The Waves

The “Strippers Behaving Badly” Edition

From Malcolm Gladwell, to Hustlers, to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Waves explore boundary violations.

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The Waves is a biweekly conversation about news and culture examined through the lens of gender and feminism. Every other Thursday, join the hosts—including Slate’s June Thomas, Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci, Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University, and Thirst Aid Kit’s Nichole Perkins—for frank discussions about the ways gender shapes everything. Our new name reflects generations of women from the various waves of feminism, the sound waves that carry us to your ears, and the waves we intend to make.

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On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, Marcia, and June discuss the Washington Post profile of Kamala Harris that focuses on her years at Howard University—and what that tells us about the candidate, HBCUs, and American political life. Then they talk about Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, specifically the chapter on alcohol and sexual assault, and find a theory wanting a foundation. Finally, the panelists talk through what they loved and what they less than loved about Hustlers.

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Marcia: River of Fire, by Sister Helen Prejean

Christina: Succession on HBO

This podcast was produced by Sara Burningham. Production assistance by Cleo Levin and Rosemary Belson.

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