The Waves on Nanette, crisis pregnancy centers, and pantsuits.

Painful Comedy Is Sometimes Just Pain

Painful Comedy Is Sometimes Just Pain

Slate’s weekly women’s roundtable.
June 28 2018 12:31 PM

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The Waves on Nanette, crisis pregnancy centers, and pantsuits.

Hannah Gadsby.


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On this week’s episode, Hanna Rosin, June Thomas, and Latifa Lyles discuss Hannah Gadsby’s new Netflix comedy special Nanette, its surprising undertones, and why lesbian comedians are so important right now. Then Mark Joseph Stern joins the show to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling on crisis pregnancy centers and its terrible blow to abortion rights. Finally, the gabbers discuss the end of political pantsuits.

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This podcast was produced by Veralyn Williams. Our production assistant is Daniel Schroeder.

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Latifa Lyles is an expert on women and work. She served as director of the Women’s Bureau at the Labor Department under President Barack Obama and is currently a vice president at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.


Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.