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    The Waves: Do Co-Ed Sports Hurt Girls?

    The Waves: Do Co-Ed Sports Hurt Girls?

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor Shannon Palus and transgender journalist Evan Urquhart pose the question: Do we really need to separate sports by sex? The pair discusses Maggie Merten’s recent piece in The Atlantic, “Separating Sports By Sex Doesn’s Make Sense” and what role biology does (and doesn’t) play in determining who the top player on the field is. Later in the show, Shannon and Evan talk about why co-ed sports would be great for transgender youth. 

    In Slate Plus, is the Adam Levine sexting controversy feminist? 

    Recommendations:
    Shannon: Adopting a dog.
    Evan: The Power Wash Simulator game.
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus, Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery.
    Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com
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    • 33 min
    ICYMI: Jojo Siwa Did What on TikTok?

    ICYMI: Jojo Siwa Did What on TikTok?

    A lot of stuff has been happening online so we figured it was a perfect time for another mailbag. On today’s episode, Nadira is back with Rachelle to read your letters and answer your burning questions. They get into everything from Jojo Siwa’s lesbian TikTok drama, to why we’re all laughing about Adam Levine’s sexts, and whether or not influencers are allowed to complain about being influencers.
    This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Daisy Rosario.
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    • 37 min
    Culture Gabfest: Hamm Sandwich

    Culture Gabfest: Hamm Sandwich

    This week, Slate writer and editor Dan Kois fills in for Julia as the panel begins by revisiting a familiar character in the Jon Hamm-led reboot Confess, Fletch. Then, the panel is joined by Slate’s book critic, Laura Miller, to remember the legacy of the recently departed British author Hilary Mantel. Finally, the panel is joined by Slate's web editor, Nitish Pahwa, to explain the cheating scandal that has embroiled not only the world of competitive chess, but also the general public.
    In Slate Plus, the panel discusses what makes the best bathroom book—inspired by Dan Kois’ article on the subject for Slate.
    Email us at culturefest@slate.com.
    Endorsements
    Dana: The perfect airplane viewing (whilst embarking on a new chapter of book promo): the one hour BBC documentary Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard.
    Dan: The intensely close reading of the film Predator titled, Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession by Ander Monson. In it, Monson transforms the close reading into a memoir about manhood, guns, politics, juvenile delinquency, and more.
    Steve: The famous solo by tenor saxophone player Paul Gonsalves during Duke Ellington’s set at the 1956 Newport Jazz festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vnrNWyvI-U
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe.
    Outro music is "Bloody Hunter" by Paisley Pink.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Hang Up: The Brett Favre Welfare Scandal

    Hang Up: The Brett Favre Welfare Scandal

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the Boston Celtics’ decision to suspend head coach Ime Udoka. They also talk about Roger Federer’s tearful retirement. Finally, Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today joins for a conversation about Brett Favre and the state’s enormous welfare scandal.
     
    Udoka (4:24): Did the media and the Celtics mishandle the news of his suspension?
     
    Federer (21:01): What makes his relationship with Rafael Nadal so special.
     
    Favre (42:20): How the ex-quarterback got enmeshed in an escalating welfare controversy.
     
    Afterball (1:02:46): Joel on Mississippi, a segregation academy, and a football field.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Working: Making Lincoln Center More Welcoming

    Working: Making Lincoln Center More Welcoming

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to Shanta Thake, chief artistic officer of New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In the interview, Shanta describes the different branches of Lincoln Center and discusses the institution’s new mission to make all of those branches more welcoming and accessible to more people. She also describes her role as a curator and explains how she and her team are always on the lookout for new talent. 
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host Karen Han discuss the business side of live production. They also interrogate Isaac’s claim that “90% of art is bad.” 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Shanta and Isaac talk about one of their favorite operas, Philip Glass’ Akhnaten. 
    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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    • 54 min
    ICYMI: Serial Didn’t Free Adnan Syed

    ICYMI: Serial Didn’t Free Adnan Syed

    In 2015, Serial launched the case against Adnan Syed for the murder of Hae Min Lee in to the national conversation, but over the years the mistakes that show made continued to add up. Adnan Syed’s release from prison earlier this week would have been a great chance for the Serial team to admit their wrongs, but that was not the case.
    On today’s episode, Rachelle is joined by Daisy Rosario to talk about the impact Serial had on the culture, and the case itself. They speak with Rebecca Lavoie, a writer and host of Crime Writers On…, about what's missing from the podcast, the New York Times continuing to ignore its journalistic responsibilities, and how Serial is responsible for the current state of true crime culture.
    This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Daisy Rosario.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Ichablog Crane ,

Out of Touch

I appreciate this podcast, but after recently listening to the hosts analysis of Office Space I had to play it for several friends.I don’t thinkI’ve ever heard a more out of touch understanding of white collar versus blue collar work. Clearly you do not understand where Mike Judge comes from or why this movie is so popular amongst regular people like myself. Exhibit A: The hosts claim that Peter makes significantly more money than his neighbor, simply because he is a construction worker. This might be true in New York City for a computer programmer in the late 90s, but even in the film theater and his neighbor live in the exact same apartment complex. How is that not landing with the hosts? God I don’t even know where to start. I know my point is probably going to fail in the short review, but I will try to summit up. These hosts are clearly out of touch with the working class.

angrylf ,

Laughably bad

Virtue signaling nonsense - I dare you to find a logical, genuine human moment on this show!! It is like a SNL skit! Yikes

ElizabethTee ,

Always something motivating and helpful

Great interviews that always contain useful and motivating content. Like a helpful, humble, honest pep talk.

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