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Working: How Scrapbooking Connects Craft and Personal Reflection

EThis week host June Thomas talks about the underrated art of scrapbooking with Ali Edwards, who managed to turn her love of crafting into a full-time career. In the interview, Ali discusses her most popular scrapbooking projects, like “December Daily,” and explains why the practice of pairing photographs with words and artistic flair can lead to personal growth and reflection. After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the benefits of documenting memories. In Slate Plus, Ali reminisces about one of her favorite high-school teachers. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up nowto help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 min3 d ago
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Working: How Scrapbooking Connects Craft and Personal Reflection

Spoiler Specials: Tenet

EOn 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 Sam Adams and Vox’s Film Critic Alissa Wilkinson spoil Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller is visually spectacular yet incredibly confusing. The main character, played by John David Washington, simply referred to as the Protagonist is a CIA operative who becomes entangled with Tenet, a secret organization that’s fighting a future that’s actively attempting to destroy the world. The Protagonist suddenly finds himself in a world where things, and even people, can be inverted to travel backwards through time. Can the Protagonist save the world before it’s too late? How does Nolan incorporate palindromes within the movie’s structure? And what parallels can be drawn to Bill & Ted? Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Read Sam Adams’ review here. Read Alissa Wilkinson’s review here. Need more explanation? Check out Sam’s explainer here. Check out Alissa’s fascinating palindrome piece here. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

78 min4 d ago
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Spoiler Specials: Tenet

Thrilling Tales: Queasy Rider | The Uncertain Future of Harley-Davidson

EThere are few more iconic pieces of Americana than a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But its singular Americanness - the thing that has kept the brand popular for decades - may now be a harbinger of its downfall. Podcast production by Jess Miller, with help from Asha Saluja. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23 min5 d ago
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Thrilling Tales: Queasy Rider | The Uncertain Future of Harley-Davidson

Hit Parade: One and Done, Part 1

EHit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. What makes a one-hit wonder? To artists and pop chart analysts, it isn't just an academic question. On this episode of Hit Parade we explore the history and context of the one-hit wonder. In part 2, we'll propose three rules to determine if an artist can be classified as a one-hit wonder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51 min5 d ago
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Hit Parade: One and Done, Part 1

Thirst Aid Kit: Good Night, and Good Thirst

EAnd… SCENE. We came, we ushered in a glorious age of elucidating female desire, coined a few salient expressions of desire, and poof! like magic, we were gone. That’s right, we did it, folks: we wrapped up Thirst Aid Kit as a weekly podcast. We thank you for your ears, your enthusiasm, your tweets, your drabbles, your Tumblr Asks, your marriage proposals (1) and your gifs. This final episode is a song of gratitude and pride. Two Black women talking about female desire, race, and culture week in, week out? Yeah, we did THAT. What a glorious few years. But please do not despair. This is just a perfect example of one door closing in a mansion full of other doors and windows. The weekly podcast is ending, but we remain. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Tumblr for updates on what we’re up to and where. This isn’t the end, but we will miss you. Stay thirsty; the world needs it. ️ In our Plus segment, we share just a few of the Thirst Objects we weren’t able to get to during the run of the show: Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Aldis Hodge, Avan Jogia, and Rob Delaney. We couldn’t give them full episodes but here are some quick tasty morsels to hint at what might have been. We’re on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You’ll find show notes and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can contact us via email at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

78 min6 d ago
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Thirst Aid Kit: Good Night, and Good Thirst

Culture Gabfest: Pregnancy and Prayer

EOn this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s Aymann Ismail to discuss the Emmy-nominated series Ramy (check out Aymann’s story for Slate on Ramy Youssef here). Next, the panel talks with Glenn Whipp, an entertainment columnist for the LA Times, about the new inclusion requirements the Oscars recently announced. Finally, the panel dives in HBO Max’s movie Unpregnant. In Slate Plus, the hosts open up about the first thing they’ll want to do in a post-pandemic world and what things, to their surprise, they will not want to return to doing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: “Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns (as heard in Days of Heaven) Julia: Rösle Stainless Steel Mincing Garlic Press Steve: Hilltown Hot Pies (“Feast your eyes!”) Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Last Sunday by OTE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

61 min1 w ago
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Culture Gabfest: Pregnancy and Prayer

Working: How a Costume Designer Dressed Two Seth Rogens in American Pickle

EThis week, host Isaac Butler learns the finer points of costume design from Brenda Abbandandolo, who recently dressed two different characters played by Seth Rogen in American Pickle. Brenda also designed costumes for The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, and spent some time working on SNL’s digital shorts. In the interview, she talks about how costumes can communicate information about characters and how practical choices, like giving a character an umbrella, are a crucial part of her job. After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss how the trends and norms of the real world are reflected in Hollywood’s costume design choices. In Slate Plus, Brenda talks about two different styles of costume design that have influenced her work. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up nowto help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 min1 w ago
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Working: How a Costume Designer Dressed Two Seth Rogens in American Pickle

Thirst Aid Kit: A Bottle of Matthew Rhys-ling

EMatthew Rhys’ energy is complex and layered, like a roasted pepper: there’s spice, there’s heat, and there’s smoke. In Rhys, there is a balance of all our favorite things — superb eye and face acting, characters that know how to yearn, tightly coiled power in a stern shell, and talent as deep as a Welsh valley. We talk about his career-defining work as a weary spy on The Americans, his turn as an older Mr Darcy in Death Comes To Pemberley, his laughter on The Wine Show and Archer, and so much more besides. Top notes of Château Rhys are: intense knowingness and barely banked passion. Pour us a glass, and leave the bottle. On this week’s Slate Plus, Nichole makes Bim break down something that has escaped her all these years: the appeal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Pride and Prejudice itself. Bim, despite being shocked to her marrow, obliges. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can also send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

62 min1 w ago
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Thirst Aid Kit: A Bottle of Matthew Rhys-ling

Culture Gabfest: Horrors Real and Imagined

EOn this week’s episode, Steve is joined by guests hosts Laura Miller, a books and culture columnist for Slate, and Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and Slate’s former chief political correspondent. The panel takes on Lovecraft Country, HBO’s new horror series. Next, they talk about Charlie Kaufman’s enigmatic I’m Thinking of Ending Things. And finally, the panel dives into the “is NYC over?” debate. In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about a George Washington University professor’s recent confession that she falsely claimed a Black identity. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Laura: The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman Jamelle: The Way Back, a sports film starring Ben Affleck Steve: “What Ails America” by Timothy Snyder in the New York Review of Books, adapted from his new book, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary And finally, please check out Jamelle’s cereal reviews for Serious Eats. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Bloody Hunter by Paisley Pink Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

61 min2 w ago
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Culture Gabfest: Horrors Real and Imagined

Working: Kimberly Drew on the Life-Enhancing Power of Art

EThis week, host Rumaan Alam talks about the importance of museums with writer and art advocate, Kimberly Drew, whose Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art set her apart as one of the most promising young voices in the visual art world. It also led to a job as social-media manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the interview, Kimberly discusses her new book, This Is What I Know About Art, and talks about the role art has played in peoples’ lives during the pandemic. After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about which museums they’re excited to go to when institutions reopen. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up nowto help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44 min2 w ago
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Working: Kimberly Drew on the Life-Enhancing Power of Art

Latest Episodes

Working: How Scrapbooking Connects Craft and Personal Reflection

EThis week host June Thomas talks about the underrated art of scrapbooking with Ali Edwards, who managed to turn her love of crafting into a full-time career. In the interview, Ali discusses her most popular scrapbooking projects, like “December Daily,” and explains why the practice of pairing photographs with words and artistic flair can lead to personal growth and reflection. After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the benefits of documenting memories. In Slate Plus, Ali reminisces about one of her favorite high-school teachers. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up nowto help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50 min3 d ago
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Working: How Scrapbooking Connects Craft and Personal Reflection

Spoiler Specials: Tenet

EOn 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 Sam Adams and Vox’s Film Critic Alissa Wilkinson spoil Tenet. Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller is visually spectacular yet incredibly confusing. The main character, played by John David Washington, simply referred to as the Protagonist is a CIA operative who becomes entangled with Tenet, a secret organization that’s fighting a future that’s actively attempting to destroy the world. The Protagonist suddenly finds himself in a world where things, and even people, can be inverted to travel backwards through time. Can the Protagonist save the world before it’s too late? How does Nolan incorporate palindromes within the movie’s structure? And what parallels can be drawn to Bill & Ted? Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Read Sam Adams’ review here. Read Alissa Wilkinson’s review here. Need more explanation? Check out Sam’s explainer here. Check out Alissa’s fascinating palindrome piece here. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

78 min4 d ago
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Spoiler Specials: Tenet

Thrilling Tales: Queasy Rider | The Uncertain Future of Harley-Davidson

EThere are few more iconic pieces of Americana than a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But its singular Americanness - the thing that has kept the brand popular for decades - may now be a harbinger of its downfall. Podcast production by Jess Miller, with help from Asha Saluja. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23 min5 d ago
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Thrilling Tales: Queasy Rider | The Uncertain Future of Harley-Davidson

Hit Parade: One and Done, Part 1

EHit Parade is back for non-Slate Plus listeners! Upcoming episodes will be split into two parts, released two weeks apart. For the full episode right now, sign up for Slate Plus and you'll also get The Bridge, our Trivia show and deep dive into our subjects. slate.com/hitparadeplus. What makes a one-hit wonder? To artists and pop chart analysts, it isn't just an academic question. On this episode of Hit Parade we explore the history and context of the one-hit wonder. In part 2, we'll propose three rules to determine if an artist can be classified as a one-hit wonder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51 min5 d ago
Comments
Hit Parade: One and Done, Part 1

Thirst Aid Kit: Good Night, and Good Thirst

EAnd… SCENE. We came, we ushered in a glorious age of elucidating female desire, coined a few salient expressions of desire, and poof! like magic, we were gone. That’s right, we did it, folks: we wrapped up Thirst Aid Kit as a weekly podcast. We thank you for your ears, your enthusiasm, your tweets, your drabbles, your Tumblr Asks, your marriage proposals (1) and your gifs. This final episode is a song of gratitude and pride. Two Black women talking about female desire, race, and culture week in, week out? Yeah, we did THAT. What a glorious few years. But please do not despair. This is just a perfect example of one door closing in a mansion full of other doors and windows. The weekly podcast is ending, but we remain. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Tumblr for updates on what we’re up to and where. This isn’t the end, but we will miss you. Stay thirsty; the world needs it. ️ In our Plus segment, we share just a few of the Thirst Objects we weren’t able to get to during the run of the show: Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Aldis Hodge, Avan Jogia, and Rob Delaney. We couldn’t give them full episodes but here are some quick tasty morsels to hint at what might have been. We’re on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You’ll find show notes and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can contact us via email at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

78 min6 d ago
Comments
Thirst Aid Kit: Good Night, and Good Thirst

Culture Gabfest: Pregnancy and Prayer

EOn this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s Aymann Ismail to discuss the Emmy-nominated series Ramy (check out Aymann’s story for Slate on Ramy Youssef here). Next, the panel talks with Glenn Whipp, an entertainment columnist for the LA Times, about the new inclusion requirements the Oscars recently announced. Finally, the panel dives in HBO Max’s movie Unpregnant. In Slate Plus, the hosts open up about the first thing they’ll want to do in a post-pandemic world and what things, to their surprise, they will not want to return to doing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: “Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns (as heard in Days of Heaven) Julia: Rösle Stainless Steel Mincing Garlic Press Steve: Hilltown Hot Pies (“Feast your eyes!”) Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Last Sunday by OTE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

61 min1 w ago
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Culture Gabfest: Pregnancy and Prayer

Working: How a Costume Designer Dressed Two Seth Rogens in American Pickle

EThis week, host Isaac Butler learns the finer points of costume design from Brenda Abbandandolo, who recently dressed two different characters played by Seth Rogen in American Pickle. Brenda also designed costumes for The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, and spent some time working on SNL’s digital shorts. In the interview, she talks about how costumes can communicate information about characters and how practical choices, like giving a character an umbrella, are a crucial part of her job. After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss how the trends and norms of the real world are reflected in Hollywood’s costume design choices. In Slate Plus, Brenda talks about two different styles of costume design that have influenced her work. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up nowto help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 min1 w ago
Comments
Working: How a Costume Designer Dressed Two Seth Rogens in American Pickle

Thirst Aid Kit: A Bottle of Matthew Rhys-ling

EMatthew Rhys’ energy is complex and layered, like a roasted pepper: there’s spice, there’s heat, and there’s smoke. In Rhys, there is a balance of all our favorite things — superb eye and face acting, characters that know how to yearn, tightly coiled power in a stern shell, and talent as deep as a Welsh valley. We talk about his career-defining work as a weary spy on The Americans, his turn as an older Mr Darcy in Death Comes To Pemberley, his laughter on The Wine Show and Archer, and so much more besides. Top notes of Château Rhys are: intense knowingness and barely banked passion. Pour us a glass, and leave the bottle. On this week’s Slate Plus, Nichole makes Bim break down something that has escaped her all these years: the appeal of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Pride and Prejudice itself. Bim, despite being shocked to her marrow, obliges. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. You can also send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

62 min1 w ago
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Thirst Aid Kit: A Bottle of Matthew Rhys-ling

Culture Gabfest: Horrors Real and Imagined

EOn this week’s episode, Steve is joined by guests hosts Laura Miller, a books and culture columnist for Slate, and Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and Slate’s former chief political correspondent. The panel takes on Lovecraft Country, HBO’s new horror series. Next, they talk about Charlie Kaufman’s enigmatic I’m Thinking of Ending Things. And finally, the panel dives into the “is NYC over?” debate. In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about a George Washington University professor’s recent confession that she falsely claimed a Black identity. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Laura: The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman Jamelle: The Way Back, a sports film starring Ben Affleck Steve: “What Ails America” by Timothy Snyder in the New York Review of Books, adapted from his new book, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary And finally, please check out Jamelle’s cereal reviews for Serious Eats. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Bloody Hunter by Paisley Pink Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

61 min2 w ago
Comments
Culture Gabfest: Horrors Real and Imagined

Working: Kimberly Drew on the Life-Enhancing Power of Art

EThis week, host Rumaan Alam talks about the importance of museums with writer and art advocate, Kimberly Drew, whose Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art set her apart as one of the most promising young voices in the visual art world. It also led to a job as social-media manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the interview, Kimberly discusses her new book, This Is What I Know About Art, and talks about the role art has played in peoples’ lives during the pandemic. After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about which museums they’re excited to go to when institutions reopen. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up nowto help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44 min2 w ago
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Working: Kimberly Drew on the Life-Enhancing Power of Art
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