The Waves

The “Runaway Royals” Edition

The Waves on Warren and Sanders, Megxit, and Women on Food. 


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss the recent drama about whether Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren that a woman can’t be president. Then, the panel adds to the chronic (but desired) over-coverage of Megxit. Finally, the panel discuss Women on Food, an anthology edited by Charlotte Druckman.

In Slate Plus: Is it sexist for a listener’s parents to say she spends too much time on her son’s hair each morning?

Other items discussed on the show:

• “The Coalitions Aren’t Lining Up,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate

• “What McDonald’s Has Meant to Black Americans,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate

• “The Other Swing Voter,” by Ibram X. Kendi in the Atlantic

• “Can a Woman Win the Election?” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate

• “Here Are 20 Headlines Comparing Meghan Markle To Kate Middleton That May Show Why She And Prince Harry Are Cutting Off Royal Reporters,” by Ellie Hall in BuzzFeed News

• “Trapped in while dining out: When white people make me part of their show,” by Osayi Endolyn in the Washington Post

• “Equal-Opportunity Evil,” by Rebecca Onion in Slate


June: Michael Apted’s Up documentary series. The latest and final installment is 63 Up, in theaters now.

Nichole: Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series.

Marcia: Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers’ book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South.

Christina: The Showtime series Work in Progress.

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This podcast was produced by Lindsey Kratochwill. Production assistance by Rachael Allen and Rosemary Belson.

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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.