Still Processing

Still Processing is a New York Times culture podcast hosted by Jenna Wortham, a writer for The New York Times Magazine, and Wesley Morris, the paper's critic at large.[1] The show debuted on September 8, 2016. Still Processing won a 2017 Webby Award in the Podcast & Digital Audio category, and was nominated for a 2019 Shorty Award.[2][3]

Still Processing
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Hosted byJenna Wortham
Wesley Morris
LengthAbout 45 minutes
Original releaseSeptember 8, 2016 – present
ProviderThe New York Times
WebsiteOfficial website


Morris joined The New York Times from The Boston Globe in 2015 with a podcast as part of his new contract and approached Wortham about serving as co-host.[4] Developed under the working title Feelings,[5] the show launched as Still Processing on September 8, 2016,[6] part of a collaboration between The New York Times and Pineapple Street Media to expand Times podcasts offerings.[7]

The first season ran from September 26, 2016, to March 2, 2017.


Morris and Wortham host the podcast. The production team includes Pineapple Street's Jenna Weiss-Berman, Neena Pathak, Sasha Weiss, Wendy Dorr, and members of the Times audio department, Lisa Tobin and Samantha Henig.[8][9][10]


The format typically includes discussion between Morris and Wortham as well as one or more interviews, sometimes in studio but often in outside locations: the first episode ("First Date") followed Wortham and Morris on a walk through Central Park. They have also visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), interviewing curator Joanne Hyppolite,[11] among other places. Laura Jane Standley and Eric McQuade of The Atlantic described the show as "at base, a set of discussions about the big cultural events of the day. But Still Processing is sharp and intellectual, goofy and raw: The two hosts talk to each other and to guests (including RuPaul) about anyone from Colin Kaepernick to Kerry James Marshall; about society and art; about dating and work."[12]

Episodes are usually between half an hour and an hour in length, and released weekly on Thursdays.[13]


Reviewing the podcast's launch, Tim Barnes at The A.V. Club said the "inaugural episode of The New York TimesStill Processing podcast is an incredible mix of personality, pop culture, and education. Writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris bring a jolt of energy to the show, which feels like old media finally embracing the new."[14] Of the first episode, Taylor Bryant said at Nylon that Wortham and Morris's "natural banter and strong viewpoints will leave you wanting so, so much more."[4]

The Atlantic named Still Processing among the 50 best podcasts of 2016, citing the November 10, 2016 post-election episode "The Reckoning" as a "banner episode".[12] The Huffington Post likewise cited the post-election episode in naming Still Processing to its list of 15 notable podcasts of 2016.[15] IndieWire named the "Journey to the 'Blacksonian'" episode, about Wortham and Morris's trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to its list of 2016 50 best podcast episodes.[11]


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  1. ^ Quah, Nicholas (September 8, 2016). "Hot Pod: The podcast industry puts on a too-big blazer and tries to impress the old guy at the party". Nieman Lab. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Still Processing -- The Webby Awards". Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Still Processing - The Shorty Awards". Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Bryant, Taylor (September 2016). "Jenna Wortham Is "Still Processing" Her New Podcast". Nylon. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Romano, Evan (November 15, 2016). "Trust 'Still Processing': Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris Want To Talk It Out". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "The New York Times Debuts Two New Offerings". Cision. September 9, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Doctor, Ken (September 6, 2016). "The New York Times gets serious about podcasting". Politico. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  8. ^ Dodson, P. Claire (September 9, 2016). "Jenna Weiss-Berman: "I'm Proud Of Making Stuff Not Just For White Guys"". Fast Company. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Willens, Max (October 7, 2016). "'We have a unique advantage': A look at The New York Times podcast operations, six months in". Digiday. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "Apology". The New York Times. January 10, 2019. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Greene, Steve (December 27, 2016). "The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2016 | IndieWire". IndieWire. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  12. ^ a b McQuade, Eric; Standley, Laura Jane (December 18, 2016). "The 50 Best Podcasts of 2016". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  13. ^ O'Shea, Chris (September 8, 2016). "NY Times Launches New Culture Podcast". Fishbowl NY. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Barnes, Tim (September 12, 2016). "NYT's Still Processing feels like old media embracing the new". A.V. Club. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  15. ^ Capewell, Jillian (December 21, 2016). "15 Notable Podcasts Brought To You By 2016". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Horgan, Richard (April 27, 2017). "Barry Jenkins Recalls How Best Picture Snafu Was Even More Dramatic in Miami". AdWeek. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  17. ^ Yuan, Jada (May 3, 2017). "Moonlight's Barry Jenkins on the Best Picture Fallout, Where He Keeps His Oscar". Vulture. New York Magazine. Retrieved May 25, 2017.

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