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  • A Word: Running on a Prayer

    23/07/2021 Duração: 23min

    Minister and scientist Chris Jones has launched a long-shot campaign to be governor in Arkansas. But does the Democratic candidate have what it takes to change the political landscape in his home state? On today’s episode of A Word, Chris Jones talks with host Jason Johnson about his unlikely path to politics, and his hopes for the race. Guest: Chris Jones, Democratic candidate for governor in Arkansas, religious leader, and physicist Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • What Next TBD: How Spyware Mercenaries Hack Your Phone

    23/07/2021 Duração: 32min

    This week, Amnesty International and a French journalism nonprofit named Forbidden Stories revealed that technology from a spyware firm called NSO Group is being deployed on a massive scale. The spyware, called Pegasus, gives the user access to every part of a victim’s smartphone -- notes, messages, photos, and recordings.  What’s it like for security researchers to see their worst fears about digital spying play out? And what are they worried about next? Guests: John Scott Railton, Senior Researcher at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor of the Wire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Spoiler Specials: Space Jam: A New Legacy

    23/07/2021 Duração: 51min

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s senior editor Allegra Frank is joined by Slate staff writer, Karen Han, to spoil Space Jam: A New Legacy, the long-awaited sequel to the original 1997 Space Jam starring Michael Jordan.  This time, LeBron James finds himself trapped in digital space by a rogue AI villain. In order to get back home and save everyone, LeBron must team up with the Looney Tunes gang to win the ultimate high-stakes basketball game and save the day.    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Email us at [email protected] Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts Allegra Frank is a senior editor at Slate.  Karen Han is staff writer at Slate and you can read her review here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Thrilling Tales: The Story of High Times

    23/07/2021 Duração: 26min

    Can the National Geographic of marijuana become a name brand in the cannabis retail industry? Podcast production by Jess Miller and Cleo Levin. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast and bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Political: Actually It Is ‘Infrastructure Week'

    22/07/2021 Duração: 51min

    Emily, John and David discuss the Delta variant and the vaccination decline, the bipartisan infrastructure plan living another day, and the pandemic Olympics. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: David Leonhardt for The New York Times: “Why Aren’t the Vaccines Approved?” Matthew Yglesias for Slow Boring: “Let's Get More People Vaccinated” Ross Douthat for The New York Times: “How to Reach the Unvaccinated” John Dickerson for CBS News: “Governor Asa Hutchinson on ‘Face the Nation,’ June 27, 2021” Here’s this week’s chatter: John: Jack Thomas for The Boston Globe: “I Just Learned I Only Have Months to Live. This Is What I Want to Say”; Susan B. Glasser for The New Yorker: “‘You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War’: Mark Milley’s Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran” Emily: Eliza Apperly for The Guardian: “‘Stumbling Stones’: A Different Vision of Holocaust Remembrance”; Atlas Obscura: “The Bebelplatz, Berlin, Germany: The Site of the Famous Nazi Book Burning Campaign of 1933 Remembers It’

  • Mom & Dad: Are These Books Age-Appropriate? Edition

    22/07/2021 Duração: 48min

    On this week’s episode: Elizabeth and Dan answer a letter from a mother who worries that her 8-year-old daughter may be reading books that aren’t age-appropriate. Then, they share some tips with a listener who wonders if potty training right before vacation is a good idea.  In Slate Plus: The super-moms set to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Thanks to Goodnight World for their support.  Recommendations: Elizabeth recommends GLOPLAY, a glow-in-the-dark sticker company for your kids, or for you!  Dan recommends reading any book by Patrick deWitt. Join us on Facebook and email us at [email protected] to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes.  Podcast produced by Morgan Flannery.  Hosts  Elizabeth Newcamp is a co-host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. She's a traveling mother of three boys who chronicles her misadventures at Dutch, Dutch, Goose. Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to B

  • The Waves: What Does Bill Cosby’s Release Mean for the #MeToo Movement?

    22/07/2021 Duração: 34min

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, author and professor of history at Georgetown University Marcia Chatelain and Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow dissect Bill Cosby’s release from prison, and what that could mean for the #MeToo movement. First they unpack exactly what happened in the Cosby case. Then they get into the potential ripple effects it could have on victims seeking justice more broadly.  Recommendations Lili: The Netflix show Money Heist.  Marcia: As much Real Housewives on Bravo that you can handle.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • One Year: 1977: Mary Shane's Rookie Season

    22/07/2021 Duração: 53min

    Mary Shane made history with the Chicago White Sox, becoming the first woman hired as a legitimate major-league baseball announcer. But in 1977, she had to fight to be taken seriously in one of America’s most sexist industries. One Year is produced by Josh Levin, Evan Chung, and Madeline Ducharme. Mixing by Merritt Jacob. Slate Plus members get to hear more about the making of One Year and more about the culture of 1977 in supplementary episodes this season. Get access to those episodes, listen to the show without any ads, and support One Year by signing up for Slate Plus for just $1 right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • What Next: The Rise of Kristi Noem

    22/07/2021 Duração: 27min

    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has a problem. She’s ready to get beamed up to national political stardom, but she’s polling near the bottom among 2024 GOP presidential hopefuls. What issues can she use to raise her political profile? The answer came swiftly this year: anything and everything.  Guest: Joe Sneve, political reporter for the Argus Leader in South Dakota. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • ICYMI: Is BYU Virginity Club Real? An ICYMI Investigation.

    21/07/2021 Duração: 36min

    Instagram has seen a recent influx of college “virginity club” accounts featuring sharp, funny memes about remaining chaste. On today’s episode, Madison and Rachelle put these accounts under the microscope. Is anything about these accounts real, or are they just a grift for merchandise and music promotion? After some internet sleuthing, they track down the creator of the most popular account, for “Brigham Young Virginity Club,” and put him on the spot. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. Sign up to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • What Next: Punishing the Capitol Rioters

    21/07/2021 Duração: 27min

    Six months after the Capitol riot, plea deals from cases against the rioters have begun to trickle in. Will the courts be able to do what Congress couldn’t, and insist on a shared version of events on January 6th?  Guest: Zoe Tillman, senior legal reporter at BuzzFeed News. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Culture Gabfest: Deepfake

    21/07/2021 Duração: 01h03min

    This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Isaac Butler, co-host of Slate’s Working podcast. First, the panel discusses the documentary Roadrunner about Anthony Bourdain. Next, they talk about the Apple TV show Schmigadoon. Finally, the hosts are joined by Laura Miller to discuss her review of Michael Wolff’s Landslide. In Slate Plus, the panel further discusses their thoughts on Roadrunner. Email us at [email protected] Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Cleo Levin. Outro music is "Back to Silence" by OTE Endorsements Dana: The Kitchen Confidential audiobook Isaac: The documentary And Everything is Going Fine and the novel Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber Steve: “A Just and Loving Gaze” by Deborah Casewell in Aeon Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on, and more. Sign up now at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Outward: Milestones Mourned and Celebrated

    21/07/2021 Duração: 01h11min

    A year-and-a-half into the pandemic, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan look back at all the times we did not get to share our milestones -- good, bad, or just big -- with other queers. If a queer comes out in the forest where no one can hear them are they still queer? Yes, but perhaps less joyfully than if they had been in community. The hosts then speak with Lucia Lucas, the first female baritone to perform a principal opera role on the American stage as Don Giovanni. Items discussed on the show: A recent assault at Nellie's gay bar in DC draws protests. Richard Branson wore a rainbow ribbon during his space flight. Breakthrough COVID infections strike Provincetown. The Sound of Identity, a documentary about Lucia Lucas's appearance as Don Giovanni. Gay Agenda Bryan: director's cut of Studio 54 Christina: How Twitter Can Ruin a Life by Emily VanDerWerff Rumaan: two wistful and sexy short stories read by author Douglas Stuart on The Writer's Voice podcast. This podcast was produced by Katya Kumkova. Please send fe

  • Big Mood, Little Mood: A Missing Stair Among Us

    20/07/2021 Duração: 51min

    Danny Lavery welcomes Julian K. Jarboe, author of the LAMBDA Award-winning short story collection, Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel.  Lavery and Jarboe give advice to a letter writer who is wondering if her friend group will recover after discovering a secret relationship among two members. Also in this episode, Jarboe reads an excerpt from their piece, Trauma As Morality. Slate Plus members get another episode of Big Mood, Little Mood every Friday: sign up now! Need advice? Send Danny a question here. Email: [email protected] Production by Phil Surkis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • How To!: Congrats, You Won the Olympics. Now What?

    20/07/2021 Duração: 35min

    Winning the Olympics is everything Steve Mesler ever wanted. So when he and his U.S. bobsled teammates stood atop the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Games, his life seemed golden in every way. But soon after his triumph, Steve began to experience a period of extended mourning. Even though he won a gold medal, he lost his identity and sense of purpose. And he wasn't the only one. On this episode of How To!, the former Olympian, co-founder of Classroom Champions, and current United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee board member talks about the complicated aftermath of achieving an all-consuming pursuit. He discusses his struggles with depression, losing teammates to suicide and what the USOPC is doing to destigmatize mental health treatment. If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Be a Badass On and Off the Court.” Do you have an Olympic-sized problem that needs solving? Send us a note at [email protected] or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Slate Plus members get

  • Spectacular Vernacular: They Might Be Linguists

    20/07/2021 Duração: 31min

    Welcome to Spectacular Vernacular, Slate’s new podcast about language! In our inaugural episode, hosts Ben Zimmer and Nicole Holliday marvel at Zaila Avant-garde’s historic win at Scripps National Spelling Bee. They also chat with They Might Be Giants’, John Linnell, about creating his new pandemic project in Latin. And finally, they do some fun language puzzles, and you can play along at home.  Do you have any language questions or fun facts to share? Email us at [email protected] You can also use that email address to let us know if you’d like to take part in a future episode, where we’ll bring in listeners for some challenging wordplay.   You can listen to John Linnell’s new EP here. Produced by Jasmine Ellis and Cheyna Roth.  Subscribe to Slate Plus. It’s only $1 for the first month. To learn more, go to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Slate Money: Movies: Parasite

    20/07/2021 Duração: 57min

    Welcome to Slate Money Goes to the Movies, a miniseries in which Felix Salmon, Emily Peck, and a different guest each week discuss popular business-themed movies.  Dodai Stewart of The New York Times joins Emily and Felix to discuss the stunning winner of the 2020 Best Picture Oscar, Parasite. They discuss class solidarity (or lack thereof), how the film’s themes translate to America, and why only the rich can afford luxuries like planning, trust and using all their senses. Email: [email protected] Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Twitter: @felixsalmon, @EmilyRPeck  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • What Next: The Right Wing War on Vaccines

    20/07/2021 Duração: 31min

    It’s becoming harder to get all Americans vaccinated. While millions of people still get the shots each week, some conservatives are becoming more difficult to convince, and some politicians are increasingly hostile towards the public health departments tasked with helping fight COVID-19.  Guests: Michelle Fiscus, former medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health, and Dan Diamond, health policy and politics reporter at The Washington Post.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Decoder Ring: The Tootsie Shot

    20/07/2021 Duração: 39min

    You know the Tootsie Shot. It’s that shot from the movies: a really busy midtown street, protagonist smack in the middle of it all, everyone going somewhere. It’s one of the most recognizable shots in film. It can be found in Working Girl, Midnight Cowboy, Wall Street, Heartburn, Elf, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Devil Wears Prada, The Wolf of Wall Street, and so many more. This is a short, transitional moment that often comes in the middle of a montage and takes up 30 seconds max, and sometimes just two or three. It’s just someone walking down a crowded street. So why is it so sticky? If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you can binge the whole season of Decoder Ring right now, plus ad free podcasts, bonus episodes, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Hang Up: Welcome to the Coronavirus Games

    19/07/2021 Duração: 01h16min

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich to discuss the troubled run-up to the Olympics. They also talk about the dominance and humility of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Finally, they review Space Jam: A New Legacy.   Olympics (2:53): The Summer Games face positive coronavirus tests, public antipathy, and heat and humidity.   NBA Finals (22:59): How Giannis led the Bucks back against the Suns.   Space Jam (42:50): Just how bad is the Warner Bros. sequel starring LeBron James?   Afterball (1:04:25): Stefan on pitcher Wayne Garland, who flopped in 1977 after signing one of baseball’s first big free-agent contracts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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