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The Cut on Tuesdays

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The Cut on Tuesdays brings you women’s voices on culture, style, sex, politics, and people: It’s everything The Cut can’t stop talking about. Join host Molly Fischer every week for arguments, obsessions, dissections, reflections, confessions, and other deep dives. From New York Magazine and Gimlet M… read more

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The Ghost of Emails Past

December 17th, 2019


Old emails are a fossil record of our lives. What were you doing this time last year, or two years ago, or ten? Even if you don’t keep a diary, you’ve got email... and this week, we're digging through ours. With Allison …

Some Personal News

December 10th, 2019


Meet a stranger, get married, do LSD, follow a band, buy a van, swear off men, go sit on a pyramid.... and other ways to change your life forever. …

The Woman of Your Dreams

November 19th, 2019


Once upon a time, Carmen Maria Machado met a woman who was beautiful and smart and funny and (amazingly, to Carmen) wanted to be her girlfriend. They …

Jenny Slate is a Seasoned Professional

November 12th, 2019


Jenny Slate never had stage fright at all... then suddenly, in her late 20s, she did. In this episode the comedian, actress, and author of the new book Little Weirds tells us about feeling like she was losing the thing …

You're Hired

November 5th, 2019


When you start a new job, maybe you’ve got a fantasy of the life you want to lead—the new and improved person you want to be. But then you walk in …

You Should Probably Quit

October 29th, 2019


On August 18, 2012, Cher tweeted: "Whats going on with mycareer." In this episode we ask what's going on with OURcareers—how do we know when it's time for a change, and what does it feel like to actually quit? Esther …

Eva Chen Has a Magic Wand

October 22nd, 2019


Eva Chen is Instagram's resident queen of fashion... but she's also a life-long Babysitters Club obsessive who just published her third book for kids. She sat down with Stella Bugbee to talk about how she gets it all …

Your Driver is Here

October 15th, 2019


When Alison called a Lyft after a night out with friends, she was looking for a quick ride home. Instead, she was driven across state lines, to a park — and the next morning, she woke up with no memory of what had …

Penis Envy and Other Problems

October 8th, 2019


Ben Lerner is not known for freestyling. He's known for writing novels (also poems). But as a kid growing up in Topeka, Ben was deep in a world of male anger—anger that found outlets in debate championships, drunken …

Pregnancy: Let's See What This Body Can Do

October 1st, 2019


This week, we want to know: What does it ACTUALLY feel like to be pregnant? We asked women to tell us what they didn't expect when they were expecting... and we heard about everything from extra nipples to extreme …

Bad Man Season

September 24th, 2019


It’s that time of year again—and this week, we’re re-releasing one of the first episodes we ever made. It’s all about what happens when women’s whisper networks become visible... which happened on a bathroom wall at …

Hi It's Us Your 30 Long-Lost Siblings

September 17th, 2019


When sperm donation first became widespread, it was supposed to stay a secret. That didn’t happen. Here’s what did...Featuring crazy coincidences, heartwarming reunions, sister moms, turkey baster twins, and a stadium …

Rebecca Traister's Brain is Boiling

September 10th, 2019


Rebecca Traister checks her phone first thing in the morning: It's always full of bad news, but that bad news is her job, and she wants to know what …


September 3rd, 2019


An episode all about anxiety—from panicky thought-spirals to private self-soothing techniques. Featuring Aparna Nancherla, Jenny Odell, Sarah Wilson, …

The Hottest Weekend of 1919

August 27th, 2019


Eve L. Ewing has spent years living in Chicago, working in Chicago, and thinking about Chicago — she knows the place. Then she found an 800-page document that changed the way she saw her hometown. On this week's show, …

Growing Up With Toni Morrison

August 13th, 2019


By the time Toni Morrison died last week, a whole generation of readers had come of age in a world where she was already a legend. So, on this week’s …

We Went to Elizabeth Warren's House

August 6th, 2019


Elizabeth Warren has spent most of her career as a teacher. Before she faced off with a stage full of opponents for the Democratic nomination, she …

Blocking A Million Bad Men

July 30th, 2019


How can you fight back against online abuse? Writers Clementine Ford and Ijeoma Oluo tell us about a few go-to tools, like screenshots, …

Rebecca Traister, Tiffany Cabán, and 16 Votes

July 23rd, 2019


Tiffany Cabán’s outsider campaign for Queens district attorney could come down to just 16 votes. But Rebecca Traister says this race was thrilling …

How to Stay Sane While Saving the Country

July 16th, 2019


Brittany Packnett is an activist who rose to prominence after she became a leader of the protests in Ferguson back in 2014. Since then, she’s worked …

Don't Tell Alison Roman To Chill

July 9th, 2019


Alison Roman is a cookbook author, New York Times and Bon Appetit columnist, and the brain behind The Cookies and The Stew, those chocolate chip …

Make A Wish

July 2nd, 2019


When Hannah was a kid, everyone knew she was dying. All over town, donation cans showed a picture of her: a sweet little girl with cancer who needed help. But it turned out that Hannah's story wasn't so simple — in …

Everyone Is Getting Divorced

June 18th, 2019


Taffy Brodesser-Akner is perhaps best known for her profiles of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tonya Harding, and Jonathan Franzen — turning her subjects into characters through the irresistible drama of being …

"I Love America"

June 11th, 2019


What is life really like inside an immigrant detention facility? In this episode, we talk to Karla, who came from Honduras to the United States as part of the much-discussed migrant caravan. When she walked over the US …

We Are All Idiots

June 4th, 2019


Filmmaker Sandi Tan told the Cut that her next project would be an adaptation of Elif Batuman's novel The Idiot — it's a book about a hapless college …

How To Do An Abortion

May 28th, 2019


Cynthia Nixon joins us this week as we consider the past and future of abortion. What does it look like to end a pregnancy when the law stands in your way? Wendy Zukerman from Science Vs tells us about a group of women …

I Want To Put My Mouth on That

May 21st, 2019


The spring thaw is here... or is it? The Cut staff tries to figure out what it means to be horny in 2019. (The answer involves asking Adam Driver to …

Call Your Mom

May 14th, 2019


When you see "Mom" in your missed calls, do you start to sweat? Does a voicemail that starts "Hi, sweetie, it's me, so sorry to bother you..." make you twitch? You're not alone. Whether you have a great relationship …

How Cynthia Rowley Gets It Done

May 9th, 2019


Cynthia Rowley is a fashion designer, author, and successful businesswoman, despite not having a background in business. Stella Bugbee talks with …

What If You Regret Becoming a Mom?

May 7th, 2019


This week, we listen in on a conversation between Dr. Alexandra Sacks, host of the new podcast Motherhood Sessions, and Anne. Anne never wanted to be …

How Topeka Sam and Holly Harris Get It Done

May 2nd, 2019


Topeka Sam and Holly Harris are two women on opposite sides of the political spectrum who’ve worked together to pass criminal justice reform. They …

The Pursuit of Total Friendship: Nicole Cliffe and Daniel Mallory Ortberg

April 30th, 2019


Nicole Cliffe and Daniel Mallory Ortberg met in the Hairpin comments section and quickly became long-distance friendship soulmates--they went on to …

How Tamara Mellon Gets It Done

April 25th, 2019


Tamara Mellon is a fashion designer, businesswoman, and magazine editor. She founded the luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo in the 90s, and she walked away the company back in 2011. We talked with Tamara about starting her …

Selling Out

April 23rd, 2019


Author Curtis Sittenfeld talks about what it means to sell out -- from short stories on Chipotle cups to brand-written tweets. And she reads her short story "Creative Differences," about the making of a viral ad …

How Yasmeen Hassan Gets It Done

April 18th, 2019


Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director for Equality Now, an international non-profit that has successfully pushed governments around the …

I Love You I Love You I Love You

April 16th, 2019


Marriage: Why do we bother? Our theory is that it all comes down to a good story--so this week, we've got two couples with really good stories. First, she's Deaf and he's hearing. Second, a couple who met while he was …

Family Money

April 9th, 2019


On this week’s show, Stacey Abrams tells us how she wound up $200,000 in debt, and Abigail Disney explains why no one should have a private jet. …

How Nora McInerny Gets It Done

April 4th, 2019


In 2014, Nora McInerny miscarried a child, lost her dad to cancer and her husband to a brain tumor, all within weeks of each other. Since then, she's written three books - her latest, No Happy Endings, was just released …

What Is Sex?

April 2nd, 2019


This week, we return to the dawn of sexual knowledge--a time when the first stirrings of horniness were paired with a total lack of useful …

How Rukmini Callimachi Gets It Done

March 28th, 2019


Our "How I Get It Done" series is back! For this episode, we sat down with Rukmini Callimachi, award winning journalist and host of the podcast Caliphate. She's been reporting on Islamic extremism for years, and her …

A Normal Person Conversation with Sally Rooney

March 26th, 2019


We talked with Sally Rooney, author of Conversations With Friends and Normal People, about why she writes, how she’s smuggled socialism into page turners, the best way to keep her readers hooked, and much more. 

How the Stars of Russian Doll, Shrill, and Top Chef Get It Done

March 19th, 2019


Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Padma Lakshmi, Aidy Bryant, and Hope Solo tell us how they tackle rejection, imposter syndrome, new job stress, and get it …

A Story We Love From The Nod

March 12th, 2019


This week, we’ve got a story from our friends at the Nod about MDMA, therapy, and racial trauma. 

You can find more episodes of The Nod wherever you listen. 

Can You Be Ambitious and Happy?

March 5th, 2019


This week, we take a look at ambition: the internal force that wakes you up at 2:30 am full of ideas, that makes you want to do more than you thought …

Who Even Was Karl Lagerfeld?

February 26th, 2019


A cartoon, a genius, a man who hated sweatpants... Making sense of one of the greatest fashion designers of all time, with Vanessa Grigoriadis, Carl Swanson, and Cathy Horyn.

23 Weeks, 6 Days

February 19th, 2019


In the fight over later abortions, the political rhetoric is miles away from the lived reality. This week, we tell one woman’s story.

Everybody Must Get Stoned

February 12th, 2019


How are we feeling about weed? On this week's show, we talk to Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld of HBO's High Maintenance, Jia Tolentino, Aminatou …

Listening to Estrogen

February 5th, 2019


When Lisa Miller's editor came to her with this story idea, she didn't want anything to do with it. But then she started poking around... and wound up spending the next year reporting what she found.

On this week’s …

Like It or Not

January 29th, 2019


"Likeable" has always been a loaded word when it comes to women in politics--it sounds a lot like barely-veiled sexism. But what if everything's …

Bad Sex, Good Sex, Book Sex: Fiction That Makes Sense of How We Bone

January 22nd, 2019


Two different eras of sexual tumult, two very different blockbuster stories about sex. This week, we discuss books and boning.

How Sarah Koenig Gets It Done

January 15th, 2019


Sarah Koenig is the host and co-creator of Serial, the show that made podcasts a cultural phenomenon. After three seasons of exhaustive reporting, we …

Escape from Shame Jail: On Apologies

January 8th, 2019


It's the perfect time of year for apologies. Instead of thinking about everything you're going to do right in the future, what about everything you …

Hello and Welcome to My Bad Dinner Party

December 18th, 2018


Samin Nosrat, Angela Dimayuga, and Carla Lalli Music do their best to help Madeleine Aggeler -- the Cut's semi-competent food columnist --throw a …

How Jill Kargman Gets It Done

December 13th, 2018


In this installment of our "How I Get It Done" series, Stella Bugbee talks with writer and actress Jill Kargman. 

Jill wrote and starred in her own Bravo series Odd Mom Out for three seasons as a first time actress. She …

The Women of the Caravan

December 11th, 2018


A caravan of migrants from Honduras reached the U.S. border a few weeks ago. Now, thousands are living in a camp in Tijuana, waiting to find out whether they'll be allowed in the country. 

We visited the camp to talk to …

How Amy Sherald Gets It Done

December 6th, 2018


In this installment of our "How I Get It Done" series, Stella Bugbee talks with artist Amy Sherald. 

When she was selected to paint First Lady Michelle Obama's official portrait last fall, Amy Sherald's entire life …

Down the Street from a Mass Shooting

December 4th, 2018


A few weeks back, on Twitter, some doctors started posting photos of the bloody aftermath of gun violence: the things they see at work every day, not …

How Robin Roberts Gets It Done

November 29th, 2018


For the first in our "How I Get It Done" series, Stella Bugbee talks with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts

An award winning journalist and …

Beat Around the Bush: On Pubes

November 27th, 2018


This week, an investigation: what's going on with pubic hair these days? From basic maintenance to celebrity grooming trends, we look at the mysterious and messy experience of dealing with your pubes.

And, a request! …

Motherhood: "You Can't Back Out"

November 20th, 2018


This week, stories about motherhood, and the bullshit that comes your way: a woman whose marriage crumbled during her second pregnancy, and Stella …

Ferrante Forever: We Revisit My Brilliant Friend

November 13th, 2018


This week we’re talking about the Neapolitan novels, by Elena Ferrante. An adaptation of the first book in that series, My Brilliant Friend, is …

A Totally Different Game: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins

November 6th, 2018


It's election day. There are a record 257 women are running for Congress, and on this week’s show, we're focusing on one of them: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just under 16,000 people voted for her back in June, but in the …

"She's Never Done Anything Halfway": Making a Far Right Extremist

October 30th, 2018


The violence of the last week has clearly shown how hateful rhetoric can translate to real-world violence. So, what do we know about the conditions …

"He's Coming After Us": A List and a Lawsuit

October 23rd, 2018


The Shitty Media Men list, an anonymously sourced Google spreadsheet, was online for less than 24 hours last fall -- but we're still feeling its effects. On this week's show, we talk about what it's like to watch a …

"If It Were Easy, We'd Have Done It": Power

October 16th, 2018


On our first episode, we’re talking about power: from the inadequacy of empowerment, to what it feels like to be powerful (and powerless); and how to …

Introducing The Cut on Tuesdays

October 9th, 2018


The Cut on Tuesdays brings you women’s voices on culture, style, sex, politics, and people: It’s everything The Cut can’t stop talking about.

Join …

Introducing Three New Gimlet Shows

September 24th, 2018


New series premiering this October:

Without Fail (October 1) 

The Cut on Tuesdays (October 16) 

The Horror of Dolores Roach (October 17)

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