Vocal fry: The Culture Gabfest hosts discuss women’s voices in radio and podcasting.

Is Vocal Fry a Female Phenomenon?

Is Vocal Fry a Female Phenomenon?

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July 28 2015 3:09 PM

The “Vocal Fry” Bonus Segment

Dana, Julia, Stephen, and Ann discuss women’s voices, vocal fry, and more.

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Culture Gabfesters Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metca
Culture Gabfesters Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf.

Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez.

Is vocal fry a female phenomenon? In this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment for Slate’s Culture Gabfest, producer Ann Heppermann hops on a mic to discuss the way that women’s voices are criticized in media for being too “creaky” or “cracky.”  Plus—a unique mashup that reveals that vocal fry isn’t just a female phenomenon.

Here’s what the other podcasts spoke about in their Slate Plus bonus segments from the past week:

In this week’s edition of parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate senior editor Allison Benedikt talks to features editor Jessica Winter about her family’s move from Brooklyn to the suburbs.

On the Political Gabfest, hosts Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Wisconsin politics and infrastructure with Alder Maurice Cheeks of Madison, Wisconsin.

On Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Stefan Fatsis discuss whether Junior Seau’s family should be allowed to speak at his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.