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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.

Turning to Tarot

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  • 750 views
  • over 3 years ago
  • 27:06

We don’t know what the future holds, but we're dying to know. From polls and surveys and weather reports, there's a burning desire to know what will happen next. This week, a case study in three different tarot card readers, and three very different theories of how we should approach the future. We're nominated for three Discover Podcast Awards! vote here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5978795/2020-Discover-Pods-Awards-Finalists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Last Four Years, The Last Five Decades (with Rebecca Traister)

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  • 640 views
  • over 3 years ago
  • 35:51

This week’s appointment of Amy Coney Barrett will change the United States Supreme Court for generations to come. What will happen to Roe v. Wade? Host Avery Trufelman talks with Rebecca Traister about how we got to this precarious moment for reproductive rights. And how the battle may be steep, but all is not lost. We're nominated for three Discover Podcast Awards! vote here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5978795/2020-Discover-Pods-Awards-Finalists Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Am I Radical Enough?

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  • 760 views
  • over 3 years ago
  • 32:07

Society is in need of a radical change. And yet, still, we are constantly told that we need to lower our expectations, be reasonable, and be practical. To vote for the moderate, to fall in line. But what do we gain and what do we lose in compromising? This week on The Cut, host Avery Trufelman wonders: am I radical enough? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Irony is Out (with Raven Leilani)

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 30:15

Being a snob takes too much energy. This is the time for the comfort food of culture. The Cut host Avery Trufelman talks with author Raven Leilani about Leilani’s debut book Luster and the importance of being earnest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Emily Ratajkowski Wants Her Pictures Back

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  • 700 views
  • over 3 years ago
  • 32:38

Emily Ratajkowski is a model. In her line of work, her image is not always treated as her own. Ratajkowski wrote an essay for The Cut about the ways her likeness has been bought and sold and separated from her. Now she talks with the Cut host Avery Trufelman about what it’s like to try and take back her own power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Joy of Sext

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 23:22

Now that hookup culture is on pause, sexting has become a true form of intimacy. And it’s really highlighted how terrible dick pics can be. Aesthetically. We're talking terrifying angles. Ghastly use of flash. Toilets in the background. This week on The Cut: the art of the nude, and why people socialized as male aren’t allowed to see themselves as desirable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nature is Healing

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 25:37

The images of dolphins in the Venice canals and coyotes parading through Chicago and elephants asleep in a field were held up as the silver lining of 2020. And from these nature memes emerged a sort of mantra: “nature is healing, we are the virus.” But is humanity the virus we’ve condemned ourselves to be? The Cut looks at how people see themselves in the environment, and who is allowed to have access to the outdoors.

Optimism

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 29:49

Being an optimist seems ridiculous right now. Especially because the meaning of the word itself is slipping, amid polite talks of "optimistic" reopening schedules and "optimistic" vaccine timelines. The word has become a euphemism for... delusional. In this inaugural episode of the new podcast of The Cut, host Avery Trufelman tries to navigate what it means to begin a new chapter in 2020. Maybe it doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Maybe we should just throw the liquid out all together. Or maybe we've all just been defining optimism wrong, and the people who have come to represent optimism incarnate have a lot to teach us.

Reintroducing the Cut

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  • over 3 years ago
  • 01:15

Every week, host Avery Trufelman and The Cut's editorial team bring you interviews and stories about the moment we live in.

Some Personal News

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  • 770 views
  • about 4 years ago
  • 42:26

Meet a stranger, get married, do LSD, follow a band, buy a van, swear off men, go sit on a pyramid.... and other ways to change your life forever. Two women look back over decades of committing to big change, and Molly’s husband demonstrates the fathomless mysteries of the people we know best. Plus, a show announcement.

The Woman of Your Dreams

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  • over 4 years ago
  • 24:09

Once upon a time, Carmen Maria Machado met a woman who was beautiful and smart and funny and (amazingly, to Carmen) wanted to be her girlfriend. They got together, and at first, it was everything Carmen had been waiting for... and then things started to change. We spoke to Carmen about her new memoir, In the Dream House, and her search for more women with stories like hers.