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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

The Waves: Gender, Relationships, Feminism Slate Podcasts

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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Ejaculate Responsibly

    Ejaculate Responsibly

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior producer Cheyna Roth is joined by author Gabrielle Blair. Blair’s new book Ejaculate Responsibly presents the radical idea that men should take control of the fertility conversation by better managing their sperm. After all, they're fertile 24-hours a day compared to women’s 24-hours a month. Cheyna and Gabrielle also talk about the problem with not prioritizing women’s pain, Gabrielle’s history as a “Design Mom” and how even Mormons seem to agree with Gabrielle’s book. 

    In Slate Plus: How the pope got involved in your birth control.

    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery. 
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    • 33 min
    Sponsored: How Can We Succeed by Staying Present in the Face of Fear?

    Sponsored: How Can We Succeed by Staying Present in the Face of Fear?

    This season of The Relentless, we’re speaking with inspiring leaders who break through barriers and move fearlessly. In episode two, we meet a social entrepreneur, explorer, and titan of the tech world, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado. As one of the most influential executives in Silicon Valley and the first Peruvian and openly gay woman to climb the Seven Summits, she knows a thing or two about overcoming fear and staying relentless.
    From the icy summit of Mount Everest to the competitive arena of Silicon Valley, Silvia shares what she learned about staying present in the face of fear, healing through nature, and revolutionizing male-dominated industries. 
    Later in the episode, CENTURY 21 Broker Adam Oberski shares how his own outdoor passion has given him new perspectives on his entrepreneurial journey (hint: it involves swimming, biking, and an entire marathon).

    Guests
    Silvia Vasquez-Lavado: Social Entrepreneur, Technologist, Explorer, and Author of In the Shadow of the Mountain
    Adam Oberski: Owner & Broker of CENTURY 21 Curran & Oberski
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    • 32 min
    Oprah Has The Best Voice (and Other Vocal Thoughts)

    Oprah Has The Best Voice (and Other Vocal Thoughts)

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior supervising producer of audio, Daisy Rosario is joined by actress and director Lake Bell to talk about voices. Bell’s new audio book Inside Voice is all about her obsession with how people sound. They dig into why we should take better care of our voices, how trauma impacts our ability to speak, why candidate voices impact their electability, and more.

    In Slate Plus, Lake and Daisy talk about the problem with the sexy baby voice. 
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery. 
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    • 28 min
    Why Sarah Palin Won’t Go Away

    Why Sarah Palin Won’t Go Away

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, we dig into why Sarah Palin is still around - and if you should be paying attention. Slate senior producer Cheyna Roth is joined by Slate senior writer Christina Cauterucci to talk about Christina’s time spent in Alaska where Palin is trying to make a political comeback in a tight race for Alaska’s lone Congressional seat. Later in the show, Christina explains why it’s necessary to keep talking about Palin after all these years.

    In Slate Plus, Cheyna and Christina talk about whether Sheryl Sandberg’s abortion rights donation to the ACLU is feminist. 

    Recommendations:
    Christina: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell 
    Cheyna: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus, Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery.
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    • 33 min
    Hocus Pocus Has No Focus

    Hocus Pocus Has No Focus

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor Rebecca Onion is joined by Jess Zimmerman, who writes about witches, feminism, and all the scary ladies. They sit down to unpack their feelings about Disney’s Hocus Pocus films - both past and present and how the witch discussion has changed in the thirty years between movies. 

    In Slate Plus, is Taylor Swift’s Anti Hero music video feminist?

    Recommendations:
    Rebecca: The audiobook of The Mercies by Kiran Milwood Hargrave and read by Jessie Buckley.
    Jess: The new book Toil and Trouble by Lisa Kroger and Melanie Anderson.
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus, Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery.
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    • 33 min
    Why You Hate Women’s Voices

    Why You Hate Women’s Voices

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior supervising producer of audio Daisy Rosario is joined by author Elissa Bassist to talk about women’s voices. They discuss Elissa’s new book, Hysterical and unpack why we cringe when we hear vocal fry, and ask why we don’t have similar words to describe male vocal ticks. Later in the show, they dig into how the fear of scrutiny women have over their voices silences them in ways you haven’t imagined. 

    In Slate Plus, Elissa talks about her involvement in Cheryl Strayed’s famous quote, “Write like a m**********r.” 
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus, Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery. 

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
834 Ratings

834 Ratings

moi5687 ,

A new perspective every week!

A general feminism podcast, only the constant switching of hosts allows for a wider range of views and perspectives on different topics and provides some great fodder for conversation. I sometimes find myself disagreeing with one or more of the hosts but I like that it gets me to think about new things differently!

The Mrs Sykes ,

Four Stars

I definitely enjoyed the original format of this show more. But I’m still in for now.

angrylf ,

Insufferable woke nonsense

Utterly predictable dogma - no thought - just repeating of clichés

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