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The Cut is a weekly audio magazine exploring culture, style, sex, politics and more. Each week, an ensemble of voices, led by B.A. Parker and Jazmín Aguilera, engage in the conversations that matter most in our current moment. Intimate, provocative, and probing, the Cut aims to ask questions beforeRead more

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Would You Freeze and Share Your Eggs?

Dec 1 • 21:22

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 ab...

The Crock-Pot, from Nice Try!

Nov 24 • 41:48

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?...

Why Bother Being Nice?

Nov 17 • 27:51

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 Va...

How Do I Make Friends Now?

Nov 10 • 20:50

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 pers...

The Antivaxxer In Your Life

Nov 3 • 29:36

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 wit...

You and I Are in a Parasocial Relationship

Oct 27 • 30:14

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 ...

In Her Shoes: Garcelle Beauvais

Oct 25 • 29:18

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...

Talking About Abortion With My Mom

Oct 20 • 27:09

In Her Shoes: Cynthia Erivo

Oct 16 • 28:34

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....

Going Back to a Theater Near You

Oct 13 • 21:10

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 thri...

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