The Waves

The “Stiff Upper Lip” Edition

The Waves on The Crown, the impeachment hearings, and college hookup culture.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss the newest season of The Crown, in which Olivia Colman takes the throne as a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth II. Then, they break down a few sexist moments during the impeachment hearings. Finally, the panel dives into a recently published study on hookup culture that explores the relationship between casual sex on college campuses and race.

In Slate Plus: Is it sexist to dismiss YA fiction as just for girls?

Other items discussed on the show:

How the Man Behind ‘The Crown’ Made the Monarchy Relevant Again,” by Giles Harvey, the New York Times Magazine


Nichole: Farsáli Skintune Blur Perfecting Primer Serum

June: The podcast Poem Talk. (Stay tuned for June’s upcoming appearance on the podcast!)

Christina: Slate columnist Rich Juzwiak’s Jezebel essay “The Strange, Sad Story of the Ken Doll’s Crotch.”

Marcia: Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s latest book, She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman.

This podcast was produced by Sara Burningham. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. With recording assistance from Asha Saluja and Melissa Kaplan.

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About the Show

Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

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  • June Thomas is the co-host of Slate's Working podcast. She is writing a book about archetypical lesbian spaces.

  • Nichole Perkins is a writer and co-host of the podcasts Thirst Aid Kit and the Waves.

  • Marcia Chatelain is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University.

  • Christina Cauterucci is a Slate senior writer.