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 Media.
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 cookies and chickpea stew that you’ve likely seen in your Instagram feed. This week, Alison sat down with Stella Bugbee to talk about how she gets it all done, including how she develops her recipes, deals with online critics, and embraces her inability to chill.
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 fact, she still doesn't understand everything that happened to her, and all the lies she was told. In this episode, Cut writer Anna Silman follows Hannah as she gets a chance to talk to someone who can help her figure out the strange story of her childhood.
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 famous. Now, she's turned to fiction, and has just published her first novel, Fleishman Is In Trouble, about the painful dissolution of a marriage. Taffy talks about her long-standing fascination with divorce, intensified as she's watched her peers go through the process in the age of dating apps, and shares an excerpt of her novel.
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 border six months ago, she thought she’d be reunited with her kids in South Carolina. Instead, she spent months in a terrible limbo. And when Karla's family is finally reunited, she discovers exactly how much has changed while she’s been gone.
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 freshman. So we brought Elif and Sandi into the studio to talk. Sandi pumped Elif for autobiographical details, Elif told us her big revelation of 2018, and they agreed that people who lose touch with their past selves — however idiotic — are the worst.
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 in the 60s who developed their own safe abortion kit. And we hear from a Dutch doctor who’s made it her mission to distribute abortion pills in countries without access... which has meant taking to the seas, and taking on the US government.
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 with your mom or a predominantly shouting-based one, calls between moms and their kids are complicated. And on this episode, we hear from friends, colleagues, and listeners about how they navigate their mom calls.And, we want to hear from you! We are planning an episode about being horny. We’re interested in are the unexpected triggers: you know, the things that you personally are horny for that no one else gets. Whether that’s exposed ankles, pinkie rings, or bike messengers with their little hats, leave us a message at (920) 368-3341, and tell us what’s got you horned up in spring 2019.
Cynthia Rowley is a fashion designer, author, and successful businesswoman, despite not having a background in business. Stella Bugbee talks with Cynthia about balancing work and life, hustling Andy Warhol at the start of her career, taking risks in fashion and business, and much more.
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 a mom. For years, her family, friends, and husband all told her, "When the baby comes, you'll change your mind" — but the change never came. Anne's now the mother of a toddler, and she's still struggling with lingering doubts about motherhood. You can listen to more episodes of Motherhood Sessions, on Spotify, or wherever you listen.
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 both played a part in passing the First Step Act, which reduced mandatory minimums, made it easier for families to visit loved ones, and allowed people who’ve been incarcerated to leave jail early for good behavior. Stella, Topeka and Holly discussed how to get it done across the aisle, when it’s time to put family first, and more.
The Pursuit of Total Friendship: Nicole Cliffe and Daniel Mallory Ortberg
Nicole Cliffe and Daniel Mallory Ortberg met in the Hairpin comments section and quickly became long-distance friendship soulmates--they went on to start the website The Toast together. This week, they tell us about everything that's happened since they first bonded over Rebecca, answering questions like: How does a friendship change when one of you transitions? What about when one of you finds God? And who the fuck is Loretta?
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 professional life over again in her forties, her path to sobriety, how she's come to peace with fractious family relationships, and much more.
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 campaign.
Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director for Equality Now, an international non-profit that has successfully pushed governments around the world to pass laws protecting women from sexual exploitation and harmful cultural practices like genital mutilation. Stella and Yasmeen discussed how to get it done as a single mom, the importance of face to face communication, and growing up in Pakistan.
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 serving 25 years in prison.And... we want to hear from you! We're working on an episode about calling our moms -- because, at any given time, there's a decent chance we should probably call our moms. But what's the thing you really need to call you mom about, the call you've been putting off? Is there a confession you've been too afraid to make? A question you've always wanted to ask? Or an apology that's long overdue? Psych yourself up by giving us a call and telling us about it. And, if you want us to help you out with your mom call, leave your name and number and we'll see what we can do. Our number is 413-247-4698.
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. We're talking about the financial baggage we inherit from our parents—whether that means a trust fund, a mountain of medical bills, or a compulsive attraction to two-for-one deals.
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 - and started a podcast called "Terrible, Thanks for Asking." Stella talked with Nora about how she got it done while her life was in turmoil, and how she gets it done now, as she balances her work and her new emotional life after grief.
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 information. Featuring AIM, purity rings, a nail polish bottle, Song of Solomon, and The Neverending Story.
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 reporting has brought her to some of the most dangerous places in the world. Stella Bugbee talked with Rukmini about how she balances the risks of her job with her ambition, her secret work hack, how she unwinds when she's reporting, and much more.
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.
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 you could, or than anyone else said you can. We talk with writer, director, and actor Pamela Adlon; The Cut's Stella Bugbee, and outgoing New York Magazine editor Adam Moss about how they've each embraced (or rejected) their ambition.
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 Sow, Allison P. Davis, Nazanin Rafsanjani, Alex Blumberg, and many more.
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 show, the link between menopause and late onset schizophrenia, and the role estrogen might play in women’s mental healthYou can read Lisa's original reporting for the magazine here.
"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 changing? How does a politician make voters like her in 2019?And, we want to hear from you! We're working on an episode about weed, and we want to hear about the secret things you like to do while high. Leave us a message and tell us about your stoned activities (especially the weird ones). Our number is 413-247-4698.
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 wanted to ask her: how does she get it done? We sat down with Sarah to talk about how she balances work demands and supporting her family, her work wife, how she got over her fear of flying; and much more.
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 did wrong in the past? We asked our listeners what they were sorry for... and they had A LOT to say.
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 talks with us about being on screen for the first time as she was turning 40, working 18 hour days while raising her three kids, surviving breast cancer, and much more.
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 women about what life is like in limbo -- caught between countries, separated from their families, with no idea what comes next.
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 changed virtually overnight. Amy tells us about how she's managing her newfound fame, how she negotiates her busy schedule with a chronic health condition, her desire for motherhood, and much more.
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 just when a shooting makes the news. In the midst of all that, a woman named Kate Ranta shared a photo of her own. In this episode, we hear her story -- and we consider the connections between violence in the headlines and behind closed doors.
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 cancer survivor, Robin tells us how she juggles her schedule while making time for the people she loves, her advice on to be an effective leader, what she wishes she could tell her younger self, and much more.
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! We’re going to be talking about apologies: when they work, when they don’t, and what happens when they’re left unsaid. And we want to hear from you: If you could apologize to anyone right now, who would it be? And what would you say?Gives us a call at (920) 368-3341 and record an apology - get it out of your system.
This week, stories about motherhood, and the bullshit that comes your way: a woman whose marriage crumbled during her second pregnancy, and Stella Bugbee talks with Anna Sale, the host of Death Sex and Money, about managing anxiety, maternity leave, and professional ambitions while pregnant.
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 coming to HBO later this month... and we’re using that as an excuse to revisit Ferrante's world. With Ruth Spencer, Ann Goldstein, Samhita Chakraborty, Aminatou Sow, Danielle Oteri, and Dayna Tortorici. Recommendations from our guests:Ruth Spencer: Conversations with Friends by Sally RooneyAminatou Sow: Sula by Toni MorrisonSamhita Chakraborty: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy Danielle Oteri: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty SmithAnn Goldstein: Neapolitan Chronicles by Anna Maria Ortese; History: A Novel by Elsa Morante Dayna Tortorici: Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante; Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
A Totally Different Game: How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins
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 months since then, she's become an international star. In this episode, a look at the reasons everybody is paying attention.And after you vote, a request: we’re devoting an upcoming episode to pubes, and we want to hear from you! Please call (732) 507-5385 and tell us all of your pubic hair-related feelings.
"She's Never Done Anything Halfway": Making a Far Right Extremist
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 that allow hate to take hold? In this episode, Cut writer Anna Silman examines the path to right-wing extremism taken by her high school classmate, Faith Goldy.
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 whisper network in real time, and the recent lawsuit that has the list back in the news. Plus, we take a look at another anonymous list... one that appeared on a bathroom wall at Brown University in 1990.
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 change who actually has power. Featuring: Stella Bugbee, editor in chief of The Cut; Lindsay Peoples Wagner, editor in chief of Teen Vogue; and Rebecca Traister, writer at large for The Cut and New York Magazine.For more on The Cut’s Women and Power project, please visit: https://www.thecut.com/2018/10/women-and-power-introduction.html
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 Media. The Cut on Tuesdays premieres October 16.