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What Next: The Opposition Comes for Venezuela’s Maduro

20:49 | Jan 25th

How Venezuelans reached a breaking point, and how a team of savvy politicians orchestrated the break. No one expected the greatest threat of a proxy war to come out of South America -- right?Guests: Ana Vanessa Herrero, reporter for the New York Time...Show More
Working at MoMA: How Does a Curator Do Her Job?

1:14:29 | Nov 25th, 2018

The next person taking us inside life at MoMA is Sarah Meister, a curator in the museum’s Department of Photography. Sarah’s work ranges from pitching exhibits, tracking down and acquiring pieces to writing those words on the wall that let you know w...Show More
Working at MoMA: How Does a Collection Specialist Do His Job?

44:09 | Nov 18th, 2018

In the new season of Working, host Jordan Weissmann is going inside New York City’s storied Museum of Modern Art to meet the people who keep one of the world’s great artistic institutions running. Paul Galloway is MoMA’s collection specialist for the...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Live From the High Line Edition

1:02:34 | Jun 12th

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. 
Man Up: A Black Trans Man Meets the Police Again

26:25 | Jun 12th

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 ...Show More
Trumpcast Live: Vicky Ward And Aparna Nancherla

1:25:25 | Jun 12th

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 an...Show More
Gist: The Politics of Pith

26:35 | Jun 11th

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 jou...Show More
Dear Prudence: The "But We Had A Deal!" Edition

1:20:10 | Jun 11th

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...Show More
Lexicon: A Fleeting Glance

38:48 | Jun 11th

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: @le...Show More
Studio 360 Extra: Deadwood Creator David Milch on Swearing and Swearengen

18:12 | Jun 11th

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 resea...Show More
What Next: Elizabeth Warren Is Not Here to Charm You

23:46 | Jun 11th

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.
Decoder Ring: Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War

48:53 | Jun 11th

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...Show More
Gist: Warren’s Wealth Tax Isn’t Enough

38:32 | Jun 11th

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...Show More
Political: Slate Plus Bonus: The "Live from Chelsea New York's Slate Day" Edition

08:02 | Jun 10th

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 sch...Show More
Hang Up: The Golden State Calf Edition

1:06:36 | Jun 10th

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 ...Show More
What Next: Why Gun Bills in Virginia Always Die

24:17 | Jun 10th

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 Wa...Show More
Bonus | The Queen: How to Write This Book

20:22 | Jun 10th

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 the...Show More
Working Classics: How Does a Queer Theorist Work?

1:02:12 | Jun 9th

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...Show More
Slate Money: The Not So Frandly Edition

51:27 | Jun 8th

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: slatemoney@slate.comTwitter: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas,@Em...Show More
Trumpcast: Brexit, Media, And The UK In Trump Times

42:10 | Jun 8th

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 u...Show More
Hi-Phi Nation: The Illusionist

37:15 | Jun 8th

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,...Show More
Gist: Intellectual Agoraphobia

32:09 | Jun 7th

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 a...Show More
Spoilers: Always Be My Maybe

1:03:04 | Jun 7th

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 ...Show More
What Next: Who Wants to Tax a Millionaire?

19:40 | Jun 7th

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 ...Show More
Gist: The Melodies of Evil

31:07 | Jun 6th

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 ...Show More
Political: The “Underhanded Undercount” Edition

1:00:36 | Jun 6th

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...Show More
Studio 360: ‘Booksmart’ besties, and ‘Ishtar’ reconsidered

54:13 | Jun 6th

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 “Booksm...Show More
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Dan Kois Returns Edition

56:13 | Jun 6th

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, w...Show More
What Next: A Health Care Tale of Two States

18:56 | Jun 6th

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 m...Show More
Waves: The "Monetize Our Pain" Edition

59:23 | Jun 6th

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 ...Show More
Whistlestop: The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 1)

29:56 | Jun 6th

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. Host...Show More
Gist: What “Conservative” Means

34:12 | Jun 6th

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 Co...Show More
Man Up: Men Aren’t Doing the Dishes at Work, Either

20:35 | Jun 5th

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 ...Show More
If Then: Re-Up: Senator Mark Warner

27:35 | Jun 5th

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 inte...Show More
Bonus | The Queen: The Kidnapping of Baby Fronczak

11:30 | Jun 5th

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...Show More
What Next: The Crowd-Funded Border Wall Is Not a Joke

15:52 | Jun 5th

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

1:04:36 | Jun 5th

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. 
Gist: Saving Civilians, and the Mission

27:13 | Jun 5th

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 no...Show More
The “Perfectly Fine, Healthy and Natural” Edition

1:13:41 | Jun 4th

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 ...Show More
What Next: The GOP Operative Haunting Republicans From the Grave

22:16 | Jun 4th

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 com...Show More
Trumpcast: When Interpreting Power Means Abuse

35:47 | Jun 4th

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.
Gist: Out Like a Champ

32:04 | Jun 3rd

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 a...Show More
Hang Up: The Andre the Provocateur Edition

1:20:03 | Jun 3rd

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 ...Show More
The Queen: Bobbie and Diana

31:42 | Jun 3rd

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, sh...Show More
What Next: The Basketball Coach Who Won’t Hire Men

19:55 | Jun 3rd

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 i...Show More
Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)

13:16 | Jun 2nd

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—...Show More
Working: How Does a Longtime Comedy Cellar Comic Do Her Job?

48:54 | Jun 2nd

To finish out the season on the Comedy Cellar, Laura talks to Marina Franklin a longtime Cellarcomic. Marina has gone from comedy newbie to a comedy veteran on the Cellar stage. She hasbeen working there so long not even she can recall exactly when s...Show More
Sponsored: You Have My Attention with OkCupid CMO, Melissa Hobley

21:36 | Jun 1st

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 expe...Show More
Slate Money: The Panda Edition

46:17 | Jun 1st

This week, Slate Money talks about Trump’s trade wars with China and Mexico, theFiat/Chrysler Renault merger and MacKenzie Bezos’ giving pledge.Email: slatemoney@slate.comTwitter: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas, @EmilyRPeckPodcast production by Jessami...Show More
Gist: The Impeachment Tree of Possibilities

30:47 | May 31st

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 f...Show More
Spoilers: Fleabag

1:06:35 | May 31st

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 ...Show More
What Next: Why Can’t California Fix Its Housing Crisis?

23:32 | May 31st

“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...Show More
Hit Parade: The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition

1:24:15 | May 31st

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 ...Show More
Trumpcast: The Oracle Mueller Hath Spoken

08:38 | May 31st

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.
Gist: Enemies in Eurasia

32:22 | May 31st

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 shri...Show More
Political: The "Freedom Gas" Edition

1:10:42 | May 30th

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 c...Show More
Studio 360: American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part Two

53:16 | May 30th

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 o...Show More
Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Pollen Prank Edition

1:02:03 | May 30th

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...Show More
What Next: Mueller Would Like You to Read His Report, Please

21:30 | May 30th

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, ...Show More
Waves: The "Hot Priest" Edition

1:00:20 | May 30th

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 Elizabet...Show More
Gist: The Mueller Dud

29:58 | May 30th

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 Institute—st...Show More
If Then: Luxury Bunkers for the End of the World

41:38 | May 29th

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 f...Show More
What Next: Brexiteers Receive Milkshakes and Results

22:24 | May 29th

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 Remaine...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Barbie Body Dream Sequence Edition

1:03:03 | May 29th

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 ...Show More
Man Up: What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Black Manhood

25:02 | May 29th

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’r...Show More
Gist: Impeach a President

38:20 | May 29th

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 ...Show More
Trumpcast: Former Federal Prosecutors Agree On Trump

54:15 | May 29th

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 ong...Show More
Hang Up: The If The Raptors Don't Get Stage Fright Edition

1:09:37 | May 29th

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? Sh...Show More
Dear Prudence: The “Couch Sleepers Anonymous” Edition

52:23 | May 28th

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 tha...Show More
Lexicon: The Romance Languages

43:52 | May 28th

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: @l...Show More
Studio 360: How the Stars of Booksmart Became Best Friends to Portray Best Friends

23:46 | May 28th

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 g...Show More
What Next: Why Trump Keeps Losing in Court

19:18 | May 28th

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 ...Show More
Gist: The Impeachment Special

34:26 | May 27th

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...Show More
The Queen: Constance

26:08 | May 27th

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 ...Show More
Women in Charge: Katrina Adams

40:39 | May 27th

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 championsh...Show More
Working: How Does a New Comedy Cellar Comic Do His Job?

44:57 | May 26th

This week, Laura Bennett talks to Ian Fidance, a comic who was passed at the Cellar justlast year. For an up-and-coming comic and lifelong comedy fan like Ian, joining the tight-knitcommunity of the Cellar is a true joy and honor. But as you’ll hear,...Show More
Slate Money: The Temperature Edition

44:50 | May 25th

This week, Slate Money discusses Robert Smith’s major gift to the graduating class ofMorehouse College, why office air conditioning might be a detriment to productivity and thedebate around carbon offsets.Email: slatemoney@slate.comTwitter: @felixsal...Show More
Hi-Phi Nation: Uncivil Disobedience

49:02 | May 25th

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 th...Show More
Amicus: “Slouching Toward Gilead”

1:08:15 | May 25th

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 ...Show More
Trumpcast: Of FOIAs And Buzzfeed Investigative Fights

52:44 | May 25th

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...Show More
Gist: The Real Crimes of the TV Show Cops

33:31 | May 24th

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 sto...Show More
Spoilers: Booksmart

1:07:11 | May 24th

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 ...Show More
What Next: The "American Taliban" Goes Free

24:28 | May 24th

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 d...Show More
Gist: Life After Parkland

31:09 | May 23rd

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 traged...Show More
Political: The “Legitimate Legislative Purpose” Edition

1:03:22 | May 23rd

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 mem...Show More
Studio 360: Drama club

53:14 | May 23rd

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, ...Show More
Mom And Dad Are Fighting: Theatrical Charlatan Edition

49:41 | May 23rd

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...Show More
What Next: Losing the Abortion Fight in Georgia

25:02 | May 23rd

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...Show More
Waves: The "Thirst Correspondent" Edition

1:00:36 | May 23rd

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 ...Show More
Trumpcast: Brainstorming Ways To Rekindle Democracy

36:09 | May 23rd

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 democr...Show More
Gist: Planned Parenthood Plans for Action

32:31 | May 23rd

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 dif...Show More
Whistlestop: Avoiding A Great Re-Recession

44:06 | May 23rd

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 accu...Show More
If Then: Why It’s So Hard to Live in California

47:26 | May 22nd

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 i...Show More
What Next: Smile! You're on Amazon's Camera

25:24 | May 22nd

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 a...Show More
Charged | Ep 6: The Other Side

30:33 | May 22nd

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 jus...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Fourth Wall of the Fourth Wall Edition

59:46 | May 22nd

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,...Show More
Man Up: How Kids Can Change You

24:17 | May 22nd

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 lea...Show More
Gist: What Basketball Gave Felipe Lopez

32:07 | May 22nd

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 c...Show More
Dear Prudence: The "So Many Moms" Edition

1:08:17 | May 21st

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 hand...Show More
Studio 360: This Woman’s Work: Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings the Blues

27:57 | May 21st

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 s...Show More
What Next: Billionaire Gifts Can’t Fix College Debt

20:09 | May 21st

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 s...Show More
Gist: The First “Welfare Queen”

36:02 | May 21st

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 p...Show More
Hang Up: The Three-Body Problem Edition

1:25:39 | May 20th

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 ...Show More
Trumpcast: The Case Of Candidate Joe Biden

27:41 | May 20th

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. 
What Next: Why No One Takes Bill de Blasio Seriously

22:47 | May 20th

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 ...Show More
The Queen: An Incredible Con

24:56 | May 20th

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 d...Show More
Women in Charge: Madeline Bell

37:52 | May 20th

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 ...Show More
Flashback: Wanda (1970)

59:08 | May 19th

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 subs...Show More
Working: How Does The Comedy Cellar’s Outside Steve Do His Job?

37:52 | May 19th

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...Show More
Slate Money: The Backwardation Edition

43:06 | May 18th

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: s...Show More
Trumpcast: When Trump Trolls Give Up The War

42:06 | May 18th

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 figur...Show More
Gist: A Very Grumpy Death

40:29 | May 17th

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 pant...Show More
Spoilers: John Wick III

56:58 | May 17th

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 talen...Show More
Hit Parade: The Bridge | Monster Drums Edition

25:22 | May 17th

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. Toget...Show More
What Next: Who Got Hacked in Florida?

21:28 | May 17th

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 abou...Show More
Political: The "Abortion Ban" Edition

1:01:29 | May 17th

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-...Show More
Gist: The Personal Is Geopolitical

33:30 | May 16th

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 arg...Show More
Studio 360: Why Werner Herzog loves cat videos

53:41 | May 16th

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 McCarthy-M...Show More
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Violating The Uber Pool Code Edition

49:53 | May 16th

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...Show More
What Next: Harvard's Harvey Weinstein Mess

19:39 | May 16th

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 Satur...Show More
The Waves: The “Do Real Men Recycle?” Edition

59:10 | May 16th

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 ...Show More
Gist: Have a Job? Thank Yourself, Not Trump.

33:42 | May 16th

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 ne...Show More
If Then: Designing a Better Facebook

36:36 | May 15th

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 ...Show More
Charged | Ep 5: The Long Tail

42:31 | May 15th

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 doc...Show More
What Next: John Bolton’s One-Man Show

25:25 | May 15th

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 ...Show More
Outward: The “Sex Ed” Edition

1:07:52 | May 15th

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 abou...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm Edition

1:05:03 | May 15th

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 c...Show More
Man Up: A Ghost Story

27:28 | May 15th

What happens when you finally meet an absent father who haunted your childhood.
Gist: “No War” Is the Best Trump Can Do

35:29 | May 15th

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 ...Show More
Dear Prudence: The "Trash Talking Twin" Edition

58:02 | May 14th

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...Show More
Lexicon: Why Do Some Americans Say Warshed?

47:31 | May 14th

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: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: fa...Show More
Studio 360: John Cameron Mitchell’s Genre-Defying Podcast Musical

25:15 | May 14th

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.
What Next: The Trade War Escalates

18:20 | May 14th

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 w...Show More
Gist: Decoding the Bliss Gene?

31:26 | May 14th

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 neurotransmitt...Show More
Hang Up: The Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Win Edition

1:15:37 | May 13th

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...Show More
The Queen: Coronation

24:14 | May 13th

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 investig...Show More
What Next: A Battle Over Abortion in Alabama

25:52 | May 13th

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 Wil...Show More
Women in Charge: Sharon Brous

46:47 | May 13th

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 runni...Show More
Trumpcast: A Republican’s Journey Away From Trump

43:06 | May 12th

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....Show More
Working: How Does a Server at The Comedy Cellar Do His Job?

34:41 | May 12th

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 drunk...Show More
Slate Money: The 5th Birthday Edition

55:32 | May 11th

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. A...Show More
Hi-Phi Nation: For Women Only (pt. 2)

48:20 | May 11th

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 o...Show More
Amicus: A Judge, on Judging

1:04:28 | May 11th

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 Dist...Show More
Gist: Comedy Is No Revolution

33:25 | May 11th

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 mak...Show More
Spoilers: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

52:48 | May 10th

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...Show More
What Next: The Progressive Critic Inside the Church

23:25 | May 10th

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 Ch...Show More
Gist: Bigger Than Titanic

41:29 | May 10th

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 a...Show More
Political: The “Contempt of Congress” Edition

1:10:02 | May 9th

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...Show More
Trumpcast: Trump’s Finances Are Taxing

35:07 | May 9th

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 cognitiv...Show More
Mom and Dad: Washing Dishes on an Infomercial Edition

1:05:55 | May 9th

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...Show More
Studio 360: American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part One

54:08 | May 9th

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 o...Show More
Introducing The Queen

02:06 | May 9th

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 ...Show More
The Waves: The “Emotional Gold Digger” Edition

1:05:28 | May 9th

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 “emo...Show More
What Next: The Mayoral Scandal Gripping Baltimore

20:16 | May 9th

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 et...Show More
Gist: Who Makes The Gist?

37:37 | May 9th

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 Chri...Show More
If Then: Cyberspace Didn’t Stay Free

42:59 | May 8th

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 tal...Show More
If Then: Cyberspace Didn’t Stay Free

42:59 | May 8th

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 tal...Show More
Man Up: Let's Talk About Sex

22:50 | May 8th

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. 
Charged | Ep 4: The Escape Hatch

32:17 | May 8th

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 ...Show More
What Next: The Constitutional Tug-of-War Is Just Getting Started

19:31 | May 8th

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...Show More
The Good Fight: Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

46:20 | May 8th

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 ...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Taking Up Space Edition

55:39 | May 8th

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 ...Show More
Gist: The Retro Hits and Repeats of 2014

37:59 | May 7th

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 ...Show More
Dear Prudence: The "Opinionated Playdate" Edition

57:04 | May 7th

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, famil...Show More
What Next: (Fixed) An ERA Advocate On Why She’s Optimistic

24:10 | May 7th

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 pas...Show More
Hang Up: The Kawhi Gets the Last Laugh Edition

1:15:20 | May 6th

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 J...Show More
Sponsored: The Relentless: The Sale is Just the Beginning for Erica Feidner

20:11 | May 6th

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 pairin...Show More
What Next: Why Don’t Democrats Want to Run for Senate?

18:58 | May 6th

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. 
Gist: The Gist of the Past Five Years

34:46 | May 6th

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 podca...Show More
Women in Charge: Ai-Jen Poo

40:38 | May 6th

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 Wor...Show More
Working: How Does The Comedy Cellar's Booker Do Her Job?

42:20 | May 5th

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 so...Show More
Flashback: Gaslight (1944)

43:17 | May 5th

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 p...Show More
Slate Money: The Eat a Hamburger Edition

43:45 | May 4th

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 ...Show More
Gist: Bird City

28:51 | May 3rd

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 Horsem...Show More
What Next: The Bank That Holds Trump’s Financial Secrets

21:31 | May 3rd

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, ...Show More
Gist: “I’ll Take Second Place for $2,000”

31:54 | May 3rd

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-...Show More
Trumpcast: The View Of Putin From Moscow

41:46 | May 3rd

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, Russi...Show More
Political: The “A Bit Snitty” Edition

1:06:55 | May 2nd

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 ...Show More
Studio 360: Karl Ove Knausgård and the musical activism of Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger

53:37 | May 2nd

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 ...Show More
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Stupid Box Edition

47:32 | May 2nd

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...Show More
What Next: The Battle Over the Mueller Report

18:06 | May 2nd

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 o...Show More
The Waves: The “Old Timey Lesbian” Edition

1:01:26 | May 2nd

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.I...Show More
Gist: Derby or Die?

30:34 | May 2nd

On The Gist, the latest in the Mueller report saga. In the interview, the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, but this year, the horse racing event is overshadowed by high fatality rates among equines in California's Santa Anita Park: 23 have died in ju...Show More
If Then: Public Education, Facebook-Style

35:20 | May 1st

In this episode April Glaser is joined by co-host Meredith Broussard, a data journalism professor at NYU and author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. First they talk about the history of  Silicon Valley’s decades-lo...Show More
Sponsored: Introducing The Relentless: It’s Time to Look at Success Differently

01:38 | May 1st

Welcome to The Relentless: a podcast about extraordinary people -- and the mindsets and behaviors behind their achievements. We’re pulling back the curtain with thought leaders across industries to understand what sets them apart and how they view su...Show More
Outward: Introducing Uncover: The Village

40:47 | May 1st

Two waves of murders, 40 years apart. Who’s killing men in Toronto’s gay community and why are they getting away with it? The latest season of Uncover from CBC Podcasts is out now: cbc.ca/uncover
What Next: What Does Joe Biden Owe to Anita Hill?

21:08 | May 1st

Back in 1991, when a 35-year-old law professor named Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, it was Joe Biden who got to decide how to handle the allegation. Why does Hill think Biden failed her and all subseque...Show More
Charged | Ep 3: The Ghost of Tyrone Howard

28:57 | May 1st

Tarari faces a very long prison sentence before he’s offered the chance at mercy — with many strings attached. An episode from Eric’s past comes back to haunt him as he campaigns for D.A. and thinks through the consequences of extending mercy to peop...Show More
Culture Gabfest: De-snappening Edition

1:06:10 | May 1st

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Avengers: Endgame with Marvel-ologist Jamelle Bouie, the FX series Fosse/Verdon, and the dispute between Hollywood writers and agents with the screenwriter and Scriptnotes co-host John August.
Man Up: When Fighting Comes First

24:01 | May 1st

Eric Kelly was so successful at fighting off bullies as a kid in Brooklyn, that he grew up to become an Olympic level boxer, until a bar fight ended his career.
Gist: It’s a Code World

28:06 | May 1st

On The Gist, the New Yorker’s profile of John Bolton. In the interview, coders have gone from a band of misfits to rulers of Silicon Valley. Clive Thompson is out with a book about that evolution, which examines the reckless product design stoked by ...Show More
Trumpcast: Surviving A Post-Mueller Report World

49:38 | Apr 30th

Virginia Heffernan talks to Elliot Williams, former deputy assistant attorney general and current principal at public affairs firm the Raben Group, about the Mueller Report, Barr, Rosenstein, obstructions of justice, and several meaningful pop cultur...Show More
Dear Prudence: The "Throuple Trouble" Edition

1:03:49 | Apr 30th

Prudence is joined this week by essayist Jackie Hedeman, whose nonfiction has appeared in The Best American Travel Writing 2017, Entropy, Autostraddle, and elsewhere. Together they tackle letters about a what to do when you have a former patient who ...Show More
Lexicon: Flores Man vs. Sulawesi

46:23 | Apr 30th

This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/lexicon to save 85% on “Building a Better Vocabulary.”A linguistic mystery in the Lesser Sunda Islands.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only p...Show More
Studio 360: Ali Smith’s great post-Brexit novel

16:06 | Apr 30th

Ali Smith’s 2016 book Autumn was heralded as the first great post-Brexit novel. Kurt talks with her about politics, art, and the very nature of time.
What Next: An Uprising at Brigham Young

21:47 | Apr 30th

At Brigham Young University, students and alumni are forcing a conversation about the severe enforcement of the school’s strict Honor Code. How did BYU’s high standards lead to some students feeling less safe?  Guest: Erin Alberty, reporter for the S...Show More
Slate Money Extra: Live Q&A with Joseph Stiglitz

53:28 | Apr 30th

In this bonus episode, Felix leads a live Q&A with Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on his new book 'People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent'.
Gist: Avengers: But For Real

31:54 | Apr 30th

On The Gist, the news media is getting better at demoting the names of America’s mass shooters. That’s a good thing, even as the internet’s darker corners do the opposite. In the interview, comedian Josh Gondelman is from Boston, but he often comes a...Show More
Hang Up: The Mouth Full of Bread Edition

1:11:53 | Apr 29th

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Warriors-Rockets and Kevin Durant with the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson; the NFL draft with ESPN’s Mina Kimes; and ESPN’s new 30 for 30 documentary The Dominican Dream with director Jonathan Hock. Warriors-Rockets (...Show More
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The Battle of Winterfell

07:47 | Apr 29th

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones.In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, Willa Paskin,...Show More
What Next: Inside the Crisis at the NRA

17:49 | Apr 29th

The NRA is in a financial mess of its own doing. A number of executives, vendors, and contractors have used their positions to enrich themselves, extracting hundreds of millions of dollars from the organization in the process. How did secrecy, poor j...Show More
Women in Charge: Sara Errington

43:45 | Apr 29th

What’s it like to be in charge of the Syracuse Fire Department?On this episode of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Sara Errington, District Chief of Syracuse Fire Department, about when to trust science over your gut when making tough calls...Show More
Decoder Ring: Videomate: Men

35:53 | Apr 29th

Videomate: Men is a VHS tape released in 1987 featuring 60 single men pitching themselves as dates to women on the other side of the TV screen, who could connect to these eligible bachelors from the comfort of their homes. In retrospect, Videomate: M...Show More
Introducing Man Up

01:35 | Apr 28th

On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, fam...Show More
Working: How Does an MC at The Comedy Cellar Do His Job?

41:35 | Apr 28th

This week, Laura returns to the Cellar to talk to one of the comedians who has become a fixture on stage. Wil Sylvince is a New York comedian and regular MC at the Comedy Cellar.This episode is brought to you by Constant Contact. For a free trial, si...Show More
Amicus: The Fight for LGBTQ Protections Under the Civil Rights Act

1:13:06 | Apr 27th

Mark Joseph Stern guest hosts and digs into two cases in the Supreme Court this week. First, the court’s questioning if Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to LGBTQ protections. Then, the addition of the citizenship question on the 2020 census....Show More
Charged 2+: Bail

06:01 | Apr 27th

This is a teaser of this week's bonus episode of Charged, which is available to Slate Plus members only. To listen in full, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/charged.This week, Bazelon goes deeper into the issues of bail with Insha Rahman of the Ve...Show More
Slate Money: The GOOP Face Oil Edition

45:38 | Apr 27th

This week, Taffy Brodesser-Akner comes on the show to talk about her New York TimesMagazine piece on the arbitration against Sterling Jewelers, the parent company that ownsbrands like Kay, Jarod and Zales. Plus, Taffy weighs in on the celebrity indus...Show More
Hi-Phi Nation: For Women Only

51:27 | Apr 27th

It is currently very difficult to get your gender legally changed in the U.K, That might change. In recent months, philosophers have been drafted into making complicated and contentious arguments about what it is to be a man, woman, or any other gend...Show More
Gist: Why Fools Fall in Love

36:58 | Apr 27th

On The Gist, the 2020 candidates’ proposals shouldn’t be compared to some progressive ideal, but to some of the stuff we spend taxpayer dollars on now. In the interview, the pace of technological change means we might only be catching onto malicious ...Show More
Spoilers: Avengers: End Game

56:36 | Apr 26th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens is joined by Forrest Wickman and New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie to discuss Avengers: End Game. How does movie Thanos differ from comic book Thanos? We know the “de-snappening” is coming, but how do ...Show More
What Next: How Black Feminists Exposed the Alt-Right Online

18:09 | Apr 26th

Back in 2014, a mysterious hashtag started trending on Twitter: #EndFathersDay. The accounts tweeting the extremist sentiments appeared to be the accounts of black women. But black feminists on Twitter knew something was amiss. So they got to the bot...Show More
Hit Parade: The Posthumous Hits Edition, Live from Seattle

1:30:29 | Apr 26th

Spin̈al Tap was right: Death sells. When musical icons die, their songs and albums climb the charts all over again—sometimes, a legendary artist even scores his or her only No. 1 hit. In this very special episode recorded live from the Museum of Pop ...Show More
Gist: It's Getting Hot in Here

34:13 | Apr 26th

On The Gist, the difference between one million and one billion. In the interview, Nathaniel Rich is here to discuss his new book Losing Earth about the decade of 1979-1989 and why they are so important to understanding America’s political history of...Show More
Studio 360: Patti Smith’s ‘Horses,’ Susan Choi and a police poet

54:08 | Apr 25th

Kurt Andersen talks with Susan Choi, whose engrossing new novel about on- and offstage drama at a performance arts high school is called “Trust Exercise.” How Edward Doyle-Gillespie ended up writing poetry about being a Baltimore cop. And This Woman’...Show More
Political: The “Forgive Everything and Count Every One” Edition

1:06:10 | Apr 25th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Democrats’ impeachment dilemma, the Supreme Court case that could wreck the census, and Elizabeth Warren’s plan for college debt forgiveness.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, ...Show More
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: On The Table Edition

49:23 | Apr 25th

On this week’s episode: Ruth, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions on when to consider getting a vasectomy and how to make sure your kid doesn’t become obsessed with their looks.  And as usual, we share our triumphs and fails and offer up some...Show More
The Waves: The "Communes Are Better" Edition

1:01:56 | Apr 25th

This week on The Waves, Hanna, Nichole and June talk to Rachelle Hampton about her Slate cover story “The Black Feminists Who Saw the Alt-Right Threat Coming”. Then, is marriage obsolete? The panel delves into The Cut’s package looking into that ques...Show More
What Next: This Immigration Judge Has a Fix for Immigration Courts

17:11 | Apr 25th

Immigration judges walk into work everyday knowing that the system they operate in is broken. It has been for decades, through multiple administrations. So what’s the fix? The answer isn’t as radical as you might think.Guest: Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor...Show More
Trumpcast: Understanding Conspiracy In Trump Times

32:24 | Apr 25th

Yascha Mounk talks to Nancy Rosenblum and Russ Muirhead, co-authors of “A Lot Of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy,” about how and why conspiracies form, what makes a “theory,” and what conspiracies give to people. 
Gist: Joe Biden’s Battle

35:12 | Apr 25th

On The Gist, whether he’s on the most electable part of the political spectrum or not, Joe Biden is about to go through the wringer.   In the interview, winning a major sports championship is a thrill few ever get to know. But what happens when you k...Show More
If Then: Unmasking The Russians Who Hacked The DNC

34:36 | Apr 24th

In this episode April Glaser is joined once again by co-host Siva Vaidhyanathan, director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. They start by talking about the Sri Lankan government’s shutdown of Facebook and WhatsApp...Show More
The Good Fight: Nicholas Christakis

1:01:20 | Apr 24th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Nicholas Christakis, the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Sciences at Yale University, and the author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, about whether human natur...Show More
What Next: How to Break the Census

18:13 | Apr 24th

The Trump administration wants to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, and the proposal has former Census directors up in arms. If the Supreme Court votes to allow the citizenship question, what could happen to the nation’s decennial headco...Show More
Charged | Ep 2: Criminogenic

33:24 | Apr 24th

As his family and friends hustle to come up with his bail money, Tarari ends up at one of the most infamous jails in the country: Rikers Island. Eric runs for his own term as district attorney just as the demands to close Rikers heat up.
Culture Gabfest: Harm to Ongoing Matters Edition

1:07:00 | Apr 24th

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stephens, and the New York Times' Aisha Harris discuss Beyonce's Homecoming documentary, Jordan Peele's new Twilight Zone, and the Mueller Report at literature with Marie Claire's Karen Schwartz.
Gist: The Never-ending CNN Town Hall

35:31 | Apr 24th

On The Gist, Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America.” In the interview, comedian and filmmaker Lake Bell is here to discuss her new tv series Bless This Mess. About a newlywed couple who move from New York City to Nebraska, it’s a play on the f...Show More
Dear Prudence: The "Good Night, Seattle" Edition

58:00 | Apr 23rd

This week finds Dear Prudence live on stage at The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington. Recorded on March 20th, 2019, Prudie was joined onstage by author and assistant professor of English at UC Berkeley, Grace Lavery. Together they dig into...Show More
What Next: He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.

17:00 | Apr 23rd

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 ...Show More
Gist: Elizabeth Stormborn, Mother of Democrats!

31:00 | Apr 23rd

On The Gist, Rudy Giuliani was a big, loud, and busy distraction this past Sunday.In the interview, it’s a round of “Is That Bullshit?” with Maria Konnikova. In the hot seat: the humble egg. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Med...Show More
Trumpcast: Trump Dangers After the Mueller Report

41:01 | Apr 23rd

Yascha Mounk talks to political activist and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov about their responses to the Mueller report, Trumpism, what the Democratic Party gets hung up on, Russia, and learning from Kasparov’s efforts to oppose Vladimir Putin.
Hang Up: The I’m Kevin Durant Edition

1:15:13 | Apr 22nd

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss NBA playoff beefs with Slate’s Nick Greene. ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski joins to talk about the NHL playoffs. Finally, Sports Illustrated’s Jack Dickey assesses Jeopardy! genius James Holzhauer. NBA beefs (4:07): Durant...Show More
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The Night Before

07:03 | Apr 22nd

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones.In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, June Thomas, Rachelle Ha...Show More
What Next: The Case for Impeachment

17:26 | Apr 22nd

You’ve heard the legal argument for starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Maybe you’ve heard the moral argument supporting impeachment. But what is the political case for impeachment? What could House impeachment proceeding...Show More
Women in Charge: Kristine Guillaume

40:52 | Apr 22nd

What’s it like to be in charge of an Ivy League newspaper?On this episode of Women in Charge, Allison Benedikt talks to Kristine Guillaume about the pressures of being the ‘first’, how to get the most out of an all-volunteer staff that also have fina...Show More
Working: How Does Comedy Cellar's Owner Do His Job?

41:21 | Apr 21st

For her first season hosting Working, Laura Bennett goes inside New York's Comedy Cellar, talking to the people who help make the comedy institution so legendary. And to kick of the season, she sits down with owner Noam Dworman to discuss what it was...Show More
Charged 1+: The Making of Charged

24:39 | Apr 20th

This is a free preview of a Slate Plus bonus episode of Charged. Only Slate Plus members get an additional episode of Charged every week, diving deeper into the legal issues discussed on the show. To listen to the rest of the bonus episodes this seas...Show More
Slate Money: The Inspecting Our Own Meat Edition

42:28 | Apr 20th

This week, the Slate Money hosts discuss IPOs, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and all the money super rich people are throwing at Notre Dame Cathedral. And in the Slate Plus segment: Disney+ Email: slatemoney@slate.comTwitter: @felixsalmon,...Show More
Gist: The International Hilarity of Loyiso Gola

34:16 | Apr 20th

On The Gist, sick children and dead ducks are pretty convincing. In the interview, South African comedian Loyiso Gola is here to talk about his stand up special on Netflix, what it’s like performing in different countries, and why talking about the e...Show More
Trumpcast: A Mueller Report Next-Day Debrief

50:53 | Apr 19th

On this first day after the release of the Mueller Report, Virginia Heffernan talks revelations and redactions with Jed Shugerman, Fordham Law professor and author of “The People’s Courts.”
Spoilers: After

55:16 | Apr 19th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Daniel Schroeder and Rachelle Hampton discuss After, the teen romance film based off of One Direction fan fiction. Where, exactly, was this movie set? Can we be sure half of the script wasn’t made by...Show More
What Next: Are You There, Congress? It’s Me, Mueller.

24:56 | Apr 19th

What is Washington to do with a report that is damning, but doesn’t condemn? Slate’s legal team takes a look at the case made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Guests: Dahlia Lithwick, Jeremy Stahl, and Mark Joseph Stern. Tell us what you think by l...Show More
Better Life Lab: Karoshi

28:56 | Apr 19th

In Japan, workers are so used to working punishingly long hours that dying from overwork is a common phenomenon: so common, in fact, that victim families can and do routinely apply for worker compensation benefits. We hear the stories of Japanese wor...Show More
Gist: It’s Mueller Overtime

31:30 | Apr 18th

On The Gist, Trump’s fundamental misreading of politics.  In the interview, Garrett Graff’s afternoon was as busy as any journalist’s, picking through the redacted Mueller report released by the Department of Justice. There’s something new on every p...Show More
Political: The “Oh My God. This is Terrible. This is the End of My Presidency” Edition

55:27 | Apr 18th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the release of the Mueller Report, Trump’s refusal to respond to Congressional subpoenas, and the resurgence of measles.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions ...Show More
Amicus Extra: Redactionist History

25:55 | Apr 18th

Dahlia Lithwick is joined by former department of Justice spokesperson Matt Miller and Fordham Law Professor Jed Shugerman for a read of the (redacted)  Mueller report. 
Trumpcast: The Mueller Report: the Executive Summaries

1:00:52 | Apr 18th

Don’t have time to read the whole Mueller report? Now there’s a podcast for that. Listen to Slate’s Gabriel Roth and June Thomas read the special counsel’s executive summaries in our free mini-audiobook.Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch and Merri...Show More
Studio 360: Daveed Diggs and Suzan-Lori Parks, ‘In the Pines’ and supernumeraries

53:40 | Apr 18th

Kurt Andersen talks with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks about “White Noise,” along with one of the play’s stars, Daveed Diggs from the original cast of “Hamilton.” Iggy Berlin explains what he does as an extra for operas and ballets, where they’re calle...Show More
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Frank Edition

54:53 | Apr 18th

On this week’s episode: Rebecca, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions on how to set rules for adults at a one-year old’s birthday party and what to do when parents project their childhood traumas onto to their kids. And as usual, we share our ...Show More
The Waves: The “Algorithm-y” Edition

1:01:05 | Apr 18th

This week on The Waves, June, Marcia and Noreen discuss the controversy over credit for the black hole photos, presidential candidates and parenting, and white male victimhood.    In Slate Plus: Is it sexist that people don’t take Kim Kardashian's qu...Show More
What Next: A Fox Guarding the Henhouse at the Interior Department?

21:39 | Apr 18th

The new head of the Department of the Interior has close ties to industry and a penchant for relaxing environmental regulations. He’s also the subject of an ethics investigation. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt represents a new phase in the Trump ...Show More
Trumpcast: Finding Your Guts When The Spire Falls

08:53 | Apr 18th

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Dahlia Lithwick, host of Slate podcast Amicus, to talk Barr, Avenatti, Christine Blasey-Ford’s honor in TIME Magazine, and the strategies by which corrupt actors in the administration slip through our fingers.
Gist: The Better Angels of Big Business

28:43 | Apr 17th

On The Gist, the redacted Mueller report as an exercise in Zen.  In the interview, economist Tyler Cowen is just about the smartest person in Mike Pesca’s podcast feed. He’s on the Gist to answer rapid fire questions on the college admissions scandal...Show More
If Then: What Happened To WikiLeaks

42:01 | Apr 17th

In this episode April Glaser is joined by guest host Siva Vaidhyanathan, director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia and author of several books about social media and the internet, including a recent one on Faceboo...Show More
Outward: The "Scene" Edition

1:14:34 | Apr 17th

This month on Outward hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley discuss the queer scene. What does that word even mean? How many scenes are there? And where do we all fit in? First they’re joined by Slate’s own June ...Show More
Charged | Ep 1: Born In Brooklyn

31:55 | Apr 17th

The mayor of New York deals with a big political problem by creating a new court in Brooklyn. Two men, born 25 years and a few blocks apart in Brooklyn, take entirely different paths to meet at that court—one as a defendant and the other as the Distr...Show More
What Next: What Ilhan Omar Gets Right

20:21 | Apr 17th

How did a March speech by Rep. Ilhan Omar get shrunk down to a single phrase and turned into an attack on her character?Guest: Aymann Ismail, Slate writer and host of the upcoming podcast, Man Up. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, an...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Free Rein on Some Gargoyles Edition

1:09:00 | Apr 17th

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Dan Kois discuss the fire at Notre Dame cathedral with New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins, the new animated film Missing Link, and the saga of country/hip hop mega-hit Old Town Road with Slate's Chris Molanphy. ...Show More
Gist: Lock Up Your Mothers

30:07 | Apr 17th

On The Gist, sparing a thought for Notre Dame… and how Americans pronounce it. In the interview, Politico’s Anna Palmer on what Trump is doing to America as he navigates a government he doesn’t understand. Her book, co-written with Jake Sherman, is T...Show More
Dear Prudence: The Friend, Not Therapist" Edition

1:00:29 | Apr 16th

This week finds Dear Prudence live on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Recorded on March 13th, 2019, Prudie was joined onstage by Jezebel writer, Jasmine Sanders.Together they dig into letters about what to do when the kids you nanny are beyond o...Show More
Lexicon: The Lingua Francas

35:58 | Apr 16th

A conversation with Gaston Dorren, author of Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages.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: @le...Show More
Studio 360: In the Footsteps of Merce Cunningham

11:00 | Apr 16th

This month marks the birth centennial of American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. His defiant work transformed contemporary arts beyond dance. Cunningham talks about movement and technology, and dancers Daniel Roberts and Bill T. Jones tel...Show More
What Next: Trump’s Plan to Politicize the Fed

20:51 | Apr 16th

President Donald Trump has floated the idea of nominating former presidential candidate Herman Cain and conservative pundit Stephen Moore to policy seats on the Federal Reserve’s board. Would Cain and Moore alone swing interest rates? Probably not. B...Show More
Gist: The Farmers’ Candidate

33:03 | Apr 16th

On The Gist, wait, what did I miss? In the interview, Democratic candidates for the presidency recently flew to Iowa for a forum on agriculture to answer some questions. And asking them was Storm Lake Times editor Art Cullen, who knows a thing or two...Show More
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Return to Winterfell

36:41 | Apr 16th

In this latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, June Thomas, and Dan Kois recap the season 8 premiere, “Winterfell.” The three chat about all the reunions, Dany’s faults, Cersei’s war strategy, whether the Night King is a...Show More
Hang Up: The Tiger! Edition

1:18:04 | Apr 15th

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Tiger Woods’ Masters win with Slate’s Jim Newell. The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham joins to talk about Kyle Korver’s essay on white privilege. Finally, ESPN’s Jeff Passan explains the logic behind Ozzie Albies’ ...Show More
What Next: Democrats Could Lose Wisconsin Forever

17:33 | Apr 15th

Last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race got ugly, fast. The Republican favorite, Judge Brian Hagedorn, eked out a win by about 6,000 votes. Our guest today says it’s hard to overstate the political fallout from this result. It could mean that conser...Show More
Who Runs That: Food52 Co-Founder Merrill Stubbs

40:01 | Apr 15th

In this episode Seth Stevenson talks to Merrill Stubbs, co-founder and president of Food52. In their conversation, Stubbs talks about her time in cooking school, the interesting demographics of Food52’s customer base, and the balance of combining web...Show More
Working: How Does Bon Appétit’s Video Food Director/Stylist Do Her Job?

51:29 | Apr 14th

To wrap up Working’s impromptu mini-season on the inner workings of Bon Appétit, Jordan talks to Rhoda Boone, the Video Food Director for Bon Appétit and Epicurious. Rhoda’s job encompasses so many things, you’ll never watch a food video the same way...Show More
Trumpcast: Climate Change Meets The U.S. Border Crisis

32:10 | Apr 14th

León Krauze talks to the New Yorker’s Jonathan Blitzer about how climate change deepens the U.S. border crisis, stories of Central American migration, and the tremendous spiraling debt that is taken on to embark on this dangerous journey. 
Political: The “Wahoo” Edition

1:16:51 | Apr 13th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the arrest of Julian Assange; Trump’s purge of the Department of Homeland Security; and the 2020 contenders for President.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, link...Show More
Slate Money: The Puerto Rico Edition

49:36 | Apr 13th

This week, the Slate Money hosts are joined by Natalie Jaresko. She talks about her time as theMinister of Finance in Ukraine and her current position as the Executive Director of the FinancialOversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico.And in the ...Show More
Amicus: Death Penalty Dust-Ups at the High Court

49:17 | Apr 13th

Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Harvard Law School Professor Carol Steiker, co-author of Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment to explore recent death penalty cases before the Supreme Court and why the 8th amendment has raised tension...Show More
Hi-Phi Nation: Demons of Democracy

53:34 | Apr 13th

Preschool kids get their first taste of democratic participation when they vote on their class name, and democratic private school try to display the value of democracy by making kids vote on everything, even the school budget. Does it work or do kid...Show More
Gist: The Divergent Charts of 1994

39:11 | Apr 13th

On The Gist, two popes is one pope too many.In the interview, songs like “The Sign” and “I’ll Make Love to You” dominated the charts in 1994, but they weren’t all that emblematic of what was happening in music that year. Chris Molanphy has ideas as t...Show More
Spoilers: Little

48:36 | Apr 12th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel review Little. They talk the logistics of body switching movies, the zany fashion choices and Marsai Martin’s star power. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engine...Show More
What Next: Mexico Fuels the Humanitarian Crisis on the Border

17:31 | Apr 12th

To understand what’s happening on the border, you have to look at the policies and leaders on both sides of it. So, how has Mexico, under its new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, changed its approach to refugees and migrants fleeing north? And...Show More
Better Life Lab: Egalitarian Relationships

37:06 | Apr 12th

Research shows that egalitarian couples who fairly share work and home responsibilities are happier, healthier and have better sex. But are egalitarian partnerships really possible, especially when U.S. work cultures demand all-out devotion and women...Show More
Gist: The Real Cost of Medicare for All

36:12 | Apr 12th

On The Gist, the political parties of Israel. In the interview, Jean McConville’s murder in 1972—when The Troubles were at their bloodiest—sparked what few deaths did in Northern Ireland: a reckoning. The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe joins us to...Show More
Studio 360: Portraits of the artists

54:09 | Apr 11th

At 82, the writer Frederic Tuten has published a memoir of his formative years in New York, “My Young Life,” and Kurt Andersen strolls the East Village with him as he reminisces.  Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite looks back at how some of her own struggles...Show More
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Teenager Under the Bed Edition

49:24 | Apr 11th

On this week’s episode: Rebecca, Gabe, and Carvell answer listener questions about when to limit a five year old’s Batman intake and if parents should settle for second best when it comes to kid car seats. Yes, you read that right. And as usual, we s...Show More
The Waves: The “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” Edition

1:10:15 | Apr 11th

This week on The Waves, Christina, Marcia and Nichole talk with Yowei Shaw ofNPR about her Invisibilia episode “A Very Offensive Rom-Com”. Then, they discuss the idea of having a nemesis. Finally, is country music a hostile genre for female musicians...Show More
What Next: The Trash Crash

17:07 | Apr 11th

Here’s something you may not know. You (listener) are a member of the global trash trade. Every time you recycle a Coke bottle or throw a banana peel away, you’re entering a market of buyers, sellers, and fierce competition. Today on the show, why th...Show More
Gist: The Candace Owens Sideshow

36:27 | Apr 11th

On The Gist, Candance Owens isn't digging herself out of this ahistorical, Hitler-relativizing hole. In the interview, Ian Chillag is back with another season of Everything Is Alive, a podcast where he interviews the everyday objects around us that w...Show More
If Then: Fake Meat Designed for Carnivores

41:48 | Apr 10th

April Glaser is joined by Gizmodo investigative reporter, Kashmir Hill, to talk about an ambitious British proposal to regulate content on social media sites. Then they discuss Airbnb’s efforts to kick White Nationalists off its platform ahead of a n...Show More
What Next: Bernie Hasn’t Really Changed

17:59 | Apr 10th

Bernie went from virtual unknown in the 2016 election to front-runner with the highest campaign contributions in the first quarter of the 2020 race. And while some things have changed since he last ran four years ago, a lot about his campaign looks p...Show More
The Good Fight: Heidi Tworek

53:35 | Apr 10th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Heidi Tworek, an historian of news and media, about the historic transformation brought about by social media, the long history of disinformation, and how to protect democracy from both.Email: ...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Energy Vampire Edition

1:00:11 | Apr 10th

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the stunning film Diane, FX's What We Do in the Shadows, and the debut album by Billy Eilish: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?. 
Trumpcast: The Collusion Effect On Our Norms

45:30 | Apr 10th

Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump about Kristjen Nielsen, interpreting news headlines, Alpha Bank and the dossier, the non-disputable points of Adam Schiff, the Mueller Report to come, and more.
Gist: Misquoter in Chief

35:15 | Apr 10th

On The Gist, Trump’s latest campaign video is wild. In the interview, Scotland’s Daniel Sloss churns out comedy specials at an almost alarming rate, completing his tenth at age 28. He’s here to talk about circumcision, Brexit, and why the left is doo...Show More
Dear Prudence: The "Sexual Side Effects" Edition

1:14:02 | Apr 9th

This week finds Dear Prudence live on stage at The Hamilton in Washington DC. Recorded on March 12th, 2019, Prudie was joined onstage by the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, Linda Holmes.Together they tackle letters about how to decide if you sh...Show More
Studio 360: This Woman’s Work: Patti Smith’s Horses

25:11 | Apr 9th

Studio 360 is teaming up with Classic Album Sundays for a series of storiescalled This Woman’s Work, highlighting classic albums by female artists. We'll talk about records that represent women musicians at the peak of their creative powers, and whos...Show More
Slate Money: Travel: Budget Travel Can Be Cool

23:21 | Apr 9th

This week on Slate Money: Travel, Felix talks to Lale Arikoglu of Condé Nast Traveler and the Women Who Travel podcast, who is adamant that budget travel doesn’t have to be lame. Lale talks about how to take an amazing trip without breaking the bank....Show More
What Next: When A Border Wall Isn't Enough

14:49 | Apr 9th

Listen to What Next via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, Overcast, Google Play, or iHeart.Nogales is the biggest port in Arizona, and has been a focal point of Trump’s increasingly aggressive tactics on the border. How do the president’s ef...Show More
Gist: The Puppet Masters

31:33 | Apr 9th

The worst part about the Trump administration’s high turnover? Every cabinet member is worse than the last. In the interview, Grigori Rasputin bent the ear of the last Russian tsar, manipulating affairs of state behind the scenes as he saw fit. But h...Show More
Hang Up: The Make America Cheat Again Edition

1:17:14 | Apr 8th

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the women’s NCAA tournament with Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard also joins to talk about Giannis Antetokounmpo. Finally, Slate’s Jim Newell assesses Donald Trump’s cheating on t...Show More
What Next: California Weighs When Police Can Use Deadly Force

19:42 | Apr 8th

Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18th, 2018. He was black. He was unarmed. Last month, the Sacramento DA decided not to press charges against the two officers who fatally shot Clark citing an...Show More
Women in Charge: Virginia Johnson

42:08 | Apr 8th

We are so excited to be back for season two of Women in Charge. This season returns with Allison Benedikt as your host and we kick off the first episode talking with Virginia Johnson, the artistic director and founding member of the Dance Theatre of ...Show More
Who Runs That: Reductress Co-Founders Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo

34:13 | Apr 8th

In this episode Seth Stevenson talks to Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, co-founders of the satirical feminist website Reductress. In their conversation, Newell and Pappalardo poke fun at some of the tropes of internet writing and explain what it’s ...Show More
Working: How Does the Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit Do His Job?

57:54 | Apr 7th

This week, Working returns to Bon Appétit to continue its spontaneous micro-mini season on the people who make the seminal food magazine what it is today. In this episode, Jordan talks to the man running the show, Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport. Adam ...Show More
Slate Money: The Evil Empires Edition

43:34 | Apr 6th

On this week’s episode of Slate Money, Emily, Felix, and Anna discuss the New York Times Magazine story on the Murdoch family, the Bezos’ divorce settlement and Saudi Aramco. In the Slate Plus segment: Congestion pricing in Manhattan.Email: slatemone...Show More
Gist: Are Chiropractors Quacks?

30:30 | Apr 6th

On The Gist, like every week in Trump’s America, this has been a wasted one. In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another round of “Is That Bullshit?” She talks chiropractors, whether or not cracking your back and neck is helpful, and what s...Show More