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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 • 374 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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    Writers Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn on Their Longtime Partnership

    Writers Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn on Their Longtime Partnership

    This week, host June Thomas talks to writers Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, whose Significant Objects project explores how and why physical items can take on meaning and value. In the interview, Rob and Joshua talk about how their partnership was born and explain why they’re such compatible collaborators. They also discuss their proclivity for balancing lots of projects, and Joshua explains something he calls the “virtuous circle of procrastination.” 
    After the interview, June and co-host Karen Han share lessons they’ve learned about collaborating on creative projects. 
    And here’s June’s contribution to Rob and Joshua’s “Project:Object.”
    https://www.hilobrow.com/2020/05/04/movie-objects-12/
    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: Moving to a New City

    Working Overtime: Moving to a New City

    On this edition of Working Overtime, co-host June Thomas gets some advice from co-host Karen Han about moving to a new city as a freelance writer. First they talk about how important it is to engage with your new city’s art scene and cultural institutions. Then they discuss ways to build a new supportive community and how to stay in touch with former collaborators.

    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 Chef Hooni Kim Brings Korean Staples into U.S. Homes

    How Chef Hooni Kim Brings Korean Staples into U.S. Homes

    This week, host Karen Han discusses the basics of great Korean food with chef Hooni Kim. In the interview, Hooni starts by explaining how one of his restaurants developed a meal-kit service at the start of the pandemic. Then he discusses his latest venture, the Little Banchan Shop, which will offer packaged Korean side dishes (called Banchan), marinated meats, and other items that customers can incorporate into their home cooked meals. 
    After the interview Karen and co-host Isaac Butler talk about the importance of trail and error in creative work.
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Karen asks Hooni about his cookbook, My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes. 
    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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    • 48 min
    Inside the Casting Process for FX’s Reservation Dogs

    Inside the Casting Process for FX’s Reservation Dogs

    This week, host June Thomas talks to casting director Angelique Midthunder, who recently worked on the FX series Reservation Dogs. In the interview, Angelique describes the casting and audition processes for the show and shares what it was like to organize an open casting call in Oklahoma. She also talks about the decision to cast Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack, which was originally supposed to be a male role.  
    After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss identity and authenticity in casting. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Angelique explains why the letters C.S.A follow the names of some casting directors in the credits of movies and TV shows. 
    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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    • 51 min
    Working Overtime: Learning a New Creative Hobby

    Working Overtime: Learning a New Creative Hobby

    On this edition of Working Overtime, hosts Karen Han and June Thomas help a listener who works in publishing but wants to exercise their writing skills on the side. Karen and June start by talking about their own creative side projects and hobbies. Then they discuss writing specifically and offer tips for how someone might begin a casual writing practice.
     
    And here are some productivity videos that June recommends!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG1tfC7tSYw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2WBHyqRsxA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vvs7CjyS1M

    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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    • 27 min
    Artist Nayland Blake on Capitalism and Creativity

    Artist Nayland Blake on Capitalism and Creativity

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to artist Nayland Blake, whose current exhibition “Got an Art Problem?” allows them to help artists move past creative blocks. In the interview, Nayland discusses the reasoning behind the exhibition and their affinity for interactive art. They also talk about capitalism, museums, and the importance of ambiguity in art. 
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss the concept of “niching down,” i.e. cultivating a narrow brand for yourself instead of following your artistic instincts.  
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Isaac and Nayland talk about the interactive art of video games. 
    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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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 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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