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Hear to Slay is the Black feminist podcast of your dreams—compelling conversations curated in only the way Black women can. Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom offer uncommonly incisive reads of the politics that shape the world we live in and the popular culture we consume. If you want to laugh as much as you want to be challenged, if you’re seriously smart but refuse to take yourself too seriously at all, come a little closer because we are here and hear, to slay.

Hear to Slay Roxane Gay and Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 162 Ratings

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Hear to Slay is the Black feminist podcast of your dreams—compelling conversations curated in only the way Black women can. Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom offer uncommonly incisive reads of the politics that shape the world we live in and the popular culture we consume. If you want to laugh as much as you want to be challenged, if you’re seriously smart but refuse to take yourself too seriously at all, come a little closer because we are here and hear, to slay.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Best of HTS: Chopped and Screwed (with Isabel Wilkerson)

    Best of HTS: Chopped and Screwed (with Isabel Wilkerson)

    Isabel Wilkerson reframes race and racism in her book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Here she talks about what inspired the book and about the craft behind her complex, big narratives. Spoiler: it doesn’t involve outlines. Plus, Tressie and Roxane on why you need to read more than one book about racism.

    Mentions:
    Caste: The Origins Of Our Discontents

    Hear To Slay theme music by Taka Yasuzawa and Alex Sugiura. Curtis Fox is the senior producer. Sarah Wyman and Catherine Fenollosa are the producers. Production help from Lauren Garcia and Kaityln Adams. Ali McPherson and Isoke Samuel are the interns.

    • 51 min
    Best of HTS: Taking Up Space (with Amber J. Phillips, Brittany Gibson)

    Best of HTS: Taking Up Space (with Amber J. Phillips, Brittany Gibson)

    Activist and storyteller Amber J. Phillips on the importance of being who you are, politically and publicly. Also, journalist Brittany Gibson on the breathtaking scope of new Republican voter suppression efforts.
    Notes: 

    Articles on voter suppression by Brittany Gibson

    Amber J. Phillip’s Instagram


    Hear To Slay theme music by Taka Yasuzawa and Alex Sugiura. Curtis Fox is the senior producer. Sarah Wyman and Catherine Fenollosa are the producers. Production help from Lauren Garcia and Kaityln Adams. Ali McPherson and Isoke Samuel are the interns.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Best of HTS: Freedom to Breathe (with Senator Elizabeth Warren)

    Best of HTS: Freedom to Breathe (with Senator Elizabeth Warren)

    Senator Elizabeth Warren on the moral and political imperative of forgiving student loan debt. Plus Roxane and Tressie respond to listener voicemails about what they would do if their student loan debt was forgiven.
    Hear To Slay theme music by Taka Yasuzawa and Alex Sugiura. Curtis Fox is the senior producer. Sarah Wyman and Catherine Fenollosa are the producers. Production help from Lauren Garcia and Kaityln Adams. Ali McPherson and Isoke Samuel are the interns.

    • 56 min
    Best of HTS: Fat is Not a Feeling (with Julia Turshen)

    Best of HTS: Fat is Not a Feeling (with Julia Turshen)

    Tressie is hungry, and Roxane is into cookbooks. Cookbook author Julia Turshen talks about making healthy comfort food, and her own struggles with body image. 

    Mentions: 

    Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food

    Carmen Cool, therapist and body justice advocate


    Hear To Slay theme music by Taka Yasuzawa and Alex Sugiura. Curtis Fox is the senior producer. Sarah Wyman and Catherine Fenollosa are the producers. Production help from Lauren Garcia and Kaityln Adams. Ali McPherson and Isoke Samuel are the interns.

    • 44 min
    Best of HTS: Adults Ain't It (with Jason Reynolds)

    Best of HTS: Adults Ain't It (with Jason Reynolds)

    YA (aka the Young Adult genre) author Jason Reynolds on his love for teens and why he writes specifically for them. Plus Roxane and Tressie x-ray Meghan and the Royal Family, and we hear from publisher Chris Jackson on why 2020 was such a big year for Black writers. [Editor's note: this episode originally aired March, 2021, but we think it's worth a relisten. Enjoy.]
    Hear all episodes of Hear to Slay: Subscribe to the Luminary channel on Apple Podcasts:. Go to: apple.co/slay
    Or visit LuminaryPodcasts.com.
    Hear To Slay theme music by Taka Yasuzawa and Alex Sugiura. Curtis Fox is the senior producer. Sarah Wyman and Catherine Fenollosa are the producers. Production help from Lauren Garcia and Kaityln Adams. Ali McPherson and Isoke Samuel are the interns.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Best of HTS: The Fat Tax (with Sabrina Strings and Sonya Renee Taylor)

    Best of HTS: The Fat Tax (with Sabrina Strings and Sonya Renee Taylor)

    An episode so good it deserves to be heard again. Sabrina Strings joins Roxane and Tressie to discuss the racist historical roots of fat phobia and what it means for health care today . Plus, Sonya Renee Taylor coaches Roxane and Tressie on how to accept their bodies, and why self-love is a contagious political act.
    Hear all episodes of Hear to Slay: Subscribe to the Luminary channel on Apple Podcasts:. Go to: apple.co/slay
    Or visit LuminaryPodcasts.com.

    Hear To Slay theme music by Taka Yasuzawa and Alex Sugiura. Curtis Fox is the senior producer. Sarah Wyman and Catherine Fenollosa are the producers. Production help from Lauren Garcia and Kaityln Adams. Ali McPherson and Isoke Samuel are the interns.

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

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Spicy, Intelligent, Interesting Hosts and Guests

Smart women interviewing smart guests mixed with lots of spicy, snarky, intelligent conversations.

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Feels like home!

OMG. Love the brilliance mixed with weakness and sass!!!!

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Amazing, funny, relatable, thought-provoking

I love feeling like I’m sitting in an elegant living room listening to these two women talk. They are intellectual powerhouses who are still very down-to-earth, funny, and welcoming. They bring on fantastic guests and interviews are always structured enough that you learn something but relaxed enough that it feels like a casual chat. After bingeing all of the episodes published so far, I can’t wait for more.

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