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For readers who are listeners, for listeners looking for something to read—this feed includes book discussions and conversations with authors from across the Slate Podcast network.

    Gabfest Reads: Corrections in Ink

    Gabfest Reads: Corrections in Ink

    Emily Bazelon talks with author Keri Blakinger about her new memoir, Corrections in Ink which recounts Blakinger’s path from Olympic ambitions, to heroin addiction, to prison, and ultimately a return to life on the outside.  

    Blakinger launched a program to deliver her memoir to currently incarcerated readers. You can learn more here: https://800ceoread.com/coupons/redeem/donationcorrectionsinink
     
    Tweet us your questions @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

    Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
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    • 38 min
    The Waves: How "Gone Girl" Changed Publishing

    The Waves: 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 Waves: Been There, Done That

    The Waves: Been There, Done That

    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
    ICYMI: Everything I Need I Get From You

    ICYMI: Everything I Need I Get From You

    Throughout the 2010s, the One Direction fandom was inescapable online. On today’s show, Atlantic writer Kaitlyn Tiffany is here to discuss her new book all about that subject, Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It. Rachelle and Madison talk to Kaitlyn about why she chose One Direction, how fan theories get out of hand, and why neither she nor Rachelle would ever want to meet Harry Styles.
    Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Madison Malone Kircher.
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    • 32 min
    Outward: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians

    Outward: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians

    This month, in honor of Pride, we’re going to be bringing you an Outward episode every week.
    Today, it’s a segment from a 2021 episode of Working, Slate's podcast about the creative process, in which June Thomas spoke with photographer Joan E. Biren, also known as JEB. In the interview, JEB discusses the creation, funding, and printing of her groundbreaking 1979 photobook Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians, which was reissued by Anthology Editions in 2021. 
    The Working episode was produced by Cameron Drews.
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    • 33 min
    Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Nasty, Brutish and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids

    Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Nasty, Brutish and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids

    On this episode: Zak and Elizabeth are joined by Scott Hershovitz, author of the book Nasty, Brutish and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids and the director of the Law and Ethics Program and professor of law and philosophy at the University of Michigan. They discuss why you shouldn’t shy away from big questions, how to foster open mindedness in teens, and perhaps the biggest question of all—what’s a “floofer doofer.”
    On Slate Plus, they have a round of graduation-themed Triumphs and Fails. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on MADAF each week, and no ads. Sign up now at slate.com/momanddadplus to listen and support our work.
    Recommendations:
    Elizabeth recommends the Sipsey Wilder hip pack
    Scott recommends Teaching Children Philosophy
    Zak recommends Julie’s Library. 
    Join us on Facebook and email us at momanddad@slate.com to ask us new questions, tell us what you thought of today’s show, and give us ideas about what we should talk about in future episodes. 
    Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson and Jasmine Ellis.
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
499 Ratings

499 Ratings

Juliette2316 ,

Missed you

This used to be my hands down favorite podcast. So glad your are (sorta) back ❤️❤️❤️

Christina1832 ,

Where you at?

Love this pod. Would love to see its return

Charkra11 ,

Amazing, please come back!

I haven’t found another bookish podcast with the same depth of analysis. The hosts don’t talk endlessly about their personal lives and there are no gimmicks or shticks. Just extraordinarily thoughtful and interesting discourse. I don’t blame them for disappearing after so many reviews lambasted a vocal quality of a commentator. I personally was able to overlook it to obtain the top-notch content. Perhaps we didn’t deserve this podcast.

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