The Waves

The “So Long, Kamala” Edition

The Waves on Kamala Harris, Frozen 2, and Black Friday.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode the Waves, Christina, June, Nichole, and Marcia discuss the breakdown of Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign. Then, they talk about Frozen 2, the sequel to the smash Disney hit that casts patriarchy and history as the villains. Finally, the panel considers Black Friday and the wave of retailers that are choosing to abstain from this mega-event.

In Slate Plus: Is sassy mom merchandise, such as shirts with phrases like “This mom runs on wine & Amazon Prime,” sexist?

Other items discussed on the show:

Jennifer Lee, Queen of the “Frozen” Franchise by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times
Cyber Monday Lasts All Week Now. That’s Bad for Consumers. by Shannon Palus in Slate
The Quiet Protests of Sassy Mom Merch by Jia Tolentino in the New Yorker


June: Val McDermid’s Karen Pirie series. Start with the first book: Out of Bounds.

Nichole: The Audible version of Alyssa Cole’s The A.I. Who Loved Me, performed by Regina Hall and featuring Mindy Kaling

Marcia: Marina Koren’s article “The False Promise of Morning Routines” in the Atlantic

Christina: The reboot of The L WordThe L Word: Generation Q—which premieres Sunday on Showtime

This podcast was produced by Katya Kumkova. Production assistance by Rachael Allen and Rosemary Belson.

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About the Show

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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