Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest

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Slate.com’s critics debate the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
Spoilers: Isn’t It Romantic
Feb 22 • 52 min
In this week’s episode, Marissa Martinelli is joined by Slate culture intern Aja Hoggatt and Slate staff write Heather Schwedel to discuss Isn’t It Romantic. Was this movie even a parody? When did we first realize that that was not Chris Hemsworth? Is…
As In Her Royal Highness Edition
Feb 20 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and K. Austin Collins discuss the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the bonkers true crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, and the death of the Mars rover Opportunity. To skip our spoiler segment on Abducted in Plain Sight, skip…
Spoilers: Russian Doll
Feb 15 • 45 min
In this week’s episode, Willa Paskin is joined by Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme to discuss the Netflix original series Russian Doll. What does this show have to say about New York City? Would the show still work without Natasha Lyonne? Will we watch the…
Steampunk Deer Edition
Feb 13 • 56 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film If Beale Street Could Talk, the TV phenomenon The Masked Singer with The Gist’s Mike Pesca, and finally they deconstruct “The Stew”—the viral recipe that’s seemingly everywhere.
Spoilers: Lego Movie 2
Feb 8 • 49 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Forrest Wickman discuss Lego Movie 2:The Second Part. Is there any logic to the Lego universe? What does the movie have to say about toxic masculinity? And what was WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes…
Nobody’s Mad at Columbo Edition
Feb 6 • 62 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Netflix’s series Russian Doll, the best-documentary nominee Minding the Gap, and Vanity Fair’s list of the 25 most influential movie scenes of the last 25 years with Richard Lawson and K. Austin…
Decoder Ring: The Grifter
Jan 30 • 53 min
For over a decade, Brett Johnson was a cyber criminal, a scammer, and a con man, but now he’s a good guy, helping companies stop people like who he used to be. His story is the stuff of a prestige TV anti-hero drama, but real life is more complicated than…
Prosthesis Statement Edition
Jan 30 • 61 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscar-nominated film Vice, the Netflix streamer Sexual Education, and what to make of Netflix’s “ratings” numbers with Slate TV critic and the host of Decoder Ring, Willa Paskin. This episode is…
Hit Parade: The Gaga is Born Edition
Jan 25 • 68 min
A Star Is Born, the movie Hollywood can’t stop remaking, is a fairy-tale about the American dream factory. But it has also, always, been a reflection of the woman in the lead role—and the latest version stars a woman who has been playing a role for more…
Beautiful Blindspot Edition
Jan 23 • 53 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Sam Adams discuss the dueling Fyre Festival documentaries on Netflix and Hulu with Slate writer Shannon Palus, Glenn Close best actress vehicle The Wife, and the 2019 Academy Award Nominations.This episode is brought to you…
Spoilers: Glass
Jan 21 • 59 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams teams up with Slate Senior Editor Jeffrey Bloomer and the Editor in Chief of Screen Crush, Matt Singer to discuss the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, Glass. This is the third film in a trilogy that began with…
The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition
Jan 16 • 66 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Golden Globs-conquering film Green Book with Vanity Fair’s K. Austin Collins, Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and the art of the pan and the state of the bad review in criticism.
Spoilers: Bandersnatch
Jan 11 • 64 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Vulture staff writer Kathryn Van Arendonk discuss the new Black Mirror interactive episode “Bandersnatch”. Do we really want interactive content from Netflix? Is there a base version of “Bandersnatch”? Does…
Sponsored: Are Today’s Caregivers Tomorrow’s Patients?
Jan 10 • 26 min
This is Life Effects, a podcast from Slate Studios and Teva Pharmaceuticals. In this episode, we enter the world of caregivers: the relatives and close friends who step up when sick family members need support. Often, it’s a full-time job, so it’s not…
Naked Pomegranate Tory Edition
Jan 9 • 66 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the court farce The Favourite, the awards frontrunner Roma, and the year in movies and Slate’s Movie Club. This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at…
Welcome to Slaht Ploos Edition
Jan 2 • 67 min
Dana Stevens hosts a selection of a few of our favorite Slate Plus bonus segments, offering them to our regular listeners for the first time. You’ll hear Steve, Julia and Dana on being reunited with favorite childhood books, the great book vs. movie…
Spoilers: Mary Poppins Returns
Dec 28, 2018 • 52 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and TV editor at the New York Times, Aisha Harris, discuss Mary Poppins Returns. How does the film stack up to the original? How bad is Lin Manuel-Miranda’s cockney accent? Is there a bigger conspiracy behind Julie…
Completely Phoned-In Holiday Show Edition
Dec 26, 2018 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens gather around the holiday hearth to answer listener questions in our annual call-in special! They answer questions about hobbies, British imports (with guest June Thomas), how having children has changed…
Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition
Dec 21, 2018 • 72 min
In the UK, the No. 1 song the week of Christmas is a big deal. The media breathlessly covers the contest, and there are even wagers placed on what song will reach the top of the charts as pop stars and record labels jockey for position. While there are…
Treacle Box Edition
Dec 19, 2018 • 67 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, reappraise the Christmas film classic Love, Actually, and the year in TV.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Everlane, premium…
Spoilers: The Favourite
Dec 14, 2018 • 36 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens discusses The Favourite with Washington Post columnist, Alexandra Petri. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, the collaboration hub for work.…
Angry at the Lollipop Edition
Dec 12, 2018 • 61 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Netflix documentary Dogs and the use of cliches in speech and writing.
Girls, Girls, Burgers, Edition
Dec 5, 2018 • 59 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Support the Girls, the LeCarre TV adaptation Little Drummer Girl, and the saga of a writer at Thrillist who may or may not have killed a great burger joint.
Decoder Ring: Sad Jennifer Aniston
Dec 3, 2018 • 43 min
Jennifer Aniston’s story had it all: Heartbreak, secrecy, sex, betrayal. But what it also had was a new kind of tabloid: Us Weekly and its copycats. Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie would have been a huge Hollywood scandal no matter…
Spoilers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Nov 30, 2018 • 54 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams discusses The Ballad of Buster Scruggs with the author of The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, Adam Nayman. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.This episode is brought to you by the…
Hit Parade: The Give Me a Sign Edition
Nov 30, 2018 • 74 min
From a very young age, Britney Spears seemed destined for stardom. The kid from Louisiana had landed a role on the revived Mickey Mouse Club and styled herself as a belter of power ballads. But to score her first No. 1 hit, Spears would team up with an…
Wingless Thrush Edition
Nov 28, 2018 • 67 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Coen Bros. new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, HBO’s Elena Ferrante adaptation My Brilliant Friend, and the art of adaptation.
Mum’s the Word Edition
Nov 21, 2018 • 55 min
Julia Turner returns with Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens to discuss the film Widows, The British import The Bodyguard on Netflix, and the life and work of William Goldman and what the role of screenwriter means today.
Spoilers: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Nov 16, 2018 • 40 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and Jeffrey Bloomer discuss the second installment of Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following…
Dinner is Served! Edition
Nov 14, 2018 • 59 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Bennett discuss the Melissa McCarthy vehicle Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Netflix’s filthy but heartfelt puberty cartoon Big Mouth, and the death of Stan Lee with Slate’s Jamelle Bouie.
Orson Welles in a Snuggie Edition
Nov 7, 2018 • 65 min
Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf are joined by The Atlantic’s David Sims, host of the podcast Blank Check to discuss the two new Orson Welles projects on Netflix, Robyn’s new album Honey, and the concept of the “blank check” in the film industry.
Spoiler Specials: Suspiria
Nov 2, 2018 • 56 min
This week on Spoiler Specials Dana Stevens and Sam Adams discuss Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria. Podcast Production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what…
Spoiler Specials: Halloween
Oct 31, 2018 • 58 min
In a special bonus Halloween episode of Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci discuss the 11th installment in the Halloween franchise. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt
Werewolf Bar-Mitzvah Edition
Oct 31, 2018 • 53 min
On this spooky scary edition of the show: Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the new Halloween reboot, Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House, and the absence of women in horror film direction. This episode is brought to you by the…
Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers
Oct 29, 2018 • 53 min
Ong’s Hat, or The Incunabula Papers, is a conspiracy theory that arose on the early internet. Combining cutting edge science, mysticism, and obvious hokum, it intrigued thousands of people who tried to find out what it all meant. Today we uncover the…
Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition
Oct 26, 2018 • 83 min
In Hit Parade’s “Def Jams Edition,” we told you about rap’s first wave in the ’80s. But in this sequel (don’t believe the hype!) we enter the ’90s with still no No. 1 rap hits on the Hot 100—even though the music was starting to dominate both streets and…
Who’s On First Edition
Oct 24, 2018 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new movie First Man, the Netflix streamer Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and Slate’s New American Songbook with culture editor Forrest Wickman,
Spoiler Specials: The Hate U Give
Oct 19, 2018 • 55 min
This week on Spoiler Specials, Assistant Editor Marissa Martinelli, Editorial Assistant Rachelle Hampton and Culture writer Inkoo Kang discuss The Hate U Give, the movie starring Amandla Stenberg based on the best selling novel by Angie Thomas.This…
Brain and Body Still Rebooting Edition
Oct 17, 2018 • 61 min
③ Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film Private Life, then are joined by Slate’s Gabriel Roth to discuss the legacy of Doctor Who and its new season starring Jodie Whitaker, and finally a reading of Kanye West at the White…
Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You Edition
Oct 10, 2018 • 67 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film A Star is Born, the TV documentary America to Me, and bring critic Wesley Morris into the studio to discuss his New York Times Magazine piece “The Morality Wars” about the state of art…
Sponsored: I Travel For Local Flavor
Oct 9, 2018 • 28 min
In Episode 1 of I Travel For, producer and culinary explorer Otis Gray eats, drinks, and forages his way across Great Britain. From the cultural smorgasbord of London’s Borough Market to an Indian pub in Birmingham to mushroom hunting in the woods of…
Pope in a Speedo Edition
Oct 3, 2018 • 58 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry’s new show Kidding, the CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, and the purpose and practice of dad jokes.
Decoder Ring; Hotel Art
Oct 1, 2018 • 32 min
Hotel Art used to be one of the ultimate symbols of bad taste, it was often ugly, kitschy, and strange. Today, the art you find in a hotel is far less likely to be the result of one individual’s poor taste, and much more likely to have passed through an…
Hit Parade: The Nights on Broadway Edition
Sep 28, 2018 • 91 min
Those falsettos, those white suits, those toothy smiles: You think you know the Bee Gees. But their story goes back much further than the ’70s, and it’s full of twists. From their roots as an eclectic harmony band in Australia and their first wave of…
Still There Edition
Sep 26, 2018 • 62 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Gabriel Roth discuss the new season of the podcast Serial, the recent spate of post-#metoo essays by disgraced men, and the Amazon show Forever.
Julia Turner’s Women in Charge
Sep 23, 2018 • 44 min
What’s it like to be the woman at the helm of one of the most beloved contemporary TV comedies? On the first episode of Women in Charge, Julia Turner, editor-in-chief of Slate and cohost of the Culture Gabfest, talks to Aline Brosh McKenna, the…
Spoiler Specials: A Simple Favor
Sep 21, 2018 • 67 min
In this week’s Slate senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer, Slate critic Inkoo Kang and assistant editor Marissa Martinelli discuss the Paul Feig mystery-thriller A Simple Favor. Which suit did Blake Lively wear best? Is the answer all of them? Were there even…
Oopsie Jar Edition
Sep 19, 2018 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Sam Anderson discuss Paul Feig’s new film A Simple Favor, Sam’s book Boom Town, and the delightful tradition of New York Post headlines inspired by “Beat the Meatles”.
God’s Laptop Edition
Sep 12, 2018 • 66 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the screen-based film Searching, Ariana Grande’s album Sweetener, and the life and work of Burt Reynolds.
Spoiler Specials: Insatiable
Sep 7, 2018 • 74 min
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Eat Your Terrarium Edition
Sep 5, 2018 • 62 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, NBC’s Making It, and the fire and incredible loss at the national museum in Brazil with Mauricio Santoro of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
Hegemonic Victimhood Edition
Aug 29, 2018 • 67 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Eighth Grade, the maligned TV series Insatiable with June Thomas, and Kelly Marie Tran’s op ed about social media harassment.
Decoder Ring: The Paper Doll Club
Aug 27, 2018 • 38 min
Paper dolls were a ubiquitous part of children’s lives for decades, and then mostly disappeared. David Wolfe was a boy growing up in the 1950’s, with paper dolls as his primary means of accessing a world of glamour and beauty that he didn’t see at home in…
Spoiler Specials: Crazy Rich Asians
Aug 24, 2018 • 84 min
This episode is brought to you by Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com.
You Will Never Be Enough Edition
Aug 22, 2018 • 54 min
Julia Turner, Inkoo Kang, and Isaac Butler discuss the film Crazy Rich Asians, the TV show Younger, and what, exactly, is up with Elon Musk.
Sponsored: Coffee & Crayons: Inspiring Creativity & Self-Expression with Joy Cho
Aug 20, 2018 • 23 min
Usually in this feed, you get Culture Gabfest. This week, we’re bringing you something a little different. A co-production between Target and Slate Studios, this is Coffee & Crayons, a podcast about navigating the highs and lows of back to school time.…
No Bad Horses Edition
Aug 15, 2018 • 60 min
June Thomas, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the TV BBC and Amazon show A Very English Scandal, the HBO film The Tale, and the work of Aretha Franklin with Jody Rosen.
Spoiler Specials: BlacKkKlansman
Aug 10, 2018 • 71 min
Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman, Slate staff writer Inkoo Kang, and New York TimesCulture Desk assistant TV editor Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.
Capitalism is Grift Edition
Aug 8, 2018 • 56 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Bennett discuss Boots Riley’s film Sorry to Bother You, HBO’s TV drama Succession, and the summer of grifters and our fascination with scam artists.
Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition
Aug 1, 2018 • 68 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Mission Impossible: Fallout, the video game Fortnite, and a NYT Magazine profile of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP.
Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair
Jul 30, 2018 • 43 min
What are the real reasons people go on reality TV? This episode follows the story of Ann Hirsch and Cathy Nardone, two women cast on VH1’s “Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair”, a show about an adult man looking for love—while living in his…
Spoiler Specials: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Jul 27, 2018 • 43 min
Dana Stevens and June Thomas spoil Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt and Daniel Schroeder.
Hit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition
Jul 27, 2018 • 72 min
Guest performers have existed since, literally, the beginning of the pop charts—the first Billboard No. 1 hit had a featured vocal by Frank Sinatra. Throughout the rock era, some very starry guests have helped out with hits by everyone from the Beatles to…
Summer Strut 2018 Edition
Jul 25, 2018 • 70 min
It’s our annual summer strut episode where we crowdsource the best songs for strutting around town from an exhaustive playlist curated by our listeners. In summer strut tradition, the panel is joined by pop chart-watcher and host of Slate’s Hit Parade…
Grasping at Straws Edition
Jul 18, 2018 • 64 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film “Leave No Trace”, Sacha Baron Coen’s new show “Who is America?” and plastic straw bans as an agent of change and/or useless virtue signaling.
Spoiler Specials: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
Jul 13, 2018 • 58 min
Christina Cauterucci, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale.Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Shasha Léonard.
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two
Jul 13, 2018 • 54 min
In the second part of our two-part episode about the B-52’s and R.E.M.—the bands that put Athens, Georgia on the map, and helped define new-wave rock in the early ’80s—we trace how they transformed themselves from hipsters to hitmakers. One band waited…
This Is the Chewiest Thing I’ve Ever Had in my Mouth Edition
Jul 11, 2018 • 63 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the summer blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the appeal of the Netflix cooking-failure show Nailed It, and Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a trans man, with Slate’s Evan Urquhart.
Unproblematic Trolley Edition
Jul 4, 2018 • 66 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the new documentary about Mr. Rogers: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the Netflix comedy special Nanette, and the World Cup, with Mike Pesca.
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One
Jun 29, 2018 • 62 min
The B-52’s and R.E.M. don’t sound all that much like each other. One group were avatars of kitsch, fusing punk, girl-group and garage rock—even Yoko Ono—into a retro-nuevo style all their own. The other group were mysterious, elliptical, often…
Spoiler Specials: Westworld Season 2
Jun 29, 2018 • 59 min
Willa Paskin, Sam Adams, Jonathan Fischer and Rachelle Hampton spoil the second season of Westworld.
Anthony Rising Edition
Jun 27, 2018 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner Discuss Brad Bird’s The Incredibles 2, the 30 For 30 podcast series about Bikram yoga, and the re-emergence of astrology with production assistant Daniel Schroeder.
Decoder Ring: Clown Panic
Jun 25, 2018 • 37 min
Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every month host Willa Paskin,Slate’s TV critic, takes on a cultural question, object, idea, or habit and speak with experts,historians and obsessives to try and figure out where it comes from,…
Unkindest Cut of All Edition
Jun 20, 2018 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Isaac Butler, and Laura Miller discuss the horror film Hereditary, the return of The Staircase with Rebecca Lavoie, and Isaac’s Shakespeare podcast Lend Me Your Ears.
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar
Jun 15, 2018 • 40 min
Lend Me Your Ears is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his…
Spoiler Specials: Hereditary
Jun 15, 2018 • 86 min
Dana Stevens, Rachel Syme, and Lena Wilson spoil Hereditary. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder
Elan Deficit Edition
Jun 13, 2018 • 58 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Ocean’s 8, the theory and practice of Instagram Stories, and the legacy of Anthony Bourdain with the New Yorker’s Helen Rosner.
Spoiler Specials: Ocean’s 8
Jun 8, 2018 • 59 min
Marissa Martinelli, Aisha Harris, Inko Kang, and Carmen Russo spoil Ocean’s 8. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder
Secret Summer Getaway Edition
Jun 6, 2018 • 67 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live at S&S Farm Brewery in Nassau, NY for a secret summer getaway show. They discuss the c-word, the film Book Club, and perform an impromptu book club with the audience on Phillip Roth’s The Ghost…
Decoder Ring: The Johnlock Conspiracy
Jun 4, 2018 • 52 min
Who gets to decide if Sherlock Holmes is gay? For over a century, fans of Sherlock Holmes have been analyzing, debating, and creating new texts with Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. Decoder Ring explores the Johnlock Conspiracy, a fan theory about the BBC…
Spoiler Specials: 13 Reasons Why
Jun 1, 2018 • 77 min
Marissa Martinelli, June Thomas, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil 13 Reasons Why. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder
Whiskey and Pepto Bismol Edition
May 30, 2018 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film First Reformed, the podcast My Favorite Murder with production assistant Daniel Schroeder, and the redemption of Tucker Max with Slate’s Laura Bennett.
Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition
May 25, 2018 • 66 min
Even before the launch of MTV, the music video has been making pop songs buzzworthy. And since the early ’80s, it has transformed also-rans into hitmakers—from the Buggles and Duran Duran to Peter Gabriel and a‑ha. But until the early 2010s, watching a…
Spoiler Specials: Solo: A Star Wars Story
May 25, 2018 • 64 min
Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli, and Sam Adams spoil Solo: A Star Wars Story.Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder.
Guillotine in the Mists Edition
May 23, 2018 • 63 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the royal wedding with Simon Doonan, the death of author Tom Wolfe with Laura Miller, and the way TV shows survive cancelation by examining Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Culture Gabfest Presents: Upon Further Review
May 22, 2018 • 24 min
Julia Turner is here to present the new podcast from The Gist’s Mike Pesca, about the great “what-ifs” in sports. “What If I Hadn’t Written That Fan Letter to Dan Majerle in April 1993?”, Jesse Eisenberg asks, revisiting a painful chapter of his youth…
Spoiler Specials: Deadpool 2
May 18, 2018 • 48 min
Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli and Sam Adams spoil Deadpool 2.
Smoke-N-Chill Novelties Edition
May 16, 2018 • 58 min
Dana Stevens, Sam Adams discuss the new film The Rider with Inkoo Kang, Childish Gambino’s song and video for This Is America with Aisha Harria, and Jia Tolentino’s New Yorker piece “The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul” with Lena Wilson.
[Laugh Track] Edition
May 9, 2018 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens, discuss the new film Tully with Slate’s Willa Paskin, who sticks around to talk about her new podcast Decoder Ring and the history of the laugh track, and finally: are you a brand? Should you be one?
Culture Gabfest Presents Decoder Ring: The Laff Box
May 4, 2018 • 31 min
Julia Turner is here to introduce you to the new show from Slate’s TV Critic Willa Paskin. Decoder Ring: the show about cracking cultural mysteries. Subscribe here to get episodes as soon as they’re ready.Every episode we’ll take on a cultural object,…
The Monkfish Was Fine Edition
May 2, 2018 • 66 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild, Wild, Country, the flap over the White House Correspondents Dinner, and nooks and crannies of Youtube subculture with Slate’s Justin Peters.
Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition
Apr 27, 2018 • 70 min
Bon Jovi are many things: platinum-selling, chart-topping and now, Hall of Fame–inducted. That angers music critics, who have been slagging off this band of hard-rock prom kings since the 1980s. Among the haters is Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy, who has…
Spoiler Specials: Avengers: Infinity War
Apr 27, 2018 • 76 min
Dana Stevens, Jonathan Fischer, and Forrest Wickman spoil Avengers: Infinity War.Production by Daniel Schroeder
It’s Hammer Time Edition
Apr 25, 2018 • 63 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new BBC America series Killing Eve, the film from Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here, and ask themselves: “should we delete Facebook?”
Apocalypse Mom Edition
Apr 18, 2018 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the hit horror film A Quiet Place, the new adaptation of Howard’s End on the BBC and Starz, and Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay: “Why I’m Giving Up On Preventative Care”.
Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebie Edition
Apr 11, 2018 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Willa Paskin discuss the return of ABC’s Roseanne, Kacey Musgraves’ album Golden Hour with Slate’s Carl Wilson, and Molly Ringwald’s essay in the New Yorker: “What About ‘The Breakfast Club’?”
Spoiler Specials: Ready Player One
Apr 6, 2018 • 56 min
Dana Stevens, Laura Hudson, Dawnthea Price, and Forrest Wickman spoil Ready Player One.
Midnight at the OASIS Edition
Apr 4, 2018 • 61 min
Dana Stevens, Christina Cauterucci, and Sam Adams discuss the new Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One, HBO’s new assassination comedy series Barry, and the Cannes Film Festival’s decision to ban Netflix films from competing in the festival.
Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition
Mar 29, 2018 • 73 min
In 1998, Madonna was at a career crossroads. After dominating the ’80s with hits like “Like a Virgin” and “Open Your Heart,” she spent the first half of the ’90s wavering between roles as a provocateur (Erotica, Sex) and adult-contemporary balladeer…
The Great Work Begins Edition
Mar 28, 2018 • 59 min
Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Isaac Butler discuss the revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America which recently arrived on Broadway, The World Only Spins Forward, the oral history of Angels in America, and the film Love, Simon with Slate’s Alex Barasch.
Spoiler Specials: Isle of Dogs
Mar 22, 2018 • 58 min
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, and Inkoo Kang spoil Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.
We Are a Sacred Troupe Edition
Mar 21, 2018 • 61 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Gabriel Roth discuss Armando Iannucci’s new film The Death of Stalin about the power struggle’s in the days after Stalin’s death in 1953 Soviet Russia, NBC’s new musical series Rise about a high school drama director, and…
Spoiler Specials: Blue Planet II
Mar 16, 2018 • 64 min
Susan Matthews, Dan Engber, Jacob Brogan, Kirsten Berg and Alex Barasch sit down for a science-filled spoiler special all about Blue Planet II.
10th Anniversary Edition
Mar 14, 2018 • 78 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show live at The Bell House in Brooklyn New York. They discuss the film A Wrinkle in Time, go deep on the cultural significance of color, and are quizzed on past…
Spoiler Specials: A Wrinkle in Time
Mar 9, 2018 • 65 min
Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris and Forrest Wickman spoil A Wrinkle in Time, discussing how it translate from book to screen, if children will actually like it, and what the deal is with that flying lettuce.
Dana the Octophile Edition
Mar 7, 2018 • 62 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss this year’s Oscar ceremony, the surprise hit film “Game Night”, and Daniel Engber’s Slate cover story “Against the Octopus” with the author.
Spoiler Specials: Annihilation
Mar 2, 2018 • 71 min
Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Marissa Martinelli spoil Annihilation, discussing what’s behind the Shimmer, how DNA works, and the weird Annihilation noise.
Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment Edition
Feb 28, 2018 • 63 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss The Florida Project as part of the run-up to the Oscars, the hit podcast Atlanta Monster, and New York Magazine’s article Worst Roommate Ever by William Brennan. Please fill out the Slate podcast…
Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition
Feb 23, 2018 • 88 min
Watching this year’s Grammy Awards, it’s clear hip-hop is the dominant genre in popular music. But back in the ’80s, it was an influential but still underground style looking fora place on the charts and some mainstream respect. That is, until Run-DMC met…
Spoiler Specials: Black Panther
Feb 23, 2018 • 56 min
Aisha Harris, Jamelle Bouie and Veralyn Williams spoil Black Panther.
Redneck Margarita Edition
Feb 21, 2018 • 64 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Willa Paskin discuss Black Panther with Carvell Wallace, the return of Queer Eye with Bryan J. Lowder, and the state of the New York Times op-ed page.
Trundle-Tail Dog Edition
Feb 14, 2018 • 56 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the film BPM, the TV show Babylon Berlin, and the recent discovery of a new source for Shakespeare’s texts.
Spoiler Specials: Fifty Shades Freed
Feb 9, 2018 • 53 min
Abrasive Toast Scrape Edition
Feb 7, 2018 • 73 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Phantom Thread, take a trip to the Met to learn about artist David Hockney, and follow up on Bullet Journaling with Slate’s June Thomas.
Live From Sundance Edition
Jan 31, 2018 • 61 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscar nominations and Google’s Arts and Culture app with Represent’s Aisha Harris as part of a show taped live at the Sundance Film Festival, presented by Dropbox. Then a discussion of the…
Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition
Jan 26, 2018 • 83 min
Sometimes record executives and even the musicians themselves get it totally, completely wrong: thinking that throwaway, wacky song was destined for a single’s B-side, only to find it’s actually the No. 1 hit—from the Beatles to Beyoncé. At our first-ever…
Spoiler Specials: Mosaic
Jan 26, 2018 • 36 min
Willa Paskin and Inkoo Kang spoil Steven Soderbergh’s new series Mosaic.
Nobody Bonks Me On the Head With a Baguette Edition
Jan 24, 2018 • 68 min
Dan Kois, Bryan Lowder and June Thomas fill in for the regular crew this week. First they discuss The Assassination of Gianni Versace, then the critically-acclaimed Paddington 2, and finally they have a conversation about the current state of Drag.
Run It! Edition
Jan 17, 2018 • 64 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Steven Spielberg’s movie “The Post”, Netflix’s “The End of the F***ing World”, and Facebook’s new algorithm changes with Slate’s If/Then podcast host Will Oremus.
Spoiler Specials: Black Mirror Season 4
Jan 12, 2018 • 50 min
Slate’s TV critic Willa Paskin, tech and culture writer Inkoo Kang, and Browbeat editor Sam Adams spoil the newest season of Black Mirror.
“Why Wouldn’t King Kong Want a Lady Gorilla?” Edition
Jan 10, 2018 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, are joined by Slate book critic Laura Miller to discuss the film The Shape of Water, The Golden Globes, and explore what sleep is.
Beauteous Sprout Edition
Jan 3, 2018 • 64 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Errol Morris’s Wormwood, and Slate’s 2017 Movie Club.
Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists Edition
Dec 29, 2017 • 53 min
On the Billboard Hot 100, two can be the loneliest number. While having a No. 1 song can define an artist’s career, there’s far less glory in finishing one spot shy of the top slot. Yet some No. 2 hits have gone on to become classics. This month, Chris…
Spoiler Specials: Phantom Thread
Dec 29, 2017 • 42 min
Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme spoil Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, and discuss all the clothes, tensions, and mushrooms that make up this film.
Annual Highly Improbable Completely Pre-Taped Call-In Show Edition
Dec 27, 2017 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens answer listener questions about which piece of culture they would forever delete from the universe, how to raise adopted kids, their relationship to cooking, list-making and more.
General Hugs Edition
Dec 20, 2017 • 65 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the app HQ Trivia with Slate’s Forrest Wickman, and the life and death of memes and memetics generally. Plus, the panel learns about Milkshake Duck.
Spoiler Specials: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dec 15, 2017 • 58 min
On this week’s episode, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams join Dana Stevens in spoiling Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They tackle who Rey’s parents are, the real abilities of a Jedi, and porgs.
Frantic Rabbity Burst Edition
Dec 13, 2017 • 62 min
Julia Turner, Steven Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film I, Tonya, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with Slate’s TV Critic Willa Paskin, and The New Yorker’s short story Cat Person.
Fractal Badness Edition
Dec 6, 2017 • 68 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss James Franco’s The Disaster Artist with Slate’s Forrest Wickman, the cult film The Room with producer Benjamin Frisch, and Fiona the hippo and celebrity animals.
Spoiler Specials: The Shape of Water
Dec 1, 2017 • 45 min
On this Spoiler Special, Dana Stevens sits down with Sam Adams to spoil The Shape of Water.
Do I Dare to Eat a Peach Edition
Nov 29, 2017 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film Call Me By Your Name, Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It with Aisha Harris, and The Polybius Conspiracy with Jacob Brogan.
Hit Parade: The Queen of Disco Edition
Nov 24, 2017 • 74 min
Donna Summer was a hitmaker for two decades and a dancefloor deity for more than three. Her collaborations with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte were formative in dance, electronic and rock music, influencing everyone from David Bowie and Blondie to…
Recrimination in the Cranberry Sauce edition
Nov 22, 2017 • 64 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss NBC’s The Good Place, the death of Charles Manson with podcaster Karina Longworth, and Dan Pashman’s problem with Thanksgiving programming.
SPECIAL: Weinstein Accusers in Conversation
Nov 21, 2017 • 59 min
Three women who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein—Alice Evans, Katherine Kendall, and Tomi-Ann Roberts—sit down together with Slate’s editor-in-chief, Julia Turner, to discuss the movement they helped start, whether it’s gone too far, and whether there…
Spoiler Specials: Justice League
Nov 17, 2017 • 30 min
Slate movie critic Dana Stevens and Slate senior editor Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest installment in the DC universe, Justice League.
Tell Me About a Complicated Man Edition
Nov 15, 2017 • 59 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, Louie CK’s sexual abuse with Willa Paskin, and a new translation of Homer’s The Odyssey with classicist Emily Wilson.
Two Steves and a Metcalf Edition
Nov 8, 2017 • 60 min
Dana Stevens, June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Greta Gerwig’s new film Lady Bird, the Margaret Atwood TV adaptation Alias Grace, and the new HBO documentary about Rolling Stone.
Spoiler Special - Thor: Ragnarok
Nov 3, 2017 • 41 min
Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jonathan Fischer spoil Marvel and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Tiny Frozen Shrimp Edition
Nov 1, 2017 • 66 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Joan Didion documentary The Center Will Not Hold, the return of Will & Grace with Daniel Schroeder, and what to make of the continued sexual harassment and abuse allegations toppling men in power.
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, Le Petty Prince Edition
Oct 30, 2017 • 71 min
In 2004, Prince joined Tom Petty onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for what is now regarded as the institution’s greatest live performance. They were both first-ballot inductees—but their similarities go much deeper. On this…
What if Crime Is Just a Response to Our Broken Society Edition
Oct 25, 2017 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Netflix’s Mindhunters, Post Malone’s hit song Rockstar with Hit Parade’s Chris Molanphy, and the criticism surrounding the site Rotten Tomatoes by film creators.
Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on Halt and Catch Fire
Oct 20, 2017 • 36 min
Slate TV critic Willa Paskin, Brow Beat nights and weekends editor Matthew Dessem, and managing producer of Slate podcasts June Thomas discuss the fourth and final season of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Warning: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of…
Priceless Moments Edition
Oct 18, 2017 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Noah Baumbach’s film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), the true-crime parody American Vandal, and the New York Times Magazine’s article about teenage anxiety.
We’ve Seen Things You People Wouldn’t Believe Edition
Oct 11, 2017 • 56 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Isaac Butler discuss Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, catch up on Amazon’s streaming hit Transparent, and discuss the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood super-producer Harvey Weinstein.
Slate Represent: Fall TV Roundup
Oct 7, 2017 • 44 min
On this episode of Represent, host Aisha Harris, Black Girl Nerds contributor Jacqueline Coley, Vulture writer Alex Jung, and Turner Classic Movies host Tiffany Vazquez talk representation in the new and returning TV shows this fall— with a bit of debate,…
Spoiler Specials: Blade Runner 2049
Oct 6, 2017 • 45 min
Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, culture editor Forrest Wickman, and Brow Beat editor Sam Adams discuss Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Warning: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of…
Too Good to Last Edition
Oct 4, 2017 • 64 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film Battle of the Sexes, the life and work of Tom Petty with Hit Parade’s Chris Molanphy, and the mind of John McPhee with The New York Times Magazine’s Sam Anderson. Segments: Battle of the…
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, The Great War Against the Single Edition
Sep 29, 2017 • 76 min
Ever since the ’60s, the recording industry emphasized the album over the single. By the ’80s, they were milking as many hits as possible from an album to convince you to buy it—from Thriller to Hysteria. But in the ’90s, labels changed tactics and tried…
Allegory! Edition
Sep 27, 2017 • 59 min
Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film mother! with Slate’s Jack Hamilton, Ken Burns Vietnam documentary series with Willa Paskin, and the art of theme park caricatures with producer Benjamin Frisch. It’s pledge season! Join Slate Plus…
Spoiler Special: Mother!
Sep 22, 2017 • 40 min
Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, culture editor Forrest Wickman, and Brow Beat editor Sam Adams discuss Mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Warning: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of spoilers.
Live From Toronto Edition
Sep 20, 2017 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf are live in Toronto to discuss Justin Trudeau as dreamboat meme factory, the critical under-recognition of Joni Mitchell with critic Carl Wilson, and the film Mudbound with director Dee Rees.It’s pledge week…
Bromance as Bloodsport Edition
Sep 13, 2017 • 55 min
On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Laura Bennett, Gabriel Roth, and Seth Stevenson discuss Bachelor in Paradise, a campy spin-off of the Bachelor franchise, and explore the sexual misconduct allegations directed at cast members on the show. Next, they…
Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on It
Sep 8, 2017 • 45 min
Dana Stevens and Slate culture writers Aisha Harris and Sam Adams discuss It, director Andy Muschietti’s take on the Stephen King novel, starring Bill Skarsgard and a host of young actors. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of spoilers.
Look What You Made Richard Dreyfuss Do Edition
Sep 6, 2017 • 64 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the 40th anniversary re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, whether Taylor Swift represents Trump-era art with critic Jody Rosen, and fan fiction with Laura Miller. The Culture Gabfest is…
#NoFilter Edition
Aug 30, 2017 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the social media satire Ingrid Goes West, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede with Aisha Harris. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Right now,…
The Tree is a Colander Edition
Aug 23, 2017 • 60 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss Steven Soderbergh’s new film Logan Lucky, the eclipse with Atlas Obscura’s David Plotz, and speech on the internet after Charlottesville. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage…
The Culture Gabfest Welcomes Studio 360 to Slate
Aug 18, 2017 • 51 min
Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen is one of public radio’s most venerable—and most wonderful—shows. Slate recently welcomed the Studio 360 team to our New York office and their fabulous podcast to our fold, Take a listen to their latest show.
Hella Doomed Edition
Aug 16, 2017 • 61 min
Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris, and Julia Turner discuss HBO’s Insecure with Slate’s Veralyn Williams, the classic film Dr. Strangelove, and the Vulture article: “The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter” with Slate’s Laura Miller. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought…
To Keegan-Michael Key Or Not to Key Edition
Aug 9, 2017 • 61 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf discuss The Public Theater’s new production of Hamlet starring Oscar Isaac, Netflix’s Friends From College, and the maligned genre of prog rock with Dave Weigel. The Culture Gabfest is brought to you by the…
Crash! I Dropped a Vase Edition
Aug 2, 2017 • 65 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk, the musical podcast 36 Questions, and sellouts with musician and writer Franz Nicolay.The show is brought to you by the Platinum Card from American Express.…
Hit Parade: The Charity Megasingle Edition
Jul 28, 2017 • 66 min
In the mid-1980s, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and “We Are the World” gathered dozens of the biggest stars in music to put on a show for a good cause. The two songs spawned imitators, but today, the charity megasingle is a relic of pop music’s past,…
Apes, Pigs, and Comedians Edition
Jul 26, 2017 • 60 min
Jamelle Bouie, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss War For the Planet of the Apes, the Netflix film Okja and the ethics of meat eating, and the state of comedy under Trump. The Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans.…
Conspiracy Thrillers | The Parallax View (1974)
Jul 19, 2017 • 38 min
In this full-episode preview of the fifth episode of Slate’s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club, Sam Adams is joined by Matt Zoller Seitz, the editor in chief of RogerEbert.com and TV critic for New York, to talk about The Parallax View. They discuss the…
Hum In the Drum Edition
Jul 19, 2017 • 63 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss Edgar Wright’s new film Baby Driver, Jay Z’s album 4:44 with Slate’s Jack Hamilton, and David Brooks’ infamous sandwich column. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by the Platinum Card from…
Summer Strut 2017 Edition
Jul 12, 2017 • 79 min
In this jumbo-sized summer strut special, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Chris Molanphy discuss the songs of the summer and our annual summer strut playlist. Find the playlist at slate.com/culturefest or facebook.com/culturefest. The…
“Edwina, Bring Me the Anatomy Book” Edition
Jul 6, 2017 • 66 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Sophia Coppola’s new film The Beguiled, the Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, and the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Open Account, a podcast that…
Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George Edition
Jun 30, 2017 • 71 min
When Elton John came out as bisexual in 1976, it was a really big deal. It was covered on the evening news. There were angry letters and a decline in sales. And for a generation of queer musicians, like George Michael, it was a lesson: Be careful what you…
Man Bun on a Hot Tin Roof Edition
Jun 28, 2017 • 55 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and Steven Metcalf discuss Netflix’s wrestling comedy GLOW, Lorde’s album Melodrama with critic Carl Wilson, and Mattel’s Ken Doll reboot and if/why it’s so funny. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Sun Basket,…
Vicarious Nails Edition
Jun 21, 2017 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, June Thomas, and Christina Cauterucci discuss the new horror film It Comes at Night, the TNT Niecy Nash vehicle Claws, and Beth Ditto’s new album Fake Sugar. The Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Lexus.Experience the first-ever 5.0…
Thus Always to Tyrants Edition
Jun 14, 2017 • 56 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest with journalist Michelle Dean, the Julius Caesar controversy at Shakespeare in the Park, and the philosophy storytelling podcast Hi-Phi Nation.The Slate…
Live From Melbourne Edition
Jun 7, 2017 • 78 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from Sydney with performances and a discussion with Courtney Barnett, plus Wonder Woman and cultural stereotyping with Michael Williams, director of The Wheeler Centre. Culture Gabfest is brought to…
Live From Sydney Edition
May 31, 2017 • 61 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are in Sydney Australia for the first of two Australian live shows! They discuss the film Baywatch, The novel and tv series The Handmaid’s Tale, and the state of arts criticism with pulitzer-winning critic…
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, The Fab Four Sweep Edition
May 26, 2017 • 51 min
In episode two, Chris Molanphy takes a look at the historic week the Beatles swept the entire Billboard Top Five. You can see that chart right here. It’s a feat that’s never been repeated. But the Fab Four’s total domination of the pop charts was both a…
Conspiracy Thrillers | The Manchurian Candidate (1962 + 2004)
May 25, 2017 • 49 min
In this first episode of Slate’s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club, Sam Adams talks with Mark Harris, journalist and author of Five Came Back, about The Manchurian Candidate, a tale of brainwashing, war, and politics that first made it on-screen in 1962 and…
Whaboom Edition
May 24, 2017 • 58 min
Forrest Wickman, Aisha Harris, and Laura Bennett discuss Showtime’s revival of Twin Peaks, the first black woman to star on The Bachelorette, and the Atlantic cover story, My Family’s Slave. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Winc. Get wines…
Needless with Three E’s Edition
May 17, 2017 • 55 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Netflix’s Anne of Green Gables reboot Anne With an E, the face-changing app FaceApp, and Caity Weaver’s GQ profile of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and…
Dana Works Blue Edition
May 10, 2017 • 60 min
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and John Swansburg discuss the new Starz series American Gods, the book Killers of the Flower Moon with author David Grann, and Dove’s “Real Beauty” bottle campaign.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Lexus.…
Demme God Edition
May 3, 2017 • 61 min
Dana Stephens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the work of the late Jonathan Demme, the new film Tramps with director Adam Leon, and Bret Stephens’ recent New York Times op-ed about climate change. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by…
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade
Apr 28, 2017 • 38 min
In this debut episode, Chris Molanphy tells the story of “Red, Red Wine”: a song written in the 1960s by a certain journeyman singer-songwriter who loves a Hot August Night. Improbably, it became a reggae song, before the ’60s were even over—and then,…
Live From Washington D.C. Edition
Apr 26, 2017 • 70 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf are joined at the Hamilton Theater in Washington D.C. by Face the Nation’s John Dickerson and Slate’s Jamelle Bouie to talk Fate of the Furious, Bob Dylan’s singing voice, and their favorite Washington D.C.…
Five Men and a Baby Edition
Apr 19, 2017 • 58 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new documentary Five Came Back with creator Mark Harris, the end of the show Girls with The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino, and the United Airlines fiasco with Laura Miller. The Slate Culture Gabfest…
WTF Were You Thinking Edition
Apr 12, 2017 • 65 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new Anne Hathaway film Colossus, Andy Daly’s Comedy Central sitcom Review, and Pepsi’s recent ad controversy. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using…
Lust-Free Dinner with David Plotz Edition
Apr 5, 2017 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and special guest David Plotz of the Slate Political Gabfest discuss the new podcast S-Town, the film Ghost in the Shell with Represent host Aisha Harris, and the controversy surrounding Vice President Pence and his…
Beast, Brontës, and Broadway Edition
Mar 29, 2017 • 58 min
June Thomas, Willa Paskin, and Laura Miller discuss Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and To Walk Invisible, the new drama about the Brontë sister, plus an interview with Alison Wright of The Americans, Feud, and her recent Broadway debut, Sweat.…
[Chuck Berry Guitar Lick] Edition
Mar 22, 2017 • 62 min
Julia Turner, Gabriel Roth, and Willa Paskin discuss the new film Personal Shopper, the legacy of Chuck Berry with the New York Times Magazine’s Jody Rosen, and the sale of Us Weekly with the hosts of the podcast Who Weekly.The Slate Culture Gabfest is…
Nature Made Me a Freak, Man Made Me a Weapon Edition
Mar 16, 2017 • 52 min
Stephen Metcalf, Jamelle Bouie and Isaac Chotiner discuss the new X-Men spinoff Logan, the new album 50-Song Memoir by The Magnetic Fields with critic Carl Wilson, and Phoebe Maltz Bovy’s article in The New Republic: “The Perils of Privilege”.The Slate…
Lose the Shoulder Pads Edition
Mar 8, 2017 • 66 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and pop culture’s current obsession with sleep. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by…
Crab Dystopia Edition
Mar 1, 2017 • 57 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf discuss Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out with Aisha Harris, the Oscars, and the new season of the BBC’s Planet Earth. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real…
[Crickets] Edition
Feb 22, 2017 • 58 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss HBO’s Big Little Lies with TV critic Willa Paskin, Martin Scorsese’s latest film Silence, and the new podcast Missing Richard Simmons. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch.…
Stephen’s Universe Edition
Feb 15, 2017 • 61 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the cartoon phenomenon Steven Universe with intern Daniel Schroeder, SNL and political satire with the Political Gabfest’s Emily Bazelon, and The Trump Fiction project with author Ben H Winters. The…
Archie Got Hot Edition
Feb 8, 2017 • 57 min
Slate’s Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the CW’s new Archie adaption Riverdale, David Mackenzie’s Oscar-nominated film Hell or High Water, and this year’s Super Bowl ads with Seth Stevenson. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to…
We Love Spunk Edition
Feb 1, 2017 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Slate’s culture editor Laura Bennett discuss the film Elle, NBC’s This Is Us, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets…
Chalkboard Ninja Edition
Jan 25, 2017 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guests discuss the film Hidden Figures, Oscar nominations, and whether or not it’s ok to punch a Nazi. Culture Gabfest is brought to you by LifeAfter. What happens to our digital lives when we’re gone?…
Slow Mo Nun Soccer Edition
Jan 18, 2017 • 49 min
Dana Steven, Stephen Metcalf and Sam Anderson discuss HBO’s new show The Young Pope, the film A Monster Calls directed by J. A. Bayona, and Neanderthals Were People, Too from The New York Times Magazine. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by…
Decadent Slime Edition
Jan 11, 2017 • 57 min
Slate’s Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Netflix’s new sci-fi show The OA, the film Fences with UCLA professor and playwright Dominic Taylor, and then whether hard times make for great art. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to…
Samba and Tapas Edition
Jan 4, 2017 • 60 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film musical La La Land, the Oscar-contender Manchester By the Sea with John Swansburg, and the best movies of the year in Slate’s movie club. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you…
Two Condoms and a Poem Edition
Dec 28, 2016 • 56 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, Steven Metcalf and Dear Prudence’s Mallory Ortberg come together around the podcast fire to answer your advice questions in our yearly call-in holiday special. Topics include poems for suitors, father-daughter dances, foreign…
Live Star Death Star Edition
Dec 21, 2016 • 56 min
Dan Kois, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, TBS’s mystery millennial comedy Search Party, and Stevie Wonder and Slate’s Wonder Week with Slate’s pop critic Jack Hamilton. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought…
Mensch Warfare Edition
Dec 14, 2016 • 55 min
Dana Stevens, Laura Miller, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new biopic Jackie with Browbeat editor Sam Adams, the Netflix show 3%, and Laura Miller’s piece for Slate, “Do Video Games Make Us More Cruel?”The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by…
Low End Theory Edition
Dec 7, 2016 • 55 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film The Edge of Seventeen, The new album from A Tribe Called Quest, We Got it From Here…Thank You For Your Service with guest Jody Rosen, and Julia Turner’s Slate cover story, The Stunt…
Banter About Banter Edition
Nov 30, 2016 • 62 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Moana, the new animated film from Disney, the return of Gilmore Girls with Seth Stevenson, and Nathan Heller’s article in the New Yorker, “If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?”.The Slate Culture…
Hey Aliens, Use a Coaster Edition
Nov 23, 2016 • 61 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the booing of Mike Pence at a performance of Hamilton, the new sci-fi movie hit Arrival, and TruTV’s man on the street comedy game show Billy on the Street.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you…
New Abnormal Edition
Nov 16, 2016 • 70 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss their feelings in the aftermath of the election, the art we use to take solace in dark times with Slate writers Jamelle Bouie and Bryan Lowder, and how to think about Trump and Hitler with Slate…
Regnal Name Generator Edition
Nov 9, 2016 • 55 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss Netflix’s new show The Crown, about the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Loving, the new film about the couple at the center of the Loving Vs. Virginia case with gabfest producer Benjamin Frisch, and…
Sad Eagle Edition
Nov 2, 2016 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris, and Will Oremus discuss ABC’s hit drama Designated Survivor, Netflix’s new documentary 13th, and the death of Vine, the 6-second video platform. Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Blue Apron.…
Beige Goo Edition
Oct 26, 2016 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Barry Jenkins’ new film Moonlight, Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize and subsequent snub, and taste test Soylent, the tech world’s attempt at food disruption. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by…
Live From Santa Monica Edition
Oct 19, 2016 • 53 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest Karina Longworth of the the podcast You Must Remember This are live in Santa Monica to discuss Nate Parker’s new film Birth of a Nation, W.D. Griffith’s 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, and their favorite Hollywood…
Sympathy For The Devil Edition
Oct 12, 2016 • 57 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guest host Gabriel Roth discuss the new Netflix Documentary Amanda Knox, Jack Hamilton discusses his new book Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination about how rock and roll became white, and the…
Darkness On The Edge Of Reason Edition
Oct 5, 2016 • 70 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guests discuss the new HBO show Westworld, Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Born To Run, and the unmasking of author Elena Ferrante.We want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen…
Get A Load Of This Clown Edition
Sep 28, 2016 • 67 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Amazon show Fleabag, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce, and they talk with Slate culture writer Aisha Harris about race and the history of American Girl dolls.Culture Gabfest is brought to…
Pop, Race, & the ’60s episode 1: Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke
Sep 22, 2016 • 54 min
Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1963) and Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” (1964): In the first episode of our new Pop, Race, and the ’60s Slate Academy, Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton talks to Barry Shank, author of The Political Force of Musical…
Don’t Exhale Edition
Sep 21, 2016 • 51 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Laura Miller discuss the summer horror-movie hit Don’t Breathe. They also dive into the new season of High Maintenance — now on HBO — with Slate’s TV critic Willa Paskin, and talk about how the rise of the internet…
Epistemological Meltdown Edition
Sep 14, 2016 • 76 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss Donald Glover’s new show Atlanta; how landmark scientific studies are being debunked more and more frequently; and they take a look back at Nicole Holofcener’s beloved 90s film Walking and…
Marconi Plays the Mamba Edition
Sep 7, 2016 • 70 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Amazon’s pilot TV show I Love Dick, bad songs, and what a dismal summer at the box office means for the movie industry.Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket…
Smart Brick Edition
Aug 31, 2016 • 83 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss Werner Herzog’s documentary Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World; how Michelangelo’s David could crumble at any moment; and what it takes to make a great children’s book.The Slate…
“And Now It’s Dead” Edition
Aug 24, 2016 • 66 min
Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jessica Winter discuss the end of Gawker, the animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, and their favorite cultural depiction of vacations.Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price,…
Live from Steve’s Porch Edition
Aug 17, 2016 • 52 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from Steve’s porch this week and answer listeners’ calls.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Placemakers, a new Slate podcast made possible by JPMorgan Chase. This podcast tells the…
Live from The Mount Edition
Aug 10, 2016 • 73 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from Edith Wharton’s estate The Mount in the Berkshires this week to discuss the film Idiocracy and its relevancy to this year’s presidential race, why people take pilgrimages to authors homes, and…
Avada C’mon Edition
Aug 3, 2016 • 58 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Netflix series Stranger Things, the Harry Potter play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and the case against the media by the media.Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. For…
Summer Strut 2016 Edition
Jul 27, 2016 • 64 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens talk about their Summer Strut picks for 2016 with Slate music writer Chris Molanphy.Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing, and living with…
Gotta Bust’em All Edition
Jul 20, 2016 • 62 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Ghostbusters reboot, Pokemon Go, and Chuck Close.Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Club W. Get $20 off your first order of wine now by going to ClubW.com/culture.And by Boll and Branch. For…
Calamities Ensue Edition
Jul 13, 2016 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss HBO’s series Night Of, the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, and the flap over actresses and plastic surgery.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Audible, with an unmatched selection of…
Steve is a Mocap Golden Retriever Edition
Jul 6, 2016 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss the film The BFG, the beefcake noir television show Animal Kingdom, and Facebook’s new algorithm.Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Club W. Get $20 off your first order of wine now by going to…
Independence Duh Edition
Jun 29, 2016 • 57 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Independence Day: Resurgence, Angels in America, and Judith Butler.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and…
Jalapeños on Your Eyeballs Edition
Jun 22, 2016 • 56 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Laura Bennett discuss the latest Pixar film Finding Dory James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, and UnReal Season 2.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by the new podcast Dog Smarts. Each episode features leading…
Followers of Satin Edition
Jun 15, 2016 • 69 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the ESPN’s documentary “OJ: Made in America”, men’s fashion with Simon Doonan, and Dana weighs in on the topics she missed.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering…
Lonely Cilantro Edition
Jun 8, 2016 • 71 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Maria Bamford’s Netflix series Lady Dynamite, the film Popstar, and Paul Simon’s latest album and his career.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by the new podcast Dog Smarts. Each episode…
Race, Class, Gosling Edition
Jun 1, 2016 • 63 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and The New York Times’ Wesley Morris discuss the buddy cop romp film The Nice Guys, television’s classless void, and Slate’s list of the 50 greatest films by black film directors.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you…
What Kind of Preacher Are You? Edition
May 25, 2016 • 58 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Laura Miller discuss the film Neighbors 2, AMC’s bloodlusty show Preacher, and debate whether adverbs are the enemy of good writing.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury…
Too Old to Be Governable Too Young to Die Edition
May 18, 2016 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Laura Miller discuss Whit Stillman’s film “Love & Friendship,” Radiohead’s latest album, and the British TV show “Scott And Bailey” and comfort food television.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Audible.com,…
Who Brought the Chardonnay Edition
May 11, 2016 • 63 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Laura Miller discuss the film Key and Peele’s first feature film Keanu, whether iTunes is a dinosaur that deserves extinction and men’s book clubs.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com,…
The Worst Man in the World Edition
May 4, 2016 • 56 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dan Kois, and June Thomas discuss the film The Meddler, the AMC television show The Night Manager, and why Trump is best understood as a terrifying product of his generation.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Club W, leading…
The Beautiful Ones Edition
Apr 27, 2016 • 81 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and June Thomas discuss Prince, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, and the television show The Girlfriend Experience.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order…
I Just Didn’t Believe He Was Raised by Wolves Edition
Apr 20, 2016 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dan Kois discuss the latest incarnation of The Jungle Book, the HBO movie Confirmation, and the future of NPR.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by FUN HOME, winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical.…
Fightin’ Side of Everybody Edition
Apr 13, 2016 • 63 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens talk with Rob Delaney the co-creator and co-star of the Amazon show Catastrophe and then discuss Gay Talese and the legendary Merle Haggard.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Audible.com, with…
Live from Chelsea Edition
Apr 8, 2016 • 68 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live at the SVA Theater in New York City and discuss Richard Linklater’s latest film “Everybody Wants Some!!”, Amazon’s Echo device, and what four figures they would carve into a cultural Mt.…
Late Notice Edition
Apr 6, 2016 • 2 min
The Culture Gabfest is going to be late this week because of its awesome live show in New York City.
Men Are Still Good Edition
Mar 30, 2016 • 57 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Batman v Superman with Slate’s Jamelle Bouie, TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and bro out with The New York Times’ writer Wesley Morris.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by…
Bunny Cop Edition
Mar 23, 2016 • 61 min
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Miller discuss the animated film about police brutality Zootopia, WGN America’s Underground, and our obsession with revealing the identities of artists who want to maintain their privacy. Is our curiosity justified…
Threat or Menace Edition
Mar 16, 2016 • 64 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the horror sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane, Fred Kaplan’s latest book “Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War,” and the significance of names with The New York Times’ Jody Rosen.The Slate Culture…
Unmeeting Edition
Mar 9, 2016 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered, work-life balance, and the story of the eradication of the original Ku Klux Klan.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new…
Wearing Jeans to The Oscars Edition
Mar 2, 2016 • 68 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss The Oscars, small talk, and interview photographer Gregory Crewdson about his work and latest show “Cathedral of the Pines.”The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Carbonite. Keep your digital…
Who Will Critique the Critics? Edition
Feb 24, 2016 • 58 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix series Love, the Oscar nominated documentary Amy, and cultural criticism.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with more than 5,000…
We Love You Like Kanye Loves Kanye Edition
Feb 17, 2016 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Forrest Wickman discuss the new HBO series Vinyl about New York City’s 70s music scene, the gentle indie feature Brooklyn, and Kanye’s latest album the Life of Pablo.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by…
Beyoncé Wins the Superbowl Edition
Feb 10, 2016 • 69 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Coen brothers latest movie Hail Caesar!, Beyonce’s Formation video with New York Times’ Wesley Morris and the 2016 Superbowl ads with Slate’s Seth Stevenson.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought…
Did Steve Finish His Book? Edition
Feb 3, 2016 • 59 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and New York Times’ Wesley Morris discuss the biographical drama American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson, the film Room, and Rihanna’s new album.The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a…
Nevermind, Don’t Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition
Jan 27, 2016 • 60 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Laura Miller discuss The Oscars diversity problem, Trevor Noah’s vesrion of The Daily Show, and the Oscar-nominated film Carol. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Carbonite. Keep your digital files safe this…
All Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition
Jan 20, 2016 • 52 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss the film 45 Years, the BBC America TV series London Spy, and “The Trials of Alice Goffman” with Slate’s Leon Neyfakh. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, the company that…
Lazarus Edition
Jan 13, 2016 • 64 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Aisha Harris discuss David Bowie’s legacy, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Hateful Eight, and the true crime documentary Making A Murderer. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice…
Spark Oy! Edition
Jan 6, 2016 • 62 min
Dana Stevens, Laura Miller, and Mike Pesca discuss the film The Revenant, Marie Kondo’s latest book for wannabe neat freaks, and whether profanity exposes a worldview. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, the company that…
We Forced You To Call Us Edition
Dec 30, 2015 • 66 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and answer listener questions. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Prudential’s 40/40 Vision, a multimedia microsite exploring what life - and the future -…
Checkin’ It Thrice Edition
Dec 23, 2015 • 41 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Laura Miller discuss the best TV, books, and movies of 2015. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Prudential’s 40/40 Vision, a multimedia microsite exploring what life—and the future—looks like to today’s…
The Room Where It Happens Edition
Dec 16, 2015 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie The Big Short, the hit musical Hamilton, and whether scholarly work be less and not more accessible. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Club W, leading the “grape to glass” wine…
It’s Showbiz Inside Edition
Dec 9, 2015 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the latest cinematic adaptation of Macbeth, Bill Murray’s Netflix Christmas special “A Very Murray Christmas,” and Katy Waldman’s recent Slate exploring the cultural narratives that underscore (and…
“Rocky Theme” Edition
Dec 2, 2015 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Rocky reboot Creed, the atypical Marvel TV series Jessica Jones, and whether we should regulate our internet addiction. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Harry’s, the shaving company…
Obergruppenführer Edition
Nov 25, 2015 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dan Kois discuss the film Spotlight, the Philip K. Dick novel-turned-TV show The Man in the High Castle, and a Westboro Baptist woman’s Twitter conversion with author Adrian Chen. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to…
Live from Broadway Edition
Nov 18, 2015 • 93 min
Live from Town Hall in New York City, Slate’s Culture Gabfest is joined by the Political Gabfest and Hang Up and Listen to discuss the growing threat of ISIS, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, and the Russian doping scandal. Plus, an interview with Hamilton…
Live from San Francisco Edition
Nov 11, 2015 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the latest Steve Jobs biopic, virtual reality and Facebook’s Oculus Rift technology, and whether subtlety in art sucks. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you Club W, leading the “grape to…
Radio Radio Edition
Nov 4, 2015 • 55 min
Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss the career of Elvis Costello on the heels of his recent memoir, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink” with Slate’s Carl Wilson, Drake’s viral Hotline Bling video with Slate’s Leon Neyfakh, and Adele’s anticipated…
Ah Aliens, Ah Humanity Edition
Oct 28, 2015 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss CW’s musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, whether NASA has discussed a super alien race with Slate’s Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, and the digitally annotated Bartleby the Scrivener with Slate’s Andrew…
Pry This Lectern Out of My Cold Dead Hands Edition
Oct 21, 2015 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Laura Miller discuss Spielberg’s Cold War Movie “Bridge of Spies,” Kathryn Schultz’s recent New Yorker takedown of Henry David Thoreau, and whether the lecture still has a place in the college classroom. The Slate…
If Only Garfield Had Taken Off His Clothes Edition
Oct 14, 2015 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Rahmin Bahrani’s latest film 99 Homes, our identity obsession with Wesley Morris, and Dana Stevens’s travelogue meditation about her recent trip to Japan. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you…
#TeenLife Edition
Oct 7, 2015 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the blockbuster science movie The Martian, Fox’s standout fall TV show The Grinder, and whether Hamlet is fat. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for…
Sugar and Spice and Blood Edition
Sep 30, 2015 • 69 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss ABC’s How To Get Away Murder with Slate’s TV critic Willa Paskin. Plus, we’re joined by Jody Rosen, the critic at large for “T” the style magazine of The New York Times, to talk about Ryan Adams and…
Live from Chicago Edition
Sep 23, 2015 • 82 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Chicago this week and discuss the film Black Mass, the sketch comedy of Second City, and the cultural phenomenon known as Donald Trump. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Open…
Hot and Cold Running Sonnets
Sep 16, 2015 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the FXX anti-romantic comedy “You’re the Worst,” Stephen Colbert’s late night debut, and whether it’s OK to be a Luddite.
Binocular G Edition
Sep 9, 2015 • 49 min
Dana Steves, Willa Paskin, and Seth Stevenson discuss FX CEO John Landgraf’s recent remarks about how there is “simply too much television” available today, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now, and Google’s new logo with…
Bullets or Exposition Edition
Sep 2, 2015 • 51 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Slate’s Laura Miller discuss Narcos, Netflix original series about the Medellín drug cartel, Jonathan Franzen’s new book Purity, and the refusal of some first-year students at Duke to read Allison Bechdel’s Fun Home. The…
“Will There Be a Zombie Around the Corner?” Edition
Aug 26, 2015 • 62 min
Julia Turner and June Thomas discuss the film Diary of a Teenage Girl with Slate’s Laura Miller, the Walking Dead pre-quel, Fear of Walking Dead with Slate’s Mike Vuolo, and the Ashley Madison hack with Slate’s Amanda Hess.
911 is a Leitmotif Edition
Aug 19, 2015 • 63 min
Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner discuss the HBO mini-series Show Me A Hero based on a landmark housing integration case with Slate’s Jamelle Bouie, the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton with Slate’s John Swansburg, and Amazon work culture with Slate’s…
Lite in August Edition
Aug 12, 2015 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Seth Stevenson discuss Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer reboot, the David Foster Wallace biopic End of Tour with Slate’s Jessica Winter, and the morals of air conditioning.
#Squadgoals Edition
Aug 5, 2015 • 47 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Mission Impossible franchise’s latest installment, Rogue Nation, girl squads with Slate’s Katy Waldman, and the problem of country music for people who don’t like country with Carl Wilson. The…
Go Set a Pet Edition
Jul 29, 2015 • 65 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss The Look of Silence, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion to his 2012 documentary The Act of Killing. Also, Slate’s national correspondent, Will Saletan, talks about GMOs and fearmongering. Plus,…
Haders Gonna Hade, Hackers Gonna Hack, Gawkers Gonna Gawk Edition
Jul 22, 2015 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Amy Schumer’s debut film Trainwreck, the cyberpunk thriller Mr. Robot on USA Network, and the latest dustup at Gawker. The Slate Culture Gabfest is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging…
What a Long Strange Trip We Ignored Edition
Jul 15, 2015 • 58 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the TV show Catastrophe, the Grateful Dead with Slate’s John Swansburg, and the book The Next Next Level with author Leon Neyfakh. The Slate Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Harry’s, the shaving…
It’s Not Bro Time It’s Go Time Edition
Jul 8, 2015 • 56 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Slate’s Mike Pesca discuss Magic Mike XXL, the Nina Simone documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, and whether the American actor is in decline. Slate’s Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Boll & Branch, making luxury…
Quinquennial Strut Edition
Jul 1, 2015 • 64 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Slate’s Chris Molanphy discuss the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy, the songs of summer (or not), and reveal their favorite summer struts for 2015.
Life, Money, Art Edition
Jun 24, 2015 • 70 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Pixar’s latest film Inside Out, the art of currency design, and tour the new Whitney Museum with curator Scott Rothkopf. Slate’s Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Squarespace. Start building your…
“Should We Consult Here or in My Bungalow?” Edition
Jun 17, 2015 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss the Hollywood’s latest reboot of Jurassic World, the legacy of Ornette Coleman with Slate’s Fred Kaplan, and interview the United States’ new poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Slate Culture Gabfest…
The Culture Gabfest: Spy. UnReal. Wow. Episode
Jun 10, 2015 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, Lifetime’s fictional reality tv show UnReal, and finally guest Dan Kois joins to talk about his recent visit to the Clickhole writers’ room. Our sponsors:…
Whack-A-Guest Edition
Jun 3, 2015 • 56 min
Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens are joined by Emily Bazelon to talk about Laura Kipnis and Title IX, Rebecca Onion to discuss whether generation titles are bogus, and Carl Wilson to talk about Jim O’Rourke’s new album Simple Songs. This episode of…
I See Floating Hearts Edition
May 27, 2015 • 49 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s TV show Wayward Pines, the webcam app Periscope, and whether nerd culture is dumbing down cinema with Slate’s Jamelle Bouie. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start…
Badass Matriarchy Edition
May 20, 2015 • 50 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss George Miller’s Mad Max remake and the Mad Men finale with Slate’s Jessica Winter and John Swansburg. The Slate Culture Gabfest is sponsored by NatureBox, shipping tasty and guilt-free snacks right…
Steve Has a Hangover in Toronto Edition
May 13, 2015 • 62 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss David Letterman’s impending retirement from The Late Show and his 33-year legacy as a late night host with Slate’s Jessica Winter, the British science fiction thriller film Ex Machina, and the…
Stupid and Contagious
May 6, 2015 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, the lure of boxing with Seth Stevenson, and Dad Bods. The Slate Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Selma, the Academy Award winning film now available on…
Heavy is the Head That Wears the Guacamole Edition
Apr 29, 2015 • 64 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dan Kois discuss Masterpiece Theater’s sumptuous version of Wolf Hall, Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer about his decision to become a woman, and whether the much loved avocado should become extinct.
About Lightning Edition
Apr 22, 2015 • 63 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Mike Pesca discuss the Iranian film About Elly, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goopy SNAP challenge, and movie trailers. Our sponsor this week is The Honest Company, featuring responsible and safe household products you can trust.…
‘Tates and Sass Edition
Apr 15, 2015 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Noah Baumbach’s latest film “While We’re Young,” the annotation website Genius with Slate’s Katy Waldman, and the post-Civil War paths of Grant and Lee with Slate’s Jamelle Bouie.
Bald Guys Fighting Edition (Ad Free by Slate Plus)
Apr 8, 2015 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Fast and Furious movie franchise, casting director Allison Jones, and the culture of public shaming on the internet.
Fluffy Karaoke Chicken Bites Dog Edition
Apr 1, 2015 • 70 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film White God, fading charm with Simon Doonan, and go on a karaoke crawl with Slate’s Dan Kois.
The Scamp Stamp Edition
Mar 25, 2015 • 75 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the HBO documentary It’s Me, Hilary, Jacob Rubin’s Slate piece on the art of celebrity impressions, and Laura Kipnis’ essay about teacher-student relationships, “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe.”…
America’s One Night Stand with Robin Thicke Edition
Mar 18, 2015 • 60 min
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, Jessica Winter discuss the “Blurred Lines” jury verdict with Slate contributor Chris Molanphy, Snapchat Discover with Slate’s Will Oremus, and alternative titles.
Woodshedding Edition
Mar 11, 2015 • 60 min
Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Dan Kois discuss Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, television opening credits, and whether it’s stupid decision to get an MFA.
There is No Wrong Way to Use a Margarita Pool Edition
Mar 4, 2015 • 59 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss FOX’s new TV show The Last Man on Earth, Knausgaard’s travel writing, and the fuss about the dress.
Decapitated Swan Dress Edition
Feb 25, 2015 • 62 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens along with Carl Wilson review the Oscars, Bjork’s latest album, and weigh in on the audiophile debate. Our sponsors today: Netflix, presenting season three of House of Cards. Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin…
Red Room of Pain Edition
Feb 18, 2015 • 62 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss 50 Shades of Grey, the legacy of Jon Stewart with Slate’s Jamelle Bouie, and misogny on the red carpet.
Ass Over Teakettle Edition
Feb 11, 2015 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Breaking Bad’s much anticipated spinoff Better Call Saul, Damien Chazelle’s film Whiplash, and the ethics surrounding the release of Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman.
Nice Singlet Edition
Feb 4, 2015 • 53 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Foxcatcher and its Best Picture Oscar snub, Sleater-Kinney’s latest album with music writer Jack Hamilton, and the best of the worst Super Bowl ads with Seth Stevenson. Help us make our…
Whiteout Conditions Edition
Jan 28, 2015 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film American Sniper, Jonathan Chait’s article “Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say,” and get a report from Sundance from Slate’s Forrest Wickman and Aisha Harris.
We’ll Be a Little Late This Week
Jan 28, 2015 • 3 min
In which Julia explains that we were delayed by this week’s storm, and we’ll post the show a little later on Wednesday.
Tales from the Decrypt Edition
Jan 21, 2015 • 51 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film The Imitation Game, HBO’s Togetherness, and Celine’s new It Girl, Joan Didion.
The Expensive Speech Edition
Jan 14, 2015 • 67 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma, the culture of protest in today’s internet world, and Merriam Webster’s updated online edition with Slate writer Stefan Fatsis.
The Great Brio of the Buoy Edition
Jan 7, 2015 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the biopic of the great Victorian painter J.M.W. Turner, the TV show Empire, and D’Angelo’s Black Messiah.
New Theme Song Edition
Dec 31, 2014 • 58 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens visit the studio of composer Nicholas Britell to hear his musical interpretations of their theme song desires and then choose a new theme song for the show.
Behold! Ignorance and Want Edition
Dec 24, 2014 • 55 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Sony Pictures hack, Hollywood film franchises, and favorite Christmas movies.
I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK Edition
Dec 17, 2014 • 61 min
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and David Haglund discuss Chris Rock’s latest movie Top Five, the Seven Wonders of the Modern World with Slate’s Daniel Gross, and what the lumbersexual says about masculinity. Visit our sponsors: Blue Bottle Coffee at Home…
Rock, Paper, Scissors Edition
Dec 10, 2014 • 80 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens take a field trip to MoMA to see the Henri Matisse exhibit, discuss the film Wild, and reveal the best second novels you’ll read this year.
Culture Gabfest Extra: Little Trip to the Big Dig
Dec 8, 2014 • 17 min
Julia Turner and her dad, Robert, take Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf on a tour of Boston and its infamous mega-construction project, the Big Dig. This extra was recorded on the 2014 National Gabfest Tour made possible by Acura.
Totally Obsessed Edition
Dec 3, 2014 • 54 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the dark British satire Black Mirror, our obsession with cultural obsessions, and the decline of TV comedy with Slate critic Willa Paskin. Sponsored by: Blue Bottle Coffee, an Oakland,…
Culture Gabfest Extra: Pasadena, Here We Come
Dec 2, 2014 • 18 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens take a spin around Los Angeles with native Angeleno (and Slate’s executive producer of podcasts) Andy Bowers at the wheel.
“How Could You?” Edition
Nov 26, 2014 • 61 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Cosby scandal with Grantland writer Wesley Morris, the legacy of director Mike Nichols, and the cultural things the Gabbers are thankful for this year.
The Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition
Nov 19, 2014 • 77 min
Culturefest joins the Political Gabfest and Hang Up and Listen, onstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with emcee Dan Kois, for a blockbuster show in front of a live audience. Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest.
A Rip Van Winkle in Time Edition
Nov 12, 2014 • 60 min
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Interstellar, Lisa Kudrow’s comeback TV series “The Comeback,” and London taxi drivers’ test The Knowledge with writer Jody Rosen.
The New York Review of Taylor Swift Edition
Nov 5, 2014 • 62 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the shapeshifting Taylor Swift’s latest incarnation with Slate music critic Carl Wilson, the documentary film about The New York Review of Books, 50 Year Argument, and Hollaback’s viral…
Watching the Watchers Do the Watching Edition
Oct 29, 2014 • 57 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour with Fred Kaplan, the camp TV comedy Jane the Virgin, and the human cost of protecting us from the Internet with Adrian Chen.
Live from Boston Edition
Oct 22, 2014 • 92 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new Alejandro González Iñárritu film Birdman and revel in the absurdity of “Sexiest Woman Alive” features. They also talk poetry with former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky. Show…
Find Your Biatch Edition
Oct 15, 2014 • 61 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss This American Life’s wildly popular spinoff show Serial, talk with Dan Pashman about his book Eat More Better, and debate Zadie Smith’s essay about New York.
You and Your Strange Ways Here in Hollywood Edition
Oct 9, 2014 • 92 min
In a special live show in Los Angeles, Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens try to bridge the gulf between West Coast culture creators and East Coast critics. The Gabbers talk with actors Jenny Slate and Natasha Lyonne;…
That Balloon Dog Didn’t Make Itself Edition
Oct 1, 2014 • 69 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens take a tour the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum with curator Scott Rothkopf, and discuss the myth of the self-made man with Slate’s John Swansburg.
If Bono Were a Chess Piece Edition
Sep 24, 2014 • 56 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner discuss U2 with Slate music writer Carl Wilson, the ignored world of competitive chess with Seth Stevenson, and Shonda Rhimes and representation with Slate’s TV critic Willa Paskin.
“Oh, Grow Up!” Edition
Sep 17, 2014 • 57 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss A.O Scott’s article which asks, “Who or what killed adulthood?”, fingerprint words, and whether Apple Watch is the beginning of our wearable future.
Talk of Shame Edition
Sep 10, 2014 • 62 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens answer listeners calls from the Slate retreat at Mohonk Mountain.
Vancouver, France Edition
Sep 3, 2014 • 53 min
On this week’s Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and David Haglund discuss Whit Stillman’s Amazon pilot “The Cosmopolitans,” the online gaming and spectator sport TV channel Twitch.tv, and whether it’s good to be against the against article.…
Mmmm…Simpsons Edition
Aug 27, 2014 • 66 min
On this week’s Culture Gabfest, Julia Turner, John Swansburg, and David Haglund discuss FXX’s Simpson’s marathon, the independent twist-filled romance The One I Love, and the Ice Bucket Challenge craze.
Precision of Language Edition
Aug 20, 2014 • 56 min
On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest Dan Kois discuss the film The Giver, ironic misandry, and the makings of a memorable movie soundtrack.
The Culture Gabfest: Good Night, Robin Williams Edition
Aug 13, 2014 • 57 min
Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest John Swansburg discuss the inestimable actor and comedian Robin Williams’ career, Cinemax’s the turn-of-the-century hospital drama The Knick, and the weather.
The Culture Gabfest: Not That Gomorrah Edition
Aug 6, 2014 • 55 min
Slate critics Steve Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Marvel’s latest franchise movie Guardians of the Galaxy, whether plagiarism is that big of a deal, and the intricacies of writing a new Gabfest theme song with composer Nick Britell.
The Culture Gabfest: The Dumb Culture Gabfest Edition
Jul 30, 2014 • 63 min
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Dan Kois discuss the Nathan Fielder’s absurd advice on his Comedy Central TV show “Nathan For You,” Blake Lively’s lifestyle website Preserve, and the surprising literary power of children’s books.
The Culture Gabfest: Ape Not Kill Ape Edition
Jul 23, 2014 • 50 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the dark and violent sequel Dawn of the Apes, whether potato salad caused Kickstarter to jump the shark, and the timelessness of Weird Al Yankovic.
The Culturefest: Migrating Buns Edition
Jul 16, 2014 • 50 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Richard Linklater’s new movie Boyhood, whether E!’s plastic surgery reality show Botched actually has a moral universe, and whether Tinder is as female-friendly as it bills itself to be…
The Culture Gabfest: Babbling Brooks Edition
Jul 9, 2014 • 50 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guest June Thomas discuss the action blockbuster and political allegory film Snowpiercer, the campy and catty British TV import Vicious, and David Brooks tells us that we should all strive to be deep.
The Culture Gabfest: Grief Sandwich Edition
Jul 2, 2014 • 49 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest John Swansburg discuss the rom com spoof They Came Together, the rapturously dark HBO show “The Leftovers,” and The Onion’s new clickbait parody website Clickhole.
Slate Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2014 Edition
Jun 25, 2014 • 52 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss ABC Family’s radical TV show The Fosters with Slate’s June Thomas, the ethics of landmark conservation, and the results of this year’s listener callout for summer songs that will make…
The Culture Gabfest: This is Sparta Edition
Jun 18, 2014 • 55 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss if the movie 22 Jump Street is too self aware to be any good, whether poetry can go mainstream, and how to predict your song of the summer with Slate’s Chris Molanphy.
The Culture Gabfest: Re-Stephening Edition
Jun 11, 2014 • 49 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the film Obvious Child, a movie that is radically blase about abortion, whether adults should be embarrassed to read Young Adult literature, and the case for bringing Home Economics back…
The Culture Gabfest: “Ow, Your Cheekbone!” Edition
Jun 4, 2014 • 49 min
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Mike Pesca discuss Disney’s Sleeping Beauty re-make “Maleficent,” faking cultural literacy, and NY magazine’s music critic Jody Rosen joins the gabbers to discuss “Oh, You Kid,” what he deems the “first ever…
The Culture Gabfest: Sadness as the Bread Edition
May 28, 2014 • 66 min
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Dan Kois discuss HBO’s new film The Normal Heart, commencement speeches, and the new 9/11 Memorial Museum.
The Culture Gabfest: We Are All Going to 100% Die Someday Edition
May 21, 2014 • 51 min
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Showtime’s heady Gothic series Penny Dreadful, Chipotle’s move to serve literature along with its burrito bowls, and net neutrality with Slate’s David Auerbach.
The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition
May 14, 2014 • 48 min
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and David Haglund discuss the unexpectedly gripping real-time car ride movie Locke, the philosophical cartoon hit Adventure Time, and Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval.
The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition
May 7, 2014 • 55 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Montreal this week as part of the 16th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. This week the gabbers discuss the Canadian Sci-Fi thriller Orphan Black, the film…
The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition
Apr 30, 2014 • 59 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss French economist Thomas Picketty and his intellectual blockbuster, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” comedian John Oliver’s weekly fake-news show, and spring cleaning with Slate’s…
The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition
Apr 23, 2014 • 47 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating femme fatale in the arthouse horror flick “Under the Skin,” the legacy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with journalist and critic Paul Berman, and why you…
The Culture Gabfest: The Silent “T” Party Edition
Apr 16, 2014 • 50 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest Gabber Jacob Weisberg discuss Stephen Colbert’s move to late night television, chat with author Adam Begley about the legacy of John Updike, and then it’s a Guggenheim field trip to check out the…
The Culture Gabfest: My Little Dictaphone Edition
Apr 9, 2014 • 52 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Errol Morris’ study of Donald Rumsfeld in his latest documentary “The Unknown Known,” HBO’s tech industry send up “Silicon Valley,” and why faster isn’t necessarily better when it comes…
The Culture Gabfest: Are You There God? It’s Me, Hollywood. Edition
Apr 2, 2014 • 52 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Darren Aronofsky’s Hollywood version of Noah’s Ark, how fame changes friendship in HBO’s Doll & Em, and the TV recap website “Television Without Pity” going dark.
The Culture Gabfest: The Green Handshake Edition
Mar 26, 2014 • 46 min
Everyone’s a guest this week on the Culture Gabfest with Slate’s Mike Pesca, John Swansburg, and Jessica Winter filling in for our usual hosts. The guest gabbers discuss the movie Muppets Most Wanted and what the Muppets mean to kids in 2014. Next, it’s…
The Culture Gabfest: Prime Directive Edition
Mar 19, 2014 • 46 min
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss FX’s Cold War era throwback television show The Americans, whether Amazon is ruining literature, and the matriculation of trigger warnings into the college classroom.