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    What Next TBD: The FBI Made a Phone Network. It Was A Trap.

    What Next TBD: The FBI Made a Phone Network. It Was A Trap.

    In 2021, one of the largest global law enforcement operations took place. It was all thanks to an encrypted phone service known as Anom, which was secretly run by the FBI. 

    The program was a wild success. But did the agency take it too far? 

    Guest: Joseph Cox, investigative reporter for 404 media and author of “Dark Wire, the Incredible True Story of the Largest Sting Operation Ever”

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    • 33 min
    Gabfest Reads, Annie Bot: When a Sex Robot Catches Feelings

    Gabfest Reads, Annie Bot: When a Sex Robot Catches Feelings

    David Plotz talks with author Sierra Greer about her new book, Annie Bot. They discuss how much discomfort Annie (a “Cuddle Bunny” type of robot) can feel, how the story of a robot is really about the right to control a body, and more.  

    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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    • 21 min
    How To!: Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls

    How To!: Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls

    After Lin met Dave, their lives quickly became entangled. Lin joined Dave’s small business, made much-needed improvements, and charmed Dave’s family. The two also began a romantic relationship that lasted years. When it fizzled, Lin continued working at the company—and eventually uncovered Dave’s lies, deceit, and infidelity. On this episode of How To!: Carvell Wallace welcomes Nina Renata Aron, author of Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls, to share her own experience exiting a toxic, codependent relationship and explain how she came to terms with it.

    If you liked this episode check out: How To Do Divorce Right and How To Forgive Someone Who Isn’t Sorry
    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.

    How To’s executive producer is Derek John. Joel Meyer is our senior editor/producer. The show is produced by Rosemary Belson and Kevin Bendis. 

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    • 44 min
    Working: A Master Class in Character Description

    Working: A Master Class in Character Description

    This week, host Ronald Young Jr. talks to writer Emma Copley Eisenberg about her new novel Housemates, which features a burgeoning friendship between two artists who decide to road trip across Pennsylvania together. In the interview, Emma explains how her nonfiction writing and her interest in history influenced this new work of fiction. She also talks about her “feast or famine” approach to productivity, her desire to document her community, and her belief that physical descriptions of people are crucial to good fiction writing. 

    After the interview, Ronald and co-host June Thomas ponder why the most difficult projects can be the most exciting. They also talk about how rare it is to see good depictions of fat people in fiction. 

    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Emma talks about a toxic mentor character in Housemates and why it’s so troubling when teachers of the arts abuse their positions of power. 
     
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675.

    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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    • 49 min
    Well, Now: The Isolation of a Life-Threatening Diagnosis

    Well, Now: The Isolation of a Life-Threatening Diagnosis

    Each week, we’ve explored wellness from different perspectives, but we haven’t talked about what it means to live a full life while grappling with the real possibility of death. 
    Most of us hope for a full, long life with “good” health. But a serious, possibly fatal diagnosis changes everything: Our relationships with work, loved ones, and even the way we see ourselves.
    On this week’s episode of Well, Now we speak with author, journalist, and artist Suleika Jaouad. Many learned about her work in the Oscar-nominated documentary American Symphony – which chronicled her marriage to musician Jon Baptiste as his career soared and her leukemia re-emerged. 
    But Suleika began documenting illness and identity long before starring in an award-winning film.
    If you liked this episode, check out: “People Feel Like They’re Drowning”: The Long COVID Survivors Left Behind
    Well, Now is hosted by registered dietitian nutritionist Maya Feller and Dr. Kavita Patel.
    Editing and podcast production by Vic Whitley-Berry with editorial oversight by Alicia Montgomery.
    Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to wellnow@slate.com 
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    • 43 min
    Death, Sex & Money: When You Care: the Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others

    Death, Sex & Money: When You Care: the Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others

    Elissa Strauss always knew she wanted to be a mother, but she also knew she didn’t want motherhood to take over her personality. After all, she had spent years as a blogger making fun of anyone who took motherhood too seriously. She bemoaned the natural birth movement and people who made “mom friends.”
    Then Elissa had a son, and her view of caretaking started to shift. “I had put so much energy into figuring out how not to lose myself to caregiving,” Elissa writes in her new book, “that I completely ignored the possibility that I might, in fact, find some of myself there.” In this episode, Anna and Elissa talk about why it feels uncool to talk about liking motherhood, the ways caretaking can take from us, but also how it can fill us up and engender “moral transformation.” Plus, the economics of care, and what really valuing care in society would look like. 
    Elissa’s book is called When You Care: the Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others. She also wrote a piece last month in Slate called “It’s Weird Times to Be a Happy Mother.”  
    Are you a paid caregiver? We want to hear from you for a future listener episode. Tell us some things you’ve taken away from the experience – wild stories, observations about class, lessons about the way you want your own loved ones to be cared for. Send us your thoughts and stories at deathsexmoney@slate.com. 
    Death, Sex & Money is now produced by Slate! To support us and our colleagues, please sign up for our membership program, Slate Plus! Members get ad-free podcasts, bonus content on lots of Slate shows, and full access to all the articles on Slate.com. Sign up today at slate.com/dsmplus.
    And if you’re new to the show, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. Find us and follow us on Instagram and you can find Anna’s newsletter at annasale.substack.com. Our new email address, where you can reach us with voice memos, pep talks, questions, critiques, is deathsexmoney@slate.com.
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
509 Ratings

509 Ratings

Christina1832 ,

Where you at?

Love this pod. Would love to see its return.

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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