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Earlier American English—More Profane, Parochial and Provincial

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

John McWhorter time travels to 1930 and eavesdrops on American English.

29 Min

Mar 21, 2017

Mohsin Hamid: Live at Politics and Prose

Slate's Live at Politics and Prose

Mohsin Hamid discusses his book Exit West and takes questions from the audience.

62 Min

Mar 17, 2017

ABC: Swing Time

Slate's Audio Book Club

Slate's Katy Waldman and Laura Miller discuss Zadie Smith's new novel, Swing Time with The New York Time's Parul Sehgal.

56 Min

Mar 13, 2017

Timothy Snyder: Live at Politics and Prose

Slate's Live at Politics and Prose

Timothy Snyder discusses his book On Tyranny and takes questions from the audience.

82 Min

Mar 10, 2017

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92 min
Mar 3, 2017
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Scott Michelman, Nithya Nathan-Pineau, and Faiza Patel discuss the state of immigration, then take questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

77 min
Feb 17, 2017
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Roxane Gay ("Difficult Women") and Viet Thanh Nguyen ("The Refugees") discuss their respective books and take questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

60 min
Feb 10, 2017
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Jill Jonnes discusses her book, Urban Forests, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

48 min
Feb 10, 2017
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Slate's Katy Waldman, John Dickerson of Face the Nation, and writer and poet Meghan O'Rourke discuss Bob Dylan's The Lyrics: 1961-2012.

32 min
Feb 7, 2017
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John McWhorter talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D'Arcy about the spike in our use of like.

61 min
Feb 3, 2017
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April Ryan discusses her book, At Mama's Knee, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

105 min
Jan 27, 2017
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Fatima Goss Graves, Jennifer Klein, and Rebecca Traister discuss the state of women's rights and feminism, then take questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

30 min
Jan 24, 2017
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John McWhorter discusses the subject of his new book, Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca.

47 min
Jan 23, 2017
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John Dickerson Joins Slate’s Great Books Club to Discuss The Brothers Karamazov

32 min
Jan 20, 2017
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Emily Esfahani Smith discusses her book, The Power of Meaning, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

37 min
Jan 19, 2017
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Slate's Katy Waldman, Aisha Harris, and Laura Bennett discuss Carrie Fisher's Postcards from the Edge, a novel inspired in part by the author's own struggles with drug abuse and experiences as an actor in Hollywood.

58 min
Jan 13, 2017
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Will Schwalbe discusses his book, Books for Living, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

29 min
Jan 10, 2017
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Mark Seidenberg, author of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It, discusses the fallout from the so-called reading wars.

52 min
Jan 6, 2017
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Steven Johnson discusses his book, Wonderland, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

134 min
Dec 31, 2016
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Trevor Noah (Born a Crime), Yaa Gyasi (Homegoing), and Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Gene) discuss their respective books. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

25 min
Dec 27, 2016
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When "hath" gave way to "has," the original meaning of "merry," and other insights from popular Christmas carols.

74 min
Dec 23, 2016
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Thomas Friedman discusses his book, Thank You for Being Late, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

57 min
Dec 16, 2016
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Caitlin Moran discusses her book, Moranifesto, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

27 min
Dec 13, 2016
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In "Arrival," Amy Adams plays a linguist who discovers that language can radically alter one's perception of reality. But is that true?

48 min
Dec 10, 2016
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Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Gabriel Roth and Jacob Brogan to Michael Chabon's new novel Moonglow.

63 min
Dec 9, 2016
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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker discuss their book, "All the Real Indians Died Off", and take questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

59 min
Dec 2, 2016
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Laura Jane Grace discusses her book, Tranny, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

30 min
Nov 29, 2016
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Are the slang, sounds, and syntax of Black English a kind of lingua franca for America's youth?

87 min
Nov 25, 2016
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Trevor Noah discusses his book, Born a Crime, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

61 min
Nov 18, 2016
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David Wood discusses his book, What Have We Done, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

58 min
Nov 16, 2016
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Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Laura Miller and Jamelle Bouie to compare and contrast Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and the new book by Ben Winters Underground Airlines.

29 min
Nov 15, 2016
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What can we learn about English from Bill Clinton, the two Bushes, and other leaders of the free world?

54 min
Nov 11, 2016
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Alexander Horowitz discusses her book, Being a Dog, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

40 min
Nov 4, 2016
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Dave Barry discusses his book, Best. State. Ever., and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

14 min
Nov 3, 2016
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Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, or Tolstoy?

48 min
Nov 3, 2016
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What Jorge Luis Borges taught Slate’s Year of Great Books about free will, plot twists, and intellectual folly.

33 min
Nov 1, 2016
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How our rich and complex system of second person pronouns got whittled down to just "you."

57 min
Oct 28, 2016
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James Gleick discusses his book, Time Travel: A History, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

58 min
Oct 21, 2016
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Walter Mosley discusses his book, Folding the Red Into the Black, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

1 min
Oct 19, 2016
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Join us next week on October 25th for the official launch of season two of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text! In the meantime, here's a little teaser of our first episode. 

31 min
Oct 18, 2016
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What Bette Davis, FDR, and Ralph Kramden have in common when it comes to speech.

68 min
Oct 14, 2016
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Arlie Russell Hochschild discusses her book, Strangers in Their Own Land, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

40 min
Oct 8, 2016
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Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Meg Wiegand and Nora Caplan-Bricker to talk about Lindy West's confident book Shrill.

49 min
Oct 7, 2016
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Belle Boggs discusses her book, The Art of Waiting, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

24 min
Oct 4, 2016
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John McWhorter on what the intricacies of the future tense tell us about the unwritten rules of pronouns.

26 min
Oct 1, 2016
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In our last episode of season one, we hear from a few more listeners and have a meta-conversation about the podcast itself. Vanessa and Casper also have the opportunity to chat with Professor Stephanie Paulsell, with whom they developed this...

47 min
Sep 30, 2016
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Candice Millard discusses her book, Hero of the Empire, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

22 min
Sep 24, 2016
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In the final episode of season one, Vanessa and Casper pull out a few key insights from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They finally get around to talking about Harry himself, revisit the kindness of the Weasley twins, and think about...

58 min
Sep 23, 2016
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Joe Conason discusses his book, Man of the World, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

22 min
Sep 20, 2016
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John Simpson, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, talks about life as a lexicographer.

25 min
Sep 17, 2016
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**Note: We had some technical difficulties in the studio this week (mainly with Casper’s microphone) so unfortunately the sound of this episode is not up to our usual standard and occasionally distracting. Still, the conversation was fruitful enough...

66 min
Sep 16, 2016
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Joseph Stiglitz discusses his book, The Euro, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

24 min
Sep 10, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of destiny in chapter sixteen, the penultimate chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss why Neville is excluded from the trio's adventure, where Hermione's strengths and...

45 min
Sep 9, 2016
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Katy Waldman is joined by NPR's Hanna Rosin and Slate's Laura Bennett to sort through their respective feelings on Emma Cline's novel, The Girls.

58 min
Sep 9, 2016
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Daniel J. Levitin discusses his book, A Field Guide to Lies, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

22 min
Sep 6, 2016
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What does "Hickory Dickory Dock" really mean? John McWhorter makes linguistic sense of seemingly arbitrary children's verse.

25 min
Sep 3, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of regret in chapter fifteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss the eccentric behavior of centaurs, celebrate Neville's burgeoning bravery, and try to...

51 min
Sep 2, 2016
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Everything we learned from Anthony Trollope’s workplace comedy.

60 min
Sep 2, 2016
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David Cay Johnston discusses his book, The Making of Donald Trump, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

7 min
Sep 1, 2016
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Borges, Dostoevsky, Mann, or Cao? Vote for Slate’s Next Great Books Selection.

23 min
Aug 28, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of rebellion in chapter fourteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Casper's high school antics, Hagrid's lack of self-care, and whether the ends justify the means when Hermione...

52 min
Aug 26, 2016
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Ed Yong discusses his book, I Contain Multitudes, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

34 min
Aug 23, 2016
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How Words Hook Up and Make New Ones

26 min
Aug 20, 2016
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Vanessa recounts how she came to read literature as sacred and, in Casper’s absence, uses voicemails from the audience as her conversation partners this week. Together, they touch on a new theology of horcruxes, the difficulty of transitions, and...

72 min
Aug 19, 2016
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Rosa Brooks discusses her book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

33 min
Aug 17, 2016
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Why Bad Accents Happen to Good Audiobooks, and Other Secrets of a Top Narrator

25 min
Aug 13, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of hope in chapter thirteen of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Neville's brawl with the Slytherins, the sacred space of quidditch, and whether a rhetoric of hope can...

67 min
Aug 12, 2016
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Shadi Hamid discusses his book, Islamic Exceptionalism, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

43 min
Aug 8, 2016
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John McWhorter talks with author Jack Lynch about the sacrilege of modified Shakespeare.

24 min
Aug 6, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of white privilege in chapter twelve of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Molly Weasley's continued generosity, explore the topic of invisibility both literally and...

60 min
Aug 5, 2016
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Jeffrey Toobin discusses his book, American Heiress, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

45 min
Aug 4, 2016
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Katy Waldman is joined by Slate's Dan Kois and L.V. Anderson to discuss the play by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

25 min
Jul 30, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of goals in chapter eleven of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Voldemort's questionable judgment in this chapter, whether our intentions are as important as our actions, and...

37 min
Jul 26, 2016
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Gretchen McCulloch talks to John McWhorter about the big meaning behind our favorite little pictograms.

30 min
Jul 23, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of friendship in chapter ten of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss Hermione's confrontation with mortality, give an allegorical reading of Quidditch, and offer a possible redemption for...

61 min
Jul 22, 2016
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Mark Singer discusses his book, Trump and Me, and takes questions from the audience. Live at Politics & Prose is a co-production of Slate and Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

27 min
Jul 16, 2016
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Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of betrayal in chapter nine of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They discuss bullying, Brexit, and why Professor mcGonagall might be a worse teacher than you think.