok could also be a part of the solution.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder, Derek John, and Samira Tazari. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Why Being the Chef on a Yacht Could Drive Anyone to Yell “Eat My Cooter!”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 35:35

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate news director Susan Matthews and Waves producer Cheyna Roth talk about one of the most popular reality TV shows: Below Deck. First, they share why they love it even though it is...a bit problematic, and then they bring on Rachel Hargrove, the chef from Seasons 8 and 9. Hargrove dishes on what it's really like to be behind the camera, the backlash she received after her first season, working in the male-dominated yachting industry, and how yachts and their kitchen are making more room for women.  In Slate Plus: More from Susan and Cheyna's chat with Rachel. They talk about what you don't see on television and get Rachel's thoughts on the upcoming season of Below Deck.  Recommendations Susan: The HBO and BBC series I May Destroy You. Cheyna: Setting your parents up with Spotify.   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    ICYMI: We Interviewed the Pug With No Bones

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 28:55

    Is it a bones day or a no bones day? That's the question that's swept across TikTok, thanks to Noodle the pug. Each morning, owner Jonathan Graziano wakes up and checks if his geriatric pug has bones or not, a helpful way of predicting what sort of day we're all going to have. On today's episode, Madison and Rachelle interview Jonathan (and Noodle) about his sudden viral fame, how Noodle is handling such celebrity, and exactly what it means to have a no bones day. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Culture Gabfest: I'll Be Your Mirror

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 64:56


    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Karen Han. First, Slate's music critic Carl Wilson chimes in to discuss Todd Haynes's new The Velvet Underground documentary, which he wrote beautifully about for Slate. Next, the panel (minus Dana) is joined by Slate staff writer Rebecca Onion to review Mike Flanagan's newest Netflix horror series, Midnight Mass—which she also wrote lovingly about. Finally, the panel (minus Dana) is joined by Vulture senior editor and host of the Good One podcast, Jesse David Fox, to discuss the Dave Chappelle controversy. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses media they loved when they were younger that they have since outgrown. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: The book equivalent of Todd Haynes's documentary, the first oral history Dana ever read and still one of the best she's ever read to this day: Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein and George Plimpton. The oral history tells the story of actress and model Edie Sedgwick completely through testimony from people that were there, without any interstitial material.  Karen: New World, the Korean crime drama film from Park Hoon-jung that stars Squid Game's Lee Jung-jae. The film features Lee as an undercover cop who is tasked with infiltrating the mob, but ends up caught between two worlds. It also stars a slew of great Korean actors including Hwang Jung-min and Song Ji-hyo.  Steve: First, Netflix's series The Chestnut Man, a dark, taught crime drama which takes place in Copenhagen. Then, a whole genre of YouTube videos taking you from raw audio of rehearsal to mastertape of Elvis's songs, including “And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind”—though, Neil Diamond's version of that one is better. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is “I'll Be Your Mirror” by The Velvet Underground. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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