Isaac Butler
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Isaac Butler is a writer and theater director, most recently of Real Enemies, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, with Dan Kois.

Mom and Dad Are Fighting
Sept. 13 2018 2:01 PMMom and Dad Are Fighting: The Recovering Fruit Bat EditionBreaking into teens’ phones and sleep-resistant tots on Slate’s parenting podcast.
Wide Angle
Aug. 24 2018 5:45 AMOnce More Unto the Echo ChamberPod Save America will never challenge the way its listeners think. That doesn’t mean it’s not valuable.
Lend Me Your Ears
Aug. 14 2018 11:09 AMLend Me Your Ears: Measure for MeasureWhy it’s still difficult to reckon with the ethics of Shakespeare’s darkest comedy.
Wide Angle
June 29 2018 12:01 PMTaylor Sheridan Isn’t the Next Great American ScreenwriterHe’s the next Nic Pizzolatto, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado is his True Detective Season 2.
Culture Gabfest
June 20 2018 11:15 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Unkindest Cut of All” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Hereditary, The Staircase, and Lend Me Your Ears.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
May 17 2018 2:01 PMMom and Dad Are Fighting: “Great Grandma Name Debate” EditionDoes a grandma get to name herself “Nema”?
Lend Me Your Ears
May 8 2018 1:28 PMLend Me Your EarsIntroducing Slate’s new podcast miniseries on Shakespeare and politics.
Brow Beat
May 1 2018 8:00 AMBarry’s Class ActThe HBO series’ hit-man-goes-to-acting-school conceit gives way to a subtle satire on the lust for fame.
Brow Beat
March 16 2018 11:28 AMErrol Morris on His Movie—and Long Friendship—With Stephen HawkingThe Brief History of Time filmmaker remembers one-liners, lobster dinners, and the time the astrophysicist offered to speak to his son’s math teacher about a grade.
Wide Angle
Feb. 13 2018 7:30 AMAngels in North CarolinaHow one Southern theater won a culture battle but lost the culture wars.
Wide Angle
Feb. 2 2018 5:47 AMHe Already Has Two Tonys and a Pulitzer. Now Tracy Letts Is Having Another Moment.A mostly truthful interview with the actor and playwright about finding his place in Hollywood and why his new play isn’t about Trump.
Television
Dec. 15 2017 5:55 AMWhy Errol Morris Reinvented His Approach for His New Netflix SeriesThe master documentarian on abandoning the Interrotron, doubling down on dramatizations, and why he’s still not done with Wormwood.
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 11 2017 10:34 AMThe Culture Gabfest “We’ve Seen Things You People Wouldn’t Believe” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Blade Runner 2049, Season 4 of Transparent, and Harvey Weinstein.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 30 2017 11:19 AMThe Culture Gabfest “#NoFilter” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Ingrid Goes West, Rick and Morty, and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
Brow Beat
Aug. 25 2017 7:03 AMArya and Sansa’s Conflict Is the Most Realistic Part of Game of Thrones
Lend Me Your Ears
Sept. 11 2018 7:00 AMLend Me Your Ears: OthelloHow Shakespeare’s domestic tragedy has changed radically over time, even as the words have stayed the same.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 22 2018 2:10 PMThe Culture Gabfest “You Will Never Be Enough” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Crazy Rich Asians, Younger, and Elon Musk.
Lend Me Your Ears
July 10 2018 1:42 PMLend Me Your Ears: King LearWhat happens when your country is run by an aging narcissist who may not be entirely stable?
Lend Me Your Ears
June 22 2018 7:28 PMDid Richard II Provoke an Elizabethan Rebellion?Why Shakespearians are obsessed with one 1601 performance.
Lend Me Your Ears
June 12 2018 7:00 AMLend Me Your Ears: Richard IIWhich is the more legitimate king—the one chosen by God or the one chosen by the people?
Trumpcast
May 14 2018 12:30 PMThe Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare’s TyrantsHow the work of the playwright is useful to understanding our modern politics.
Lend Me Your Ears
May 8 2018 12:14 PMLend Me Your Ears: Julius CaesarWhy was Shakespeare so fascinated by the fall of the Roman Republic?
Culture Gabfest
March 28 2018 10:57 AMThe Culture Gabfest “The Great Work Begins” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Angels in America, The World Only Spins Forward, and Love, Simon.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 14 2018 11:31 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Trundle-Tail Dog” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on BPM, Babylon Berlin, and Shakespeare’s plagiarism.
Brow Beat
Feb. 9 2018 9:00 AMPlagiarism Software’s New Discovery About Shakespeare Is an Opportunity to Rethink His GeniusThe Bard of Avon wasn’t a plagiarist, but genius isn’t born in a vacuum.
Brow Beat
Jan. 24 2018 12:08 PMWhere to Start With Ursula K. Le Guin
Brow Beat
Oct. 16 2017 9:35 AMWhere to Start With Rick and Morty? Try This Episode.
Brow Beat
Sept. 27 2017 7:33 AMTransparent Is the Most Jewish TV Show Ever
Brow Beat
Aug. 28 2017 2:11 PMGame of Thrones TV Club: Family Ties Get Tangled
Brow Beat
Aug. 21 2017 1:45 PMGame of Thrones TV Club: Suspending Belief Beyond the Wall

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