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    Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

    Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

    In the last 24 years, Judy has moved approximately 16 times for her husband’s military career. But her family has finally settled down in a lovely house with a yard near Annapolis, Maryland. Now Judy is hoping to transform her outdoor space into something that’s beautiful and environmentally friendly. On this episode of How To!, Doug Tallamy explains why, now more than ever, we need people like Judy to plant native species in order to revive our ecosystem. He has some surprisingly easy tips for replacing your grass (take that, lawn mower!), finding plants that pollinators will love, and even getting rid of those pesky mosquitoes. 
    Resources: 
    Homegrown National Park
    Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard
    Audubon Native Plants Database
    National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder
    SEEK by iNaturalist
    The Life and Death of the American Lawn
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Squash Your Fear of Bugs (and Other Phobias)”
    Do you have a problem that needs solving? 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 and Rosemary Belson with help from Katie Shepherd. 
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    • 36 min
    Decoder Ring: The Most Famous Poet No One Remembers

    Decoder Ring: The Most Famous Poet No One Remembers

    Rod McKuen sold multiple millions of poetry books in the 60s and 70s. He released dozens of albums, was a regular on late night, and was even nominated for an Oscar. So, how did the most salable poet in American history simply disappear? On today’s episode, Slate writer Dan Kois went searching for Rod McKuen, a famous poet who isn’t so famous anymore. We’ll hear from Stephanie Burt, Mike Chasar and Barry Alfonso, author of Rod’s biography A Voice of the Warm. Along the way, Dan meets Andy Zax, a guy who, like him, was bewildered by this forgotten star—until he became an accidental fan, and then somehow the only person keeping Rod McKuen’s flame alive.
    This episode of Decoder Ring was written by Dan Kois and edited by Willa Paskin. It was produced by Willa Paskin and Katie Shepherd. Derek John is Sr. Supervising Producer of Narrative Podcasts. Merritt Jacob is our Technical Director.
    If you have any cultural mysteries you want us to decode, email us at DecoderRing@slate.com. If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you get ad-free podcasts, bonus episodes, and total access to all of Slate’s journalism.
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    • 48 min
    Gabfest Reads: Revolution Through Teenage Eyes

    Gabfest Reads: Revolution Through Teenage Eyes

    Emily Bazelon talks with author Vanessa Hua about her new historical fiction book, Forbidden City. The novel tells the story of sixteen-year-old revolutionary Mei who becomes a dancer in Chairman Mao’s inner circle. Emily and Vanessa talk about Vanessa’s inspiration for the novel, the complicated dynamics between Mei and Chairman Mao, and whether we’ll hear more from Mei. 

    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 Cheyna Roth
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    • 31 min
    A Word: They Want to Kill Americans

    A Word: They Want to Kill Americans

    This week’s January 6th congressional hearings offered an in-depth look at the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and other violent extremist groups that organized the insurrection. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson discusses the issues with counter terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, who has spent years chronicling the rise of white supremacist and other American political extremist movements. His new book is “They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency.”  

    Guest: Analyst Malcolm Nance

    Podcast production by Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola

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    • 23 min
    Political Gabfest: Lowest Approval Rating

    Political Gabfest: Lowest Approval Rating

    This week, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Mark Leibovich discuss Biden’s 2024 plans, the establishment Republicans who stand by Trump, and Herschel Walker’s alarming Senate campaign.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission, by Mark Leibovich
    Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “History Will Judge The Complicit”
    Mark Leibovich for the New York Times Magazine: “Donald Trump Is Not Going Anywhere”
    Mark Leibovich for the New York Times: “Kevin McCarthy, Four Months After Jan. 6, Still on Defensive Over Trump”


    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: The New York Times: “168 Writing Prompts to Spark Discussion and Reflection”
    Mark: Mark shared his thoughts on whether life was better before cell phones.
    David: City Cast DC’s July 12, 2022 newsletter.

    Listener chatter from Josie Beyer: Julia Medina for Sleepopolis: “Sleeping While Rowing in the Great Pacific Race”; Lat 35 Racing Team on Instagram
     
    Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 54 min
    Mom & Dad: Run Towards the Danger

    Mom & Dad: Run Towards the Danger

    On this episode: Zak talks to filmmaker, author, and actor Sarah Polley about her book Run Towards the Danger. They talk about how losing a parent early influences how she parents now. How to handle guilt and why finding your parenting community is so valuable. They also discuss her boundaryless childhood and why she won’t let her kids be child actors. Finally, Sarah talks about navigating parenting while healing from a years-long injury.
    Recommendations: 
    Jamilah recommends Lemon Perfect Lemon Water
    Elizabeth recommends Pinna Podcasts
    Zak recommends Sarah Polley’s films, specifically Stories We Tell. 
    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 Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola and Rosemary Belson.
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    • 31 min

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