Podcasts are having a moment. The medium is now being wholeheartedly embraced by everyone from elite publications and celebrities to politicians and that boy from high school you thought you unfriended on Facebook. It’s a platform where almost anyone can claim expertise on sports, music, culture, politics (always, always politics) and throw their opinions, jokes, and tales onto the internet and then directly into your headphones.
Some might say the market’s become oversaturated to the point of exhaustion (by "some," we mean even us) but, every once in awhile, a new podcast comes along that we deem worthy of the subscribe button. For us, that feeling arose when we heard the New York Times’ Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris were teaming up for a joint venture; called Still Processing, this is a podcast we're going to be eagerly tuning in for.
Morris is a critic-at-large for the Times, where his thought-provoking work is a real highlight (he's also the one who came up with the idea for the podcast). Wortham started as a technology and business reporter for the paper, and is now a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, where she explores topics like the importance of black health, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, and the struggle to live in the moment (along with tackling many, many, many side projects).
We have so much faith in the duo that we were immediately on board following a two-minute intro upon the release of the podcast’s name. And, after listening to the inaugural episode (released today), we can proudly say our instincts were right. In the 30-minute chat, Wortham and Morris talk about their feelings regarding Colin Kaepernick and Leslie Jones and discuss first dates with Southside With You actress Tika Sumpter. Their natural banter and strong viewpoints will leave you wanting so, so much more.
In honor of the launch, we chatted with Wortham to see what’s in store for Still Processing—a guest appearance from Oprah, perhaps?