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Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together.

Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together.

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New York, NY

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Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together.

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English


Episodes

Lil Nas X? Not Sorry!

4/15/2021
Social media apologies have become the standard celebrity response to internet outrage. But why do they feel so deeply inadequate? Jenna and Wesley dissect a new spate of public apologies from the last year. And they look to the activist and writer adrienne maree brown for an example of a “fully evolved” apology. You can find more info about today’s show here. And in our April 29 episode, we’ll be discussing the book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong. Read it...

Duration:00:44:21

40 Acres and a Movie

4/8/2021
Disney owns a piece of every living person’s childhood. Now it owns Marvel Studios, too. Jenna and Wesley look at depictions of racist tropes and stereotypes in Disney’s ever-expanding catalog. The company has made recent attempts to atone for its past. But can it move forward without repeating the same mistakes? You can find more info about today’s episode here. And in our April 29 episode, we’ll be discussing the book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong. Send...

Duration:00:43:26

No Country for Any Men

4/1/2021
“Promising Young Woman” is one of this year’s major Oscar contenders. It’s a dark revenge fantasy that asks a sweeping moral question: What if there are no good men? Wesley and Jenna go deep into the film and consider what it gets right — and wrong — about sexual assault and justice. Beware: There will be spoilers. You can find more info about today’s show here. And in our April 29 episode, we’ll be discussing the book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong. Read...

Duration:00:37:53

Now That's What I Call a Bridge!

3/25/2021
“Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo makes Wesley nostalgic for his favorite part of a song: the bridge. Bridges used to be a core feature of popular music, but they’ve become an endangered species, right next to the sitcom laugh track. While Wesley laments the demise of the bridge, Jenna points out that TikTok has given us new ways to experience the best part of a song. You can find more info about today’s episode here, and follow our playlist of Wesley and Jenna’s favorite bridges.

Duration:00:42:08

The N-Word

3/18/2021
It’s the episode we’ve been wanting to make for years. In our season premiere, we’re talking about the N-word. It’s both unspeakable and ubiquitous. A weapon of hate and a badge of belonging. After centuries of evolution, it’s everywhere — art, politics, everyday banter — and it can't be ignored. So we’re grappling with our complicated feelings about this word. You can find more information about today's episode here.

Duration:00:52:17

The Return of Still Processing

3/11/2021
We’re back with a new season on March 18! Join culture writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris in the juiciest group chat, the coziest diner booth, the crowded kitchen at a house party with the best snacks and the real talk. Each week, they’ll come together to talk art, identity, politics, the internet — whatever they’re grappling with. Subscribe for deep chats, uncomfortable but necessary conversations and incisive takes on the cultural landscape. New episodes come out every Thursday.

Duration:00:02:36

Best of the Archives: Whitney Houston (2017)

2/25/2021
We’re preparing to drop a whole new season this spring. In the meantime, we want to make sure you’ve had a chance to hear some of our all-time favorite episodes. Like this one, about Whitney Houston. It’s been nine years since Ms. Houston died. She was one of the biggest pop stars of her time, but she’s often remembered as a tragic figure. In this episode, we argue that her music is much more important than any of the scandals. When we listen to some of her best performances, we remind...

Duration:00:55:21

Best of the Archives: Whiteness in America (2017)

2/18/2021
When “Hillbilly Elegy” showed up on Netflix last November, it was just the latest in a series of media attempting to explain whiteness to its audience. We’re revisiting a better (though not perfect) example: the podcast “S-Town.” Check out our episode from 2017 while we prepare for a new season of Still Processing — coming to you in March.

Duration:00:47:16

Best of the Archives: Psychobros (2019)

2/11/2021
Not long ago, Harry Styles graced the cover of Vogue magazine in a dress. It was just one example of how traditional ideas of masculinity have been expanding — on the runway and in culture. In our episode “Psychobros” from a couple of seasons ago, we appreciated another man in a dress on the front page of a magazine: Brad Pitt on the cover of Rolling Stone, published just as the movie “Fight Club” came out in 1999. It’s one of our favorite past episodes coming your way … while we're getting...

Duration:00:48:01

Best of the Archives: Aretha Franklin (2018)

2/4/2021
Next month we’re starting a whole new season of shows! Yes, in March! We’re thrilled. While we’re getting ready, we selected four of our favorite past episodes for you to enjoy. This first one is about one of the greats: Aretha Franklin. A singer, writer, arranger, pianist, performer and more, Ms. Franklin channeled both the difficult and beautiful aspects of American culture to make the songs that have scored our lives. She left a legacy of virtuosity and swagger that will live on — both...

Duration:00:55:45

Sweet, Sweet Fantasies, Baby

11/12/2020
With the election (nearly) resolved, we have a moment to step back and look at what fantasies our country is built upon. From the role of president, to the threat of another civil war to the soul of the country itself, we’re all harboring some kind of fantasy that we should probably interrogate.

Duration:00:33:01

'Waiter, There's a Fly in Our Bubble'

10/29/2020
With a monumental election on the horizon, we want to bring up a few recent events that show some sort of truth amid the confusion. From the NBA bubble to the fly in Mike Pence’s hair to HBO's “Lovecraft Country”, these are moments that point us beyond the present, to be our best and greatest selves. Discussed this week: ScandalThe vice-presidential debateLovecraft CountrySun RaMoreEven more

Duration:00:37:45

Ziwe May Destroy Hamilton

7/23/2020
“Hamilton” is back in the mix, but the flavor has changed from beloved historical blockbuster to “wait, that’s what this is?” Elsewhere, in new works like “Baited,” on Instagram Live, and “I May Destroy You,” on HBO, Black women are getting personal in ways that are expanding our palates for discomfort. Discussed this week: HamiltonBaitedZiwe FumudohI May Destroy YouNative LandWhite Fragility

Duration:00:38:09

Reparations for Aunt Jemima!

7/16/2020
When Quaker decided to take Aunt Jemima off the red pancake box after 131 years, did it also try to scrub the legacy she represents? And what sort of compensation is appropriate — and to whom — from a brand that maintained that image in public for so long? Discussed this week: Aunt Jemima Brand to Change Name and Image Over ‘Racial Stereotype’Aunt Jemima: I’se in Town, HoneyThe Dixie Chicks Change Their Name, Dropping the ‘Dixie’Lady Antebellum Sues the Singer Lady A Over Name ChangeAunt...

Duration:00:35:34

So Y’all Finally Get It

7/9/2020
Excerpts from our June 12 live event, where we caught up about the uprisings and resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. This is the first of three special summer episodes. Discussed this week: live New York Times event‘Cops,’ Long-Running Reality Show That Glorified Police, Is CanceledLEGO Pulls Back Police Playset Affiliate Marketing Amid George Floyd ProtestsNASCAR Says It Will Ban Confederate FlagsCBS This MorningSpeech by Stokely CarmichaelJohn Lewis: Good Trouble

Duration:00:27:13

New Loop, America

5/14/2020
In our final episode from our living rooms, we visit the dystopia of “Westworld” and the utopia of “Hollywood” to see if we can glean anything about what might be in store on the other side of this pandemic — and about who we want to be. Discussed this week: WestworldHollywoodRyan MurphyThe Stepford WivesThe Stepford WivesThe Motion Picture Production Code of 1930Love JonesLove & BasketballAnna May WongHattie McDanielOscar MicheauxDelivering Thanks Team

Duration:00:39:38

Does This Phone Make Me Look Human?

5/7/2020
Covid-19 isn't "the great equalizer" – except when it comes to making us need our devices more than ever. Screens have revealed superstars as civilians, and turned sitcom grouches into teddy bears. Basically: We’re ready to be more open with one another. Discussed this week: Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday CelebrationThe ‘Credibility Bookcase’ Is the Quarantine’s Hottest AccessoryYouTube ChannelA Parks and Recreation SpecialThe Power of VulnerabilityDaring Greatly: How the...

Duration:00:41:10

Fiona Ex Machina

4/30/2020
"Fetch the Bolt Cutters" is Fiona Apple's master class in channeling frustration and anger into what can only be called wisdom. Also, we hear from listeners all over the planet, sharing how they are taking care of the people in their lives. Discussed this week: Fetch the Bolt CuttersFiona Apple on the VMAs in 1997RegretCriminalHold Up"

Duration:00:35:45

Halle Berry? Hallelujah.

4/23/2020
We’re trying something new this week. We want you to watch a movie with us, and not just any movie, but the 2004 superhero bomb “Catwoman,” starring two of our favorites: Halle Berry and Sharon Stone. We’ve got fun facts, some questions and a little bit of, um, cattiness. Discussed this week: CatwomanHalle BerrySharon StoneBenjamin BrattAlex BorsteinPitof

Duration:01:45:07

How to Learn From a Plague

4/16/2020
Activists stood up against the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s, but the tools they used to make themselves heard are unavailable during our coronavirus pandemic. Still, many of that era’s strategies and warning signs seem alarmingly relevant now. Discussed this week: How to Survive a PlagueACT UP New YorkHow ACT UP Remade Political Organizing in America‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York’s Virus EpicenterAmerica’s Hidden H.I.V. EpidemicAmazon’s Whole Foods to Cut Medical...

Duration:00:34:05