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The Waves: Gender, Relationships, Feminism

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41 episodes

Apr 23, 2020

Waving Goodbye for Now 

For The Wave’s final episode before a temporary but indefinite hiatus, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole have a coronavirus check-in and talk about inequalities amplified by the pandemic. They also review Feel Good, a semi-autobiographical series on Netflix from comedian Mae Martin. Finally, the panel discusses who they want Joe Biden to select as his running mate, who they think he should pick, and who they think he will choose.   


In Slate Plus: Is it sexist that liquor stores are considered essential businesses, if excessive alcohol consumption is linked to domestic abuse and reports of domestic violence have increased since many people are staying at home?

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Other Items Discussed: 

Stop Trying to Be Productive by Taylor Lorenz

Sitting on the Couch Is My New Favorite Hobby by Josh Gondelman

The Trapped-at-Home Mother by Emily Gould 

The “All-Consuming” Emotional Labor Caused by Coronavirus—and Shouldered by Women by Andrea Flynn 

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Surrogacy, Foster Care and Adoption by David Dodge


Recommendations:


Nichole: Bestiary: Poems by Donika Kelly 

 

Marcia: A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester.  


June: Tommy, the CBS police procedural. 

 

Christina: Cats, yes - that Cats. The 2019 movie adaptation of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. 


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Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Production assistance by Cleo Levin.

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Apr 9, 2020

ERA Cosplay 

On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole talk to Emily Oster about pregnant women choosing to give birth at home instead of going to hospitals during the pandemic. They also discuss parenting visibility and additional labor while working from home. Then, they review FX’s new show Mrs. America, the story of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the countermovement headed by Phyllis Schlafly. Finally, the panel discusses the sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden.


In Slate Plus: Is the treatment of coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx sexist?

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Other Items Discussed: 

For Pregnant Women Who Are Scared of Hospitals Right Now, Is Switching to Home Birth Better?” by Emily Oster. 

Biden accuser Tara Reade: "I wanted to be a senator; I didn't want to sleep with one"” by Katie Halper. 

Has Deborah Birx Crossed the Line?” by Tim Murphy. 


Recommendations:

Marcia: Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed, the historical documentary about Shirley Chisholm’s campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.  


June: The BBC podcast, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics.

 

Christina: Learning to cut hair and investing in a good pair of clippers.  


Nichole: Fiction DB, a database that allows users to search for fiction by subject, genres, subgenres, author, title, ect. Plus, once you’ve located the title, order the book through a local independent bookstore. 


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Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Production assistance by Cleo Levin.

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Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus Everywhere 

On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss being cooped up at home during coronavirus. Then, they review the new Hulu show Little Fires Everywhere, based on the 2017 novel by Celeste Ng. Finally, the panel discusses Sarah Viren’s New York Times Magazine piece “The Accusations Were Lies. But Could We Prove It?


In Slate Plus: Is it sexist to tell a woman she’s “really blossomed” since getting divorced? Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on The Waves each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work.


Other items discussed on the show:


How to WFH With Your Partner Without Killing Each Other,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate.


Life Inside the Title IX Pressure Cooker,” by Sarah Brown in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Radiooooo, a site where you can listen to music from different decades. 



Recommendations:


Marcia: “Advice From a Prepper Mom on Surviving the Unthinkable,” by Mira Ptacin. 


June: The Arne & Carlos Daily Quarantine Knitting Podcast


Christina: Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish. 


Nichole: The Screen Time feature on your phone. 


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Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.

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Feb 14, 2020

Outward: Queer Advice 

In this special bonus episode, Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and Rumaan Alam are joined by John Paul Brammer of the Hola Papi column to offer some sex and relationship advice. They answer listener questions about asexuality and navigating intimacy, reconciling fantasies with reality, taking the first steps into queer dating, and reconsidering why you might not identify with a community you’re already a part of.

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Feb 13, 2020

Is George Washington Canceled? 

On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss Alexis Coe’s George Washington biography You Never Forget Your First. Then, they dive into Taylor Swift and Jessica Simpson’s recent characterizations of how fame has shaped them. Finally, the panel talks about a string of recent studies and op-eds centered on women and alcoholism.


In Slate Plus: Is ghosting sexist? 


Other items discussed on the show: 


You Remember Jessica Simpson, Right? Wrong” by Lindsay Mannering in the New York Times. 


Netflix’s Miss Americana Unveils a New Taylor Swift” by Sam Adams in Slate. 


Alcohol Deaths Have Risen Sharply, Particularly Among Women” by Matt Richtel in the New York Times.


The Patriarchy of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Holly Whitaker in the New York Times.


Feminism Is Helping Women Recover From Substance Abuse” by Alexandra Ma in Vice. 


Recommendations: 


Nichole: Playing with Fire on Netflix.


June: The Expanse on Amazon Prime.


Christina: “Intro to Human Physiology” class on Coursera.


Marcia: I Love Myself When I Am Laughing… A Zora Neale Hurston Reader, edited by Alice Walker.

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Jan 30, 2020

Writhing in the Workplace 

On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, and Marcia take on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix show The Goop Lab. Next, the panel discusses Donald Trump’s appearance at March for Life—the first time a sitting president attended the annual anti-abortion event. Finally, the panel dives into a 1,000-word job description for a “household manager/cook/nanny” posted by a single working mom in Menlo Park that went viral.


In Slate Plus this week, is it sexist that the Washington Post suspended its reporter Felicia Sonmez for tweeting about the 2003 rape allegation against Kobe Bryant in the hours after his death?


Other items discussed on the show:


The March for Life Was a March for Trump,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate


What antiabortion advocates get wrong about the women who secured the right to vote,” by Reva Siegel and Stacie Taranto in the Washington Post 


An Interview With the Woman Who Wrote the Viral 1,000-Word Job Listing for a ‘Household Manager/Cook/Nanny’,” by Ruth Graham in Slate


The Remembering Kobe Bryant Edition” of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast


How Media Outlets Are Acknowledging (and Not Acknowledging) Kobe Bryant’s Rape Case,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate


Recommendations: 


June: Season 10 of Vera, the ITV and BritBox’s detective drama.


Marcia: “A Short History of Abortion-Related Boycotts,” by Cynthia Greenlee in Rewire.News.


Christina: “The Darkness Where the Future Should Be,” by Michelle Goldberg in the New York Times.


Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com. And please call in with your “Is It Sexist” questions at 973-826-0318.

This podcast was produced by Lindsey Kratochwill. Production assistance by Rachael Allen and Rosemary Belson.

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