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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.

    How Lovecraft Country’s Cinematographer Guides the Viewer’s Eye

    How Lovecraft Country’s Cinematographer Guides the Viewer’s Eye

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to cinematographer Michael Watson about what it was like to work on the HBO sci-fi series Lovecraft Country. In the interview, Michael talks about the unique challenges of shooting a period drama that features gigantic monsters. He also discusses how he was able to guide the viewer’s attention during crucial moments and bring his own unique style to the scenes he shot.
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam offer advice to a listener who’s curious about the role random chance can play in creativity. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Isaac and Rumaan talk about the camera techniques they love to see in movies and on TV. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-WORK. That’s (304) 933-9675.
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    • 49 min
    A Look Inside the World's Longest-Running Medical Drama

    A Look Inside the World's Longest-Running Medical Drama

    This week, host June Thomas talks to Jenny Thompson, story producer for the long-running U.K. medical drama Casualty. In the interview, Jenny explains what a story producer does, and why it’s different from a script-writing job. She also shares what it’s like to create character arcs for a show with such a long and rich history and explains how the U.K.’s National Health Service impacts the storylines and characters. 
    After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about why shows like Casualty are so beloved in Britain. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jenny shares some of her favorite examples of TV storytelling. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-WORK. That’s (304) 933-9675.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    • 53 min
    Poet Javier Zamora Wants Readers to Know What It’s Like to Be Undocumented

    Poet Javier Zamora Wants Readers to Know What It’s Like to Be Undocumented

    This week host Rumaan Alam talks to Javier Zamora about the truth-telling power of poetry. When Javier was 9 years old, he traveled to the U.S. from El Salvador without his parents. In his book of poems, Unaccompanied, Javier tries to make sense of his own experience and the experiences of his parents, who left El Salvador before him. In the interview, Javier describes the personal and political goals of his poetry and explains what it took for him to turn poetry into a career. 
    After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler discuss whether they think all art is political. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Javier recommends some poets to check out and explains why he thinks so many people are intimidated by poetry. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-WORK. That’s (304) 933-9675.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    • 49 min
    How Jane Lynch Strikes the Perfect Level of Mean on Weakest Link

    How Jane Lynch Strikes the Perfect Level of Mean on Weakest Link

    This week, host June Thomas talks to the multitalented actor, comedian, and game-show host Jane Lynch, who discusses her wide range of acting roles and her latest gig as the host of NBC’s reboot of Weakest Link. 
    After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss Lynch’s many strengths.
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jane Lynch talks about one of her favorite projects. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-WORK. That’s (304) 933-9675.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    • 42 min
    Joe Sacco’s Journalistic Comics

    Joe Sacco’s Journalistic Comics

    This week, Isaac Butler talks with journalist and cartoonist Joe Sacco. Sacco is a Maltese-American cartoonist and journalist best known for his comics journalism. His books Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza have been critically praised and have won him several awards, including the American Book Award. His most recent book is Paying the Land.

    They talk about how he draws stories out of people and then draws those stories onto the page. Sacco talks in-depth about his creative process, which does not include story-boarding, and about how he gains the trust of his subjects—mostly by learning how to listen.  
    Afterward, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss what they found most striking about the interview and how Sacco’s advice can be applied to their own work. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.
    Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.

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    Arranger Alex Lacamoire Breaks Down His Process for Hamilton

    Arranger Alex Lacamoire Breaks Down His Process for Hamilton

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks shop with Alex Lacamoire, who was the arranger, music director, conductor, and orchestrator for Hamilton. In the interview, Alex explains what an arranger does and details some of the specific creative decisions that went into songs like “You’ll Be Back,” “Ten Duel Commandments,” “That Would Be Enough,” and “Burn.”
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas answer a listener question about how to set aside time and energy for creative work when you have a full-time job. 
    In Slate Plus, Alex talks about a song from Hamilton that was particularly hard to get right. 
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-WORK. That's (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 Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. 
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
348 Ratings

348 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.

Sno & Lo ,

The fascinating lives of NYC ‘s elites

I’m a slate + member and I have road tripped AND flown to attend live broadcasts.
in its early years I used to look forward to this show. No more.
1. it’s almost always a New Yorker who is being interviewed. Even post Covid. Yes I know there was that one season in Detroit.
2. Lately the only subjects being interviewed are leaders in their fields: the Hamilton composer, the curator at the Met... Not really revealing of what Americans do all day.
I would prefer more “everyday people”. I’d rather hear a whole season about elementary school, ER, or skateboard industry workers are interviewed.

scmodstyle ,

Astrology presented as fact

I had greatly enjoyed this series until the host gave legitimacy to astrology

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