Wesley Morris And Jenna Wortham Are 'Processing' Again
Were talking today about podcasts. In the age of a pandemic one show that is returning today after a break is called still processing. It's a podcast with one of the smartest takes on culture and a favorite of ours here at the frame still processing is hosted by Wesley Morris. And Jenna worth them. They're both staff writers at the New York Times when we reach them by skype this week. Each their respective homes. I ask them how the current crisis is affecting their approach for the new season of still processing. I don't know we're still figuring that out a little bit but it occurred to me today. Gina are trying to figure out how to explain what our goal was the season. I mean I think you knew and I just had to catch up with where you were but I think we really are going to spend this bunch episodes that we're GONNA RELEASE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. Just watching listening to in reading lots of things and just enjoying that they got made. We'll do the things that we normally. We would typically do the work culture but I mean we're really just going to look at all this great art and popular culture that we have and talk about it. Well we always see the show as a bomb in some ways. We always wanted to feel like you know virtual happy hour with us but I think now we're really into that and so we want people to feel held. Want people to feel seen. We don't want to add to their anxiety and we also don't want to diminish it and so. I think we feel like our offering is helping people make the most of this extra time they have and hopefully distract them from some of the bigger pressing things For an hour or so week so I'm GONNA come back to that idea of bomb at about some of the pieces of art and culture that you feeling like you want to consume these days. How would you categorize that content? Does it fall into certain niches. What do you think was I mean I don't know we haven't really mapped out? What exactly we're going to be going a lot by by gut instinct in like feeling our way toward things that would be fun to to to think about and watch together and listen to together and read together. We're you know we're GONNA do. We're GONNA do a bunch of different things Wesley you recently wrote. In The Times about rewatching Steven soderbergh movie contagion from Twenty Eleven and the headline was for me. Re watching contagion was fun until it wasn't and I have to say I just watched it too and it was really spot on about. How diseases spread. There's so many close ups have how often people touch things and then the body's really start piling up. So what role does contagion or Wesley. Pandemic novel that I think both of us love emily. St. John Man tells station eleven play in our lives. I mean it depends on what you what you need from. These works of of plague and their aftermaths. I watched contagion because I heard one of the people who worked on at one of the one of science journalist consulted on it on a show called on the media talking about all of the problems with virus movies in the ways in which The what the movies have to say about such things aren't always accurate. But you know the fact that she was consultant and that made me wonder like how she she mentioned how hard she worked how she and the other people who worked on the film as consultants hard they worked to get it right some like okay and Soderbergh is is is one of my top twenty favorite filmmakers but I was really surprised by how there's a point in the movie were just for me. It shifted into be into going from a movie. That sort of winking at you in having a good time with you as a as a as a work of genre science fiction sort of medical science fiction genre filmmaking into something really much more grave and considered about what happens to us in times of uncertainty where we're at war with a thing we can't see and what that does to society and what it does to relationships but really the thing that I love about the movie is it. It's not really really about. It's actually just about keeping your government and the idea that you have these three different women representing these three different. Three different Kate winslet and Jennifer really work both work for the. Cdc But they do different things within the CDC and in Marion coachee are works the WHO but the idea that like you have these three women like saving the world essentially not. Because it's some great thing you know to make themselves look good. But because it's their job right exactly these receptors are found in the sales of both Respiratory tried to end the central nervous system and the virus attaches to the cell like a key slipping into lock somewhere in the world. The wrong tape up with wrong. Pack anything like this before and it's still changing. It's figuring us out faster than we're figuring it out because nobody else do. I don't know it just really moved me. The bet movies belief in in work and in science as a as a real sort of moral. 'cause Geno what about you and the role that plagues stories might play in our in our current lives. He no I'm more anxious prone more prone to anxiety than the average person might be so. I made the mistake of watching twenty days later with some friends right at the beginning of all this 'cause I thought it would be funny and it wasn't that funny. It's not funny but it's a my mom. My Dad tried.