Still Processing

Still Processing

Still Processing

CATEGORY: Arts
Wesley Morris and Jenna 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.
  1. May 20, 2021
    43 min
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    'Before I Let Go'
    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 abi…
  2. May 13, 2021
    39 min
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    The People in the Neighborhood
    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 the witnesses, and the way they were connected in telling the…
  3. May 06, 2021
    42 min
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    We, Tina
    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: T…
  4. April 29, 2021
    37 min
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    Cathy Park Hong
    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: An Asian American Reckoning," came out in February 2020, and i…
  5. April 15, 2021
    42 min
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    Lil Nas X? Not Sorry!
    Social media apologies have become the standard celebrity response to internet outrage. But why do they feel so deeply inadequate? Jenna and Wesley dissect a new spate of public apologies from the last year. An…
  6. April 08, 2021
    39 min
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    40 Acres and a Movie
    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…
  7. April 01, 2021
    36 min
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    No Country for Any Men
    “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 c…
  8. March 25, 2021
    42 min
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    Now That's What I Call a Bridge!
    “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 music, but they’ve become an endangered species, right next t…
  9. March 18, 2021
    1 min
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    Introducing Still Processing
    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.
  10. March 18, 2021
    51 min
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    The N-Word
    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…
  11. March 11, 2021
    2 min
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    The Return of Still Processing
    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, the crowded kitchen at a house party with the best snacks and…
  12. February 25, 2021
    53 min
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    Best of the Archives: Whitney Houston (2017)
    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 favorite episodes. Like this one, about Whitney Houston. It’s been…
  13. February 18, 2021
    45 min
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    Best of the Archives: Whiteness in America (2017)
    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: th…
  14. February 11, 2021
    47 min
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    Best of the Archives: Psychobros (2019)
    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 expanding — on the runway and in culture. In our episode “Psyc…
  15. February 04, 2021
    55 min
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    Best of the Archives: Aretha Franklin (2018)
    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 past episodes for you to enjoy. This first one is about one of t…
  16. November 12, 2020
    32 min
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    Sweet, Sweet Fantasies, Baby
    There’s a difference between our dreams for America — and our fantasies.
  17. October 29, 2020
    37 min
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    'Waiter, There's a Fly in Our Bubble'
    Do we have enough breadcrumbs to get to the truth?
  18. July 23, 2020
    37 min
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    Ziwe May Destroy Hamilton
    Welcome to the Age of Discomfort.
  19. July 16, 2020
    34 min
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    Reparations for Aunt Jemima!
    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 tha…
  20. July 09, 2020
    25 min
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    So Y’all Finally Get It
    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 three special summer episodes.Discussed this week: Jenna Wort…

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