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    Working: How to Be Both a Critic and a Creator

    Working: How to Be Both a Critic and a Creator

    This week, host Ronald Young Jr. talks to Linda Holmes, host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and author of two novels: Evvie Drake Starts Over and Flying Solo. In the interview, Linda explains how she started her career practicing law in Minnesota before she pivoted to TV criticism. She also talks about how NPR came to take pop culture seriously, how her work as a critic informs her writing (and vice versa), and how she has gotten much better at coming up with titles for her novels. 

    After the interview, Ronald and co-host Isaac Butler talk about how they handle criticism of their work. 

    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Linda discusses her favorite TV show and one of her main philosophies when it comes to pop culture criticism. 

    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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    • 47 min
    Brontez Purnell on His New Memoir

    Brontez Purnell on His New Memoir

    For National Poetry Month, Bryan and Jules talk to multi-hyphenate writer and performer Brontez Purnell about his new book Ten Bridges I've Burnt: A Memoir in Verse. They dig into the influence of astrophysics and forgiveness on his work, and his essay on Black Gay Pornstar Gene Lamar. 
    Podcast production by Palace Shaw.
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    • 43 min
    Slate Money: How to Escape the Invisible Factory

    Slate Money: How to Escape the Invisible Factory

    For this edition of Money Talks: Are you feeling trapped in Zoom/Teams/Slack purgatory? Author Cal Newport’s book Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout has a way forward. Host Emily Peck speaks with him about how the digital office became an “invisible factory” and how you can take back control of your working life.
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    Podcast production by Jared Downing and Cheyna Roth.
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    • 39 min
    My Partner Sticks Her Finger in Food to Taste Test It. Help!

    My Partner Sticks Her Finger in Food to Taste Test It. Help!

    In this episode, Dan Pashman (The Sporkful and Anything’s Pastable) joins Prudie (Jenée Desmond-Harris) to answer letters from readers about how to handle a person who tastes food in an unsanitary fashion and deeply annoys you while you’re trying to cook in a tiny kitchen, what to do when your dinner party invitations aren’t reciprocated, and whether two people with extremely different eating habits can have a happy life together.
    If you want more Dear Prudence, join Slate Plus, Slate’s membership program. Jenée answers an extra question every week, just for members.
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    This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, and Jenée Desmond-Harris, with help from Maura Currie.
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    • 36 min
    How To!: Humor, Seriously!

    How To!: Humor, Seriously!

    Did you know that we, as a society, have fallen off a comedy cliff? No joke. Studies have shown that we largely stop laughing when we enter our mid-twenties, which is a shame because delighting in humor has a ton of health benefits. Plus, being perceived as funny can actually make people think you’re more intelligent, more competent, and even better looking! So on this episode of How To!, the first in a two-part series, we bring on Naomi Bagdonas, co-author of Humor, Seriously!, and Michael Terry, an amateur comedian who is working in the funniest of places: high finance. Combined, they have decades of experience harnessing the power humor and applying it to the workplace. 
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Confront a Crazy Neighbor” with Tig Notaro. 
    If you want to discover your own humor style, take the test on Naomi and Jennifer’s website. 
    Do you have a question with no easy answers? 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.
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    • 34 min
    A Word: Love, Family, and Freedom’s Ultimate Price

    A Word: Love, Family, and Freedom’s Ultimate Price

    Myrlie Evers was arguably the first civil rights widow, a woman who was plunged into activism after the assassination of her husband—Mississippi NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers—in 1963. She survived to become a leader of the movement in her own right. But what’s less well known is the remarkable story of how the couple came together, and how their love endures, decades after his death. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by journalist Joy-Ann Reid to talk about her book, Medgar & Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America.

    Guest: Joy-Ann Reid, host of MSNBC’s The ReidOut

    Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel

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    • 28 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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