What Next: He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.
For a long time, Brandon Flood kept his criminal history quiet - he worked in the Pennsylvania state government, and didn’t want his former convictions to detract from his career success. But now, that history makes him uniquely suited for his new job as secretary of the state’s Board of Pardons. How did he go from submitting his own pardon application - to one year later, leading the body that helps make those clemency decisions? This episode was originally posted in April. Guest: . Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks
The Waves: Trump Women
This week on The Waves, Christina, Nichole and Marcia discuss the accusations of excessive celebration against the US Women’s National Team, the legacy of Sara Huckabee Sanders and the women of the Trump administration, and the UK ban on sexist advertising. In Slate Plus: Is homework sexist? Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Our production assistant is Alex Barasch. Email your topic suggestions and responses to or tweet @christinacauterucci, @tnwhiskeywoman and @DrMChatelain with your thoughts.
Gist: Taffy Brodesser-Akner Doesn’t Care What You’re Wearing
On The Gist, presidential candidates say the darndest things. In the interview, the best profile writer of our day doesn’t focus much on what her subjects are wearing—so we’ll only quickly mention that in the studio with The Gist, Taffy Brodesser-Akner was wearing a fetching leopard-print jumpsuit (“I’m dressed up for a party tonight”). Brodesser-Akner discusses her experience profiling the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and other untouchable celebrities, and how that work is felt in her debut novel, . In the Spiel, the reparations hearing.
Man Up: What Brown Men Do to Make Others Comfortable
Simran Jeet Singh has worn a turban his entire life. It’s a requirement of his Sikh faith, but it has also made him a target for racist harassment. This week on Man Up, host Aymann Ismail and Singh share their experiences and discuss how Singh’s Sikh faith has helped him navigate them
What Next: How Pelosi Holds the Line on Impeachment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s political philosophy is an elegant one: If you want to do something bold, you must follow public sentiment, not lead it. Now why can’t House Democrats seem to shape public sentiment? And what makes them so afraid to cross their caucus leader? Guest: , Congress reporter for the Washington Post.