The VICE Magazine Podcast
In Conversation with Author Alena Graedon
The VICE Magazine Podcast is your definitive guide to enlightening information. Our 11th annual Fiction Issue, which went live last week, is a celebration of the art of fiction. Inside, we showcase the exclusive works of 16 authors—including Tim Parks, Ottessa Moshfegh, Joyce Carol Oates, Alexia Arthurs, David Shields, and many more—alongside beautiful original photography made especially for each story.
For the issue, Alena Graedon, author of the 2014 dystopian thriller The Word Exchange, provided us with a new short story called “The Padded Attacker.” In the story, the man who plays the part of the “attacker” at a self-defense class is surprised when a woman who recently broke up with him shows up for the weekend workshop. Graedon recently stopped by the office to talk about the inspiration behind the story, what her writing and feedback process is like, and more.
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[BONUS] Introducing "Chapo," a New Podcast from VICE News03:17If you like The VICE Guide To Right Now, we think you'll also really enjoy VICE News' first ever podcast, "Chapo." As Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán goes on trial, VICE News explores his high-stakes case through the stories of people caught up in the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico. The first episode comes out on Nov. 1 exclusively on Spotify in both English and Spanish.
[BONUS] Introducing Queerly Beloved20:42Hello VICE Magazine Podcast listeners! It's true we've gone dark for a while, but we're really excited to introduce you to our newest VICE podcast, Queerly Beloved.Queerly Beloved is a new podcast series from Broadly. Co-hosted by Broadly editor Sarah Burke and Fran Tirado of the popular queer podcast Food 4 Thot, it’s a multifaceted portrait of LGBTQ chosen family—the people who help us figure out who we are and inspire us to live as our most authentic selves. In a world obsessed with significant others, Queerly Beloved focuses on the unconventional, seemingly insignificant relationships that actually end up shaping us most.Here's the first episode, "The Past Lovers." For the full season, sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.
Writer Sadie Stein on Losing Her Temper10:21The VICE Magazine Podcast is your definitive guide to enlightening information. We’re in the middle of celebrating the release of our 11th annual Fiction Issue. Inside the magazine, we curated a special subsection of personal stories about losing your temper. Akhil Sharma wrote about a bully, Walter Kirn wrote about a rooster, and David Shields and Allen Pearl also participated. But today we’re highlighting “Rage Blackouts,” Sadie Stein’s personal essay from the section. In Stein’s essay, she discusses how small annoying incidents throughout the day (“the whole store-full of old ladies who banged their carts into me at Zabars”) will piss her off, but she smile’s through the ordeal, holding it all in. “Then it all comes out at night” in extreme dreams, which includes shouting expletives and punching in her sleep, usually while her husband sleeps next to her (wielding heavy-duty earplugs). Stein stopped by the office to chat about how she deals with her “rage blackouts”—sleeping on airplanes is out of the question—her writing process, and more.
At Home With Jill Stein14:58The VICE Magazine Podcast is your definitive guide to enlightening information. Our 11th annual Fiction Issue went live earlier this week—see more here—but we’ll be focusing on that next week. Today, I want to highlight a recent long-form profile from VICE.com titled “Everybody Hates Jill.” Eve Peyser, our politics staff writer, got great access to Jill Stein, who was the Green Party’s candidate for president in the 2012 and 2016 elections. In the piece, Eve spends time at Stein’s home in Boston talking to her about last year’s election, how other politicians and pundits view her, and more. You can read the full profile on VICE.com, but for now: Here’s senior politics editor Harry Cheadle interviewing Eve on what Stein was like in person, whether Democrats should try to win Green Party voters, and what the response to the piece has been.
Grappling with the Future of Music and the Value of Vinyl17:11The VICE Magazine Podcast is your definitive guide to enlightening information. Since this is the last episode on our Music Issue, I wanted to tackle questions about how changes in technology have affected the state of the music industry today—for better or worse. In the age of streaming, with access to millions of songs, how do you figure out what to listen to? And how is that process different than it was ten years ago? What role will vinyl play in the future of music? What effect, if any, will streaming have on traditional notions of artistry? To answer these questions and more, Iinvited Eric Sundermann, editor-in-chief at Noisey; Emilie Friedlander, senior features editor at VICE and former editor-in-chief of Thump; and Dan Ozzi, writer and editor at Noisey, to join me in a roundtable discussion.
FBI Files on The Fugs06:58The VICE Magazine Podcast is your definitive guide to enlightening information. Our second annual Music Issue, a collaboration with our music site, Noisey, came out earlier this month, so we’re highlighting stories from the issue on our podcast. This week, Jason Leopold talks about his latest installment of Classified, a column where he breaks down the files he’s received from Freedom of Information Act requests. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Doors’ self-titled debut album, Jason had hoped to write about the band. He found an FBI labeled “SUBJECT: THE DOORS,” but after opening it, he discovered the file only included letters referencing the politically charged 60s rock group the Fugs. Turns out, in 1969 a concerned citizen offended by the Fugs’ music, and drafted a letter to a US senator and the director of the FBI, requesting they ban the band’s music. Here’s Jason with more.
Meet Pink Room Project17:28The VICE Magazine Podcast is your definitive guide to enlightening information. Our second annual Music Issue, a collaboration with our music site, Noisey, came out last week. In the issue, Lawrence Burney, a staff writer at Noisey, writes about his trip to Louisiana to hang out with members of Pink Room Project, a young collective pushing the musical legacy of New Orleans into the future. The collective, also known as the Pink, was founded by New Orleans natives Keith Cavalier, a 29-year-old producer known as Lil Jodeci, and Brandon Ares, a 25-year-old rapper. They host popular parties and DJ nights that feature a range of genres, from bounce to rap to house music. Lil Jodeci, Ares, and a few other members of the collective recently came by our Brooklyn office to chat with Lawrence about how the collective started, what motivates them, and the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Behind the Cover & the Controversy Surrounding Beat Leasing11:02Welcome to The VICE Magazine Podcast, your definitive guide to enlightening information. Our second annual music issue, a collaboration with our music site Noisey, came out yesterday: Go to Noisey.com for the full issue or get a rundown of what’s inside first. For the rest of November, we’ll be highlighting some of these stories. First up, photo editor Elizabeth Renstrom explains the extremely dusty cover photo and why we thought the image perfectly sums up the state of the music industry. We also hear from Andrea Domanick, Noisey’s West Coast editor, who wrote about internet producers turning huge profits in the underground beat market, and how this trend, according to some, might be detrimental to music.