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    The Waves: Are “Cool Moms” A Menace?

    The Waves: Are “Cool Moms” A Menace?

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor Rebecca Onion is joined by NPR political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben to unpack all the fears that come with pending motherhood. They unpack Danielle’s brilliant Substack piece, “A Professional Lady Correspondent Stares Down Motherhood,” their fears of “cool moms” and…the possible merits of ”lean in feminism.” Heavy emphasis on the possible.

    In Slate Plus, how Danielle navigated covering abortion post-Roe while pregnant. 
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth and Tori Dominguez with editorial oversight by Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery.
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    • 39 min
    How To!: Command a Room

    How To!: Command a Room

    Yuzuha has been interviewing people for six years. She’s a journalist based in Japan who writes about business and technology but has dreamed of working in broadcast, interviewing people for an audience. Her first challenge is coming sooner than she expected. Yuzuha was asked to moderate a panel at a big conference in Tokyo. She wants to know how to speak with confidence, capture an audience, and ensure her questions get answered without putting on a fake persona. On this episode of How To!, Amanda Ripley brings on journalist Meghna Chakrabarti. Meghna is the host of On Point, a public radio show, where she is known for her artful live interviews that help her audience make sense of the world. Meghna has some wonderful advice for Yuzuha (and all of us) on how to harness your voice and ensure you’re advocating for your audience.

    If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Speak Up So Others Listen.” 

    Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show.

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    • 40 min
    The Waves: How a Man Writes Women Protagonists

    The Waves: How a Man Writes Women Protagonists

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior producer Cheyna Roth is joined by author and Slate editor Dan Kois to talk about men writing women. Dan’s new book, Vintage Contemporaries, is the coming of age story of Em and the two women who had a meaningful impact on her life. Dan and Cheyna talk about how Dan wrote true to life female characters without falling into the #menwritewomen trap, why he told a story with female characters, and how to navigate the tricky world of writing characters of the opposite sex.

    In Slate Plus, how the HarperCollins strike is impacting women.

    You can find the HarperCollins Bookshop link here.
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery.
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    • 41 min
    How To!: Love Your Face

    How To!: Love Your Face

    Earlier this year, our listener, Rell, nearly failed a promotion. Not because she was unprepared or unqualified, but because she didn’t maintain enough eye contact with the interviewers. Rell’s eye hasn’t been fully receiving information since she was born, a condition that’s outwardly visible and known colloquially as a “lazy eye.” It’s beginning to affect her self-confidence and is this “ugly thing [she] can’t let go of.” On this episode of How To!, new co-host Carvell Wallace brings on Sarah Ruhl. Sarah is an award-winning playwright, and author who wrote about her experience with Bell’s palsy in her recent book, Smile: The Story of a Face. Sarah has some wonderful advice for letting go of your inner rage, making interactions with strangers less painful, and even finding people who light up your mirror neurons.

    If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Dress with Confidence.” 

    Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show.

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    • 42 min
    Outward: The War on Drag

    Outward: The War on Drag

    This month, hosts Christina Cauterucci, Jules Gill-Peterson, and Bryan Lowder take an in-depth look at the latest fixation of the far right: drag, an art form as old as gender itself, which has brought generations of queer people together. In the first segment, the hosts consider why conservatives are now trying to regulate drag shows out of existence and armed hate groups are showing up at drag events to threaten and intimidate performers and audiences. Then they are joined by Lil Miss Hot Mess, who in addition to performing with Drag Story Hour, has taken an academic interest in what children take away from drag events.
    Items discussed in the show:

    The beautiful lullaby version of “Titanium” in M3GAN.

    M.J. Rodriguez’s gorgeous 2023 Golden Globes dress


    Drag Story Hour

    Diane di Prima’s poem “Rant”

    Lil Miss Hot Mess’ clap-back video to Marco Rubio’s attack ad


    Gay Agenda

    Jules: Any DJ set by Honey Dijon. (Here’s one to start with.)

    Bryan: Cleanse your social media feeds, and introduce some cozy vibes with Isaac Mizrahi’s Instagram feed.

    Christina: “The ‘Golden Gays’ Return to the Stage in the Philippines,” by Hannah Reyes Morales in the New York Times


    This podcast was produced by June Thomas.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    How To!: Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

    How To!: Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

    January is barely two weeks old and already some of our ambitious New Year’s resolutions may be starting to fade. No shame! Approximately 90% of resolution makers don’t reach their goal. Which means there’s gotta be a better way. Our listener this week, Emily, is discouraged about her unhealthy eating and lack of exercise and wants to form better habits that last long after the new year. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Maya Shankar. Maya is a cognitive scientist and host of the award-winning podcast, A Slight Change of Plans. Relying on decades of research, she helps Emily (and all of us) set ourselves up for success based on what works for actual humans.

    If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Eat Whatever You Want” and “How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off”

    Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Subscribe for free on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen.

    Podcast production by Derek John, Rosemary Belson, and Kevin Bendis.  

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