Susan Matthews

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Susan Matthews is Slate’s executive editor. During her time at the magazine, she has served as features editor and news director, and has overseen the science and jurisprudence sections. Her writing and reporting has largely focused on women's issues and sexual harassment. She also served as the host of Season 7 of Slow Burn, on the lead up to Roe v. Wade (with support from the IWMF!). Prior to working at Slate, she was Audubon Magazine’s inaugural online editor, where she relaunched the non-profit’s website, which was nominated for an ASME.

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Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade Season 7: Episode 4

Roe Against Wade How Justice Harry Blackmun became an accidental abortion rights hero.   Episode Notes Harry Blackmun wasn’t Richard Nixon’s first choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. But after Blackmun was confirmed, he got the assignment…

| Samira Tazari, Susan Matthews

Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade Season 7: Episode 3

Women vs. Connecticut What it took to strike down one of the oldest abortion laws in the country. For questions about subscriptions or your Slate Plus feed, check our FAQ. Episode Notes Soon after Ann Hill…

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Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade Season 7: Episode 2

Life or Death How a doctor and nurse from Cincinnati irrevocably changed the debate over abortion in America. VIEW TRANSCRIPT Episode Notes Jack and Barbara Willke got their start on the Catholic speaking circuit talking…

| Samira Tazari, Susan Matthews

The Forgotten Story of Shirley Wheeler

hen you read almost any book about the history of abortion in America, one name comes up again and again: Sherri Chessen. Sherri—who, tellingly, was often identified as Sherri Finkbine, though she didn’t use her…

| Samira Tazari, Susan Matthews

Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade Season 7: Episode 1

Get Married or Go Home In 1971, Shirley Wheeler became the public face of the fight for abortion rights. Episode Notes In 1970, 22-year-old Shirley Wheeler got an illegal abortion in Florida. When she refused…