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The Cut on Tuesdays


The Cut on Tuesdays brings you women’s voices on culture, style, sex, politics, and people: It’s everything The Cut can’t stop talking about. Join host Molly Fischer every week for arguments, obsessions, dissections, reflections, confessions, and oth...Show More
Growing Up With Toni Morrison

34:56 | Aug 13th

By the time Toni Morrison died last week, a whole generation of readers had come of age in a world where she was already a legend. So, on this week’s show, we’re talking to women about growing up with Morrison’s books—how they first discovered her wo...Show More
We Went to Elizabeth Warren's House

34:49 | Aug 6th

Elizabeth Warren has spent most of her career as a teacher. Before she faced off with a stage full of opponents for the Democratic nomination, she was facing off with a room full of rowdy 5th graders intent on cutting each other's hair. So what would...Show More
Blocking A Million Bad Men

42:11 | Jul 30th

How can you fight back against online abuse? Writers Clementine Ford and Ijeoma Oluo tell us about a few go-to tools, like screenshots, mass-blocking, and the mute button. But what if you don't live your life online — and you’re dealing with a troll ...Show More
Rebecca Traister, Tiffany Cabán, and 16 Votes

31:19 | Jul 23rd

Tiffany Cabán’s outsider campaign for Queens district attorney could come down to just 16 votes. But Rebecca Traister says this race was thrilling long before it came down to an election night dead heat. On this week’s show, she talks to Tiffany, and...Show More
How to Stay Sane While Saving the Country

26:49 | Jul 16th

Brittany Packnett is an activist who rose to prominence after she became a leader of the protests in Ferguson back in 2014. Since then, she’s worked with politicians on the federal and state level on ending police brutality, and was appointed to Pres...Show More
Don't Tell Alison Roman To Chill

30:42 | Jul 9th

Alison Roman is a cookbook author, New York Times and Bon Appetit columnist, and the brain behind The Cookies and The Stew, those chocolate chip cookies and chickpea stew that you’ve likely seen in your Instagram feed. This week, Alison sat down with...Show More
Make A Wish

37:30 | Jul 2nd

When Hannah was a kid, everyone knew she was dying. All over town, donation cans showed a picture of her: a sweet little girl with cancer who needed help. But it turned out that Hannah's story wasn't so simple — in fact, she still doesn't understand ...Show More
Everyone Is Getting Divorced

38:44 | Jun 18th

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is perhaps best known for her profiles of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tonya Harding, and Jonathan Franzen — turning her subjects into characters through the irresistible drama of being famous. Now, she's turned to fiction,...Show More
"I Love America"

40:43 | Jun 11th

What is life really like inside an immigrant detention facility? In this episode, we talk to Karla, who came from Honduras to the United States as part of the much-discussed migrant caravan. When she walked over the US border six months ago, she thou...Show More
We Are All Idiots

30:33 | Jun 4th

Filmmaker Sandi Tan told the Cut that her next project would be an adaptation of Elif Batuman's novel The Idiot — it's a book about a hapless college freshman. So we brought Elif and Sandi into the studio to talk. Sandi pumped Elif for autobiographic...Show More
How To Do An Abortion

36:16 | May 28th

Cynthia Nixon joins us this week as we consider the past and future of abortion. What does it look like to end a pregnancy when the law stands in your way? Wendy Zukerman from Science Vs tells us about a group of women in the 60s who developed their ...Show More
I Want To Put My Mouth on That

30:44 | May 21st

The spring thaw is here... or is it? The Cut staff tries to figure out what it means to be horny in 2019. (The answer involves asking Adam Driver to run you over with a bus.)
Call Your Mom

37:57 | May 14th

When you see "Mom" in your missed calls, do you start to sweat? Does a voicemail that starts "Hi, sweetie, it's me, so sorry to bother you..." make you twitch? You're not alone. Whether you have a great relationship with your mom or a predominantly s...Show More
How Cynthia Rowley Gets It Done

27:05 | May 9th

Cynthia Rowley is a fashion designer, author, and successful businesswoman, despite not having a background in business. Stella Bugbee talks with Cynthia about balancing work and life, hustling Andy Warhol at the start of her career, taking risks in ...Show More
What If You Regret Becoming a Mom?

34:58 | May 7th

This week, we listen in on a conversation between Dr. Alexandra Sacks, host of the new podcast Motherhood Sessions, and Anne. Anne never wanted to be a mom. For years, her family, friends, and husband all told her, "When the baby comes, you'll change...Show More
How Topeka Sam and Holly Harris Get It Done

27:50 | May 2nd

Topeka Sam and Holly Harris are two women on opposite sides of the political spectrum who’ve worked together to pass criminal justice reform. They both played a part in passing the First Step Act, which reduced mandatory minimums, made it easier for ...Show More
The Pursuit of Total Friendship: Nicole Cliffe and Daniel Mallory Ortberg

29:41 | Apr 30th

Nicole Cliffe and Daniel Mallory Ortberg met in the Hairpin comments section and quickly became long-distance friendship soulmates--they went on to start the website The Toast together. This week, they tell us about everything that's happened since t...Show More
How Tamara Mellon Gets It Done

36:05 | Apr 25th

Tamara Mellon is a fashion designer, businesswoman, and magazine editor. She founded the luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo in the 90s, and she walked away the company back in 2011. We talked with Tamara about starting her professional life over again in h...Show More
Selling Out

44:22 | Apr 23rd

Author Curtis Sittenfeld talks about what it means to sell out -- from short stories on Chipotle cups to brand-written tweets. And she reads her short story "Creative Differences," about the making of a viral ad campaign.
How Yasmeen Hassan Gets It Done

28:04 | Apr 18th

Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director for Equality Now, an international non-profit that has successfully pushed governments around the world to pass laws protecting women from sexual exploitation and harmful cultural practices like genital...Show More
I Love You I Love You I Love You

42:22 | Apr 16th

Marriage: Why do we bother? Our theory is that it all comes down to a good story--so this week, we've got two couples with really good stories. First, she's Deaf and he's hearing. Second, a couple who met while he was serving 25 years in prison.And.....Show More
Family Money

43:17 | Apr 9th

On this week’s show, Stacey Abrams tells us how she wound up $200,000 in debt, and Abigail Disney explains why no one should have a private jet. We're talking about the financial baggage we inherit from our parents—whether that means a trust fund, a ...Show More
How Nora McInerny Gets It Done

24:04 | Apr 4th

In 2014, Nora McInerny miscarried a child, lost her dad to cancer and her husband to a brain tumor, all within weeks of each other. Since then, she's written three books - her latest, No Happy Endings, was just released - and started a podcast called...Show More
What Is Sex?

37:02 | Apr 2nd

This week, we return to the dawn of sexual knowledge--a time when the first stirrings of horniness were paired with a total lack of useful information. Featuring AIM, purity rings, a nail polish bottle, Song of Solomon, and The Neverending Story.
How Rukmini Callimachi Gets It Done

38:24 | Mar 28th

Our "How I Get It Done" series is back! For this episode, we sat down with Rukmini Callimachi, award winning journalist and host of the podcast Caliphate. She's been reporting on Islamic extremism for years, and her reporting has brought her to some ...Show More
A Normal Person Conversation with Sally Rooney

28:53 | Mar 26th

We talked with Sally Rooney, author of Conversations With Friends and Normal People, about why she writes, how she’s smuggled socialism into page turners, the best way to keep her readers hooked, and much more. 
How the Stars of Russian Doll, Shrill, and Top Chef Get It Done

29:45 | Mar 19th

Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Padma Lakshmi, Aidy Bryant, and Hope Solo tell us how they tackle rejection, imposter syndrome, new job stress, and get it all done.
A Story We Love From The Nod

41:07 | Mar 12th

This week, we’ve got a story from our friends at the Nod about MDMA, therapy, and racial trauma. You can find more episodes of The Nod wherever you listen. 
Can You Be Ambitious and Happy?

35:03 | Mar 5th

This week, we take a look at ambition: the internal force that wakes you up at 2:30 am full of ideas, that makes you want to do more than you thought you could, or than anyone else said you can. We talk with writer, director, and actor Pamela Adlon; ...Show More
Who Even Was Karl Lagerfeld?

29:55 | Feb 26th

A cartoon, a genius, a man who hated sweatpants... Making sense of one of the greatest fashion designers of all time, with Vanessa Grigoriadis, Carl Swanson, and Cathy Horyn.
23 Weeks, 6 Days

28:59 | Feb 19th

In the fight over later abortions, the political rhetoric is miles away from the lived reality. This week, we tell one woman’s story.
Everybody Must Get Stoned

33:31 | Feb 12th

How are we feeling about weed? On this week's show, we talk to Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld of HBO's High Maintenance, Jia Tolentino, Aminatou Sow, Allison P. Davis, Nazanin Rafsanjani, Alex Blumberg, and many more.
Listening to Estrogen

31:46 | Feb 5th

When Lisa Miller's editor came to her with this story idea, she didn't want anything to do with it. But then she started poking around... and wound up spending the next year reporting what she found. On this week’s show, the link between menopause an...Show More
Like It or Not

30:13 | Jan 29th

"Likeable" has always been a loaded word when it comes to women in politics--it sounds a lot like barely-veiled sexism. But what if everything's changing? How does a politician make voters like her in 2019?And, we want to hear from you! We're working...Show More
Bad Sex, Good Sex, Book Sex: Fiction That Makes Sense of How We Bone

32:36 | Jan 22nd

Two different eras of sexual tumult, two very different blockbuster stories about sex. This week, we discuss books and boning.
How Sarah Koenig Gets It Done

30:33 | Jan 15th

Sarah Koenig is the host and co-creator of Serial, the show that made podcasts a cultural phenomenon. After three seasons of exhaustive reporting, we wanted to ask her: how does she get it done? We sat down with Sarah to talk about how she balances w...Show More
Escape from Shame Jail: On Apologies

30:08 | Jan 8th

It's the perfect time of year for apologies. Instead of thinking about everything you're going to do right in the future, what about everything you did wrong in the past? We asked our listeners what they were sorry for... and they had A LOT to say.
Hello and Welcome to My Bad Dinner Party

36:22 | Dec 18th, 2018

Samin Nosrat, Angela Dimayuga, and Carla Lalli Music do their best to help Madeleine Aggeler -- the Cut's semi-competent food columnist --throw a dinner party for her friends.
How Jill Kargman Gets It Done

23:27 | Dec 13th, 2018

In this installment of our "How I Get It Done" series, Stella Bugbee talks with writer and actress Jill Kargman. Jill wrote and starred in her own Bravo series Odd Mom Out for three seasons as a first time actress. She talks with us about being on sc...Show More
The Women of the Caravan

33:01 | Dec 11th, 2018

A caravan of migrants from Honduras reached the U.S. border a few weeks ago. Now, thousands are living in a camp in Tijuana, waiting to find out whether they'll be allowed in the country. We visited the camp to talk to women about what life is like i...Show More
How Amy Sherald Gets It Done

20:47 | Dec 6th, 2018

In this installment of our "How I Get It Done" series, Stella Bugbee talks with artist Amy Sherald. When she was selected to paint First Lady Michelle Obama's official portrait last fall, Amy Sherald's entire life changed virtually overnight. Amy tel...Show More
Down the Street from a Mass Shooting

45:28 | Dec 4th, 2018

A few weeks back, on Twitter, some doctors started posting photos of the bloody aftermath of gun violence: the things they see at work every day, not just when a shooting makes the news. In the midst of all that, a woman named Kate Ranta shared a pho...Show More
How Robin Roberts Gets It Done

26:10 | Nov 29th, 2018

For the first in our "How I Get It Done" series, Stella Bugbee talks with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts. An award winning journalist and cancer survivor, Robin tells us how she juggles her schedule while making time for the people she loves...Show More
Beat Around the Bush: On Pubes

39:08 | Nov 27th, 2018

This week, an investigation: what's going on with pubic hair these days? From basic maintenance to celebrity grooming trends, we look at the mysterious and messy experience of dealing with your pubes.And, a request! We’re going to be talking about ap...Show More
Motherhood: "You Can't Back Out"

37:50 | Nov 20th, 2018

This week, stories about motherhood, and the bullshit that comes your way: a woman whose marriage crumbled during her second pregnancy, and Stella Bugbee talks with Anna Sale, the host of Death Sex and Money, about managing anxiety, maternity leave, ...Show More
Ferrante Forever: We Revisit My Brilliant Friend

35:54 | Nov 13th, 2018

This week we’re talking about the Neapolitan novels, by Elena Ferrante. An adaptation of the first book in that series, My Brilliant Friend, is coming to HBO later this month... and we’re using that as an excuse to revisit Ferrante's world. With Ruth...Show More
A Totally Different Game: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins

33:38 | Nov 6th, 2018

It's election day. There are a record 257 women are running for Congress, and on this week’s show, we're focusing on one of them: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just under 16,000 people voted for her back in June, but in the months since then, she's becom...Show More
"She's Never Done Anything Halfway": Making a Far Right Extremist

33:44 | Oct 30th, 2018

The violence of the last week has clearly shown how hateful rhetoric can translate to real-world violence. So, what do we know about the conditions that allow hate to take hold? In this episode, Cut writer Anna Silman examines the path to right-wing ...Show More
"He's Coming After Us": A List and a Lawsuit

29:01 | Oct 23rd, 2018

The Shitty Media Men list, an anonymously sourced Google spreadsheet, was online for less than 24 hours last fall -- but we're still feeling its effects. On this week's show, we talk about what it's like to watch a whisper network in real time, and t...Show More
"If It Were Easy, We'd Have Done It": Power

32:46 | Oct 16th, 2018

On our first episode, we’re talking about power: from the inadequacy of empowerment, to what it feels like to be powerful (and powerless); and how to change who actually has power. Featuring: Stella Bugbee, editor in chief of The Cut; Lindsay Peoples...Show More
Introducing The Cut on Tuesdays

02:45 | Oct 9th, 2018

The Cut on Tuesdays brings you women’s voices on culture, style, sex, politics, and people: It’s everything The Cut can’t stop talking about. Join host Molly Fischer every week for arguments, obsessions, dissections, reflections, confessions, and oth...Show More
Introducing Three New Gimlet Shows

02:27 | Sep 24th, 2018

New series premiering this October: Without Fail (October 1) The Cut on Tuesdays (October 16) The Horror of Dolores Roach (October 17)