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Still Processing

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Wesley Morris and J Wortham are working it out in this weekly show about culture in the broadest sense. That means television, film, books, music — but also the culture of work, dating, the internet and how those all fit together.

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We Belong Together

June 16th, 2022


Reunited at last, J Wortham joins Wesley Morris in the studio for the last episode of the season. They reflect on the challenges of being apart for almost a year while J was on book leave.

How did J deal with the …

When Your Neighbor’s the Highway

June 9th, 2022


Today, Wesley leaves the studio – and goes home. He embarks on a journey that involves a car named Khad'ija, a tireless 92-year-old activist and one …

And a Britney Song Was On …

June 2nd, 2022


"This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan is an unforgettable hip-hop relic, a jam whose opening six words alone make you want to party. Wesley has heard this 1995 hit countless times since he was a teenager, but it …

Sweat Equity

May 26th, 2022


When Wesley was 11, he wanted to be just like Sandra from the sitcom “227,” played by Jackée Harry. Sandra was sassy, boisterous and always got what she wanted. But it took reading Margo Jefferson’s latest book, …

Can Athletes Ever Be Movie Stars?

May 19th, 2022


What happens when athletes decide to act? And what doesn’t happen? Wesley Morris and Bill Simmons, sportswriter and founder of The Ringer, break down the history of athletes in movies. They start with Jackie Robinson …


May 12th, 2022


Wesley wants to get to the bottom of Keanu Reeves — and to understand “why we get so much out of a movie star who appears to give us so little.” He’s joined by Alex Pappademas, the author of “Keanu Reeves: Most …

Sex, Death & Bunnies

May 5th, 2022


"Fatal Attraction" came out in 1987 when Wesley was 11, and it made a permanent impression on the way he thinks about certain aspects of lust and …

Where'd All the Method Acting Go?

April 28th, 2022


In the 20th century, method acting was everywhere. Actors went to extreme lengths to inhabit the complicated psyche of a character, sometimes making …

Skip Intro

April 21st, 2022


Wesley worries the “skip intro” button is killing the TV theme song. He takes his concern to his friend Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, music critic and MacArthur “genius grant” winner. Together, they explore their childhood …

American Top 40

April 14th, 2022


Wesley has been obsessed with lists since he was a child — think Casey Kasem’s American Top 40, the Academy Awards and Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums …

A New Season of 'Still Processing'

April 7th, 2022


We’re back with a new season on April 14! Jenna Wortham is on book leave, so Wesley Morris will be taking on solo hosting duties for much of this …

'Before I Let Go'

May 20th, 2021


When the three opening notes of the song hit, there’s only one thing to do: Find your people and dance. Today, we’re talking about “Before I Let Go,” by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and the song’s unique ability to …

The People in the Neighborhood

May 13th, 2021


A powerful — and revealing — aspect of the Derek Chauvin trial was the community it created out of strangers. Week later, we’re still thinking about …

We, Tina

May 6th, 2021


She’s simply the best. A new documentary on HBO (called, simply, “Tina”) explores Tina Turner’s tremendous triumphs, but we wanted to go deeper. We talk about how her entire career was an act of repossession: Taking …

Cathy Park Hong

April 29th, 2021


The Asian-American poet wants to help women and people of color find healing — and clarity — in their rage. Hong's book of essays, “Minor Feelings: …

Lil Nas X? Not Sorry!

April 15th, 2021


Social media apologies have become the standard celebrity response to internet outrage. But why do they feel so deeply inadequate? Jenna and Wesley …

40 Acres and a Movie

April 8th, 2021


Disney owns a piece of every living person’s childhood. Now it owns Marvel Studios, too. Jenna and Wesley look at depictions of racist tropes and stereotypes in Disney’s ever-expanding catalog. The company has made …

No Country for Any Men

April 1st, 2021


“Promising Young Woman” is one of this year’s major Oscar contenders. It’s a dark revenge fantasy that asks a sweeping moral question: What if there are no good men? Wesley and Jenna go deep into the film and consider …

Now That's What I Call a Bridge!

March 25th, 2021


“Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo makes Wesley nostalgic for his favorite part of a song: the bridge. Bridges used to be a core feature of popular …

The N-Word

March 18th, 2021


It’s the episode we’ve been wanting to make for years. In our season premiere, we’re talking about the N-word. It’s both unspeakable and ubiquitous. A weapon of hate and a badge of belonging. After centuries of …

The Return of Still Processing

March 11th, 2021


We’re back with a new season on March 18! Join culture writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris in the juiciest group chat, the coziest diner booth, …

Best of the Archives: Whitney Houston (2017)

February 25th, 2021


We’re preparing to drop a whole new season this spring. In the meantime, we want to make sure you’ve had a chance to hear some of our all-time …

Best of the Archives: Whiteness in America (2017)

February 18th, 2021


When “Hillbilly Elegy” showed up on Netflix last November, it was just the latest in a series of media attempting to explain whiteness to its audience. We’re revisiting a better (though not perfect) example: the podcast …

Best of the Archives: Psychobros (2019)

February 11th, 2021


Not long ago, Harry Styles graced the cover of Vogue magazine in a dress. It was just one example of how traditional ideas of masculinity have been …

Best of the Archives: Aretha Franklin (2018)

February 4th, 2021


Next month we’re starting a whole new season of shows! Yes, in March! We’re thrilled. While we’re getting ready, we selected four of our favorite …

Sweet, Sweet Fantasies, Baby

November 12th, 2020


With the election (nearly) resolved, we have a moment to step back and look at what fantasies our country is built upon. From the role of president, …

'Waiter, There's a Fly in Our Bubble'

October 29th, 2020


With a monumental election on the horizon, we want to bring up a few recent events that show some sort of truth amid the confusion. From the NBA bubble to the fly in Mike Pence’s hair to HBO's “Lovecraft Country”, these …

Ziwe May Destroy Hamilton

July 23rd, 2020


“Hamilton” is back in the mix, but the flavor has changed from beloved historical blockbuster to “wait, that’s what this is?” Elsewhere, in new works like “Baited,” on Instagram Live, and “I May Destroy You,” on HBO, …

Reparations for Aunt Jemima!

July 16th, 2020


When Quaker decided to take Aunt Jemima off the red pancake box after 131 years, did it also try to scrub the legacy she represents? And what sort of compensation is appropriate — and to whom — from a brand that …

So Y’all Finally Get It

July 9th, 2020


Excerpts from our June 12 live event, where we caught up about the uprisings and resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. This is the first of …

New Loop, America

May 14th, 2020


In our final episode from our living rooms, we visit the dystopia of “Westworld” and the utopia of “Hollywood” to see if we can glean anything about …

Does This Phone Make Me Look Human?

May 7th, 2020


Covid-19 isn't "the great equalizer" – except when it comes to making us need our devices more than ever. Screens have revealed superstars as civilians, and turned sitcom grouches into teddy bears. Basically: We’re …

Fiona Ex Machina

May 1st, 2020


"Fetch the Bolt Cutters" is Fiona Apple's master class in channeling frustration and anger into what can only be called wisdom. Also, we hear from …

Halle Berry? Hallelujah.

April 23rd, 2020


We’re trying something new this week. We want you to watch a movie with us, and not just any movie, but the 2004 superhero bomb “Catwoman,” starring two of our favorites: Halle Berry and Sharon Stone. We’ve got fun …

How to Learn From a Plague

April 16th, 2020


Activists stood up against the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s, but the tools they used to make themselves heard are unavailable during our …

Frosted Flakes

April 9th, 2020


Lions, and tigers and barely suppressed glee at criminal weirdos, oh my!

What has big personalities, big issues and big cats? Netflix’s hit streaming show “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” We explore what the …

Delicious Vinyl

April 2nd, 2020


Not all reboots deserve to exist. Lots of them aren’t even things we want.

But the new "High Fidelity" on Hulu is the reboot we didn’t know we needed.

A Pod From Both Our Houses

March 26th, 2020


From our living rooms to yours, “Still Processing” is back.

During this unprecedented time in our lives, we talk routines, dreams and what’s on our screens — or at least what will be on our screens. Because screens are …

Got That WFH Setup Set Up

March 21st, 2020


New episodes coming March 26! You’ve got a lot of time on your hands, and so do we. Let's spend it together


November 7th, 2019


We examine how HBO’s series “Watchmen” and Bong Joon Ho’s film “Parasite” bring to light the hidden histories that shape our modern lives.

Discussed …


October 31st, 2019


California’s new legislation allowing college athletes to make money off endorsements. One step forward. The backlash against victims who came …


October 24th, 2019


We revisit "Fight Club" on the 20th anniversary of its release, and consider how the trope of the "psychobro" is showing up onscreen — in the new blockbuster “Joker” and HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Succession” — …


October 17th, 2019


Jennifer Lopez is having a triumphant 2019. From her Motown tribute at the Grammys to the success of “Hustlers” to the announcement that she’ll be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, she seems to be enjoying the …

Back Next Week!

October 10th, 2019


We'll be back with a new episode next Thursday, October 17th.


October 3rd, 2019


Comedy is changing. Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix comedy special, "Sticks & Stones," makes us wonder if he can keep up.

Discussed this week:


September 26th, 2019


We’re in love with MTV’s dating-reality TV show “Are You the One?”

Discussed this week:


September 19th, 2019


How "Old Town Road" gave us hope without making us cringe, and became our song of the year.

Discussed this week:

  • Joe Coscarelli, Alexandra Eaton, Will …


September 12th, 2019


Remember that beer test? It’s not enough. That’s why this election season, we bring you: Still Processing’s Rubric for Leadership and Democratic …


September 4th, 2019


Still Processing will be back in your ears on Thursday, September 12th.


March 28th, 2019


We dissect Jordan Peele’s new psychological thriller, “Us,” and discuss the film’s central question (WITHOUT SPOILERS): Are any of us ever truly free …


March 21st, 2019


We celebrate Whoopi Goldberg from her days as a boundary-pushing stand-up comedian in the early ’80s to her current role as professional curmudgeon …


March 14th, 2019


We chat with David Wallace-Wells, climate columnist for New York Magazine, about the limits of individual consumption choices and the necessity of …


March 7th, 2019


HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” — a two-part documentary that focuses on the stories of two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who allege that Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children — prompts us to wrestle with …


February 28th, 2019


The Jussie Smollett investigation has captured America’s attention — and ours. We take a look at the support for as well as the doubts about …


February 21st, 2019


With the Academy Awards right around the corner, we take a look back at some previous Best Picture winners. When these winning films were about race, they often highlighted a feel-good racial reconciliation fantasy. But …


February 14th, 2019


"Becoming," the best-selling memoir by the former first lady, Michelle Obama, is a study in what happens when the ways we see ourselves don't always line up with the ways that society sees us. In reading about her …


February 7th, 2019


Inspired by Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” we decide to KonMari Wesley’s Brooklyn apartment. We ask ourselves what sparks joy in our lives and examine whether Marie Kondo’s philosophy extends into the …


January 31st, 2019


We now live in an era where people can choose to believe whatever they want to believe, regardless of proof or evidence. From the Laquan McDonald trial to the film “Green Book” to R. Kelly’s song “I Believe I Can Fly” …


January 24th, 2019


The new Netflix show “Sex Education” feels so refreshing because for the longest time, there has been a dearth of cultural properties that …


January 17th, 2019


Last fall, Nike released a groundbreaking ad featuring the former N.F.L. quarterback Colin Kaepernick. His kneeling protest, which started in 2016 as …


January 10th, 2019


New year, new season.

Kevin Hart. Ellen. Brett Kavanaugh. We live in an age of #SorryNotSorry, prevalent in our pop culture and woven into the fabric …


December 20th, 2018


Buckle up, babies. Still Processing returns on Thursday, January 10th.

We R-E-S-P-E-C-T Aretha Franklin

August 30th, 2018


This week we pay our respects to the late, great Aretha Franklin. A legendary singer, writer, arranger, pianist, performer and more, Ms. Franklin …

We Spy Two BlacKkKlansmen — and One is Omarosa

August 23rd, 2018


This week, we realize we have two black klansmen on our hands — one on the big screen in the form of Spike Lee's new film "BlacKkKlansman," and one on the small screen in the form of America's most notorious reality …

We Got Goop'd

August 16th, 2018


This week, our friend and colleague, Taffy Akner, chats with us about her viral article, "How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 …

We Give You Our Summer Faves

August 9th, 2018


This week, we celebrate summer and present to you our 2018 Summer Faves. From tech to treats, tunes to TV, and of course, summer looks, we make some recommendations to help you live your best life in these warmer …

We Blaxplain Blaxplaining

August 2nd, 2018


This week, we trace the evolution of black American cinema from blaxploitation in the 1970s to what we’re calling "blaxplaining" in 2018. While …

We Heard Lauryn Hill, But Did We Listen?

July 26th, 2018


It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 5-time Grammy-winning debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Still very …

We Can't Burn It All Down (Even Though Sometimes We Want To)

July 19th, 2018


Jenna's back in New York after spending last week at the Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon. An explosive moment at the workshop prompted us to consider what it means for an institution — from a writing …

We Choose Our Own Families

July 12th, 2018


This week, we take a deep dive into "Pose," Ryan Murphy's new show on FX, and unpack the role of queer chosen families in pop culture. We dissect …

Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen - Part 2

July 5th, 2018


It’s the second installment of our two-part series on anti-Asian racism. Once again, we hand over the mics to our Asian-American colleagues, friends …

Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen - Part 1

June 28th, 2018


This week and next, we’re doing something different. After witnessing an awful instance of anti-Asian racism at a movie theater, we couldn’t stop …

We Louvre The Carters

June 21st, 2018


Beyonce and Jay-Z. Donald and Melania. Kim and Kanye. Harry and Meghan. We're compelled by the performance of marriage in culture. And with The …

We Need Bad Women

June 14th, 2018


After watching the blockbuster hit "Ocean’s 8" and BBC America’s cat-and-mouse drama "Killing Eve," we noticed some similarities in these leading …

We Wouldn't Leave Kanye, But Should We?

June 7th, 2018


Almost one week after Kanye West released his eighth studio album, "Ye," we wonder what to do with artists who displease us. Going back to 2004, we …

We're Here For Your Anger, Jessica Walter

May 31st, 2018


When actor Jessica Walter said fellow co-star Jeffrey Tambor verbally harassed her on the set of "Arrested Development," the show’s lead, Jason Bateman, jumped to Tambor’s defense -- and we noticed. This week, we suss …

We’re Queer - and Apparently So Is Everybody Else

May 24th, 2018


With Rita Ora, Janelle Monáe, Kehlani – and even fictional characters like Lando Calrissian – embracing bisexuality, pansexuality, queerness, and more, we wonder: what does it mean to publicly declare your sexual …

We Unpack Black Male Privilege

May 17th, 2018


This week, shortly after multi-hyphenate artist Donald Glover blew up the internet with the video for his song "This is America," Wesley and guest …

We Watch Whiteness

April 26th, 2018


This week we're talking about white culture, and what it is trying to tell us about itself on TV, at the movies and in books. We're noticing that …

We Talk BeyChella

April 19th, 2018


We were so blown away by Beyoncé’s performance at the Coachella music festival that we decided to scrap our previous plans and dedicate this week’s entire episode to it. We think her performance will go down in the …

We Get It On (With Ourselves)

April 12th, 2018


As a break from the onslaught of traumatic news, this week we're talking about what makes us feel good about ourselves. Really good. We start by exploring what has been lost with the recent closure of Craiglist's …

We Celebrate the REAL MLK Day

April 5th, 2018


This week, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. While MLK’s birthday is celebrated on a national level, we spend …

We’re Maxed Out, You’re Maxed Out, Everybody Is Maxed Out

March 29th, 2018


This week we're talking about why we're stressed out, why the country is stressed out, and whether anxiety has become a permanent condition. We …

We Love Aunties

March 22nd, 2018


This week we pay homage to aunties, in our own lives, in politics, and in pop culture. But first we have to define what an aunty is, so we play a …

We Don’t Love Everything Made By Black People and That’s OK?

March 15th, 2018


This week, we discuss "A Wrinkle in Time," Ava DuVernay's attempt to take the audience on a magical adventure with Meg Murray as she searches for her …

We Paint the Town Obama

March 8th, 2018


We went to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. to look at the recently installed portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama. The paintings--Barack's by Kehinde Wiley, Michelle's by Amy Sherald--prompted both …

We Want To Know What Love Is

March 1st, 2018


This week, we examine four of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated films—“Call Me By Your Name”, “Get Out”, “Shape of Water”, and “Phantom Thread”—to ask whether we are entering a new phase of romance films. By diverging …

We Take the 15:17 All the Way to Pyeongchang

February 22nd, 2018


This week we're looking for a thread running through three seemingly disparate moments: the release of Clint Eastwood's new film "The 15:17 to Paris," the Olympics in South Korea, and the tragic death of 17 people at …

We Sink Our Claws Into "Black Panther" with Ta-Nehisi Coates

February 16th, 2018


It's going to be one of the biggest opening weekends in movie history. But "Black Panther" is about so much more than the box office. This week we're …

We'll See You Tomorrow

February 15th, 2018


There's no episode of Still Processing today, but Wesley and Jenna are cooking up something special — a whole show on "Black Panther" with special …

We Don't Know Where We Are

February 8th, 2018


This week, we take the Oscar-nominated film "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" as a starting point for a discussion about a new sense of placelessness in film and TV. Over the last year, we've been seeing …

We're Still Here For Janet

February 1st, 2018


This week, in light of Justin Timberlake’s upcoming Super Bowl performance, we revisit his infamous 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” halftime show with Janet Jackson. We dissect the public reaction to “nipplegate,” why Janet …

We Have a Right To Be Mad

January 25th, 2018


This week, we examine the outrage that is expressing itself in all corners of the culture. In the process, we found unexpected connections between …

We Have a Theory About Oprah

January 18th, 2018


The wait is finally over - we’re back for Season 3! This week, we look at the movie “Proud Mary” starring Taraji P. Henson as a jumping off point for …

We Back! (On Thursday)

January 16th, 2018


The wait is (almost) over: Jenna and Wesley will be back with a new season of "Still Processing" starting Thursday, Jan. 18th. It’s O.K. to cry, even if you’re wearing glitter.

We Are Tired of Sexual Harassment (and Sequels) | Season Finale

October 12th, 2017


It’s our season finale! We’ve spent our second season keeping a critical eye on the unreality of America and dissecting the systems of power that …

We Get Biracial

October 5th, 2017


For months, the two of us have been trying to figure out a way to have a conversation about the experience of being biracial. This week we just go …

We Take a Knee

September 28th, 2017


Another day, another rant from Donald Trump. This time, the president took aim at Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who …

We Assess the Outrage over "Bodega" and Mother!

September 21st, 2017


Last week, a Silicon Valley startup called Bodega instigated an internet meltdown after a Fast Company profile made the company’s intentions clear. “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary, because …

We Bow Down to Rihanna and Venus

September 14th, 2017


Last week, we witnessed two extraordinary events: Venus Williams playing some of the best tennis in the last decade of her career (she lost in the …

We Debate NPR’s Greatest Albums by Women

September 7th, 2017


Last month, NPR published a list of the 150 greatest albums by women. The list was debated. It was discussed. There were alternative lists of 150

We Have a Chappelle Show

August 31st, 2017


This summer, Dave Chappelle returned to the stage for an ambitious, monthlong residency at Radio City Music Hall in New York. We saw the show independently, on separate nights. What we witnessed inspired us to dedicate …

We Care For Ourselves and Others in Trump’s America

August 24th, 2017


The events of the last few weeks have shown us that we are fully living in Trump's America, with a president who is slow to condemn the actions of …

We Grieve Charlottesville

August 15th, 2017


What happened in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend was the largest public melee during a presidential administration that includes men with white nationalist ties. Three people were killed, dozens of people were …

We Discuss: Who Owns Stories About Blackness?

August 3rd, 2017


It’s been a summer of outrage over the question of who can tell stories about black history and black pain. We reckon with this question by examining Kathryn Bigelow’s film "Detroit," Dana Schutz's painting “Open …

We’re Freaking Out About O.J. and Girls Trip

July 27th, 2017


The country was barely on the other side of a period of deep thought about the cultural meaning of O.J. Simpson, and then last week we found out that …

We Pick Science Fiction for Mitch McConnell

July 20th, 2017


2017 feels sort of like the End Times, and we’re leaning into science fiction TV shows and movies to imagine the outcome of our current political and …

We Get Bodied Talking Jay-Z and Beyoncé

July 13th, 2017


“4:44” is Jay-Z’s first album since Beyoncé turned their marital trouble into a masterpiece called "Lemonade." On “4:44,” Jay-Z expresses regret for his infidelity and ruminates on the socioeconomic state of black …

We Seek “Authentic” BBQ

July 6th, 2017


It’s barbecue season! But let’s be clear: We aren’t talking about throwing burgers and veggies on a grill. We’re talking about the rich culinary …

We Revive Tupac and Side-Eye Sofia Coppola

June 29th, 2017


What responsibility does a movie have to the details of history? In Sofia Coppola’s new film, “The Beguiled,” a remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 …

We Celebrate Gay Pride — The Highs and Lows

June 22nd, 2017


June is Gay Pride month: four weekends of parades, pageantry, and partying, all over the country. But now, a year after the Pulse nightclub shooting, …

We Said, He Said, She Said

June 15th, 2017


In a live-stream to promote her new album, “Witness,” Katy Perry put on an elaborate performance, giving a series of confessional interviews about …

We Watch 'Wonder Woman' and Do a Taxonomy of the Summer Jam

June 8th, 2017


Summer is here, and so are the superhero movies and hit pop songs that define the season. We discuss the politics of “Wonder Woman,” the first …

We Love the Beach, We Hate the Beach

June 1st, 2017


Last week, the Baywatch franchise returned — this time on the big screen — with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron leading a cast of tan, muscled lifeguards. But the film isn’t just a goofy romp; it presents the …

We're Going Black(er) AKA Dear Woke People

May 25th, 2017


In the last 30 years, blackness has migrated from the margins of American popular culture to its center. Right now, a bounty of television, movies, …

We Watch Trump TV with Emily Nussbaum

May 18th, 2017


Donald Trump has changed the way we watch TV, whether it’s the reality show within the White House, or the scripted dramas we can’t help but compare …

We Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston

May 11th, 2017


It has been five years since Whitney Houston died. She was one of the biggest pop stars of her time and a glorious singer — but we don’t properly remember her for that. Instead, she is considered a tragic figure who …

We Feud About “Feud”

May 4th, 2017


The ruthlessness of Silicon Valley companies like Uber is out of control, but why do we expect more from the tech industry than from corporations …

We Relive the Oscars with Barry Jenkins

April 27th, 2017


A conversation with the director of "Moonlight" about his cinematic style, his forthcoming adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s "Underground Railroad," …

We Listen to Kendrick Lamar & Talk to Valerie Jarrett

April 20th, 2017


We discuss Kendrick Lamar’s new album, “DAMN.,” and listen closely to “XXX,” one of our favorite tracks. Is his latest project a breakup with …

We Go To S-Town

April 13th, 2017


We’re back! And we’re picking up right where we left off: thinking about “Get Out.” Jordan Peele’s instant classic is the lens through which we’re seeing everything these days, from the hit podcast “S-Town” to that …

Season Finale with Jordan Peele | Episode 26

March 2nd, 2017


We’re not over what happened at the Oscars on Sunday. You probably aren’t either. But we’re ready to move onto next year’s Oscars, where we fully …

Oscars Preview with A.O. Scott | Episode 25

February 23rd, 2017


“La La Land” is probably going to win a lot of Oscars on Sunday. Perhaps even for best picture. But it’s O.K. Truly. We are joined by A. O. Scott, a …

Beyoncé to Baldwin and Back Again | Episode 24

February 16th, 2017


It’s been five days, and we’re still trying to make sense of Beyoncé’s loss at the Grammys. It’s been 50 years, and we’re still learning from James Baldwin. The new Baldwin documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” touched both …

The Women of “Girls” | Episode 23

February 9th, 2017


HBO’s “Girls” begins its final season this Sunday, and we discuss the show’s legacy before Jenna sits down for a live conversation with Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke. They talk about the …

‘You Only Leave Home When Home Won’t Let You Stay’ | Episode 22

February 2nd, 2017


We speak to three friends: Habab, a Muslim woman born in Sudan who was nearly detained after landing home at Dulles International Airport in Virginia …

Wesley and Jenna’s Existential Fears | Episode 21

January 26th, 2017


It’s 50 degrees in New York in January, 2016 was the warmest year ever— and the words “climate change” no longer exist on Time for a …

Show Me the (Read) Receipts! | Episode 20

January 19th, 2017


We start by debating one of the great questions of our time: should you or should you not use read receipts on your text messages? Jenna feels …

Batman vs. Joker | Episode 19

January 12th, 2017


We take a deep breath after President Obama’s farewell speech and talk about his future as the ultimate black dad. Next we call up our friend and New …

‘The Perfect Movie for Our Time’ | Episode 18

January 5th, 2017


We’re kicking off 2017 with a movie speed round to prepare for this weekend’s Golden Globes. We talk through our feelings about “La La Land,” …

The Kanye-thon | Episode 17

December 29th, 2016


This week we devote the entire episode to one question: What is happening with Kanye West?

The Lives They Lived | Episode 16

December 22nd, 2016


This week, it’s our turn to take a look back on 2016 and share our picks for the most cultural moments that will stick with us. But before we do …

Best of 2016 with Bill Simmons, Heben Nigatu, Tracy Clayton and Ezra Edelman | Episode 15

December 15th, 2016


This week on the show we're talking to some of our favorite people on Earth about the culture from 2016 — the movies, the music, the moments — that …

Beyoncé vs. Adele? No Contest | Episode 14

December 8th, 2016


Good news: Jenna’s back! And in the wake of this week’s Grammy nominations, she’s here to say that no matter how desperate the internet may be for a Beyoncé and Adele rivalry, it’s just not a competition. Next, New York …

Obama’s Last Cultural Statement | Episode 13

December 1st, 2016


Jenna is off road-tripping across Southern Africa, so this week Wesley reunites with Alex Pappademas, his old co-host on Grantland’s podcast “Do You …

The Brilliance of Kerry James Marshall | Episode 12

November 24th, 2016


Join our field trip to The Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum’s new space in New York dedicated to contemporary art, where we give you an audio tour …

How to Survive Thanksgiving | Episode 11

November 17th, 2016


To nourish your souls this week, we’re serving up some serious comfort food live from the kitchen of the New York Times food editor Sam Sifton. Sam …

The Reckoning | Episode 10

November 10th, 2016


Through tears, and with the help of our oracle Margo Jefferson, we begin to process the election of Donald J. Trump.

Dancing in the Moonlight | Episode 9

November 3rd, 2016


To combat the stresses of an election we want to end and the onset of winter, we’re offering a whole episode dedicated to things that make us feel …

Nudity Clause | Episode 8

October 27th, 2016


This week we’re talking about penises. Specifically, penises on the big screen. There are more and more of them, but the penises deemed safe enough …

Peak Black TV | Episode 7

October 20th, 2016


This week, we devote an entire episode to our favorite (and not so favorite) shows on TV, touching on “Queen Sugar,” “Westworld,” “Insecure,” “Empire,” and more. We give out superlatives, delve into the brilliance of …

America, What You Doin’ Gurl? | Episode 6

October 13th, 2016


This week we’ve got some questions. What show could possibly hold your attention for 24 straight hours? (Wesley found it.) Should you still feel …

A Journey to the 'Blacksonian' | Episode 5

October 6th, 2016


This week our entire episode comes to you from inside the Smithsonian’s brand-new National Museum of African American History and Culture in …

Maintaining Higher Ground | Episode 4

September 29th, 2016


This week we catch up with Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the husband-and-wife team behind “High Maintenance,” HBO’s new show (which was just renewed for a second season) about a weed dealer in New York. It's billed …

RuPaul: 'Identity Is a Hoax, People!' | Episode 3

September 22nd, 2016


While we are discussing the Emmys, which Jenna barely wanted to watch, something amazing happens: a call from somebody who actually has an Emmy! Yup, …

‘You Can’t Code Your Way Out of Racism’ | Episode 2

September 15th, 2016


This week, Wesley and Jenna meet for breakfast to talk through their conflicting feelings about the new film “When the Bough Breaks,” the No. 2 film in America — she loved it, he not so much. They also decode the …

First Date | Episode 1

September 8th, 2016


In this inaugural episode, Wesley and Jenna work through their feelings about America's reaction to Colin Kaepernick and Leslie Jones, take a …

Introducing Still Processing

September 6th, 2016


The first episode of Still Processing will drop on Thursday, Sept. 8, and Wesley and Jenna will be back every Thursday after that. Here’s a quick taste of what’s to come.

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