The Waves

The “Coronavirus Everywhere” Edition

The Waves on quarantining, Little Fires Everywhere, and bogus Title IX allegations.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss being cooped up at home during coronavirus. Then, they review the new Hulu show Little Fires Everywhere, based on the 2017 novel by Celeste Ng. Finally, the panel discusses Sarah Viren’s New York Times Magazine piece “The Accusations Were Lies. But Could We Prove It?

In Slate Plus: Is it sexist to tell a woman she’s “really blossomed” since getting divorced?

Other items discussed on the show:

How to WFH With Your Partner Without Killing Each Other,” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate.

Life Inside the Title IX Pressure Cooker,” by Sarah Brown in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Radiooooo, a site where you can listen to music from different decades.


Marcia: “Advice From a Prepper Mom on Surviving the Unthinkable,” by Mira Ptacin.

June: The Arne & Carlos Daily Quarantine Knitting Podcast.

Christina: Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish.

Nichole:  The Screen Time feature on your phone.

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Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.


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.