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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 host Avery Trufelman, engages in the conversations that matter most in our current moment. Intimate, provocative, and probing, the Cut aims to ask questions before listeners even know they have them, always with a generous wit and an expansive idea of what is possible. From New York Magazine and The Vox Media Podcast Network. New episodes every Wednesday.

In Her Shoes: Lindsay Peoples Wagner

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  • 200 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 41:00

Lindsay Peoples Wagner's meteoric career in fashion and media is impressive. She was the youngest Editor In Chief of a Conde Nast publication while Editor In Chief of Teen Vogue magazine. She is an ASME Next Winner and a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient. She authored the highly acclaimed piece on The Cut "Everywhere and Nowhere: What It's Really Like To Be Black And Work In Fashion" and started The Black In Fashion Council with Sandrine Charles, a nonprofit dedicated to holding the fashion industry accountable for change. And, she is the new Editor In Chief of The Cut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why Bother Being Nice?

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  • 290 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 29:40

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? Host Avery Trufelman turns to Jonathan Van Ness for answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why Bother Being Nice? (with Jonathan Van Ness)

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  • 240 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 28:20

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? Host Avery Trufelman turns to Jonathan Van Ness for answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

We're All Failing At Being Women

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  • 300 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 25:45

There is so much to say about Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters. Lauded as the first book by a trans author to be released by a major publishing house, Detransition, Baby is a novel about queerness, motherhood, mothering, and, ultimately, the way we all present our genders. This week, Torrey speaks about how the Kardashians have “transitioned” from female to female, the impossible performance of womanhood, and how the common feeling of “failing at gender” can bridge divides between cis and trans women. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Maybe You Should Run For Office?

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  • 240 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 43:42

U.S. politics are starting to look a little bit more like the United States itself. More queer people, women, and POCs. People who have never worked in politics before, have no corporate backers and are running campaigns out of their kitchen. So, what about you, or your friends? Producer Jazmin Aguilera tests whether she could actually run and what she would have to give up in the process. Writer Brock Colyar profiles Sarah McBride. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Get Out of Your Head

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 27:00

It's been an awful year for almost every single person on the planet. And at the one year mark of the pandemic, Cut producer B.A. Parker decided to try to escape the stress and trauma by getting out of her own head. But it turns out getting out of your own head is a real mindf--k. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thirty, Flirty and Thriving

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 34:25

When Avery Trufelman was a pre-teen, the film 13 Going on 30 was like a roadmap to everything she wanted to be as a grown up: "thirty and flirty and thriving." But as Avery enters her third decade, she revisits the movie and grapples with what 30 means today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Introducing Chicano Squad

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 35:58

It's always exciting when there's a new first: the first Black President, the first Latinx Supreme Court Justice, the first woman Vice President. But when you're first, you're only just arriving at the starting line. Comedian and activist Cristela Alonzo talks with Avery Trufelman about how to be first, when to say no to being first, and discusses her new documentary podcast series, Chicano Squad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Are You Actually Kinky?

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 24:43

Celebrities like Armie Hammer and Marilyn Manson have tried to deny allegations of abuse by excusing their behavior as just kink. So what is kink? And why is it considered either a super scary taboo thing or a nerdy pastime? Writers Lux Alptraum, R.O. Kwon, Garth Greenwell, and Roxane Gay weigh in on the power of kink. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

You Might Actually Be In Love With Your Best Friend

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 25:05

Desire, commitment, passion — these are all words that often make up a romantic relationship. But what if you feel a strong, deep love for your best friend? This week, Cut producer Allison Behringer on what happens when your soul mate moves away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

What a Time To Be Sober

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 28:15

The burden of quarantine has made a lot of people question their drinking habits. Among them is producer Alex Sujong Laughlin, who has been cutting back on alcohol but isn't quite ready to be sober. This week, why we drink. And what happens when we don't. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Manual for Fearlessness (with Olivia Nuzzi and Maria Ressa)

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 30:03

President Biden was sworn in a week ago, but we’re still dealing with the emotional and global turmoil left by the previous administration. The Cut talks to journalists Olivia Nuzzi and Maria Ressa, who both cover their country's presidents. And they have both learned ways to deal with the last four years of fear and anxiety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Do You Actually Miss the Yoga Studio?

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 30:12

With yoga studios shuttered, people are practicing and teaching yoga in their living rooms and bedrooms. Or at least, they're trying to. This week, what yoga means without the studio- for students, for teachers, and for the entire culture of American Yoga. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Truth About False Memories

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 37:41

The Lost in the Mall experiment is a classic case study in Psych 101 classes. The study's conclusion: if you are told something happened to you as a child, you're inclined to believe it and that we're all susceptible to false memories being implanted in our minds. But the story behind this study is complicated. And so is the nature of memory. Cut writer Katie Heaney and host Avery Trufelman investigate how an accusation of sexual assault turned shakey science into widely accepted truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Five Reasons To Get Married On Zoom

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 25:47

For richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, people continue to get married. The way that people have been getting married in 2020 might change weddings forever. And that's for the better—or at least, that's what host Avery Trufelman is trying to convince her friend, who is wondering what kind of pandemic bride she's going to be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Would You Move Back Home? Could You?

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 21:07

For more than a decade now, NYM Editor-at-Large Stella Bugbee has lived with her parents, and raised a family in the home she grew up in. But for a long time, she kept that a secret, perhaps because it's so stigmatized in American culture. But the percentage of people living multigenerational households has been on the rise since the 1980s. In this episode, we'll hear from people who've done it out of necessity, and by choice—even when it's not the easy choice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

In Her Shoes: Tamron Hall

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 34:21

Tamron Hall made daytime television history becoming the first Black woman to host the Today Show. After her well-publicized exit, her next step was to host her own talk show, currently in its second season. The Cut’s Stella Bugbee talked to Tamron about her ever evolving mission as a journalist , not feeling liberated after leaving the Today Show, and what she’s learned from boxing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

In Her Shoes: Jenna Lyons

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 40:19

While president of J. Crew, Jenna Lyons was once labeled the “The Woman Who Dresses America.” But in 2017, she left the company and there’s been this question of what she’s going to do next. The answer: starting her own company called Lyons L.A.D. and hosting her own reality show Stylish with Jenna Lyons premiering December 3rd on HBO Max. Both showcasing what style, beauty and living could look like through the lens of Jenna Lyons. Izzy Grinspan, Deputy Style Editor for The Cut, talked to Jenna along with L.A.D.’s stylist Sarah Clary and chief of staff Kyle DeFord about trying to make the world a more stylish place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

She Had COVID For Months. No One Believed Her.

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 32:01

Chimere's fingers were tingling. She was losing her vision. She could barely get out of bed. She was pretty sure she had COVID. But again and again, the COVID tests came back negative. Doctors told her it was all in her head and she started to question herself too. Until she found a community of people exactly like her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

In Her Shoes: Aya Kanai

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 39:44

Aya Kanai been a fashion editor for nearly 20 years. She worked at Teen Vogue when it first launched. She was fashion director at Nylon, Cosmopolitan, 17, chief fashion director at Hearst. She’s styled countless celebrities and worked on fashion ads. And she just went from being editor-in-chief of Marie Claire to a whole new world, taking on the role of Head of Content and Editorial Partnerships at Pinterest. Aya’s own social media presence is incredibly fun and authentic, with frequent cameos by her small daughter. Izzy Grinspan, Deputy Style Editor for The Cut, talked to her about career change, taking risks, the highs and lows of working in fashion, and where she thinks social media might go from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices