Episodes
More women are putting off having kids, which means the egg freezing business is booming. But with the process costing thousands and thousands of dollars, egg freezing is mostly a luxury good at this point. Unless you're willing to donate your eggs to someone else at the same time you freeze them for yourself. The Cut’s B.A. Parker talks to journalist Anna Louie Sussman about the logistics and ethics of egg freeze and share programs, and how different women feel about giving away their eggs...
Published 12/01/21
Countertop kitchen appliances — cookers that range from slow to fast — promise healthier, easier, better ways to feed the body. These gadgets of convenience have raised the standards for how much variety and excitement one can reasonably expect from a meal. But what do we do with the time we’ve saved? Nice Try! Interior from Curbed heads into the kitchen and explores the anxiety-absolving promise of home-cooking equipment and how these inventions embody a battleground over what and how we...
Published 11/24/21
Published 11/24/21
No matter who you are, inevitably there is someone telling you to “be nicer” or “stop being so nice”. Girlbosses preach that nice girls don't get the corner office, and yet Instagram slogans plead to "be nice." But what is niceness? Is it a virtue? A defense mechanism? A personality trait? And how can one try to be nice in a mean world? Avery Trufelman turns to Jonathan Van Ness for answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 11/17/21
The pandemic has left a lot of us with this sense that our friends have disappeared. So Cut producer Noor Bouzidi goes in search of a new social life. She goes on friend dates with strangers she met on Bumble. And talks to friendship expert Dr. Miriam Kirmayer and lifestyle vlogger Katherine Berry about how to connect when you're self conscious about being the kind of person who needs to connect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 11/10/21
A new culture war is playing out in public in the form of antivax protests and an avalanche of social media posts from vaccine skeptics. But the divide is also playing out in private. And it's exploding relationships between people who've chosen to get vaccinated and those who have not. This week, The Cut's Jazmín Aguilera talks with Lux Alptraum about how she broke up with her longtime personal trainer. Then, The Cut's Angelina Chapin tells the story of one woman whose parents picked their...
Published 11/03/21
When it comes to our investment in celebrities and who we follow on social media, the word “parasocial” has been coming up a lot lately. But when it comes down to it, where is the line between stanning and creeping? This week, the Cut’s B.A. Parker talks to popular podcast host Sam Sanders about a fan letter he couldn’t get out of his head, and to social media star Connor Franta about what it means to have 20 million followers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 10/27/21
On today’s In Her Shoes, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Cut Lindsay Peoples Wagner spoke with actor, reality TV star, podcaster, and author Garcelle Beauvais! Of Coming to America and Real Housewives of Beverley Hills fame, Garcelle spoke with Lindsay about immigrating to the U.S. at a young age, the trials of being the first black Housewife in her cast, and even explains the phenomenon that was requesting music videos on TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 10/25/21
It's easy to dismiss your pro life mom. But what if it feels like the very reason she is pro-life, is YOU. This week, a family feud that's more intimate and impossible than the usual. The Cut's Jazmín Aguilera sits down with journalist Kathleen Walsh ...and her mother. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 10/20/21
On this week’s installment of In Her Shoes, the Cut’s editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner spoke with English actor and singer/songwriter Cynthia Erivo about her history playing legendary women, what it’s like to be so close to an EGOT, the inspiration behind her new children’s book, and the challenges she faced in creating her brand new debut album, Ch. 1 Vs. 1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 10/16/21
With the Fall movie season in full swing, more and more films are back to being released “exclusively in theaters.” For some there’s a feeling of relief and for others a feeling of trepidation. For the Cut's B.A. Parker, an avid moviegoer and film buff, the return of the big screen means a cautious reunion. Because there’s one film that she felt drawn to -- the French thriller “Titane.” Parker talks with the film’s star Agathe Rousselle about cars, psychopaths, and “whatever French...
Published 10/13/21
In the latest episode of In Her Shoes, the Cut editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner sat down with actor Gabourey Sidibe, know for her Oscar-nominated acting debut in 2009's Precious. Since Precious, Gabourey has continued to make a career for herself in movies and television: American Horror Story, Empire, Antebellum… and now, she’s entering the world of scripted podcasting with her new show: If I Go Missing, The Witches Did It. We spoke about Gabourey’s new gig, life after her Oscar nom,...
Published 10/11/21
Sparkle knew R. Kelly as a mentor and friend. She introduced her 12-year-old niece, an aspiring rapper, to him 20 years ago. And then a sex tape surfaced—a tape that Sparkle said showed Kelly was abusing her niece. When she raised the alarm, no one listened. Instead, Dave Chappelle made a parody of it, and we all laughed it off. For decades, Sparkle has been paying the price for speaking out. She spoke to us about her role in bringing Kelly to justice and her reaction to the verdict. Learn...
Published 10/06/21
After a deleted tweet from actress Phylicia Rashad, discourse around how Historically Black Colleges have dealt with sexual assault has intensified. B.A. Parker -- an HBCU grad -- talks with those who’ve navigated the struggles for survivors to be believed, and seeks advice from professor and attorney Anita Hill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 09/29/21
The Cut’s Jazmín Aguilera has fought to be able to call herself bisexual, only to find out that the term might be a little… passé. So what label fits now? From Gen X-ers to Gen Z and even filmmaker Desiree Akhavan of "The Bisexual,” Jazmín seeks answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 09/22/21
It feels like people are getting more comfortable expressing their horniness on main... especially when it comes to the shows they're streaming. The Cut’s B.A. Parker talks about how shows like Bridgerton, Normal People and Sex/Life are capturing viewers’ attention with their intimacy. But what does it mean for how we express our desires out loud? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 09/15/21
A few years back Stephanie Foo found herself burned out and anxious at the state of the world. So she decided to return to the one thing that always gave her peace: nature. But finding nature in New York City is... actually, not as hard as you think. In conversation with The Cut's Jazmin Aguilera, Stephanie describes how becoming a park steward helped her ease her climate anxiety. Then, she spends time with a horticultural therapist who uses gardening to heal. Learn more about your ad...
Published 09/08/21
We are all fried. Doctors, teachers, therapists, activists and even white collar workers and podcasts hosts are working longer hours and smashing into a wall of depletion. But what does it mean to be so burnt out, even if you have a job where you just sit in front of a computer all day? What if you’re feeling burnout in a job you’re supposed to love? And is there any way to break free? Host Avery Trufelman sets out for answers, guided by a Japanese novel, a mastermind of self care, and the...
Published 09/01/21
With this past year being one of loss, the Cut’s B.A. Parker seeks guidance in grief. Author and journalist Kat Chow discusses her new memoir "Seeing Ghosts." After the loss of her mother, Kat discovers the depths of family history that lie just beneath the surface. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 08/25/21
The choice to wear hijab is a personal one, but oftentimes, it's also something you need to square with the people in your life. The Cut producer Noor Bouzidi talks with Maryam Jones about being a hijabi influencer and then removing hijab, and with Radiolab's Sarah Qari about the baggage that comes with shifting your identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 08/18/21
In this episode of In Her Shoes, The Cut's Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner sat down with actor and director Sanaa Lathan. Born and bred in New York City, Sanaa started out as a teen guest-starring on sitcoms like Family Matters and Moesha, before becoming a staple in rom-coms like Love And Basketball, The Best Man, and Brown Sugar. She also has appeared in blockbusters like Blade and Alien Vs. Predator, where, as she’s pointed out before, she is one of the only Black women to save the...
Published 08/14/21
The Cut’s Jazmín Aguilera and B.A. Parker stop by Vulture’s podcast Switched on Pop. Jazmín and Parker help Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding break down the connections between festival fashion, music, and culture. We discuss how festival fashion came to be just as important as the music itself, and whether that's a problem for the real music heads. And, of course, we all discuss the iconic looks -- and performances -- of the festival to end all festivals: Coachella. Learn more about your ad...
Published 08/11/21
In the past year, we've seen at least three high-profile Black women -- Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and Megan Thee Stallion -- talk publicly about the mental health strain of their lives in the public eye. It’s shed light on how Black women are targeted both in real life and online. The Cut’s B.A. Parker talks with Moya Bailey and Zeba Blay about the mental health impact of misogynoir and what it means for the future of Black women online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 08/04/21
Finding stories in pop culture about transracial adoption are few and far between. But finding characters and storylines that reflect the complexities of growing up in white families is almost impossible. Cut producer Schuyler Swenson talks with writer Rebecca Carroll and consultant Angela Tucker about why it’s so rare to see narratives of adoption that feel accurate and how they’re bringing their experiences as transracial adoptees to the screen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 07/28/21
Long before Britney Spears’s shocking testimony, her diehard fans had been sounding the alarm. For years they made hashtags and videos demanding the courts to “Free Britney" while the rest of the world just walked on by. But now those fans -- and maybe Britney herself-- are finally seeing redemption. The Cut’s Jazmín Aguilera and Angelina Chapin tap into the Britney fandom and explore how its devotion turned to activism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 07/21/21