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The Waves is a weekly conversation about news and culture examined through the lens of gender and feminism. Every other Thursday, join the hosts—Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci, Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University, Thirst Aid Kit's Nichole Perkins, and Slate Podcasts' June Thomas—for frank discussions about the ways gender shapes everything. Our new name reflects generations of women from the various waves of feminism, the sound waves that carry us to your ears, and the waves we intend to make.

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The Waves is a weekly conversation about news and culture examined through the lens of gender and feminism. Every other Thursday, join the hosts—Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci, Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University, Thirst Aid Kit's Nichole Perkins, and Slate Podcasts' June Thomas—for frank discussions about the ways gender shapes everything. Our new name reflects generations of women from the various waves of feminism, the sound waves that carry us to your ears, and the waves we intend to make.

    Outward: Queer Advice

    Outward: Queer Advice

    In this special bonus episode, Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and Rumaan Alam are joined by John Paul Brammer of the Hola Papi column to offer some sex and relationship advice. They answer listener questions about asexuality and navigating intimacy, reconciling fantasies with reality, taking the first steps into queer dating, and reconsidering why you might not identify with a community you’re already a part of.
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    • 57 min
    Is George Washington Canceled?

    Is George Washington Canceled?

    On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss Alexis Coe’s George Washington biography You Never Forget Your First. Then, they dive into Taylor Swift and Jessica Simpson’s recent characterizations of how fame has shaped them. Finally, the panel talks about a string of recent studies and op-eds centered on women and alcoholism.

    In Slate Plus: Is ghosting sexist? 

    Other items discussed on the show: 

    “You Remember Jessica Simpson, Right? Wrong” by Lindsay Mannering in the New York Times. 

    “Netflix’s Miss Americana Unveils a New Taylor Swift” by Sam Adams in Slate. 

    “Alcohol Deaths Have Risen Sharply, Particularly Among Women” by Matt Richtel in the New York Times.

    “The Patriarchy of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Holly Whitaker in the New York Times.

    “Feminism Is Helping Women Recover From Substance Abuse” by Alexandra Ma in Vice. 

    Recommendations: 

    Nichole: Playing with Fire on Netflix.

    June: The Expanse on Amazon Prime.

    Christina: “Intro to Human Physiology” class on Coursera.

    Marcia: I Love Myself When I Am Laughing… A Zora Neale Hurston Reader, edited by Alice Walker.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Writhing in the Workplace

    Writhing in the Workplace

    On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, and Marcia take on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix show The Goop Lab. Next, the panel discusses Donald Trump’s appearance at March for Life—the first time a sitting president attended the annual anti-abortion event. Finally, the panel dives into a 1,000-word job description for a “household manager/cook/nanny” posted by a single working mom in Menlo Park that went viral.

    In Slate Plus this week, is it sexist that the Washington Post suspended its reporter Felicia Sonmez for tweeting about the 2003 rape allegation against Kobe Bryant in the hours after his death?

    Other items discussed on the show:

    “The March for Life Was a March for Trump,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate

    “What antiabortion advocates get wrong about the women who secured the right to vote,” by Reva Siegel and Stacie Taranto in the Washington Post 

    “An Interview With the Woman Who Wrote the Viral 1,000-Word Job Listing for a ‘Household Manager/Cook/Nanny’,” by Ruth Graham in Slate

    “The Remembering Kobe Bryant Edition” of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast

    “How Media Outlets Are Acknowledging (and Not Acknowledging) Kobe Bryant’s Rape Case,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate

    Recommendations: 

    June: Season 10 of Vera, the ITV and BritBox’s detective drama.

    Marcia: “A Short History of Abortion-Related Boycotts,” by Cynthia Greenlee in Rewire.News.

    Christina: “The Darkness Where the Future Should Be,” by Michelle Goldberg in the New York Times.

    Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com. And please call in with your “Is It Sexist” questions at 973-826-0318.
    This podcast was produced by Lindsey Kratochwill. Production assistance by Rachael Allen and Rosemary Belson.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Outward: Pandering and Parenting

    Outward: Pandering and Parenting

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan break down exclusively gay moments in film and television, exploring why they can feel so craven, and if there’s any way to get it right. Then they interview Richie Jackson about his new book Gay Like Me, a letter to his gay son about the importance of being gay. They discuss the significance of Harvey Fierstein, growing up gay, and why queer identities are so essential. Then we close it out with a usual update to the gay agenda, looking at good versions of exclusively gay moments.
    We’ve got a Valentine’s Day advice show coming up with JP Brammer of the Hola Papi advice column, so send your questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at (929) 266-4914.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The "Runaway Royals" Edition

    The "Runaway Royals" Edition

    On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss the recent drama about whether Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren that a woman can’t be president. Then, the panel adds to the chronic (but desired) over-coverage of Megxit. Finally, the panel discuss Women on Food, an anthology edited by Charlotte Druckman. 
     
    In Slate Plus: Is it sexist for a listener’s parents to say she spends too much time on her son’s hair each morning?

    Recommendations
    June: Michael Apted’s “Up” documentary series. The latest and final installment is 63 Up, in theaters now.

    Nichole: Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series. 

    Marcia: Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers’ book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South.

    Christina: The Showtime series Work in Progress.

    This podcast was produced by Lindsey Kratochwill. Production assistance by Rachael Allen and Rosemary Belson.

    Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com. 
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Princess and the Poop

    The Princess and the Poop

    On this week’s episode the Waves, Christina, June, Nichole, and Marcia kick off 2020 by answering listeners’ “is it sexist?” questions. The hosts tackle bathroom etiquette, male presidential candidates, the term “girly girl,” and much more. 
     
    In Slate Plus: Is it sexist to call someone a douchebag?

    Other items discussed on the show: 

    The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George 
    Recommendations

    Nichole: Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

    June: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
    Middle England by Jonathan Coe
    The television show Derry Girls, streaming on Netflix

    Marcia: The streaming service Pluto TV, which includes everything from MTV Cribs to Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

    Christina: Slate’s recent cover story “Lockdown” on children’s responses to school shooting drills. Also available to listen to on Apple Podcasts. 

    This podcast was produced by Sara Burningham. Production assistance by Rachael Allen and Rosemary Belson. 

    Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com. 
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    • 1 hr 15 min

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