Since May 2014

1996 Episodes

For thirty minutes each day, Pesca challenges himself and his audience, in a responsibly provocative style, and gets beyond the rigidity and dogma. The Gist is surprising, reasonable, and willing to critique the left, the right, either party, or any idea.

Best Episodes of The Gist:

Radioactive Needle In Antipodal Haystack

Slip another gamma-ray-emitting capsule on the barbie, as we travel to the Australian Outback to locate a pulsing radioactive fleck of metal. Plus, Michael Imperioli remembers his time with his Sopran

Since Mar 2014

504 Episodes

A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

Best Episodes of Hang Up and Listen:

Mikaela Shiffrin Is Amazing

Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Lindsay Jones of the Ringer to break down the NFL conference championship games, won by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Joel, Stefan,

Since Apr 2017

129 Episodes

What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.

Best Episodes of Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia:

Thinking About Tomorrow Edition Part 2

The story of Fleetwood Mac is an oft-told rock n’ roll tale: British blues-rock band sells poorly until two Americans join, bringing California vibes and lots of drama. Everybody fights, cheats, drugs

Since Nov 2017

108 Episodes

In the early 1970s, the future of abortion in America was far from settled. Roe v. Wade would change everything, though few knew it at the time. For the seventh season of Slate’s Slow Burn, host Susan Matthews explores the path to Roe—a time when more Republicans than Democrats supported abortion rights. You’ll hear the forgotten story of the first woman ever to be convicted of manslaughter for having an abortion, the unlikely Catholic power couple who helped ignite the pro-life movement, and a rookie Supreme Court justice who got assigned the opinion of a lifetime.

Best Episodes of Slow Burn:

Decoder Ring: The Mailbag Episode

We’re really lucky to get a lot of listener emails, suggesting topics for the show. In this episode, we’re going to dig into a handful of the most fascinating ones that we’ve yet to tackle on the show

Since Mar 2014

521 Episodes

Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.

Best Episodes of Political Gabfest:

DeSantis University

This week, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and guest host Josie Duffy Rice discuss the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene; Ron DeSantis’ attacks on educators; and the bipartisan bashing of monopolist Ticketm

Since Oct 2014

265 Episodes

A show about the law and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America.

Best Episodes of Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick | Law, justice, and the courts:

Absolutely No One Is Happy With the Dobbs Leak Investigation

First, there was the Dobbs case. Then there was the leaked opinion in the Dobbs case. Then there was the investigation into the leaked opinion in the Dobbs case. Then there was the report on the inves

Since Oct 2018

1112 Episodes

The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

Best Episodes of What Next | Daily News and Analysis:

The Plot Against Pope Francis

Not all of the Cardinals who elected Pope Francis are pleased with the changes he’s made, or his vision for where the Catholic Church goes next. Both the 86-year-old Francis and his detractors are pre

Since May 2014

532 Episodes

A weekly roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of business and finance, hosted by Felix Salmon.

Best Episodes of Slate Money:

Chip War

This week, [Chris Miller] ( joins [Felix Salmon] ( , [Emily Peck] (https://twitter.

Since Jun 2019

189 Episodes

You’ve got questions. Together, we get answers. Each week on How To!, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Unthinkable, and The Smartest Kids in the World) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now.

Best Episodes of How To!:

How To Command a Room

Yuzuha has been interviewing people for six years. She’s a journalist based in Japan who writes about business and technology but has dreamed of working in broadcast, interviewing people for an audien

Since Mar 2014

404 Episodes

New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop. For more of Slate’s culture podcasts, check out the Slate Culture feed.

Best Episodes of Culture Gabfest:

Natasha Lyonne's Poker Face

This week, Dana, Julia, and Stephen start by talking about Natasha Lyonne’s modern take on Columbo, aka the new Peacock series Poker Face. Then they discuss Netflix’s Oscar-nominated All Quiet On The

Since May 2020

159 Episodes

Get the latest from Slate Money and the entire Slate network's takes on the latest in the world of business and business news.

Best Episodes of Slate Business:

What Next TBD: Did A.I. Write This Headline?

The proliferation of chatbots and A.I.-generated art has consumers and tech companies alike convinced that artificial intelligence is ready to be integrated into consumer electronics, products, homes,

Since Aug 2018

240 Episodes

Technology coverage from across the Slate Podcast network

Best Episodes of Slate Technology:

ICYMI: Has the Internet Made Parenting Easier?

On today’s episode, Rachelle Hampton is joined by Jamilah Lemieux, one of the columnists for Slate’s Care and Feeding advice column, and the host of Mom and Dad Are Fighting. They open up Jamilah’s in

Since Jun 2006

462 Episodes

On Slate's Spoiler Specials, Slate critics, such as Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin, discuss new movies and TV shows in spoiler-filled detail. We dissect twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in reviews. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers (duh).

Best Episodes of Slate's Spoiler Specials:

M3gan: The Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

This week’s Spoiler Specials takes on M3gan, with Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens and features director Jeffrey Bloomer. Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore. Read ano

Since Apr 2018

70 Episodes

Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.

Best Episodes of Decoder Ring:

Slate Plus Exclusive: The Making of This Season

Host Willa Paskin and producer Katie Shepherd discuss how this season of Decoder Ring came together. Slate Plus members have access to this whole interview. [Sign up for Slate Plus] (

Since Dec 2016

57 Episodes

Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story-form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular culture, and strange corners of human experiences that raise thought-provoking questions about things like justice, knowledge, the self, morality, and existence. We then seek answers with the help of academics and philosophers. The show is produced and hosted by Barry Lam of Vassar College.

Best Episodes of Hi-Phi Nation:


In our final episode on monsters, we investigate why people who eat people are the funkiest people in the afterlife. We talk to a man who has actually eaten parts of other people, many times, about wh

Since Dec 2013

455 Episodes

Jamilah Lemieux, Zak Rosen, and Elizabeth Newcamp share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

Best Episodes of Mom and Dad Are Fighting | Slate's parenting show:

Heartbreak on the Horizon

On this episode: Zak and Jamilah are joined by [Carvell Wallace] ( , former MADAF co-host and new co-host of Slate’s [How To! podcast] (