The Waves

The “It Wasn’t All Crap” Edition

The Waves on the midterms, made-for-TV Christmas movies, and Brazilian women’s response to Jair Bolsonaro.

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On this week’s episode of the Waves, June, Veralyn, and Kristen are joined by Christina Cauterucci, who catches them up on key wins and losses in the midterms, how they could impact women, and what to watch for in the coming days. Then, ’tis the season for made-for-TV holiday movies. They’ve long been dismissed as saccharine and traditionalist—but are they actually more progressive than we give them credit for? (And are they really any more absurd than the average action flick?) Finally, far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro is notorious for his misogyny, homophobia, and racism. He’s also Brazil’s new president. The hosts look at the response among women and discuss what this will mean for the country and the rest of the world.


In Slate Plus, the hosts answer a question from a listener: Is it sexist for men to whistle in public?

Other items discussed on the show:

• “Heidi Heitkamp’s Kavanaugh Vote Didn’t Cost Her the Election. But It Makes Her Loss Even More Painful” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate
• “Brian Kemp’s Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk” by Carol Anderson in the Atlantic
• “Florida Just Granted 1.5 Million People the Right to Vote. That’s Huge” by Mark Joseph Stern in Slate
• “The Campaign to Preserve Massachusetts’ Trans Protections Was Successful Because It Centered Trans People” by Alex Barasch in Slate
• “Here’s What Happens When You Watch 7 Days of Made-For-TV Christmas Movies” by Claire Fallon and Priscilla Frank in the Huffington Post
• “ ‘The Holiday Calendar’ Star Kat Graham Doesn’t Like Rom-Coms *or* Christmas Movies—Here’s Why She Took a Chance on This One” by Taylor Ferber in Bustle
• “How Hallmark Took Over Your TV Every Christmas” by Todd VanDerWerff in Vox
The Holiday Calendar
The Mistle-Tones
Christmas at Pemberley Manor
The Women-Led Opposition to Brazil’s Far-Right Leader” by Adriana Carranca in the Atlantic
• “Not Everything That Happens in the World Is About Trump” by Joshua Keating in Slate
• “ ‘Feminism Is Sexist’: The Women Backing Brazil’s Bolsonaro” by Katy Watson in BBC News



• Veralyn: Imani Perry’s Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem, and Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation
June: The final season of House of Cards
Kristen: Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy

This podcast was produced by Danielle Hewitt. Our production assistant is Alex Barasch.

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