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

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

    A Spanish-Language Broadcaster on What Matters to His Audience

    A Spanish-Language Broadcaster on What Matters to His Audience

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Spanish-language journalist and broadcaster León Krauze, who works primarily as a local news anchor in Los Angeles but also hosts a radio show and writes for outlets like Slate and the Washington Post. In the interview, León discusses the process of figuring out which topics and stories matter most to his community. He also describes what it’s like to have a hyperlocal focus and explains why his Los Angeles broadcast might differ from Spanish-language news in other parts of the country. 
    After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss the skill it takes to be bilingual, and they reflect on a point León made about the difference between audio and visual media. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, León shares some of the biggest misconceptions about the Latinx community in the U.S. 
    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.
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    • 50 min
    The Underground Railroad’s Joi McMillon on Her Work as a Film Editor

    The Underground Railroad’s Joi McMillon on Her Work as a Film Editor

    This week, Isaac Butler talks with Joi McMillon, an award-winning film editor and longtime collaborator with filmmaker Barry Jenkins. Her latest project, The Underground Railroad, tells the story of a woman’s escape from a Georgia plantation in the 1800s. They talk about how McMillon came to be an editor, her approach to her work, what it’s like to edit the same scene over and over again, and how she gets through it.

    Afterward, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss what they found most surprising about the interview and discuss how they plan to implement Joi’s tactics into their own work.

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    Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.

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    • 52 min
    Brigid Hughes on the Art of Editing a Literary Magazine

    Brigid Hughes on the Art of Editing a Literary Magazine

    This week host Rumaan Alam talks to literary magazine editor Brigid Hughes, who started her career as an intern with the Paris Review and went on to be its executive editor before leaving and starting her own magazine, A Public Space. In the interview, Brigid explains what the editor of a literary magazine does and how she works with authors to unearth the story “underneath” the story. She also discusses how literary magazines can help new authors find an audience. 
    After the interview Rumaan and co-host June Thomas talk about the importance of good editors. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Brigid Hughes tells the story of how she came across the work of writer Bette Howland and decided to print some of Howland’s unpublished work. 
    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.
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    • 53 min
    A Reality TV Casting Director on What Makes a Good Contestant

    A Reality TV Casting Director on What Makes a Good Contestant

    On this week’s show, Working producer Cameron Drews talks to Erin Tomasello, casting director for the Netflix reality show The Circle. In the interview, Erin explains what it’s like to work on the casting team for shows like The Bachelor, Fear Factor, America’s Got Talent, and more. Then she discusses the casting process for The Circle and lays out what she and the casting producers are looking for in potential contestants. She also offers tips for anyone who’s thinking about applying to be on the show (which you can do at thecirclecasting.com). 
    After the interview, co-hosts June Thomas and Isaac Butler talk to Cameron about the rise of politeness and good sportsmanship on reality shows, and then Cameron asks June and Isaac for some creative advice. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Erin talks about how she got into reality show casting and what it’s like to work as a freelancer in the TV industry. 
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    How Dialect Coach Samara Bay Helps Actors Learn New Accents

    How Dialect Coach Samara Bay Helps Actors Learn New Accents

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to dialect coach Samara Bay, who helps film and TV actors learn new accents. In the interview, Samara describes her coaching process and explains the importance of combining good dialect work with good acting. Then she teaches Isaac how to speak in an Irish accent. 
    After the interview Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss Samara’s tactful way of providing feedback and the distinction between “cheerleading” and “flattering.”
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Samara talks about one particular movie that she loved working on. 
    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.
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    • 49 min
    How "Bookstagrammer" Jordan Moblo Crafts His Posts

    How "Bookstagrammer" Jordan Moblo Crafts His Posts

    This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to Jordan Moblo, the man behind the Instagram account @jordys.book.club, which features artful photos of both fiction and nonfiction books, as well as short reviews of titles Jordan feels like promoting. In the interview, Jordan discusses the creative decisions that go into his posts and explains what it was like to grow an audience of 69,000 followers. He also talks about balancing his Instagram hobby with his full-time job. 
    After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler discuss Jordan’s decision to never post negative reviews of books. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jordan lists some of his favorite book covers and talks about the hashtag #bookstagrammademedoit.  
    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. 
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
360 Ratings

360 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.

AZ Asphalt ,

No politics please

I was enjoying the show up until the hosts started bashing former presidents. I didn’t sign up for this podcast to hear politics. It’s amazing that the hosts and producers automatically assume their audience shares their political beliefs. Please remember you have a diverse audience and stick to talking about “working” instead of politics.

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Host chat excessive

The interview are great, but the chat between the hosts becomes tedious and overpowers the guests. I really don’t think the interviews require explication; they speak for themselves.

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