118 episodes

Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2020.

Still Processing The New York Times

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 7.1K Ratings

Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2020.

    New Loop, America

    New Loop, America

    In our final episode from our living rooms, we visit the dystopia of “Westworld” and the utopia of “Hollywood” to see if we can glean anything about what might be in store on the other side of this pandemic — and about who we want to be.




    Discussed this week:“Westworld” (HBO, 2016-20)“Hollywood” (Netflix, 2020)Ryan Murphy“The Stepford Wives” (directed by Frank Oz, 2004)“The Stepford Wives” (directed by Bryan Forbes, 1975)The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930“Love Jones” (directed by Theodore Witcher, 1997)“Love & Basketball” (directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000)Anna May WongHattie McDanielOscar Micheaux“Delivering Thanks Team” (Papa John’s, 2020)

    • 39 min
    Does This Phone Make Me Look Human?

    Does This Phone Make Me Look Human?

    Covid-19 isn't "the great equalizer" – except when it comes to making us need our devices more than ever. Screens have revealed superstars as civilians, and turned sitcom grouches into teddy bears. Basically: We’re ready to be more open with one another. 




    Discussed this week:“Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration” (Broadway.com)“The ‘Credibility Bookcase’ Is the Quarantine’s Hottest Accessory” (Amanda Hess, The New York Times)Randy Rainbow’s YouTube Channel“A Parks and Recreation Special” (NBC, 2020)“The Power of Vulnerability” (Brené Brown, TEDx)“Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” (Brené Brown, 2012)The “Unlocking Us” Podcast (Brené Brown)Teddy Riley Verzuz Babyface

    • 40 min
    Fiona Ex Machina

    Fiona Ex Machina

    "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" is Fiona Apple's master class in channeling frustration and anger into what can only be called wisdom. Also, we hear from listeners all over the planet, sharing how they are taking care of the people in their lives.




    Discussed this week:"Fetch the Bolt Cutters" (Fiona Apple, 2020)Fiona Apple on the VMAs in 1997"Regret" (Fiona Apple, "The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do", 2012)"Criminal" (Fiona Apple, "Tidal", 1996)"Hold Up" (Beyonce Knowles, "Lemonade", 2016)

    • 35 min
    Halle Berry? Hallelujah.

    Halle Berry? Hallelujah.

    We come to terms with Halle Berry's "Catwoman."

    • 1 hr 44 min
    How to Learn From a Plague

    How to Learn From a Plague

    Activists stood up against the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s, but the tools they used to make themselves heard are unavailable during our coronavirus pandemic. Still, many of that era’s strategies and warning signs seem alarmingly relevant now.




    Discussed this week:“How to Survive a Plague” (directed by David France, 2012)ACT UP New York “How ACT UP Remade Political Organizing in America” (David France, The New York Times, April, 2020)“‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York’s Virus Epicenter” (Annie Correal, Andrew Jacobs and Ryan Christopher Jones, The New York Times, April, 2020)“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic” (Linda Villarosa, The New York Times, June, 2017)“Amazon’s Whole Foods to Cut Medical Benefits for Part-Timers” (Spencer Soper, Bloomberg, September, 2019)

    • 33 min
    Frosted Flakes

    Frosted Flakes

    Lions, and tigers and barely suppressed glee at criminal weirdos, oh my!

    What has big personalities, big issues and big cats? Netflix’s hit streaming show “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” We explore what the show says about America’s unique relationship to freedom.




    Discussed this week:“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” (Netflix, 2020)“Blue Caprice” (directed by Alexandre Moors, 2013)“The Wire” (HBO, 2002-08)“Breaking Bad” (AMC, 2008-13)“O.J.: Made In America” (ESPN, 2016)“Fargo” (directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)“Empire” (Fox, 2015-20)“Surviving R. Kelly” (Lifetime, 2019)Gunther Gebel-Williams

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

cuteafgirl ,

This podcast is so dope

I discovered this podcast recently and it speaks to my SOUL. I’m enamored with the hosts, the way they break down cultural and societal issues with grace and provocativeness and their easy, casual brilliance. I’d give it ten stars if I could. YAS!

Ms4386 ,

So thought provoking and wonderful

Jenna and Wesley’s ability to connect cultural issues with media is so well researched, thought provoking and simply a gift to all of us. I loved the May 14 episode about utopia/dystopia/killings. Thank you both for making me think, feel, cry, laugh. You’re wonderful.

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A partner who I admire more than anyone in the world shared this podcast with me and it opened up a new awareness in my life. She left me a few weeks ago and I was grateful to still have this podcast knowing it was a gift to me from her. So I am deeply saddened to see you guys go. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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