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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.

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    • 4.2 • 809 Ratings

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.

    Why Being the Chef on a Yacht Could Drive Anyone to Yell “Eat My Cooter!”

    Why Being the Chef on a Yacht Could Drive Anyone to Yell “Eat My Cooter!”

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate news director Susan Matthews and Waves producer Cheyna Roth talk about one of the most popular reality TV shows: Below Deck. First, they share why they love it even though it is...a bit problematic, and then they bring on Rachel Hargrove, the chef from Seasons 8 and 9. Hargrove dishes on what it’s really like to be behind the camera, the backlash she received after her first season, working in the male-dominated yachting industry, and how yachts and their kitchen are making more room for women. 

    In Slate Plus: More from Susan and Cheyna’s chat with Rachel. They talk about what you don’t see on television and get Rachel’s thoughts on the upcoming season of Below Deck. 

    Recommendations
    Susan: The HBO and BBC series I May Destroy You.
    Cheyna: Setting your parents up with Spotify.
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas. 
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    • 35 min
    Finding Hope for Women in the Climate Crisis

    Finding Hope for Women in the Climate Crisis

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate staff writer Rebecca Onion is joined by Grace Lynch, host of As She Rises, a podcast that centers the poems of artists around the world to explore the climate crisis. The pair talk about the dangerous impact climate change has on the lives of women—emotionally, physically, and, in some cases, as mothers. Is there hope? Depends on how you look at it.

    In our Slate Plus “Is This Feminist” segment, Rebecca and Grace debate if “Bond girls” are feminist.

    Recommendations:
    Rebecca: The Trouble With White Women, by Kyla Schuller and the Netflix show Midnight Mass.
    Grace: The podcasts Encyclopedia Womanica and Fall of Civilizations. 
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas. 
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    • 37 min
    Can You Really Have a Feminist Wedding?

    Can You Really Have a Feminist Wedding?

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate’s news director, Susan Matthews sits down with former colleague and host of the Why Oh Why relationship podcast, Andrea Silenzi to talk about all things weddings. They get into the weirdness of weddings, the sexist nature of some of the traditions, and how to reckon with all that while still having a good time on the dance floor. 

    In Slate Plus: Is The New York Times Vows column feminist? 

    Recommendations:
    Susan: The new album, An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins. 
    Andrea: A brand new pasta shape called Cascatelli.
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas. 
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    • 40 min
    Does the New Clinton Impeachment Show Do Monica Lewinsky Justice?

    Does the New Clinton Impeachment Show Do Monica Lewinsky Justice?

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate executive producer of podcasts Alicia Montgomery and The Waves producer, Cheyna Roth talk about the Clinton impeachment and the why, decades later, we can’t seem to let go of this story. They start out by unpacking Ryan Murphy’s new show, American Crime Story: Impeachment and how feminist thinking has evolved since the mid-90s. After the break they talk about the characters surrounding Monica Lewinsky, and whether the show treats them fairly. 
    In Slate Plus’s “Is This Feminist” segment, Alicia and Cheyna talk about whether the ongoing Britney Spears saga is feminist. 

    Recommendations:
    Alicia: Diving headfirst into Fall. 
    Cheyna: Lindy West’s new Substack Butt News. 
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas. 
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    • 41 min
    Is Overthrowing Capitalism the Best Path to More Consensual Sex?

    Is Overthrowing Capitalism the Best Path to More Consensual Sex?

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate staff writer and co-host of the podcast Outward, Christina Cauterucci sits down with author Amia Srinivasan to discuss her new book The Right to Sex. They talk about why false rape accusations are like plane crashes—greatly feared, but not as prevelant as we think. Then they dig into what could help us all start having a better kind of sex, and why just giving women money could go a long way in preventing domestic violence. 

    In Slate Plus, we debut our new segment, “Is This Feminist?” Slate News Director Susan Matthews and The Waves producer Cheyna Roth discuss Dr. Jill Biden’s decision to keep teaching while also carrying out her First Lady “duties”. 

    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas. 
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    • 35 min
    Where Have All The Teen Magazines Gone?

    Where Have All The Teen Magazines Gone?

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate staff writers Rebecca Onion and Heather Schwedel dive into girls’ and women’s magazines. Many outlets like Sassy and CosmoGirl have been shuttered or moved to online-only editions. With the recent resurrection of teen magazine icon Atoosa Rubenstein in the media, Rebecca and Heather talk about what made these types of magazines pop and how problematic they were for their audience​​—especially the young girls. Then they dig into the lasting impact these relics have in the digital age. 

    Recommendations:
    Rebecca: The 2016 PBS show Victoria and Nicola Griffith’s book Ammonite.
    Heather: Listening to music, especially if you usually listen to podcasts. 
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas. 
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
809 Ratings

809 Ratings

oiseau-wazo ,

Loved the climate ep

Not an issue I previously thought as having a gender bent. Loved Grace’s insights.

lizzardmelissa ,

Worth the wait i like the new format

i liked the waves in 2015 when i reviewed it last - was it Double X then? might have been. i enjoy the new format with different hosts each week and different topics - not just the same old "what happened this week rehash with a feminist take" The true crime episode is a good example. Thanks, Slate, for trying somehting new! My review of Double X from 2015: I wait patiently for the podcast every two weeks. i wish it was issued every week. it is my favorite podcast right now. i like all of three women and feel like i amsitting around chatting with them. althought i sometimes respond out loud!

User1219 ,

Not as good anymore

This show is a shadow of its former self. I understand the reasoning behind the new format, but having different hosts every week leads to way more stilted and awkward conversations since there isn’t the same history of relationship and discussion as there used to be. I’d recommend they kept some consistency—the same 2 people speak about a topic every 4 weeks or something, so that there is a baseline relationship for these convos.

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