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The Waves: The World Record Book of Racist Stories
Comedians Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar explain why humor is the only way to get through the pain
34 min
How To!: The Art of Gathering
Priya Parker on the art of gathering.
37 min
Working: Understanding Bong Joon Ho’s Brilliance
46 min
The Waves: Fleishman Is In Trouble
Hulu’s new series, Fleishman Is In Trouble, uncovers how mid-life crisis and divorce are different for women.
28 min
How To!: Quit: The Power Of Knowing When to Wal...
Author Annie Duke, on the power of walking away.
34 min
Slate Money: Fleishman is in Trouble
Slate Money talks with Fleishman is in Trouble author Taffy Brodesser-Akner about wealth and class.
35 min
How To Write a Bestseller with Taffy Brodesser-...
Unconventional wisdom from successful novelist Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
29 min
Political Gabfest Reads: G-Man
Beverly Gage talks about writing the first major J. Edgar Hoover biography in over a quarter century.
33 min
The Waves: Ejaculate Responsibly
Author Gabrielle Blair has a new way of thinking about abortion, and it starts and ends with men taking responsibility for their sperm.
30 min
ICYMI: How Sex Changed the Internet
41 min
The Waves: Inside Voice
The actresses’s new audio book Inside Voice will make you rethink how you sound.
25 min
Mom & Dad: Platonic
Slate’s parenting podcast talk with Dr. Marisa Franco on finding and keeping friends.
28 min
Working: A Poet Demystifies Her Process
45 min
What Next TBD: Big Brother, Big Tech and China
COVID may be an inflection point in the relationship between the surveillance state and the surveilled.
38 min
A Word: Jim Crow’s Killers
By Hands Now Known: Resurrecting stories of segregation’s brutality.
22 min
How To!: I Never Thought Of It That Way: How To...
Mónica Guzmán on aiming for understanding—not agreement.
36 min
Slate Money: Meet Me by the Fountain
Alexandra Lange joins Slate Money to talk about the history of malls.
46 min
Gabfest Reads: Tracy Flick Returns
The original ambitious woman returns in author Tom Perrotta’s new novel, Tracy Flick Can’t Win
26 min
The Waves: Why You Hate Women’s Voices
Elissa Bassist, the author of Hysterical, explains how society became conditioned to find women’s voices annoying.
27 min
How To!: Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Sci...
Tips for surviving Halloween when even the kiddie haunted house terrifies you.
27 min
A Word: How Tech Can Help—or Harm—Racial Justice
Talking about the intersection of technology and the social sciences with Ruha Benjamin.
27 min
The Waves: Why the Law Cares About Your Sex
In Paisley Currah’s new book Sex Is As Sex Does, he asks: why do we classify people based on their sexual identity?
31 min
How To!: Light on the Other Side Of Divorce
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen on rediscovering yourself in the midst of a divorce.
33 min
Mom & Dad: Behind Their Screens
Harvard researchers debunk misconceptions about teen phone usage.
29 min
Working: Author Annie Duke Explains How to Get ...
51 min
What Next TBD: The Philosopher With Silicon Val...
A deep dive into longtermism.
54 min
How To!: Don't Bring Home a White Boy: And Othe...
Karyn Langhorne Folan on the struggles and joys of being an interracial couple.
31 min
Amicus: Listen to Lady Justice
A high water mark for women and the law, and then, a great unraveling.
10 min
Mom & Dad: How to Keep House While Drowning
Slate’s parenting podcast on how to better divide domestic chores.
24 min
Amicus: The Sound of Worms Turning
Good for the rule of law, bad for the former guy
57 min
How To!: The Price You Pay for College
Ron Lieber on what you need to know before taking on a ton of debt.
31 min
Gabfest Reads: Searching for a Happy Ending
Ada Calhoun’s memoir, Also a Poet, started as a biography about Frank O’Hara. It became a reflection on Calhoun’s relationship with her father.
29 min
Amicus: Lady Justice and Charlottesville Nazis
Roberta Kaplan on women, the law and holding white supremacists accountable.
41 min
How To!: The Upside of Uncertainty
Nathan and Susannah Furr on the upside of uncertainty.
32 min
Working: Reporter Casey Parks on the Book She N...
45 min
What Next TBD: The Chaos That Made YouTube a Ju...
How the company has struggled with creators, extremism, and itself.
30 min
The Waves: The Undying Appeal of Very Sexy Trash
Erotic thrillers are back. Here’s why we love them, and how they can do better.
33 min
A Word: A Dream Defaulted: Black College Debt
Does President Biden’s relief plan for student loans fall short for Black borrowers?
17 min
What Next, Best Of 2022 | When Your Book Gets B...
How did Ashley Pérez’s novel Out of Darkness get blackballed from schools across the country?
27 min
A Word: Rise of the Black Quarterback
How Black quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes rewrote the NFL playbook on race.
28 min
The Waves: Why Jane Austen Still Slaps
Her women speak. What a concept!
32 min
ICYMI Encore: How a Harry Potter Fanfic Took Ov...
This 500,000-word story has even spawned a fandom of its own.
27 min
Political Gabfest Reads: Life on Europa Looks T...
Mat Johnson’s Invisible Things compares our reality with life in a bubble on Jupiter’s largest moon
25 min
Outward: The Viral Underclass, by Steven W. Thr...
Plus: Why are so many GOP politicians voting to support marriage equality?
84 min
Amicus: The Power of Dignity, by Judge Victoria...
Amicus hears from Judge Victoria Pratt about her book, and her thoughts about finding a fairer way to deliver justice
56 min
Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservat...
Doug Tallamy on why you should immediately replace half your grass.
29 min
Decoder Ring: The Most Famous Poet No One Remem...
Searching for Rod McKuen.
43 min
Gabfest Reads: Revolution Through Teenage Eyes
Vanessa Hua’s Forbidden City follows a sixteen-year-old dancer into Mao’s China.
26 min
A Word: They Want to Kill Americans
“They brag about having all the guns. They mean it.”
20 min
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
Mom & Dad: Run Towards the Danger
Filmmaker, author, and actor, Sarah Polley on how she's intentionally evolving her parenting.
26 min
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
How To!: Sensual Self
Ev’Yan Whitney on sexuality, pleasure, and staying true to you.
34 min
Gabfest Reads: Corrections in Ink
Felony and figure skating in the same memoir.
33 min
The Waves: How "Gone Girl" Changed Publishing
Ten years after its publication, the impact of Gillian Flynn’s thriller looms large.
26 min
The Waves: Been There, Done That
Human and animal history is queer as hell
24 min
ICYMI: Everything I Need I Get From You
Author Kaitlyn Tiffany explains how fans of One Direction became an unstoppable force online.
27 min
Outward: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians
31 min
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
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
Outward: The Women's House of Detention
How America’s penal system shaped LGBTQ culture.
83 min
The Waves: What Reality TV Says About Us
Are we watching for the right reasons?
26 min
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
How To!: The Lazy Genius Way
Kendra Adachi on prioritizing your life and making routines that stick.
29 min
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
A Word: Joy and Pain: Navigating Grief
As America marks a million COVID deaths, grief is universal, but still misunderstood.
30 min
Working: Writer Hannah Kirshner on Japanese Art...
46 min
How To!: Start Writing (w/ Anna Quindlen & John...
Two best-selling writers on how to put yourself on the page.
33 min
Decoder Ring: The Madness Behind ‘The Method’
Isaac Butler on how method acting became so widely misunderstood.
42 min
Political Gabfest: Gabfest Reads: He Wanted to ...
Her husband’s Alzheimer's diagnosis led Amy Bloom to support his dying wishes.
17 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
ABC: What Happened by Hillary Clinton
Katy Waldman, Meghan O'Roark, and Emily Bazelon discuss Hilary Clinton's memoir, What Happened.
60 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
ABC: Lab Girl
Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Susan Matthews discuss Hope Jahren's budding debut memoir, Lab Girl.
47 min
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
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
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, with more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-
41 min
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
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