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    AI’s Threat to Democracy Flopped

    AI’s Threat to Democracy Flopped

    On today’s episode of Hear Me Out: tried and Turing tested.

    Coming into the 2024 election cycle, generative AI was one of the main concerns for democracy watchdogs; its power to create deceptive text, images and sounds at a rapid, unfettered pace seems ripe to spread misinformation. But of all the controversies and current events that have shaped the election thus far… AI, somehow, might not be one of them. 

    Writer and social strategist Rachel Greenspan joins us to share what she’s hearing about the AI revolution that wasn’t.


    If you have thoughts you want to share, or an idea for a topic we should tackle, you can email the show: hearmeout@slate.com

    Podcast production by Maura Currie.

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    • 36 min
    Death, Sex & Money: The Mayor of the Most Controversial City in the U.S.

    Death, Sex & Money: The Mayor of the Most Controversial City in the U.S.

    San Francisco mayor London Breed grew up learning again and again about the dangers of drugs and addiction. She lived in public housing in the city in the 1980’s and saw friends and family members in her community get hooked, get sick, and sometimes pass away. Fast forward to now, and San Francisco is seeing sky-high overdose numbers (though they’re down a bit from last year), and the city has earned a reputation for being in disarray. Mayor London Breed faces a tough reelection campaign this fall, and this week on the show, she talks about the many different measures she and her administration are taking to address San Francisco’s problems, and she shares some of the important life experiences that have informed her approach. 
    Podcast production by Anna Sale.
    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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    • 55 min
    How To!: Be a Mindful Grandparent

    How To!: Be a Mindful Grandparent

    Shirley Showalter and Marilyn McEntyre know that grandparenting is more than just cookies and Play-Doh. Don’t get us wrong, those things are fun! But the art of contemporary grandparenting requires mindfulness, intentionality, and navigating boundaries. On today’s episode, Courtney Martin talks with Marilyn and Shirley about their book, The Mindful Grandparent, and the wisdom they’ve gained as elders to 12 grandchildren. 

    If you liked this episode check out: How To Face Your Kid’s Future

    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, with Kevin Bendis and Sara McCrea. 

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    • 43 min
    Hang Up: Chaos at the Copa

    Hang Up: Chaos at the Copa

    Copa America (7:03): A security breakdown outside the stadium marred Argentina’s 1-0 win over Colombia.

    U.S. soccer ( 21:19): Will a big-name European replace Gregg Berhalter?

    Crossword puzzles (34:26): An interview about the art of solving crosswords really fast. 

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Working: An Author’s Mission to Make Her Readers Belly Laugh

    Working: An Author’s Mission to Make Her Readers Belly Laugh

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to Sally Franson, the author of two novels: A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out and the brand new release Big in Sweden, which was inspired by her real-life experience as a contestant on a Swedish reality competition show. In the interview, Sally digs into the challenges of writing her second novel and the realizations that got her unstuck. She also talks about her practice of plotting novels on gigantic pieces of butcher paper, her preference for writing under a deadline, and her decision to take clowning classes as part of a mission to write side-splittingly funny fiction. 

    After the interview, Isaac and co-host Ronald Young Jr. talk about reality TV, writing productivity exercises, and some of the challenges of the creative IP economy.  

    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Sally and Isaac talk about a specific fiction device that always makes them laugh. 

    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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    • 54 min
    ICYMI: The “Hawk Tuah Girl” Is the New Scott Disick

    ICYMI: The “Hawk Tuah Girl” Is the New Scott Disick

    Candice Lim is joined by Slate culture writer Nadira Goffe to play a game of High Speed Downloads, where they get 60 seconds to break down an internet story they’re obsessed with. From the rapidly rising star of the “Hawk Tuah girl” to the awkward BET Awards moment involving Taraji P. Henson and TikTok star Keith Lee, they also give some advice on what to do if you catch someone cheating on your next flight.
    This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario and Candice Lim.
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    • 38 min

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