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Hosts Isaac Butler, Ronald Young Jr., and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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Hosts Isaac Butler, Ronald Young Jr., and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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    Working Overtime: Collaborating Through Conflict

    Working Overtime: Collaborating Through Conflict

    For this week’s episode of Working Overtime, hosts Ronald Young Jr. and Isaac Butler examine a listener’s question about tackling the stickiest aspects of collaborating on a creative project. Both hosts have had their fair share of nightmare scenarios, but they agree that some of the best practices for collaborating involve having frank conversations before a project begins. 

    Do you have questions or advice of your own about the creative process? Reach out at (304) 933-9675 or email us at working@slate.com. 

    Podcast production by Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews.
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    • 21 min
    Working Overtime: Collaborating Through Conflict

    Working Overtime: Collaborating Through Conflict

    For this week’s episode of Working Overtime, hosts Ronald Young Jr. and Isaac Butler examine a listener’s question about tackling the stickiest aspects of collaborating on a creative project. Both hosts have had their fair share of nightmare scenarios, but they agree that some of the best practices for collaborating involve having frank conversations before a project begins.

    Do you have questions or advice of your own about the creative process? Reach out at (304) 933-9675 or email us at working@slate.com.

    Podcast production by Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews.

    A Clarinetist Finds His Flow State

    A Clarinetist Finds His Flow State

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic. In the interview, Anthony describes his weekly routine, which includes practicing lots of different pieces at any given time, rehearsing, and playing multiple shows per week. He also talks about his meditation practice, his ability to play and be swept away by the music at the same time, and his Grammy-nominated album American Stories. 

    After the interview, Isaac and co-host Ronald Young Jr. discuss the different preparation timelines of musicians and actors. 

    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Anthony talks about meeting some of his musical heroes. 

    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 an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus to help support our work.
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    • 49 min
    How to Be Both a Critic and a Creator

    How to Be Both a Critic and a Creator

    This week, host Ronald Young Jr. talks to Linda Holmes, host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and author of two novels: Evvie Drake Starts Over and Flying Solo. In the interview, Linda explains how she started her career practicing law in Minnesota before she pivoted to TV criticism. She also talks about how NPR came to take pop culture seriously, how her work as a critic informs her writing (and vice versa), and how she has gotten much better at coming up with titles for her novels. 

    After the interview, Ronald and co-host Isaac Butler talk about how they handle criticism of their work. 

    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Linda discusses her favorite TV show and one of her main philosophies when it comes to pop culture criticism. 

    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 an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus to help support our work.
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    • 47 min
    Working Overtime: Creator Mode vs. Editor Mode

    Working Overtime: Creator Mode vs. Editor Mode

    For this week’s episode of Working Overtime, hosts Ronald Young Jr. and Isaac Butler take on listener Bob’s question about how to shift your brain from editor mode to creator mode. Creating new work can be invigorating, but then having to go back and self-edit your creations can zap your creative drive. Ronald and Isaac speak about their experiences with stepping away from work and exploring different kinds of art to reinspire themselves after a taxing editing process.
    Do you have questions or advice of your own about the creative process? Reach out 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 a Magician Designs Original, Mind-Blowing Tricks

    How a Magician Designs Original, Mind-Blowing Tricks

    This week, guest-host Kristen Meinzer talks to Joshua Jay, a world-class magician, storyteller, and author of multiple books about the history and craft of magic. In the interview, Joshua explains how he’s able to conceive of, design, and execute original tricks. He also talks about the role of storytelling in his work, and he explains how certain narrative structures can make for better performances. 

    After the interview, Kristen and co-host June Thomas talk about Joshua’s high standards for his work and why they’re sometimes reluctant to “kill their darlings.”

    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Joshua describes different varieties of magic. He also talks about the cliche ways magicians are often portrayed in movies. 
     
    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 an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Working. Sign up now at slate.com/workingplus to help support our work.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
379 Ratings

379 Ratings

Rugelach7 ,

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.

Masicko ,

Sell sell sell

All commercials. Amazing abuse of one’s time.

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.

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