The Waves

Can Kamala Harris Turn Things Around? A Skeptic and an Optimist Debate.

The veep’s approval ratings are abysmal. How much of that is her fault?


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate editor-at-large Noreen Malone and executive producer of Slate podcasts Alicia Montgomery talk about Vice President Kamala Harris. They unpack what she’s done (and hasn’t done) and how the White House may be using her as a shield for unpopular policies. Then they dig into whether it’s possible to turn Harris’ abysmal approval ratings around.

In the Slate Plus “Is This Feminist?” segment, Noreen and Alicia discuss whether the move toward more casual clothing at work is feminist.


Noreen: Happy Hour, by Marlowe Granados

Alicia: HBO’s Succession and Insecure.

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.

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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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  • Noreen Malone is the host of Slow Burn Season 5. Formerly, she was the editorial director of New York magazine and a host of Slate’s The Waves. Her magazine reporting has earned a George Polk Award.

  • Alicia Montgomery is the vice president of audio at Slate.