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    Viruses and Our Profoundly Unequal World

    Viruses and Our Profoundly Unequal World

    This month, host Christina Cauterucci, Jules Gill-Peterson, and Bryan Lowder start the show with a Thots & Queries segment in which a listener asks about orgy etiquette. In a completely different party setting, they try to figure out what on earth is going on in the U.S. Congress, where legislators are debating marriage equality in the form of the Respect for Marriage Act. Then Northwestern University professor and journalist Steven Thrasher joins them to discuss his new book The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide. Finally, they add some new items to the gay agenda.

    Items discussed in the show:
    Taylor Blake and her emu friend Emmanuel
    Beyoncé’s Renaissance
    A shocking tweet from the official Log Cabin Republicans account
    The June 29 episode of Outward in which Mark Joseph Stern considered how the Dobbs decision might affect LGBTQ rights
    “Why Is There More Republican Support for Gay Marriage Than for Abortion Rights?” by Moira Donegan, in the Nation
    The Viral Underclass,, by Steven Thrasher
    Let the Record Show, by Sarah Schulman
    “An Uprising Comes From the Viral Underclass,” by Steven Thrasher in Slate, June 12, 2020
     
    Gay Agenda
    Jules: X, by Davey Davis
    Bryan: The Sandman, on Netflix
    Christina: “We Failed,” by Eric Neugeboren, in the Texas Tribune
     
    This podcast was produced by June Thomas.
    Please send feedback, topic ideas, and advice questions to outwardpodcast@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Amicus: The Power of Dignity, by Judge Victoria Pratt

    Amicus: The Power of Dignity, by Judge Victoria Pratt

    The quality of dignity is not strained. Judge Victoria Pratt presided for years over Municipal Court in Newark, New Jersey. Her experiences form the foundation of her book, The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities. In the third of Amicus’ summer season of big-picture conversations, Dahlia Lithwick and Judge Pratt explore what everyone, up to and including Supreme Court Justices, can learn from procedural justice, also known as procedural fairness. You can watch Judge Pratt’s viral Ted Talk here.

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    • 1 hr
    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)”
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    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.
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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. 

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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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
501 Ratings

501 Ratings

Christina1832 ,

Where you at?

Love this pod. Would love to see its return. Without the chauvinist Steve Metcalf though.

Juliette2316 ,

Missed you

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

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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