On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson to take on Taylor Swift’s Folklore. Then, the panelists discuss school reopenings, riffing off of Dana’s recent op-ed for the Washington Post. Finally, they break down this week’s comfort watch—the 1936 screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey.
In Slate Plus, the hosts are joined by Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow to discuss her recent pieces on cancel culture and online debate.
Other items discussed in this show:
“Taylor Swift’s New Album Reveals That Social Distancing Has Served Her Well” by Carl Wilson in Slate
“Held back: As parents realize how badly the U.S. botched the next school year, we’re furious” by Dana Stevens in the Washington Post
“The Cancel Culture Trap” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate
“Illiberalism Isn’t to Blame for the Death of Good-Faith Debate” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate
Dana: Dana’s original drink “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,” inspired by a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem. To make the cordial, boil a 2:1 ratio of lime juice to water on stove until reduced to half. Sweeten to taste. Mix with bourbon or rye whiskey. Throw in basil or mint leaf as garnish. For more, check out Dana’s mixologist friend’s Instagram: Michael Cecconi at @themobilemixologist.
Julia: Strand by the Spinanes, especially “Winter on Ice.”
Steve: “Publish and Perish” by Agnes Callard in the Point.
Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
Outro Music: “Back to Silence” by OTE