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The Cut is a weekly audio magazine exploring culture, style, sex, politics and more. Each week, an ensemble of voices, led by B.A. Parker and Jazmín Aguilera, engage in the conversations that matter most in our current moment. Intimate, provocative, and probing, the Cut aims to ask questions before listeners even know they have them, always with a generous wit and an expansive idea of what is possible. From New York Magazine and The Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes every Wednesday.

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The Cut is a weekly audio magazine exploring culture, style, sex, politics and more. Each week, an ensemble of voices, led by B.A. Parker and Jazmín Aguilera, engage in the conversations that matter most in our current moment. Intimate, provocative, and probing, the Cut aims to ask questions before listeners even know they have them, always with a generous wit and an expansive idea of what is possible. From New York Magazine and The Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes every Wednesday.

    Would You Freeze and Share Your Eggs?

    Would You Freeze and Share Your Eggs?

    More women are putting off having kids, which means the egg freezing business is booming. But with the process costing thousands and thousands of dollars, egg freezing is mostly a luxury good at this point. Unless you're willing to donate your eggs to someone else at the same time you freeze them for yourself. The Cut’s B.A. Parker talks to journalist Anna Louie Sussman about the logistics and ethics of egg freeze and share programs, and how different women feel about giving away their eggs in order to gain a shot at becoming parents later in life.
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    • 21 min
    The Crock-Pot, from Nice Try!

    The Crock-Pot, from Nice Try!

    Countertop kitchen appliances — cookers that range from slow to fast — promise healthier, easier, better ways to feed the body. These gadgets of convenience have raised the standards for how much variety and excitement one can reasonably expect from a meal. But what do we do with the time we’ve saved?

    Nice Try! Interior from Curbed heads into the kitchen and explores the anxiety-absolving promise of home-cooking equipment and how these inventions embody a battleground over what and how we eat.


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    • 41 min
    Why Bother Being Nice?

    Why Bother Being Nice?

    No matter who you are, inevitably there is someone telling you to “be nicer” or “stop being so nice”. Girlbosses preach that nice girls don't get the corner office, and yet Instagram slogans plead to "be nice." But what is niceness? Is it a virtue? A defense mechanism? A personality trait? And how can one try to be nice in a mean world? Avery Trufelman turns to Jonathan Van Ness for answers.
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    • 27 min
    How Do I Make Friends Now?

    How Do I Make Friends Now?

    The pandemic has left a lot of us with this sense that our friends have disappeared. So Cut producer Noor Bouzidi goes in search of a new social life. She goes on friend dates with strangers she met on Bumble. And talks to friendship expert Dr. Miriam Kirmayer and lifestyle vlogger Katherine Berry about how to connect when you're self conscious about being the kind of person who needs to connect.
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    • 20 min
    The Antivaxxer In Your Life

    The Antivaxxer In Your Life

    A new culture war is playing out in public in the form of antivax protests and an avalanche of social media posts from vaccine skeptics. But the divide is also playing out in private. And it's exploding relationships between people who've chosen to get vaccinated and those who have not. This week, The Cut's Jazmín Aguilera talks with Lux Alptraum about how she broke up with her longtime personal trainer. Then, The Cut's Angelina Chapin tells the story of one woman whose parents picked their antivax ideology over going to their daughter's wedding.
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    • 29 min
    You and I Are in a Parasocial Relationship

    You and I Are in a Parasocial Relationship

    When it comes to our investment in celebrities and who we follow on social media, the word “parasocial” has been coming up a lot lately. But when it comes down to it, where is the line between stanning and creeping? This week, the Cut’s B.A. Parker talks to popular podcast host Sam Sanders about a fan letter he couldn’t get out of his head, and to social media star Connor Franta about what it means to have 20 million followers.
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    • 30 min

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carla2692 ,

MORE BJ PARKER, pls

kristyq🌟💫✨ ,

Why bother being nice? Again?

Didn’t this come out already in March of 2021? Love the episode, but I’m just confused..

Cindarama ,

Not Cutting It

The episode on “Your Antivaxxer…” assumes that there is/should be only one perspective. This might be called a novel viral implicit bias, not a cut, but a dull blade slipping over a narrative that deserves slicing and dicing with a sharp investigative journalism tool.

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