Host Aaron Mak discusses with journalist Nithin Coca his attempt to abstain from using any Google products in his daily life. They discuss why he did it, the useful alternatives he found for specific apps, the quirks of using different tools abroad, and the surprising benefits he found in starting over. They also speculate on whether or not a normal consumer could sustainably do the same thing, and what that means for the state of the industry. After the interview, host Aaron Mak joins co-host Shannon Palus for this week’s edition of “Don’t Close My Tabs.” Podcast production by Justin D. Wright.
What Next: Are College Athletes About to Get Paid?
A star college athlete can help rake in millions for the schools they attend but never see a cent for themselves because of existing NCAA rules. California lawmakers just passed a bill that would allow collegiate athletes to profit off of their name, likeness and image in a step to rectify the discrepancy. The Fair Pay for Play Act is just a piece of the larger conversation about paying college athletes. Is the NCAA being pulled closer to paying its athletes? Guest: now.
Culture Gabfest: Climb Inside My Fur
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Hustlers, Ken Burns' PBS documentary about country music with Slate's Carl Wilson, and the saga of Caroline Calloway in The Cut. In Slate Plus, they discuss the life and work of photographer Robert Frank with Slate's Fred Kaplan.
Trumpcast: When Trump Tried to Move to Hollywood
Virginia Heffernan talks to Allen Salkin, co-author of “The Method to the Madness,” about Trump’s struggles to fit in with the Hollywood in crowd, developing his reality TV life, and his visit to California.
Gist: Comedy Week: Improv
On The Gist, our second installment in this week of comedy focuses on the world of improv. Improvisers Amber Nash, T.J. Jagodowski, and Zach Cherry join Mike to talk about what the improv scene is like in their respective cities, how the form has grown so quickly in the last 30 years, and why collaboration is such an exciting way to get a laugh.