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Hosts Isaac Butler, Karen Han, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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    • 4.2 • 371 Ratings

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Hosts Isaac Butler, Karen Han, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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    Working Overtime: How to Pitch a Story

    Working Overtime: How to Pitch a Story

    For this edition of Working Overtime, hosts Karen Han and Isaac Butler explain how to pitch a story to an editor of a newspaper, magazine, or blog. They discuss the basic components of a good pitch and offer some DOs and DON’Ts about interacting with editors.

    Do you have a question about creative work? Call us and leave a message at 304-933-9675, or email us at working@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews.
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    • 26 min
    How Foley Artist Joanna Fang Creates Sound Effects for Movies and TV

    How Foley Artist Joanna Fang Creates Sound Effects for Movies and TV

    This week, host Karen Han talks to foley artist Joanna Fang, who uses everyday objects to create sound effects for movies, TV shows, and video games. In the interview, Joanna explains what a foley artist does and describes some of her tools and techniques. Then she demonstrates how pasta shells can sound like breaking bones and how a wet cloth can be used to make a whole range of (mostly gross) sounds. 
    After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler discuss Joanna’s unique passion for her work. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Joanna talks about her work on the movie musical In the Heights. 
    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.
    If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus.
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    • 53 min
    Writer Barbara Wilson on the Origins of Feminist Publisher Seal Press

    Writer Barbara Wilson on the Origins of Feminist Publisher Seal Press

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Barbara Wilson, author of multiple mystery novels and co-founder of the feminist publishing house Seal Press, which launched in 1976. In the interview, Barbara starts by discussing her mystery novels and her decision to revive the character Cassandra Reilly. Then she talks about her experience co-founding Seal Press and the challenges that she and her colleagues faced as indie publishers. 
    After the interview, June and co-hose Isaac Butler chat about the use of formulas in fiction.
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Barbara explains why she changed her name to Barbara Sjoholm and started publishing certain books under that name. 
    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. 
    If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus.
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    • 55 min
    Working Overtime: Writing 500 Words Per Day

    Working Overtime: Writing 500 Words Per Day

    On this week’s addition of Working Overtime, hosts June Thomas and Isaac Butler evaluate some writing advice that June received from Slate book critic Laura Miller, who got the idea from the writer Graham Greene. The advice is to write 500 words per day, and once you’re done with that quota, you can do whatever you want. But what happens when your schedule doesn’t allow such a rigid ritual? Is there something magic about the number 500? June and Isaac weigh in on these and other questions, and then they discuss a concept called “modular writing.”

    Do you have a question about creative work? Call us and leave a message at 304-933-9675, or email us at working@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews.
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    • 25 min
    How Music Supervisors for Film and TV Source the Perfect Songs

    How Music Supervisors for Film and TV Source the Perfect Songs

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to music supervisors Bruce Gilbert and Lauren Mikus, whose most recent projects include the Hulu series Only Murders in the Building and the the multidimensional action movie Everything Everywhere All at Once. 
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas talk about music choices in film and TV and discuss whether it’s better to pick well-known hits or more obscure deep cuts. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Bruce and Lauren talk about the taste-making aspect of their job. Then they explain their process for creating a uniquely New York sound for Only Murders in the Building. 
    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. 
    If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Big Mood, Little Mood—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus.
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    • 54 min
    How Normal Gossip Producer Alex Sujong Laughlin Helps Shape the Podcast

    How Normal Gossip Producer Alex Sujong Laughlin Helps Shape the Podcast

    This week, Working producer Cameron Drews talks to Alex Sujong Laughlin, producer of the hit podcast Normal Gossip. In the interview, Alex explains what a producer does and talks about how important it is for producers to have creative input. Then she digs into the process behind Normal Gossip and shares how she and host Kelsey McKinney anonymize the gossip stories and make decisions about which details to tweak and which ones to keep. 
    After the interview, Cameron and co-host June Thomas talk more about what it’s like to be a podcast producer. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Alex shares her favorite and least favorite production tasks. She also tells a story about a listener email that she and Kelsey received. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
371 Ratings

371 Ratings

Justhatched ,

Change of scope is a bummer

This podcast used to interview individual people working at an organization and go into depth about their working day. With a change in host, it seems to be another Hollywood entertainment podcast. I love host June but I subscribed because I wanted the in depth about working jobs in a variety of fields.

malarr ,

Missing Old Format

I appreciate interviews with creative people, but I am really missing the old format of the show. I really liked hearing from individuals in a wide range of jobs that I didn’t even know existed or couldn’t imagine how they did their work. I think the old format had both a depth and breadth that the newer episodes are missing. I also wish there was less emphasis on the hosts’ reflections - there are a million other podcasts that I could listen to for conversations between hosts, but I came to working for superb interviews.

All_Hail_Lucy ,

I don’t care about the hosts

They talk too much about themselves.

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