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Thirst Aid Kit: Hot Men In Bad Movies

Suffering through bad movies for good eye candy is worth it.



How To!: How To Write a Bestseller with Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Unconventional wisdom from successful novelist Taffy Brodesser-Akner.



Hit Parade: Building a Herstory Edition

Sarah McLachlan harnessed this energy into an all-woman tour she dubbed Lilith Fair. Its string of sellouts from 1997 to ’99 affirmed women’s clout in the decade of grunge-and-gangsta.



Working: Jasmine Guillory’s Romance Novels Show Realistic Characters Falling in Love

This week, host June Thomas digs into the romance genre with bestselling author Jasmine Guillory, who started her career as a lawyer and then went on to release five novels including Party of Two, which was released on June 23. In the interview, Jasmine talks through her writing process and shares how she was able to publish five novels in such a short period of time. She also explains why her characters don’t fit into the usual tropes of the romance genre...



Spoiler Specials: Da 5 Bloods

Dana Stevens and Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s film about Black Vietnam War veterans.



Thirst Aid Kit: The Adventure Known As John Boyega

One of our Space Boyfriends has been biding his time — and we love the results



Culture Gabfest: Toppling Teddy Roosevelt

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Jamelle Bouie to talk about the toppling of statues across the country. Then, the panel talks about Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Bloods. Finally, they discuss Julia’s comfort-watch pick: Center Stage. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the postponement of the Oscars to 2021...



Working: The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing, With Mira Jacob

Host Isaac Butler talks to novelist Mira Jacob about the process of writing her comic book memoir, Good Talk. They discuss what it was like for Mira to switch mediums, how the constraints of that medium helped her tell her story, and why it’s so hard to share personal details with a large audience.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about how fatherhood has helped them get more work done.  Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to



Thirst Aid Kit: A Dog Called Rex (with Jason Mantzoukas)

Jason Matzoukas really knows how to make us blush.



Working: Cole Escola Provides the Perfect Comedy for Quarantine

Host Rumaan Alam chats with comedy writer and performer Cole Escola, who’s known for his roles on Hulu’s Difficult People and truTV’s At Home With Amy Sedaris as well as his sketch comedy videos on YouTube. In the interview, Cole talks about his new special Help! I’m Stuck!, which he filmed alone in his apartment and released on YouTube. He also discusses his comedic influences and talks through what it means for his work to have a gay sensibility...