The Waves

The Waving Goodbye For Now Edition

The Waves on coronavirus inequalities, Feel Good, and predictions for Biden’s VP selection.


Episode Notes

For The Waves’ final episode before a temporary but indefinite hiatus, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole have a coronavirus check-in and talk about inequalities amplified by the pandemic. They also review Feel Good, a semi-autobiographical series on Netflix from comedian Mae Martin. Finally, the panel discusses who they want Joe Biden to select as his running mate, who they think he should pick, and who they think he will choose.

In Slate Plus: Is it sexist that liquor stores are considered essential businesses, if excessive alcohol consumption is linked to domestic abuse and reports of domestic violence have increased since many people are staying at home?

Other Items Discussed: 
Stop Trying to Be Productive by Taylor Lorenz
Sitting on the Couch Is My New Favorite Hobby by Josh Gondelman
The Trapped-at-Home Mother by Emily Gould
The “All-Consuming” Emotional Labor Caused by Coronavirus—and Shouldered by Women by Andrea Flynn
How Coronavirus Is Affecting Surrogacy, Foster Care and Adoption by David Dodge


Nichole: Bestiary: Poems by Donika Kelly

Marcia: A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester.

June: Tommy, the CBS police procedural.

Christina: Cats, yes - that Cats. The 2019 movie adaptation of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

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Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. Production assistance by Cleo Levin.


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.