343 episodes

Hosts Isaac Butler, Karen Han, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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Hosts Isaac Butler, Karen Han, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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    How the Alien Languages in “Foundation” Were Created

    How the Alien Languages in “Foundation” Were Created

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to Fionnuala Murphy, an actor and linguist who invented multiple alien languages for Apple TV Plus’s series Foundation. In the interview, Fionnuala explains how she landed the job, which was her first ever foray into language creation. Then she breaks down the process of designing the languages based on information she could gather from the scripts and conversations with the Foundation team. 
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host Karen Han talk about their own relationships to language and discuss how patterns and structures, like those found in language, are crucial to their creative work. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Isaac asks Fionnuala about her translation work. Then Fionnuala offers advice for people who are trying to better understand their own language. 
    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
    Working Overtime: “Get Off the Freaking Internet”

    Working Overtime: “Get Off the Freaking Internet”

    Welcome to the debut episode of Working Overtime! In these bi-weekly episodes, June, Isaac, and Karen dissect creative advice​​—and sometimes offer it to listeners and each other. This week, they discuss a piece of advice from cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who argues that avoiding the Internet every once in a while can lead to more focus and productivity. In the discussion, the hosts assess whether the internet helps or hurts their creative work and share some strategies for logging off when necessary. 
    Do you have a piece of creative advice to share? Or maybe you could use some advice from the Working crew. Either way, get in touch at working@slate.com or leave a message at (304) 933-9675. 
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
    If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus.
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    • 30 min
    Fashion Designer Jasmine Chong on Aesthetics, Familial Influence, and Hot Pink

    Fashion Designer Jasmine Chong on Aesthetics, Familial Influence, and Hot Pink

    This week, host Karen Han talks to fashion designer Jasmine Chong whom you might know from the reality show Making the Cut. Before founding her own label, Jasmine worked for some of the most influential names in fashion. In the interview, Jasmine explains the profound influence her fashion designer mother has had on her life, creative outlook, and career. 
    After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler discuss the challenges of unraveling how people develop their aesthetic and what their aspirational garments are. (Isaac is big into Brian Cox’s Succession cardigans..) 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Karen asks Jasmine about “straight-sizing” and how the fashion industry remains centered around a small sub-section of sizes and body types.
    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 Zak Rosen.
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    • 57 min
    Our Creative New Year's Resolutions for 2022

    Our Creative New Year's Resolutions for 2022

    This week, hosts June Thomas, Isaac Butler, and Karen Han share their creative New Year’s Resolutions for 2022. Then they look back at their goals for 2021 and discuss what they accomplished and where they had trouble. They also check in with former host Rumaan Alam, who shares an update on his 2021 resolutions. 
    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. 
    If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus.
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    • 45 min
    A Special Creative Advice Episode

    A Special Creative Advice Episode

    This week, hosts June Thomas, Isaac Butler, and Karen Han help each other to overcome creative roadblocks and discuss some of their favorite pieces of creative wisdom. But first, they make a big announcement about future episodes of Working. 
    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.
    If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus.
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    • 56 min
    How a Museum Curator Decides Which Objects to Put on Display

    How a Museum Curator Decides Which Objects to Put on Display

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Debra Schmidt Bach, a curator of the New-York Historical Society’s new exhibition, " ‘Turn Every Page’: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive.” They discuss the art of selecting objects that visitors will respond to; how objects like notebooks and a typewriter showcase Caro’s idiosyncratic writing process; and the particular challenges of maintaining an exhibition that features lots of pieces of paper, a material that needs to rest so that it can be preserved.

    After the interview, June and co-host Karen Han discuss what kind of museum visitors they are, the art of winnowing, and how they find projects that will sustain their interest.

    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Schmidt Bach reveals her strategy for overcoming “curator’s block” and shares what she learned from working on the Caro exhibition.

    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 Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
368 Ratings

368 Ratings

Justhatched ,

Change of scope is a bummer

This podcast used to interview individual people working at an organization and go into depth about their working day. With a change in host, it seems to be another Hollywood entertainment podcast. I love host June but I subscribed because I wanted the in depth about working jobs in a variety of fields.

All_Hail_Lucy ,

I don’t care about the hosts

They talk too much about themselves.

Zendikari9876 ,

I miss the variety

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having artists here and there on the show, but the best part of this show was the variety. You could feel like you got to experience more that life has to offer through varying perspectives. I held on for dear life after the format change, hoping it would find its stride and improve. I think the interviews are valuable, but everything I loved about this show that made me originally subscribe is gone. It used to feel like a space to genuinely learn about someone different from you. Now it’s clearly only for creative workers/artists, and only elite ones at that. I first subscribed because I felt lost without direction in my life, and this podcast was there to show me there’s no “right” path - there’s valuable, interesting work to be found everywhere. Maybe it can still do that for artists, but not for anyone else. I love that they feature more women and people of color, but there’s more to diversity in the world than artistic work. I want to come back, I hope some day they can find a happy medium.

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