The Waves on the future of Roe v. Wade, falling birth rates, and #planebae.

How Did Two Strangers on a Plane Become the Latest Viral Sensation?

How Did Two Strangers on a Plane Become the Latest Viral Sensation?

Slate’s weekly women’s roundtable.
July 12 2018 8:18 AM

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The Waves on the future of Roe v. Wade, falling birth rates, and #planebae.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

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On this week’s episode of the Waves, Hanna, Noreen, and June are joined by New York Times opinion writer and Yale Law School professor Linda Greenhouse to discuss what Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court means for the future of Roe v. Wade. Then they discuss the reasons for America’s falling birth rate and why women are blamed for that decline. And finally, the saga of #planebae, the live tweeting of a budding romance on a flight from New York to Dallas.

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This podcast was produced by Veralyn Williams.

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Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

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.