Spoiler Specials


What’s at the heart of Pixar’s new animated movie?


Episode Notes

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail.

This week, Slate’s Karen Han and Dan Kois spoil Soul, the new animated film from Pixar. After landing himself in the realm of the “great beyond,” middle-school band teacher Joe Gardner tries desperately to make it back to Earth in time for his jazz gig. But his journey takes a turn when he tries to help a new friend find their passion. Will Joe get to his gig on time? Or is he doomed to remain in the great beyond forever?

Dan Kois reviewed Soul for Slate.

Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

Email us at spoilers@slate.com.

Podcast production by Morgan Flannery.


About the Show

On Slate’s Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won’t read in reviews.

WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

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  • Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward. His novel Vintage Contemporaries will be published in 2023.

  • Karen Han is a former Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.