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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

The Waves: Gender, Relationships, Feminism Slate Podcasts

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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    What The F*** Do We Do Now?

    What The F*** Do We Do Now?

    On this emergency episode of The Waves, Slate senior producer Cheyna Roth and Slate senior staff writer Christina Cauterucci respond to the decision by the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and get real about how they’re handling this devastating blow. 

    Read Christina’s piece on medication abortions here. Find all of Slate’s coverage of Roe v Wade here, and a guide to basic questions about what happens next here. 

    Recommendations:
    Cheyna: Getting your kid the COVID vaccine and JellyCat stuffed animals. 
    Christina: Fire Island on Hulu.
     
    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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    • 31 min
    How Gone Girl Changed Publishing

    How Gone Girl Changed Publishing

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate staff writer Heather Schwedel is joined by Slate books and culture columnist Laura Miller on the ten year anniversary of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. They talk about the initial reaction to Gone Girl, why the twists packed such a punch, and the enduring impact of the famous “cool girl” speech. Then they explore why, despite many books proclaiming to be so, there has never really been another Gone Girl.

    In Slate Plus, Laura takes Heather behind the scenes of book blurbs. 

    Recommendations:
    Heather: The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
    Laura: TV series Redemption, available on BritBox
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery. 
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    • 29 min
    The Truth About “Normal” Sex

    The Truth About “Normal” Sex

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate science writer and editor Shannon Palus is joined by Popular Science executive editor and author Rachel Feltman to talk about sex, baby. Rachel’s new book, “Been There, Done That” explores the quirky, wild, and often queer side of the history of sex. Shannon and Rachel talk about why animal sex is so relevant to human sex, the “loop-de-loop” of sexual evolution, and they ponder the age old question, “Why are even men?” 

    In Slate Plus, Rachel talks about why Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) may in some cases not be as terrible as you think. 

    Recommendations:
    Shannon: Spindrift seltzer 
    Rachel: The horror anthology, Your Body is Not Your Body
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.
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    • 27 min
    The Hidden Cost of Breast Implants

    The Hidden Cost of Breast Implants

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate science editor and writer Shannon Palus is joined by freelance science journalist Eleanor Cummins to talk about plastics. Surgery that is. And all the physical and mental concerns that come with altering your body. They start out by talking about Eleanor’s recent piece on the health concerns of breast implants. Then they talk about VIP Syndrome, and how it’s coming for all of us. 

    In Slate Plus, is breast reduction surgery feminist?

    Recommendations:
    Shannon: Perfect Bars
    Eleanor: Cotopaxi gear.
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.
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    • 35 min
    Abortion on the Ballot

    Abortion on the Ballot

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior producer Cheyna Roth is joined by Slate senior writer Mark Joseph Stern to talk about Michigan’s ballot initiative to save abortion rights in the state. They dig into the positives and negatives of going to the ballot, what we can learn from Ireland, and why, at the end of the day, you really need the courts. Mark also explains the one big thing that citizens can and should be doing to help secure abortion access. 

    In Slate Plus, is Ginny Thomas maintaining a career that directly conflicts with her Supreme Court Justice husband’s work feminist? 

    Mentioned in the Show:
    “The Ironic, Unintended Consequence of SCOTUS’s Plan to Overturn Roe” by Mark Joseph Stern

    Recommendations:
    Mark: The album Two Ribbons by Let’s Eat Grandma
    Cheyna: Everything by the band HAIM. 
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery . 
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    • 33 min
    Protecting Abortion Is Vital For The Economy

    Protecting Abortion Is Vital For The Economy

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor for Jurisprudence Nicole Lewis is joined by Slate Money co-host, and correspondent for Axios, Emily Peck to talk about the economic implications of overturning Roe v. Wade. A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion shows the court has the votes to abolish the constitutional right to abortion, which Roe established in 1973. Our hosts dig into all the ways ending abortion will undermine women’s economic gains and participation in the workforce, including gains that conservatives champion - like low rates of teenage motherhood, stable homes and being able to work and provide for yourself. And finally, they look at how eliminating the right to an abortion would disproportionately impact poor women and women of color. 

    Mentioned in the Episode:
    “Overturning Roe Could Reverse Economic Gains” by Emily Peck
    “The Horrifying Implications of Alito’s Most Alarming Footnote” by Dahlia Lithwick 
    National Network of Abortion Funds

    In Slate Plus: Are Brazillian Butt Lifts feminist? 

    Recommendations:
    Nicole: The Netflix series Bonding.
    Emily: All kinds of gummy candy, from bears to sour worms. 
     
    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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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Marand0000 ,

They are back!

I have been waiting for so long for this podcast to come back! I didn’t realize how much I had missed this show. Christina’s and June’s voices are so comforting in this weird world we find ourselves in.

Ben_Klein ,

Fantastic Show - Especially for humans.

The hosts of this show break down feminist and issues facing the human race around gender in a fashion that is easy to understand and provides decent depth and clarity. As a male raising children, I am painfully aware (and sadly unaware) of my own behaviours both intentional and other that lead to the marginalizing of half our species. This show is a pleasent tool to help educate and provide further resources for me to investigate and maybe help my kids be better humans.

Zeff Blair ,

Boring and misses the bigger issues

Hannah is wonderful and I respect her so much however all the topics covered just touch on the headlines and completely miss the underlying issues. It privileged and boring and tries to sound really woke and intelligent but not actually saying much. I’m super disappointed

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