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For readers who are listeners, for listeners looking for something to read—this feed includes book discussions and conversations with authors from across the Slate Podcast network.

Arts
1
Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservat...
Doug Tallamy on why you should immediately replace half your grass.
29 min
2
Decoder Ring: The Most Famous Poet No One Remem...
Searching for Rod McKuen.
43 min
3
Gabfest Reads: Revolution Through Teenage Eyes
Vanessa Hua’s Forbidden City follows a sixteen-year-old dancer into Mao’s China.
26 min
4
A Word: They Want to Kill Americans
“They brag about having all the guns. They mean it.”
20 min
5
Political Gabfest: Lowest Approval Rating
Biden’s 2024 plans, the establishment Republicans who stand by Trump, and Herschel Walker’s baffling Senate campaign.
49 min
6
Mom & Dad: Run Towards the Danger
Filmmaker, author, and actor, Sarah Polley on how she's intentionally evolving her parenting.
26 min
7
The Waves: Essential Labor
Women have been depending on the labor of other women in order to succeed. What has it cost us?
25 min
8
How To!: Sensual Self
Ev’Yan Whitney on sexuality, pleasure, and staying true to you.
34 min
9
Gabfest Reads: Corrections in Ink
Felony and figure skating in the same memoir.
33 min
10
The Waves: How "Gone Girl" Changed Publishing
Ten years after its publication, the impact of Gillian Flynn’s thriller looms large.
26 min
11
The Waves: Been There, Done That
Human and animal history is queer as hell
24 min
12
ICYMI: Everything I Need I Get From You
Author Kaitlyn Tiffany explains how fans of One Direction became an unstoppable force online.
27 min
13
Outward: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians
31 min
14
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Nasty, Brutish and Sh...
Slate’s parenting podcast on why not knowing the answers can bring you closer together.
22 min
15
Political Gabfest Reads: Coming of Age in the N...
Elif Bautman’s The Idiot sequel, Either/Or, looks back with a modern eye.
31 min
16
Outward: The Women's House of Detention
How America’s penal system shaped LGBTQ culture.
83 min
17
The Waves: What Reality TV Says About Us
Are we watching for the right reasons?
26 min
18
Mom and Dad are Fighting: A Place to Belong
Slate’s parenting podcast on celebrating your own identities and appreciating the cultural differences of others.
31 min
19
How To!: The Lazy Genius Way
Kendra Adachi on prioritizing your life and making routines that stick.
29 min
20
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: Histories of the Tran...
Slate’s parenting podcast on the wave of anti-trans legislation, the role of misinformation, and how to protect trans kids.
35 min
21
A Word: Joy and Pain: Navigating Grief
As America marks a million COVID deaths, grief is universal, but still misunderstood.
30 min
22
Working: Writer Hannah Kirshner on Japanese Art...
46 min
23
How To!: Start Writing (w/ Anna Quindlen & John...
Two best-selling writers on how to put yourself on the page.
33 min
24
Decoder Ring: The Madness Behind ‘The Method’
Isaac Butler on how method acting became so widely misunderstood.
42 min
25
Political Gabfest: Gabfest Reads: He Wanted to ...
Her husband’s Alzheimer's diagnosis led Amy Bloom to support his dying wishes.
17 min
26
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar
Slate's new podcast miniseries Lend Me Your Ears explores how Shakespeare's works speak to our current political era.
40 min
27
ABC: The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
Laura Miller, Alex Barasch, and Gabriel Roth discuss the new novel by Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair, a multigenerational saga about gay life.
56 min
28
ABC: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le ...
Laura Miller, Jacob Brogan, and Charlie Jane Anders discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's classic science fiction novel "The Left Hand of Darkness".
54 min
29
ABC: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria...
Katy Waldman, Parul Sehgal, and Laura Bennett discuss Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.
47 min
30
ABC: The Odyssey, Translated By Emily Wilson
Katy Waldman, Parul Seghal, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey by Homer. Next month's book will be Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.
66 min
31
ABC: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss the novel Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Our selection for next month will be Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey.
50 min
32
ABC: What Happened by Hillary Clinton
Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Roark, and Emily Bazelon discuss Hilary Clinton's memoir, What Happened.
60 min
33
ABC: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Laura Bennett, Katy Waldman, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Sally Rooney's debut novel Conversations with Friends, and idea-driven novel about a group of four young people in Dublin struggling with ideology and identity.
46 min
34
ABC: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundh...
Katy Waldman, Isaac Chotiner, and Laura Miller discuss The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the sprawling novel by Arundhati Roy about sectarian violence in India.
53 min
35
ABC: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
Katy Waldman, Jacob Brogan, and Dan Kois discuss Maile Meloy's novel Do Not Become Alarmed.
49 min
36
ABC: Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays by Durga...
Katy Waldman, Jacob Brogan, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Durga Chew-Bose's collection of essays Too Much and Not the Mood. Next month's book is Do Not Become Alarmed, by Maile Meloy.
57 min
37
ABC: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Rourke, and Emily Bazelon discuss Margaret Atwood's dystopic novel The Handmaid's Tale and the Hulu television adaptation.
61 min
38
ABC: Lincoln In the Bardo by George Saunders
This month Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Rourke, and Nora Caplan-Bricker discuss George Saunders' Lincoln In the Bardo
51 min
39
ABC: The Art of War by Sun Tzu
In this bonus episode, Katy Waldman, Jeremy Stahl, and Ava Lubell discuss The Art of War by Sun Tzu as self-help and potential guide to understanding the world of 2017
44 min
40
ABC: Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Slate's Katy Waldman and Laura Miller discuss Zadie Smith's new novel, Swing Time with The New York Time's Parul Sehgal.
56 min
41
ABC: Bob Dylan's The Lyrics: 1961-2012
Slate's Katy Waldman, John Dickerson of Face the Nation, and writer and poet Meghan O'Rourke discuss Bob Dylan's The Lyrics: 1961-2012.
48 min
42
ABC: Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
Slate's Katy Waldman, Aisha Harris, and Laura Bennett discuss Carrie Fisher's Postcards from the Edge, a novel inspired in part by the author's own struggles with drug abuse and experiences as an actor in Hollywood.
37 min
43
ABC: Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Gabriel Roth and Jacob Brogan to Michael Chabon's new novel Moonglow.
48 min
44
ABC: The Underground Railroad and Underground A...
Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Laura Miller and Jamelle Bouie to compare and contrast Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and the new book by Ben Winters Underground Airlines.
58 min
45
ABC: Shrill
Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Meg Wiegand and Nora Caplan-Bricker to talk about Lindy West's confident book Shrill.
40 min
46
ABC: The Girls
Katy Waldman is joined by NPR's Hanna Rosin and Slate's Laura Bennett to sort through their respective feelings on Emma Cline's novel, The Girls.
45 min
47
ABC: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Dan Kois and L.V. Anderson to discuss the play by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
45 min
48
ABC: All the Single Ladies
Slate critic, Katy Waldman, is joined by Parul Sehgal of the New York Times Book Review and culture critic, Meghan O'Rourke, to discuss Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies.
47 min
49
ABC: Eligible
Katy Waldman, Emily Bazelon, and Jessica Winter discuss Curtis Sittenfeld's modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Eligible.
34 min
50
ABC: Lab Girl
Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Susan Matthews discuss Hope Jahren's budding debut memoir, Lab Girl.
47 min
51
ABC: When Breath Becomes Air
Critics Katy Waldman, Parul Sehgal, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Paul Kalanithi's bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air.
38 min
52
ABC: Better Living Through Criticism
Critics Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Laura Bennett discuss A.O. Scott’s insightful new book, Better Living Through Criticism.
44 min
53
ABC: A Manual for Cleaning Women
Critics Christina Cauterucci, Mark Harris, and Katy Waldman discuss Lucia Berlin's dazzling short story collection. Slate's Audio Book Club is brought to you by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-
41 min
54
ABC: Purity
Slate critic, Katy Waldman, is joined by Parul Sehgal of the New York Times Book Review and culture critic, Meghan O'Rourke, to discuss Jonathan Franzen's Dickensian novel – Purity. Next month, Slate's Audio Book Club will discuss A Manual for Cleani
43 min
55
ABC: Fates and Furies
Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Laura Miller, and Katy Waldman discuss Lauren Groff's ambitious new novel, “Fates and Furies.”
45 min
56
ABC: A Little Life
Slate critics Laura Bennett, Andrew Kahn, Dan Kois, and Katy Waldman discuss Hanya Yanagihara's misery-soaked epic.
53 min
57
ABC: The Martian
Slate critics Dan Kois, Laura Miller, and Katy Waldman discuss Andy Weir's tense space procedural.
44 min
58
ABC: Between the World and Me
Slate critics Jamelle Bouie, Meghan O'Rourke, and Katy Waldman discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates' searing book about being black in America.
47 min
59
ABC: Go Set a Watchman
Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Katy Waldman discuss Harper Lee's newly published sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird."
38 min
60
ABC: Station Eleven
Slate critics Jamelle Bouie, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss Emily St. John Mandel's award-winning novel.
46 min
61
ABC: All the Light We Cannot See
Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
45 min
62
ABC: H Is for Hawk
Slate critics Katy Waldman, Julia Turner, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Helen MacDonald's shapeshifting memoir.
42 min
63
ABC: How to Be Both
Slate critics Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss Ali Smith's novel about a prickly, grief-torn teenager and her Renaissance painter counterpart.
51 min
64
ABC: The Girl on the Train
Slate critics Dan Kois, Katy Waldman, and Laura Bennett discuss Paula Hawkins' bestselling thriller.
36 min
65
ABC: The Night of the Gun by David Carr
David Carr, former New York Times critic and media columnist, died on Thursday. He was 58. In honor of Carr, we are re-posting our Audio Book Club about his 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun.
46 min
66
ABC: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O’Rourke, and Hanna Rosin discuss the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James.
41 min
67
ABC: Redeployment
Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Hanna Rosin discuss Phil Klay's National Book Award-winning debut collection of stories about the Iraq war.
34 min
68
ABC: My Brilliant Friend
Slate critics Katy Waldman, David Haglund, and Parul Sehgal discuss the first in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan trilogy.
43 min
69
ABC: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Emily Bazelon discuss Karen Joy Fowler's novel about an all-too-human family.
35 min
70
ABC: The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
Slate critics Dan Kois, Choire Sicha, and Miriam Krule discuss Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy.
36 min
71
ABC: Cheryl Strayed's Wild
Slate critics Dan Kois, Parul Sehgal, and Katy Waldman discuss Cheryl Strayed's memoir.
41 min
72
ABC: The Bad Feminist
Slate's Audio Book Club take on Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay's book of essays on gender, race and her messy life.
40 min
73
Audio Book Club: Can't We Talk About Something ...
Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Hanna Rosin discuss Roz Chast's cartoon memoir about her parents' decline.
47 min
74
The Audio Book Club: My Struggle
Slate's Dan Kois and David Haglund talk with New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal about Book 1 of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 6-volume autobiographical epic.
54 min
75
The Audio Book Club: Americanah
Slate critics Dan Kois, Jamelle Bouie, and Emily Bazelon discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel about Nigerians immigrating abroad and returning home.
47 min
76
The Audio Book Club: Dept. of Speculation
Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Jessica Winter discuss Jenny Offill's novel about the struggle to make art part of a full life.
39 min
77
The Audio Book Club: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Maria Semple's bestselling comic novel set in Seattle.
36 min
78
The Audio Book Club Live: Slaughterhouse-Five
Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle, Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and special guest Hugh Howey discuss Kurt Vonnegut's countercultural classic.
69 min
79
Audio Book Club: The Group
Slate critics David Haglund, Emily Bazelon and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Mary McCarthy's classic 1953 novel.
50 min
80
Audio Book Club: The Good Lord Bird
Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and David Haglund discuss James McBride’s National Book Award winning novel about slavery and John Brown.
45 min
81
Audio Book Club: The Goldfinch
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Donna Tartt’s big literary adventure novel.
45 min
82
The Audio Book Club: Bleeding Edge
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Forrest Wickman discuss Thomas Pynchon's mystery set in the New York tech world around 9/11.
40 min
83
The Audio Book Club: Ender’s Game
Slate critics David Haglund, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O’Rourke discuss Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic.
41 min
84
The Audio Book Club: The Flamethrowers
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund debate Rachel Kushner’s novel of the New York art scene, Italian revolutionaries, and motorcycle racing.
39 min
85
Audio Book Club: Life After Life
Slate critics Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Katy Waldman discuss Kate Atkinson’s historical novel about a British woman who lives World War II over and over again.
39 min
86
Audio Book Club: The Interestings
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Plotz discuss Meg Wolitzer's novel.
40 min
87
The Slate Audio Book Club: Tenth of December
Slate critics Dan Kois and David Haglund discuss George Saunders’ celebrated collection of short stories.
40 min
88
The Slate Audio Book Club: Swann's Way
Emily Bazelon, David Haglund, and Meghan O'Rourke celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first volume of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time.
39 min
89
The Audio Book Club: Going Clear
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Lawrence Wright's epic investigation into Scientology.
46 min
90
The Audio Book Club: Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Slate’s Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund discuss Lauren Groff’s novel of a 1970s hippie commune.
48 min
91
The Audio Book Club: Pride and Prejudice
Slate’s David Plotz, Julia Turner, and Seth Stevenson celebrate Jane Austen’s classic novel on its 200th birthday.
44 min
92
The Audio Book Club: Katherine Boo’s Behind the...
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and Emily Bazelon discuss Katherine Boo’s National Book Award-winning story of life in a Mumbai slum.
48 min
93
The Audio Book Club: Zadie Smith’s NW
Slate critics Dan Kois, Hanna Rosin, and David Haglund discuss Zadie Smith’s novel about four Londoners from the same council estate.
47 min
94
Slate Audio Book Club: Cloud Atlas by David Mit...
Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss David Mitchell's epic novel.
41 min
95
The Audio Book Club: How Should a Person Be? by...
Slate critics Dan Kois, Meghan O’Rourke, and David Haglund discuss Sheila Heti’s polarizing novel about life and art.
34 min
96
Audio Book Club: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin discuss the plot-twisting thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
39 min
97
Audio Book Club: Capital by John Lanchester
Dan Kois, Emily Bazelon and David Haglund discuss the sprawling London novel Capital by John Lanchester.
45 min
98
Audio Book Club: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. ...
Dan Kois, Meghan O'Rourke, and Hanna Rosin discuss the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James.
41 min
99
Audio Book Club: Are You My Mother? by Alison B...
Emily Bazelon, Dan Kois, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Alison Bechdel's comic memoir Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
45 min
100
Audio Book Club: The Good Mother by Sue Miller
Emily Bazelon, Hanna Rosin, and special guest novelist Amy Bloom discuss Sue Miller's The Good Mother on the novel's 25th anniversary.
41 min