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    Working: Voice Actor Erika Ishii on Video Game Roles and Motion Capture

    Working: Voice Actor Erika Ishii on Video Game Roles and Motion Capture

    This week, host Karen Han talks to voice actor and performer Erika Ishii, whose very long resume includes video games, animated series, and live action projects. In the interview, Erika explains their process of bringing video game characters to life–characters like Valkyrie in the game Apex Legends. Then Erika discusses diversity among both characters and performers in the gaming industry and the ability to say no to projects that aren’t the right fit. 
    After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler talk about diversity in entertainment and the progress that has yet to be made. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Erika lists some of the voice acting that has inspired them over the years. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    • 55 min
    ICYMI: The TikTokkers Taking Down the Troubled Teen Industry

    ICYMI: The TikTokkers Taking Down the Troubled Teen Industry

    The “troubled teen” industry, which refers to a network of private wilderness youth programs, therapeutic boarding schools, and residential treatment centers has recently come under scrutiny thanks to TikTok. Survivors of this industry have taken to the app to post stories of their traumatic experiences. On today’s show, Madison and Rachelle talk to Kendee and Daniel, two TikTokkers who’ve become voices of the “troubled teen” industry survivor movement. They take us through what they refer to as “legal kidnapping”, the harsh conditions and manual labor they were subjected to, what life’s been like since they got out, and how TikTok has helped them heal.
    Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder.
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    • 29 min
    Spoiler Specials: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Spoiler Specials: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    This week’s Spoiler Specials takes on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Film critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams to spoil the Marvel film that stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed by Sam Raimi, the first action scene takes place at the wedding of Doctor Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) ex (Rachel McAdams) being interrupted by a one-eyed octopus creature from space that’s chasing after America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez).
    It’s an explosive start to a film that has some of the best –and the worst– of what Marvel movies are famous for.
    Read Sam’s review of the movie. 
    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.
    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.
    Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis.
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    • 54 min
    The Waves: How the Fall of Bitch Media is a Sign of Disastrous Things to Come.

    The Waves: How the Fall of Bitch Media is a Sign of Disastrous Things to Come.

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, we’re reflecting on the impact of Bitch Media, which started as a zine in the 90s, and grew into a print publication and website . Slate staff writer Heather Schwedel is joined by Bitch co-founder Andi Zeisler to talk about the history of Bitch. Then, they explore why feminist media is struggling, despite maybe being more necessary than ever. 

    In Slate Plus: Is asking if things are feminist, feminist?

    Recommendations: 
    Heather: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
    Andi: Time Zone J by Julie Doucet

     Mentioned in the Show: 
    “Bitch and the End of Independent Feminist Media” by Jude Ellison S. Doyle 

    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.
    Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com
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    • 27 min
    ICYMI: The “Am I the A**Hole” Economy Is Thriving

    ICYMI: The “Am I the A**Hole” Economy Is Thriving

    “Am I the a*****e?” The provocative question lies at the heart of a wildly popular subreddit whose reach has spread far beyond the platform. On today’s show, Rachelle and Madison dig into the history and legacy of the 4-million-subscriber-strong advice forum that is the “Am I the A*****e” subreddit. They speak with Mallola Khalidi, a TikTokker who’s blown up on the platform after she started filming herself reading AITA posts. They discuss how she got started, how her videos have been received, and some of the wildest stories she’s ever read aloud.
    Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder.
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    • 28 min
    Culture Gabfest: Aristocrats at Sea

    Culture Gabfest: Aristocrats at Sea

    This week, Steve is joined by author and Slate editor and writer, Dan Kois, and Slate staff writer, Heather Schwedel. The panel begins by discussing the French film Happening with Susan Matthews, Slate’s news director and the host of Slow Burn Season 7, which will focus on Roe v. Wade. Then, the panel sails the high seas with HBO’s Our Flag Means Death. Finally, Julia pops in for a surprise guest segment as the panel discusses Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe-inspired Met Gala appearance.
    In Slate Plus, the panel discusses culture that shaped their ideas of 40s and 50s adulthood.
    Email us at culturefest@slate.com.
    Endorsements
    Dan: A contemporary novel about a very bad art friend that was somewhat overlooked in January, Last Resort by Andrew Lipstein.
    Heather: Hersey’s Colliders—a two-part refrigerated dessert.
    Steve: The 2002 Brazilian epic crime film City of God.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe.
    Outro music is "Self Made Woman" by Katharine Appleton.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
202 Ratings

202 Ratings

Ginger in Canada ,

Hit parade: Lullaby of broadway ep ENDING WILL MAKE YOU CRY

I love Hit Parade but this lullaby of broadway episode GOT ME. Loved hearing about the intersection of pop music and broadway cast recordings through the ages. You guys, listen to the end. You won’t be sorry. Epic performance of Requiem, little dude. Congratulations!

Cr8tiveNS ,

Not perfect but essential

I value this podcast because it always exposes me to something in the forefront of culture, and a range of things. I did not love the hosts on first listen, but they have grown on me over time. Often I find myself bringing up something I heard on culture gabfest to friends or my partner to chew it over. I appreciate the new things I learn from this!

Ashleywb ,

Great but too much other podcast clutter

I love this show and have listened for years but lately feel like there have been *so many* other podcast episodes in the feed. I just counted and 11 of the last 15 episodes were non-Gabfest ones: episodes of Spoiler Special, Hit Parade, Decoder Ring, and Flashback, none of which I’m signed up for or interested in. I understand doing one feature episode to introduce a new podcast but posting continued episodes in this feed is making me nuts.

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