In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Rich Juzwiak, writer for Jezebel as well as Slate’s advice column How to Do It. The two discuss the most recent full-length episode of Hit Parade, a breakdown of how Mariah Carey’s seasonal hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” finally hit No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, an improbable 25 years after its original release. Rich walks Chris through the history of Mariah fandom—both his own and her loyal “Lambs”—and how he appreciates her for her low moments as much as her pop peaks.
Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, and the contestant turns the tables with a chance to try to stump Chris with a question of his own. Then, Chris teases the upcoming full-length episode of Hit Parade, which will look at the history of novelty and comedy hits on the charts.
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Podcast production by Asha Saluja.
Dear Prudence: How To Talk Trans
This week’s mini episode finds Prudence by Grace Lavery, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley.
Prudie and Lavery discuss a letter writer who’s wondering how to talk about her recently-out trans sister with colleagues and friends, and what to when your mother-in-law doesn’t invite you to a family holiday breakfast.
Production by Phil Surkis
What Next TBD: The Silicon Valley Dream Was Always a Fantasy
In 2013, Anna Wiener moved from New York to San Francisco to join the city’s booming tech scene. Over the course of four years, she worked at three companies: an e-book startup, a data analytics company, and an open-source software platform. Then, her infatuation with the tech industry took a turn.
On this week’s show, an insider’s perspective on the intoxicating promise and disappointment of Silicon Valley during the mid-decade boom.
Guest: Anna Wiener: author of Uncanny Valley and contributing writer for the New Yorker.
Gist: Dave Eggers and the Struggle of Satire
On the Gist, Donald Trump and Devin Nunes know Lev Parnas.
In the interview, Mike talks with author Dave Eggers about his new book, The Captain and the Glory, a story about the clownish captain of a great ship. Eggers discusses how satire can help us admit the absurdities of our times and how writing the book helped him process our current political climate.
In the spiel, bunging a bob for a big ben bong.
Political: If You Want Her Out
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss new impeachment revelations, the Warren-Sanders rift, and Bill Barr going after Apple’s encryption.
For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss Megxit.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.