153 episodes

Wesley Morris and J Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 8.8K Ratings

Wesley Morris and J Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together.

    Plastic Off the Sofa

    Plastic Off the Sofa

    “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” came into theaters with a huge responsibility: It had to address the death of Chadwick Boseman, the star of the first “Black Panther” movie, who died of cancer in August 2020.

    Wesley and J discuss how the film offers the audience an experience of collective grief and mourning — something that never happened in the United States in response to the losses of 2020. They interrogate what it means that this gesture of healing came from Marvel and Disney, a corporate empire that is in control of huge swaths of our entertainment, and not from another type of leadership.

    • 30 min
    I'm That Girl

    I'm That Girl

    Beyoncé’s latest album, “Renaissance,” showcases a pop star letting go of all expectations. Wesley and J go deep into the album and this new era of Beyoncé. It’s an era of play, freedom, comedy and queerness — unlike anything we’ve ever heard from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter before.

    • 27 min
    New Foundation

    New Foundation

    Wesley and J discuss the push to “return to office” — and what it means for their lives, as well as American culture as a whole. What have 50 years of workplace sitcoms, from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Abbott Elementary,” taught us about our romance with the office? And what do TikTok parodies and the TV show “Severance” get right about the history of labor in America? In this period of returning to so-called normalcy, Wesley and J reflect on how we can ensure that the lessons of the early pandemic aren’t forgotten.

    • 32 min
    Summer Renaissance

    Summer Renaissance

    Donna Summer’s 1977 hit “I Feel Love” is the inspiration for the final track on Beyoncé’s new album, “Renaissance.” Summer became the queen of disco in the ’70s, but her catalog goes much further than that. You can hear her legacy in decades of electronic and R&B. “She is an architect of the pop culture we experience today,” J says.

    In this episode, J and Wesley revisit her 1982 album, “Donna Summer” — and explore why, out of all of her music, this self-titled album is the most distinctly Donna.

    • 26 min
    Alien Superstar

    Alien Superstar

    J Wortham and Wesley Morris are back, just in time for Scorpio season. Ever since they watched Jordan Peele’s latest film, “Nope,” together over the summer, they haven’t been able to stop talking about it. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings whose family horse ranch is threatened by an otherworldly creature. But instead of escaping or destroying the monster, they are determined to take a picture of it. Why is proof so important? And what does it mean to be believed? (Beware: Spoilers ahead!)

    “Still Processing” is back for a mini-season. New episodes on Tuesdays. Follow the show wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 31 min
    We Belong Together

    We Belong Together

    Reunited at last, J Wortham joins Wesley Morris in the studio for the last episode of the season. They reflect on the challenges of being apart for almost a year while J was on book leave.

    How did J deal with the inevitable stretches of loneliness? How do you re-enter your home and your relationships after so much time away?

    J and Wesley discuss how they managed to stay connected over the past year, and the role of community and intimacy in moments of tragedy.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.8K Ratings

8.8K Ratings

enc91 ,

No more Beyoncé please

I love this show but this season is literally Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Beyoncé. And like I get it her new album was great but can we move on???? Idk. I’m probably like the only person that just isn’t moved by her I guess. I’ll probably sit the remainder of this season out until y’all get off her. 5 stars tho because I still love y’all.

Shaharah L ,

Synchronicity

I listened to your review of Nope and Renaisance. There is something about the two of you together that is aweseome; something like poetry I always listen in the car so I can really listen to what is being said. The voice cadences, the joy, all ot it. Keep it up! I may even subscribe to the times...

Alessandra di Lampedusa ,

The Right to Sit Down

I'm descended from farmers and laborers. My education brought me ease and comfort in ways my solidly middle class coworkers didn't understand. I avoided using a "stand up" desk because my sitting behind a desk in an office was a glorious, beautiful thing.

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