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Phyllis
 Oct 10, 2018
Been listening for years. Always enjoy it.

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New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop. Get the Culture Gabfest and all of Slate's culture coverage here.

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Spoiler Specials: Parasite
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Inkoo Kang discuss Parasite. With Hitchcock-like quality, Bong Joon-ho plays with the audience in the upstairs / downstairs dive into economic inequality. The Kims, stuck on their low social rung jump at the opportunity to latch onto an affluent family. But how long can they keep the ruse up? What will they do to keep up the charade? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
Thirst Aid Kit: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Can Catch It
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We never wanted a hall pass for Zack Morris but our thirst for Mark-Paul Gosselaar grew from a tiny acorn into a mighty oak — JUST LIKE HE DID. From Pitch to the Passage, we explore what makes MPG the MVP: is it the well-groomed beard? The thick thighs? Or maybe the fact that he’s starred opposite so many black women and girls that’s got our foofs a-tingle… This week on Fanfic Wars, MPG saves Nichole, relaxes with Bim after a fan convention. Plus [REDACTED] as usual. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Find show notes, gifs, and links on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Share your drabbles with us there or email them to us at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. Thirst responsibly — wear shinpads! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Claggy Sponge
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Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, The Great British Baking Show, and the streaming wars and the future of television. In Slate Plus, the panel discuss the work of critic Harold Bloom who died this week with professor Al Filreis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
Spoiler Specials: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Willa Paskin and Sam Adams spoil El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. After a relatively successful series finale, will El Camino be just as satisfying for Breaking Bad fans? Picking up where the series ended, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is free and trying to figure out his next move. But after everything can Jesse truly start over? You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore. Email us at spoilers@slate.com. Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2019
Thirst Aid Kit: Forgive Us, Father
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard all the #ThirstDiscourse about Fleabag’s Hot Priest  — and we’re here to peel back his cassock and reveal what lies beneath… We also look at his forebear, Sidney Chambers AKA the Sexy Vicar of Grantchester, solvin’ crimes, breakin’ hearts and listenin’ to smoky jazz. Plus, a quick rundown of the other sexy clergy of our youth and beyond. There’s also our usuals: [REDACTED], super-steamy Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole tries to teach Hot Priest something new ::eyes emoji::  As usual, you can folllow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Feel free to confess your sins… we mean send us your drabbles by emailing us at thirstaidkit@slate.com.  Thirst responsibly: Hot Priest is watching... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Your Boundary Is My Trigger
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Joker, Transparent's musical finale episode, and the question of Gwyneth Paltrow with critic Wesley Morris.  Producer's Note: You’ve probably noticed that this feed now features a lot of Slate culture podcasts beyond just our show. We’ve heard that some of you would prefer to get just the Culture Gabfest in your feed. If that’s you, Slate has created a new feed that should meet your needs. You can find it by searching for “Culture Gabfest” in Apple Podcasts, or Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2019
Decoder Ring: Bart Simpson Mania
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In the early 1990's Bart Simpson became a breakout star while also becoming a target in the culture war, culminating in president George HW Bush speaking out against The Simpsons as an example of a degenerate American family. Today on Decoder Ring we try and figure out why the H-E double hockey sticks people were so worked up about Bart Simpson by examining the great underachiever t-shirt controversy, bootleg Bart merchandise, the rise of the religious right, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make a Tomlet Without Breaking Some Gregs”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Lizzie O’Leary and John Collins to speculate on the “blood sacrifice”, analyze Roman’s newfound competency and reveal which Roy Family member they are. ‘Shiv Roy’s Turtlenecks Will Destroy You’ by Emilia Petrarca  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
Slate Spoiler Specials: Joker
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss Joker. Though this bleak origin story is a departure from the traditional DC superhero movies, Arthur Fleck’s (Joaquin Phoenix) descent from mentally ill clown to murderous villain is clichéd and uncomfortable to watch. But is it just one bad day that leads Arthur down this path? Or is it a consequence of broken system failing to help someone in need? This show is sponsored by Cloud 10 Click Here to Download: The Daily Popcast with Lance Bass    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2019
Thirst Aid Kit: In The Shadows with Taika Waititi
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If you like your comedy packaged in a bundle of silly, offbeat joy, then this week’s Thirst Object should appeal. We’re talking about Oscar-nominated director, writer and actor Taika Waititi. The lesser-spotted New Zealand silver-haired fox knows that going through the funny bone is the best way to our hearts — and brings a child-like glee to filmmaking that makes us want to go on an adventure with him.  Plus! We have Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole goes on a frightfest, and Bim enjoys baked goods. And we kick things off with a [REDACTED] to wet the whistle. ::eyes emoji:: Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew and. Find show notes, fanfic, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Share your drabbles with us there or email them to us at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. Thirst responsibly — don’t forget to wear headphones! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
Gap toothed Rube
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Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss the new Judy Garland biopic Judy with Slate's Sam Adams, Netflix's Unbelievable with Slate's Inkoo Kang, and welcome Simon Doonan back to the show to discuss his new book about the art and history of drag. In Slate Plus, more from the conversation with Simon Doonan. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2019
Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Sarah Ellison and Gabe Roth to discuss Kendall’s new lady, the plot against Rhea and, of course, “Ken WA”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2019
Hit Parade: State of the World Edition
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In the mid-1980s, Janet Jackson broke away from her world-famous, hit-making family and, with her Control album, rebooted both her career and pop style in the New Jack Swing era. The challenge was following it up—and Jackson and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, didn’t make it easy on themselves. In 1989, they produced an ambitious album with a portentous title: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. But what could have been Control, Part 2 instead was a visionary LP that reinvented the socially conscious album from the era of Marvin Gaye for the ’90s, and envisioned what pop would eventually sound like in the 21st century. Rhythm Nation was a smash, generating more hits—and bigger hits—than any album in history. In fact, if Jackson and her label hadn’t pulled their punches with one final radio single, she could have set an all-time Billboard chart record that would have overshadowed any of the Jackson family’s historic achievements. Podcast production by Chris Berube. HostChris Molanphy Follow @cmolanphy on Twitter / https://www.twitter.com/cmolanphy  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2019
Thirst Aid Kit: Dan Levy: Smokeshow Extraordinaire
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We’re back, thirst-buckets! We were away for nine months, gestating this thirst baby, and now we have returned… and named it Dan Levy! The co-creator and showrunner of the Emmy-nominated comedy Schitt’s Creek is our Thirst Object, and we have lots to talk about: his forever-coiffed hair, his intense eyebrows (inherited from his equally lushly-follicled father Eugene), his smirk, that makes us want to share secrets with him… We talk about how he actively creates a world in which homophobia is acknowledged but not made central to identity, and how kindness is the greatest aphrodisiac on earth. Yes, even greater than Keanu’s hair flop. We also did a quick rundown of what we missed during our hiatus: America’s Ass™, the eyebrows, and cheekbones of Crazy Rich Asians, and what the heck sweater-wearing Hulk would be allowed to get away with, were he to ask…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2019
Iconic Staircase
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Ad Astra, the HGTV show A Very Brady Renovation and George Packer's piece in The Atlantic "When the Culture War Comes for Our Kids". Plus: The Emmys.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2019
Slate Money: Succession, S2E7, “Bolus of Gubbins”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Lydia Polgreen of HuffPost and her wife Candace Feit. They discuss the extremely watchable horribleness of Caroline, Logan and Rhea’s mysterious relationship and the reasoning behind of Candace’s tweet claiming that Succession is “the queerest show on tv (without any queer storylines)”.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2019
Flashback: Imitation of Life (1959)
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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the melodrama Imitation of Life (1959), directed by Douglas Sirk. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback in full. Sign up now to hear the entire series. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2019
Spoilers: Downton Abbey
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Downton Abbey--the movie. It’s been four years since viewers visited the upstairs or downstairs of Downton. Much to our critics’ delight, seemingly nothing has changed, save for Lady Mary’s hairdo. As Downton Abbey prepares for the royal visitors, quips fly and schemes are afoot. But will the servants clash with the unsavory, arrogant royal retainers? And will Downton survive the visit with its dignity intact?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2019
Climb Inside My Fur
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Hustlers, Ken Burns' PBS documentary about country music with Slate's Carl Wilson, and the saga of Caroline Calloway in The Cut. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses the life and work of photographer Robert Frank with Slate's Fred Kaplan. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2019
Slate Money: Succession, S2E6, “Yuppie RoboCop”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Taffy Brodesser-Akner of the New York Times. They discuss Rhea’s role in the whole succession question, the meaning of “Argestes” and the many reasons to love Gerri.  Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Roman’s Quirky Sits on Succession? by Megh Wight Let’s Talk About the Clothes on “Succession” by Rachel Syme Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2019
Our Poetry Is Bad
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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new Netflix streamer American Factory, Lana Del Ray's new album with Slate's Carl Wilson, and talk to Dana about her recent residency at a nunnery in Idaho. In Slate Plus, the panel discuss their fantasy residencies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2019
Slate Money: Succession, S2E5, “Good Cop, Misogynist Cop”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Jacob Weisberg, former editor of Slate, and Katie Baker of The Ringer. 'It's a Woman's World: The True Heroes of Succession" by Katie Baker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2019
Flashback: The Fly (1986)
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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the body horror film The Fly (1986), directed by David Cronenberg. Only Slate Plus members get to hear Flashback in full. Sign up now to listen. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2019
Spoilers: It Chapter Two
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Jeffrey Bloomer, Laura Bradley, and Jack Hamilton discuss It: Chapter Two. They talk about the movie’s opening anti-gay hate crime, all the bizarre changes to the adult lives of the Losers’ Club, and whether Bill Hader really has a shot at an Oscar. Jack, Slate’s resident Stephen King scholar, also explains why the author’s work is suddenly ubiquitous again. Podcast production by Phil Surkis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2019
Sponsored: Imagine That
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This episode of How to Raise a Parent is all about the incredible things adults can achieve when we reconnect with the creativity that comes so naturally in childhood — the sense of pure possibility that seems to become diluted as we age. We’re looking to kids for creative guidance as we tap back into the vibrant imaginations and sense of play that fills and fuels childhood. To help us explore this unadulterated creativity, we talked to Danielle Krysa, an artist, author, blogger, graphic designer, and mom, and Tom Sturges, a music executive, author, teacher, and father.  Download and listen to How to Raise a Parent wherever you listen: Apple Podcasts Stitcher Overcast Spotify TuneIn Head here to learn more about this episode of How to Raise a Parent. This paid podcast is produced by Slate Studios and DairyPure®. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2019
Stinker Thinker
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Stephen Metcalf and June Thomas are joined by a rotating third chair including Julia Turner, Heather Schwedel, and Benjamin Frisch to discuss Showtime's On Becoming a God In Central Florida, ESPN's The Sterling Affairs, and Taylor Swift's new album, Lover. In Slate Plus the panel discusses sports and their relationship to being a fan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2019
Slate Money: Succession, S2E4, "Nazis. Terrible, Right?”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Slate’s own Allison Benedikt. Follow: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas,@abenedikt  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2019
Hit Parade: We Are Stardust, We Are Gold-Certified
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Are you tired of hearing how awe-inspiring the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was 50 years ago for 400,000 lucky hippies in Bethel, New York? Imagine how the people of 1969 felt—specifically the millions who couldn’t go. Yet, in the age before YouTube and social media, the rest of America did catch Woodstock fever—weeks, months, even a year or more later—and they made stars out of many of the performers. By 1970, not only was the Woodstock movie dominating the box office; the soundtrack album and a constellation of Woodstock stars were crushing the Billboard charts. This month’s Hit Parade offers a new take on Woodstock: To understand its legacy, you have to look at the charts long after August 1969. Chris Molanphy counts down 10 acts—some of them music legends, some of them short-lived hitmakers—who were materially boosted by the festival: from a guy hanging out backstage who got shoved onstage by desperate show organizers; to the band who loathed the whole experience yet saw their albums reach new chart heights; to the young man who arrived with no discography but kicked off one of the longest hitmaking careers in rock history. Podcast production by Chau Tu. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2019
Will You Be There For Me?
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This week Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner are joined by guest host and pop culture aficionado Isaac Butler to discuss the cinematic ode to The Boss, Blinded By The Light. Then they dive into why they love the wacky, unique vibes of AMC’s Lodge 49. And finally, discuss the 25 year old phenomenon that is Friends and why the show’s popularity doesn’t seem to be waning any time soon. And in Slate Plus, the subtle art of the ice cream order. Links: Blinded By the Light Lodge 49 “The Dud Abides” By Laura Miller "Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things" by Willa Paskin This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2019
Slate Money: Succession, S2E3, “French Kissing an Armadillo”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Slate’s resident Succession stan, June Thomas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2019
Flashback: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the Belgian film Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), directed by Chantal Akerman. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback in full. Sign up now. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2019
Spoilers: Blinded by the Light
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Nitish Pahwa spoil Blinded By the Light. How does it compare to past Gurinder Chada fare? Is the movie overstuffed? Does it really want to be a full fledged musical? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Asha Saluja. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2019
Where'd You Go, Jar Jar Binks?
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June Thomas, Benjamin Frisch, and Rachelle Hampton discuss Richard Linklater's Where'd You Go Bernadette, HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show, and Slate's list of the 25 most important characters of the past 25 Years with Forrest Wickman. In Slate Plus, the panel adds their own picks to the important characters list. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2019
Slate Money: Succession S2E2: “Don’t Be an A**hole. You Don’t Have Principles.”
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Ryan McCarthy - who, as the former Editor in Chief of Vice, has a slightly personal connection to this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Super-Abled
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Stephen Metcalf, Aisha Harris, and Gabriel Roth discuss Jennifer Kent's new film The Nightingale, Amazon's streaming show The Boys, and the work of Toni Morrison with Sarah J. Jackson, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2019
Slate Money: Succession S2E1: "Silica Mud Treatment"
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Slate Money is obsessed with Succession. So we're going to be recapping and discussing the latest episode of Season 2 every week.  For the season premiere, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by journalist Edmund Lee to talk about the real world counterparts to the characters, proper yachting attire, and all the best Kendall Roy insults.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2019
Decoder Ring: Ice Cream Truck
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Why is the ice cream truck business so bananas? On this episode of Decoder Ring we find out via three seperate stories about the strange world of ice cream trucks—about the first ever ice cream trucks in China, the ongoing ice cream wars of Manhattan, and the life of an ice cream family in Brooklyn. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2019
Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the second film directed by Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). Only Slate Plus members get to hear Flashback in full. To listen to the entire show, sign up for Slate Plus now. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2019
Spoilers: Hobbs & Shaw
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss the first ever Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. Are Hobbs and Shaw really that different? Exactly how many tow trucks equal one helicopter? Why did The Rock need someone to throw him a t-shirt before the final fight scene? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2019
Best in Blow
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film The Farewell, Netflix's glass-blowing show Blown Away, and the life of legendary theater director Hal Prince with Isaac Butler. In Slate Plus, Steve explains why he left Twitter. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  We're looking for a new production assistant! This is a paid, part-time position based in our office in Brooklyn, NY. Send an email with an attached resume and cover letter to talent@slate.com with the subject line "production assistant". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2019
Spoilers: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slatecritics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Mathew Dessem spoil Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Will this really be Tarantino’s second to last movie? Is Cliff Booth a total Kato Kaelin? And what’s that ending all about? Listen to discuss!  You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore. Email: spoilers@slate.com Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2019
Gunfight at the O.K. Career
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Tarantino's Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Netflix's The Great Hack documentary, and a piece about chronic lyme disease in  The Cut. In Slate Plus: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood spoilers. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  We're looking for a new production assistant! This is a paid, part-time position based in our office in Brooklyn, NY. Send an email with an attached resume and cover letter to productionassistant@slate.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2019
Flashback: A New Leaf (1971)
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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the idiosyncratic romantic comedy A New Leaf (1971), directed by Elaine May. Only Slate Plus listeners can listen to Flashback, our podcast about old movies, in full. Sign up now to listen. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2019
Hit Parade: Without The Beatles
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This month, Hit Parade explores the legacy of songs by The Beatles topping the charts...without The Beatles. This is the story of how a discarded Beatles song, a superstar vanity cover, and a bizarre disco medley managed to top the charts with Beatles songwriting credits, but without the fab four.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2019
Uncanny Savannah
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new version of Disney's The Lion King with the New York Times's Aisha Harris, the social media app TikTok with Slate's Daniel Schroeder, and the TV series about Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice. In Slate Plus: the panel discusses the new trailer for the film CATS. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2019
Spoiler Special: Midsommar
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Sam Adams and Daniel Schroeder spoil Midsommar. What’s the least lame way to pronounce the title of the movie? Is the film too similar to Hereditary? Is the plot too telegraphed? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2019
Cruel Angel's Thesis
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the film Peterloo, the newly-streaming classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion with Slate's Benjamin Frisch, and the legacy of Mad Magazine with Slate's Dan Kois.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2019
Decoder Ring: Pillow Talk
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Over the last half century the decorative pillow has been crowding out our sitting and sleeping spaces, multiplying across our beds and couches decade by decade. For some, decorative pillows are a fun design accent, for others a symbol of useless overconsumption. Today on Decoder Ring we explore the world of the decorative pillow to try and figure out why they've become so ubiquitous and what they tell us about our homes, interior design, and the way we develop our tastes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2019
Flashback: Sergeant York (1941)
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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss Sergeant York, based on real life war hero Alvin York and directed by Howard Hawks. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback in full. Sign up now to listen and enjoy other benefits. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2019
Spoilers: Spiderman: Far From Home
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Alex Barasch spoil Spider: Far From Home. Does Jake Gyllenhaal make for a good villain? How does the movie’s depiction of high school stack up? Where does the MCU got from now? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Cameron Drews. This episode is sponsored by Anchor. Anchor is a Spotify-owned company that makes it easy for anyone to make a podcast, for free. Get started at www.anchor.fm/start. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2019
Fetch the Mallet
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film Midsommar, the life and work of the bossa nova progenitor João Gilberto with critic Nate Chinen, and the end of life-hacking with Slate's Laura Miller.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2019
Summer Strut 2019
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are joined by Chris Molanphy to discuss the song of the summer and our annual summer strut playlist. You can find our full playlist on Spotify, as well as a shortlist of songs selected on the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2019
Flashback: Wings (1927)
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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the silent film that won the first Best Picture Academy Award: Wings (1927), directed by William Wellman. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2019
Spoilers: Yesterday
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Chris Molanphy spoil Yesterday. What’s wrong with the movie’s vision of the 2019 music landscape? What was Eleonor Rigby about again? Who’s the best Beatle? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2019
Hit Parade: The Lullaby of Broadway Edition
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Musical theater is one of America’s greatest cultural products—and in the mid–20th century, it also dominated the Billboard charts, from My Fair Lady to West Side Story. But the rise of rock and roll in the ’60s sidelined showtunes on the radio. And even when Broadway tried to rock—from Hair to Jesus Christ Superstar—a new generation grew wary of characters breaking into song (unless they were animated mermaids, teapots or lions). And yet, in the 21st century, Broadway music has staged a cultural comeback: taking over our movie screens, making shows out of jukebox hits, and raising a new generation to believe they can rap like Hamilton and Lafayette. In this Tonys month, Hit Parade dances down the Great White Way to chronicle the tangled history of the Broadway musical on the pop charts.    Email: hitparade@slate.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Exploding Birkins
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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss The Day the Music Burned with Jody Rosen, about the massive loss of master tapes from historically important record labels due to fire, then CBS's The Good Fight with Vulture's Mark Harris, and Sally Rooney's novel Normal People.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2019
Spoilers: Toy Story 4
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois, Forrest Wickman and Marissa Martinelli spoil Toy Story 4. What’s the logic of the Toy Story Universe? As we ask of all sequels, does this one deserve to exist? Does the movie succeed as a rom-com?    Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2019
Hit Parade: The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition
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When a band member leaves to go solo, usually it means the band’s best days are over. That’s what everybody thought when Peter Gabriel left Genesis in the ’70s. Except not only did the band survive—fronted by drummer-turned-singer Phil Collins, they got bigger. Then Collins went solo…except he didn’t ditch Genesis. In fact, his success made them bigger—one of the definitive pop bands of the 1980s, as Collins’s monstrous drum sound took over pop music. By mid-decade, current and former members of Genesis—even side projects from its guitarists—were all competing head-to-head on the Billboard charts. On Hit Parade, we explore the knotty family tree of Genesis, the unlikeliest group ever to become a Hot 100 juggernaut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
Culture Gabfest: You Don't Get to Hate It
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Stephen Metcalf, Willa Paskin, and Marissa Martinelli discuss Big Little Lies season two, the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and The Sims 4, with Slate's Dawnthea Price.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2019
Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)
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Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback episodes in full. Sign up for Slate Plus now. In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the The Straight Story (1999), based on a true story and directed by David Lynch. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2019
Spoilers: Late Night
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Sam Adams spoil Late Night starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson. What do they make of the movie’s take on “diversity hires”? What exactly happened to Hugh Dancy’s character? What did they think of the Slate name check? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Live From the High Line Edition
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The Culture Gabfest is live from The High Line in New York City to discuss the movie Late Night with Inkoo Kang, the life and work of Dr. John with Chris Molanphy, and King Lear with Isaac Butler.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2019
Decoder Ring: Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War
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The King was an  animatronic lounge singer who performed in Chuck E. Cheese locations in the 1980's and early 90's, but then he disappeared. The King was a victim of a conflict known as the pizza wars, when Chuck E. Cheese faced off against its rival, Showbiz Pizza for pizza arcade supremacy. The foot soldiers in the pizza war were the animatronic bands that staffed each location—including The King. This episode is a chronicle of the pizza war, with the founder of Chuck E. Cheese, Nolan Bushnell, it's rival, Showbiz Pizza's Aaron Fechter, the people who designed the characters and animatronics, and the people who continue loving these characters, like Jared Sanchez, who continue to create work with these once discarded creatures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2019
Spoilers: Always Be My Maybe
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel spoil Always Be My Maybe starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. What is the movie’s stance on food authenticity? What did they think of the Keanu cameo? Is it weird that Netflix references Netflix in its own movies?  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2019
Culture Gabfest: All This Science I Don't Understand Edition
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Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf are joined by a rotating third chair of Slatesters to discuss Rocketman with Forrest Wickman, HBO's Chernobyl with Sam Adams, and the podcast Headlon: Running From COPS with Inkoo Kang.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2019
Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)
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In the third episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the paranoid thriller Three Days of the Condor (1975), directed by Sydney Pollack. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every episode of Flashback in full—sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2019
Spoilers: Fleabag
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel spoil the Amazon Prime Original series Fleabag. Is the hot priest really that hot? Should there be a season 3? Is the show deserving off all of the hype? All that and more, in spoiler filled detail. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Cameron Drews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Barbie Body Dream Sequence Edition
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie Booksmart, what it's like to lose 250 thousand dollars on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on the occasion of its cancelation with Slate's Justin Peters, and Dana's new podcast Flashback with K. Austin Collins. In Slate Plus: the panel picks their favorite TV show endings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2019
Spoilers: Booksmart
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci spoil Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart. Does the movie push to teen comedy genre forward? Is the high school depicted in the film realistic? How accurate are the queer characters in the film? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineering by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Fourth Wall of the Fourth Wall Edition
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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new, third film in the John Wick saga, the second season of Amazon's Fleabag, and the New York Times package on generation X and the concept of generations as a useful metric. In Slate Plus, the panel each recommend a piece of gen X art.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2019
Flashback: Wanda (1970)
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In the second episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the 1970 film Wanda, directed by Barbara Loden. This podcast will soon be available for Slate Plus members only. Visit slate.com/flashback to sign up and subscribe now. Production by Chau Tu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2019
Spoilers: John Wick III
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Forrest Wickman, and Matthew Dessem discuss the action movie John Wick III. Does the laughable extremism of the violence in the movie, excuse the actual violence in the movie? Are stunt dogs really that talented or was that CGI? What was that ending and does it even matter? Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm Edition
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie Long Shot, Netflix's new series Dead to Me, and the legacy of camp and the MET Gala with Slate's Bryan Lowder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2019
Spoilers: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
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This week on Spoiler Specials, June Thomas is joined by podcast producers, Daniel Schroeder and Benjamin Frisch to discuss Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. The hosts share their extensive knowledge of the Pokémon universe as they try to break down to lore for Pokémon newbies. They also share their thoughts on the Pokémon world as depicted in the movie and why plot doesn't really make much sense.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2019
Culture Gabfest: Taking Up Space Edition
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the new documentary Knock Down the House about women competing in Democratic primaries, the new animated sitcom Tuca and Bertie, and then Father of the Bride, the new album from Vampire Weekend with critic Carl Wilson. In Slate Plus, Dana calls in to talk about her time at the San Fransisco Silent Film Festival.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2019
Flashback: Gaslight (1944)
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In the first episode of Flashback, the new movies podcast with Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins, the film critics discuss 1944's Gaslight, directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. They chat about how the film helped popularize the contentious term we continue to hear today, Bergman's Oscar-winning performance, and their favorite scenes. Flashback will soon be available for Slate Plus members only. To continue listening to Flashback, sign up for Slate Plus now at slate.com/flashback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2019
De-snappening Edition
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Avengers: Endgame with Marvel-ologist Jamelle Bouie, the FX series Fosse/Verdon, and the dispute between Hollywood writers and agents with the screenwriter and Scriptnotes co-host John August. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2019
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The Battle of Winterfell
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Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones. In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, Willa Paskin, and Daniel Schroeder recap the third episode of season 8, “The Long Night.” The three chat about the long-awaited battle at Winterfell, what they thought about the deaths, the problem with Bran, what they expect next, and the Worst Person in Westeros. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2019
Decoder Ring: Videomate: Men
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Videomate: Men is a VHS tape released in 1987 featuring 60 single men pitching themselves as dates to women on the other side of the TV screen, who could connect to these eligible bachelors from the comfort of their homes. In retrospect, Videomate: Men is bizarre and hilarious, but at the time it was one of many manifestations of what was known as video dating. To find out how anyone thought this was a good idea, Decoder Ring examines the weird and forgotten world of video dating in the 1970's, 80's, and 90's to find out why video dating once seemed like the future, and if that future is still yet to come.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2019
Spoilers: Avengers: End Game
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens is joined by Forrest Wickman and New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie to discuss Avengers: End Game. How does movie Thanos differ from comic book Thanos? We know the “de-snappening” is coming, but how do they pull it off? Was this a satisfying end game?  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2019
Hit Parade: The Posthumous Hits Edition, Live from Seattle
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Spin̈al Tap was right: Death sells. When musical icons die, their songs and albums climb the charts all over again—sometimes, a legendary artist even scores his or her only No. 1 hit. In this very special episode recorded live from the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Hit Parade pours one out for the legends who topped the charts from beyond the grave. Chris is joined by some of America’s top music writers to discuss the unusual circumstances that brought everyone from Otis Redding to Janis Joplin, John Lennon to Kurt Cobain, Biggie Smalls to Prince to the top of the charts after their untimely passings.  Email: hitparade@slate.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2019
Harm to Ongoing Matters Edition
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stephens, and the New York Times' Aisha Harris discuss Beyonce's Homecoming documentary, Jordan Peele's new Twilight Zone, and the Mueller Report at literature with Marie Claire's Karen Schwartz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2019
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The Night Before
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Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones. In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, June Thomas, Rachelle Hampton, and Seth Stevenson recap the second episode of season 8, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” The three chat about the continuing reunions, the rising tensions between Dany and Sansa, Brienne’s big moment, and the Worst Person in Westeros. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2019
Spoilers: After
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Daniel Schroeder and Rachelle Hampton discuss After, the teen romance film based off of One Direction fan fiction. Where, exactly, was this movie set? Can we be sure half of the script wasn’t made by a text generator? How does the movie compare to its predecessors like Twilight? Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2019
Free Rein on Some Gargoyles Edition
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Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Dan Kois discuss the fire at Notre Dame cathedral with New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins, the new animated film Missing Link, and the saga of country/hip hop mega-hit Old Town Road with Slate's Chris Molanphy. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2019
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Return to Winterfell
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In this latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, June Thomas, and Dan Kois recap the season 8 premiere, “Winterfell.” The three chat about all the reunions, Dany’s faults, Cersei’s war strategy, whether the Night King is actually a good leader, and the Worst Person in Westeros. To subscribe to the Game of Thrones TV Club and follow all of Slate's Game of Thrones coverage, visit slate.com/gameofthrones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2019
Spoilers: Little
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel review Little. They talk the logistics of body switching movies, the zany fashion choices and Marsai Martin’s star power.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2019
Energy Vampire Edition
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the stunning film Diane, FX's What We Do in the Shadows, and the debut album by Billy Eilish: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2019
Spoiler Special: Shazam!
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli review Shazam! Where does this movie fit into the larger DC comic universe? What ever happened to Justice League 2? Also, what was that post credits scene about? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2019
St. Louis Style Edition
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Julia Turner and Dana Stevens are joined by The Atlantic film critic and co-host of the Blank Check podcast David Sims to discuss Tim Burton's remake of Dumbo, the life and work of Agnès Varda, and the social media kerfuffle over "St. Louis style" sliced bagels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2019
Hit Parade: The Everybody Say YEAH! Edition
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When you think of Stevie Wonder’s legendary career, what chart-toppers come to mind? “Superstition,” right? Maybe “I Wish”? Okay, but what about the start of his career, on the Motown of the ’60s? You may not know that Wonder had only one Hot 100 No. 1 in his first decade—as “Little” Stevie Wonder—and it was truly exceptional, as in bizarre: a semi-improvised live recording of a “12 Year-Old Genius” refusing to leave a Chicago stage and say goodnight. Here’s the story of “Fingertips, Part 2,” and the years that launched a true pop icon. Wonder’s imperial run of classic, chart-topping, Grammy-dominating ’70s albums had their seeds in the joyous virtuosity, and fierce independence, on display in his very first hit. Email: hitparade@slate.com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2019
Talkin’ Traz Edition
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Willa Paskin discuss Jordan Peele's new film Us, Hulu's comedy series Shrill, and the bestselling book Dreyer's English with the author, Benjamin Dreyer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2019
Decoder Ring: Truck Nutz
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Truck Nutz are a brand name for the dangling plastic testicles some people affix to the bumper or hitch of their vehicle. Also known as Bull’s Balls, Your Nutz, and other brand names, these plastic novelties have a powerful symbolic charge and are often associated with a crass, macho, red state audience. But Truck Nutz are a surprisingly complicated signifier, one whose symbolic power is increasingly divorced from their real-world usage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2019
Spoilers: Us
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This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens and Vanity Fair film critic, K Austin Collins discuss Us. They discuss why we should embrace the films imperfections, how this movie wants to be unpacked, and Lupita Nyong’o’s masterful performance.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engineered by Merritt Jacob.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2019
Queen of Shade Edition
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Dana Stevens, Isaac Butler, and Benjamin Frisch discuss HBO's documentary The Inventor about the Theranos scandal, the meteoric rise of Rupaul's Drag Race, and Netflix's awkward attempt at branding itself in the wake of cancelling the beloved show One Day at a Time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2019
Come as You Were Edition
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the blockbusting Captain Marvel, Hulu's girl-puberty comedy Pen15, and the article Guilty with Seth Stevenson, about Seth coming to terms with being part of jury that convicted a man who didn't deserve it. In Slate Plus, Seth and the panel discuss their own personal experiences on a jury.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2019
Spoilers: Captain Marvel
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Dana Stevens, Marissa Martinelli and Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest Marvel movie, Captain Marvel.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2019
Michael Jackson Edition
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens break our usual format to do an in-depth discussion of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland by director Dan Reed about two men allegedly abused by Michael Jackson. First the panel discuss the documentary, then are joined by Slate writer Christina Cauterucci to discuss how the film treats the victims for good and ill, and then discuss the future of Jackson's musical legacy with Slate music critic Carl Wilson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2019
Hit Parade: The Bad Moon on the Rise Edition
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In just a couple of years, Creedence Clearwater Revival generated one of the most amazing runs of hits in American pop history: from “Proud Mary” to “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising” to “Travelin’ Band.” Reportedly, they even outsold the Beatles in America in 1969. But for all their success with those John Fogerty–penned classics, CCR never held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100. All of those hits were No. 2s: a dubious Billboard chart record they hold to this day, for most No. 2s without a No. 1. True, it was the late ’60s, and CCR had the bad luck to be competing with such chart titans as Paul Simon and Sly Stone…but sometimes they were held back by No. 1 songs that are barely remembered today. In this episode of Hit Parade, we break down the sequence of events that relegated CCR—a future first-ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band—to the charts’ permanent runner-up slot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2019
Jason Momoa Scrunchie Edition
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscars ceremony and its various controversies, Comedy Central's new show The Other Two, and how letter boards took over Instagram and our visual culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2019
Decoder Ring: Baby Shark
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Baby Shark is an megaviral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. This month on Decoder Ring we explore the strange history and conflicted future of the song, what makes it so catchy, and how it came to be.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2019
Spoilers: Isn't It Romantic
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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 this going to be the new way of the rom-com? Listen to them discuss! Podcast Production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2019
As In Her Royal Highness Edition
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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 ahead to timecode 41:15.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2019
Spoilers: Russian Doll
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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 second season? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2019
Steampunk Deer Edition
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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.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2019
Spoilers: Lego Movie 2
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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 doing there? Listen to them discuss below.  Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2019
Nobody's Mad at Columbo Edition
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Feb 06, 2019
Decoder Ring: The Grifter
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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 a story.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2019
Prosthesis Statement Edition
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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 brought to you by Capterra. Try it today, for free, at Capterra.com/CULTURE.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2019
Hit Parade: The Gaga is Born Edition
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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 than a decade: Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga. When Gaga scored her first No. 1 hit, “Just Dance,” 10 years ago this month, critics thought her fame might be short-lived. But Gaga had a lot to say about The Fame, and within a year she had shifted the sound of the Top 40 in her electro-pop direction. And then, in the mid-2010s, she shifted her own sound, belting out pop standards for everyone from Tony Bennett to Julie Andrews. What happens if this shape-shifter pivots from Grammys to Oscars? And what will that say about the themes of A Star Is Born: artifice, authenticity and agency? This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2019
Beautiful Blindspot Edition
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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 by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2019
Spoilers: Glass
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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 Unbreakable in 2000 and picked up again in 2016’s Split. The premise of all three movies is that comic-book-like superheroes live among us and have for centuries, but they keep a low profile and sometimes don’t even know they have powers. Does this film have the power to sway the favor of Sam, Jeffrey and Matt? This show gives you the power to find that out! Podcast production by Phil Surkis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2019
The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2019
Spoilers: Bandersnatch
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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 Black Mirror have to always assume the worst possible outcome? Make the decision and listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2019
Sponsored: Are Today's Caregivers Tomorrow's Patients?
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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 surprising that these caregivers can end up neglecting their own health. Host Sara Ivry discusses this dilemma with guests Kate Schrock and Dr. Sandy Butler. In a rapid turn of events, Kate Schrock became a single mom raising a newborn and the primary caregiver to her ailing mother. Sara and Kate are also joined by Dr. Sandy Butler, a professor in the School of Social Work and a Resident Scholar at the Center on Aging at the University of Maine. Her primary focus is the health needs and social welfare experiences of low-income women. The individual(s) who have written and created the content in and whose images appear in the articles, profiles, podcasts and videos from the Life Effects program may have been paid by Teva Pharmaceuticals for their contributions.  This content represents the opinions of the contributor and does not necessarily reflect those of Teva Pharmaceuticals. Similarly, Teva Pharmaceuticals does not review, control, influence or endorse any content related to the contributor's websites or social media networks. All content on the Life Effects website is intended for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered medical advice or recommendations. Consult a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and before beginning or changing any treatment regimen​. NPS-US-NP-00369 NOVEMBER 2018 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2019
Naked Pomegranate Tory Edition
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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 Slack.com. Doctors Without Borders, donate today at doctorswithoutborders.org. Fabletics, get two leggings for just $24 at fabletics.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2019
Welcome to Slaht Ploos Edition
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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 debate, the pain of writing a book with Sam Anderson, and whether to power through a book you don't like with Willa Paskin. This episode is brought to you by Doctors Without Borders. Donate today at doctorswithoutborders.org. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2019
Spoilers: Mary Poppins Returns
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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 Andrews declining to cameo? Listen to them discuss! Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/spoilers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2018
Completely Phoned-In Holiday Show Edition
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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 their cultural diet, and much more. Due to some technical difficulties, we connected to Julia for the introduction and first question on a phone line before restoring her regular recording setup. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/culture. Warby Parker, try their home try-on program for free today at warbyparker.com/CULTURAL. Fabletics, get two leggings for just $24 at fabletics.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 26, 2018
Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition
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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 patterns to the kinds of songs that tend to do well in this perennial sweepstakes, often the winner is a fluke: Everything from Queen to the Flying Pickets to Bob the Builder has taken the crown. It was even parodied in the smash British Christmas comedy film Love, Actually—and one year in the late aughts, the British public rebelled en masse against a music-TV impresario, making a statement with the unlikeliest Christmas topper ever. But in an age when songs sell less than they stream, and hits tend to snowball, will the sun set on the fluky British Christmas No. 1 empire? Email: hitparade@slate.com This episode is brought to you by Sunbasket, learn more at sunbasket.com/parade and get $35 off your first order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2018
Treacle Box Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2018
Spoilers: The Favourite
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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. Learn more at Slack.com.  Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/spoiler.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2018
Angry at the Lollipop Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2018
Girls, Girls, Burgers, Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2018
Decoder Ring: Sad Jennifer Aniston
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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 when it happened, but it became an even bigger one because it was turbocharged by these tabloids. Almost 15 years later, the tabloid In Touch ran an issue with the headline “Brad Stuns Jen! Marry Me again!”  What is going on? How is it still going on? Why is it still going on?  This is the last episode of Decoder Ring for 2018. See you in the new year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2018
Spoilers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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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 following advertisers: I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/hanngup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2018
Hit Parade: The Give Me a Sign Edition
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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 introverted Swedish songwriter named Max Martin. He was trying to write American R&B and instead, through Britney and her high-school dance formations, created a new template for über–American teen-pop. This month, we go inside the Stockholm music factory—and its decades-long history, from ABBA to Ace of Base—that gave rise to a new generation of millennial pop, from the Backstreet Boys and *N Sync to Robyn and Taylor Swift. Email: hitparade@slate.com This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. American Express. Don’t do business without it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2018
Wingless Thrush Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2018
Mum's the Word Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2018
Spoilers: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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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 advertisers:  Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2018
Dinner is Served! Edition
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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.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2018
Orson Welles in a Snuggie Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Suspiria
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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 inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Simple Contacts. To save $20 off your first order, go to simplecontacts.com/SPOILER and use the promo code SPOILER.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Halloween
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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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2018
Werewolf Bar-Mitzvah Edition
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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 following advertisers: I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Dream Corp LLC. Catch the new season on Adult Swim.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2018
Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers
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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 secrets of Ong's Hat, the man behind it, and the new art form it inadvertently birthed. Check out our showpage at slate.com/culture/decoder-ring This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Aleph Mattresses, a handmade mattress experience: TrustAleph.com Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE ② Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2018
Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition
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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 stores: from conscious rappers like Public Enemy, to gangstas like N.W.A, to left-field innovators like De La Soul. It would take Billboard rebooting its charts in 1991 tallying record sales more accurately than ever with SoundScan data—for rap to get a fair shake on the charts. That boosted a new wave of crossover acts, from P.M. Dawn to Arrested Development to Sir Mix-a-Lot. But rap’s elders were not entirely thrilled at these new chart-toppers…and some rappers literally bum-rushed the show. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. American Express. Don’t do business without it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2018
Who's On First Edition
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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,  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2018
Spoiler Specials: The Hate U Give
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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 episode is brought to you by I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2018
Brain and Body Still Rebooting Edition
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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 House. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Everlane, premium clothing essentials made with the finest materials, without the traditional markups. To get a special offer exclusive to our listeners, visit everlane.com/culture. Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what inspires us to travel. Listen and subscribe today at https://apple.co/2DPEWJE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2018
Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You Edition
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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 criticism.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2018
Sponsored: I Travel For Local Flavor
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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 Hereford, Otis’ flavorful journey is guided by the recommendations and generosity of local Brits.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2018
Pope in a Speedo Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2018
Decoder Ring; Hotel Art
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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 entire industry designed to help place art into hotels. Hotel art is now almost universally pleasant, if anodyne. How did this happen? This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. I Travel For, a new podcast from British Airways, American Airlines and Visit Britain. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. Intel Optane Memory, learn more today at intel.com/youcould. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2018
Hit Parade: The Nights on Broadway Edition
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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 Beatlesque fame, through their domination of the disco revolution and their years as an punchline, the Bee Gees stayed alive because of the Gibb brothers’ harmonies and especially their impeccable songs. This month, Hit Parade traces the influence of the brothers Gibb on virtually every popular genre, from pop to R&B, rock to easy-listening, country to…yes, even hip-hop.  Email: hitparade@slate.com   This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: American Express. Don't do business without it. Dialogues, a new podcast from David Zwirner Gallery. Subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2018
Still There Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2018
Julia Turner's Women in Charge
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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 co-creator, showrunner, and head writer of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, about day-to-day life making a hit TV show. McKenna speaks about how she went about forming a team she can rely on and an environment in which everyone can succeed. Subscribe to Women in Charge via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your shows. Podcast production by Jessica Jupiter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2018
Spoiler Specials: A Simple Favor
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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 other people in this movie? All that and more on Slate's Spoiler Specials. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Ben and Jerry's, try their new handheld frozen novelties, Pint Slices, today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2018
Oopsie Jar Edition
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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". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2018
God's Laptop Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Insatiable
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This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Ben and Jerry's, try their new handheld frozen novelties, Pint Slices, today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2018
Eat Your Terrarium Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2018
Hegemonic Victimhood Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2018
Decoder Ring: The Paper Doll Club
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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 Ohio. He’d go on to a career in fashion, guided by his paper dolls, just as paper dolls were falling out of fashion themselves, replaced by Barbies and other plastic dolls. This episode is about paper dolls, and their surprising connections to fashion, nostalgia, queerness, and David’s extraordinary career. Producer Benjamin Frisch co-hosts the show to explore the story. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Care/Of, a monthly subscription vitamin service that delivers completely personalized vitamin and supplement packs right to your door. For 25% off your first month, go to takecareof.com and use the promo code decoder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Crazy Rich Asians
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This episode is brought to you by Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2018
You Will Never Be Enough Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2018
Sponsored: Coffee & Crayons: Inspiring Creativity & Self-Expression with Joy Cho
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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. It’s a series of conversations full of insights and advice to help families thrive during tricky transitions. In this episode, Join host Mallory Kasdan as she talks with Joy Cho, founder and creative director of Oh Joy!, about encouraging kids to be creative and helping them express their individuality.. If you like what you hear, subscribe to Coffee and Crayons wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2018
No Bad Horses Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2018
Spoiler Specials: BlacKkKlansman
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2018
Capitalism is Grift Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2018
Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2018
Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair
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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 parent’s basement. How did one performance artist and one accidental performance artist make it onto the show? And how did they behave once they made it there? Their story highlights the ways that reality television distorts narratives, obscures intentions and stereotypes women, yet is still irresistible to audiences and performers alike.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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Dana Stevens and June Thomas spoil Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt and Daniel Schroeder.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2018
Hit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition
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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 Carly Simon to Chaka Khan. But for a long time, those guests received no credit at all. Today, their names are all over the pop charts. On this episode, we trace the evolution of the guest performer, from Mick Jagger to Bobby Brown to Cardi B.  Email: hitparade@slate.com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2018
Summer Strut 2018 Edition
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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 podcast Chris Molanphy to have a discussion about the song of the summer, followed by the formal summer strut list of picks: excavating a diverse crop of songs, from pop to acid jazz to hip-hop infused house, to lost disco classics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2018
Grasping at Straws Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2018
Spoiler Specials: The Handmaid's Tale Season 2
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Christina Cauterucci, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil the second season of The Handmaid's Tale. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Shasha Léonard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2018
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two
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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 years to graduate from an indie label to the majors. The other almost quit after an AIDS-related tragedy, before their pop breakthrough. By the end of the ’80s, their hits—from “Orange Crush” to “Stand,” “Channel Z” to “Love Shack”—brought them squarely into the mainstream, just as “alternative rock” was coming to define a new sound for the ’90s.  Email: hitparade@slate.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2018
This Is the Chewiest Thing I've Ever Had in my Mouth Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2018
Unproblematic Trolley Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2018
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One
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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 indecipherable, but they reinvented jangly guitar and classic-rock influences to make a new kind of New Wave. Together, this pair of distinctive bands helped make Athens, Georgia the epicenter of alternative cool in the ’80s and ’90s. In part one of this two-part episode of Hit Parade, we present the story of how the B-52’s and R.E.M. created a scene out of a college town—and became the most prominent queer-friendly, gender-fluid bands of their era.  Email: hitparade@slate.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Westworld Season 2
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Willa Paskin, Sam Adams, Jonathan Fischer and Rachelle Hampton spoil the second season of Westworld. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2018
Anthony Rising Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2018
Decoder Ring: Clown Panic
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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, what it means and why it Matters. Today: The clown has existed in various forms for thousands of years, what changed and made us suspect and fear them? The modern birthday clown is a very recent invention, by going back into the history of clowns and clowning we see that clowns are far more complex and capable of far more expression than the kids entertainment of Bozo and Ronald McDonald. How those complex figures transformed into obligatorily sunny commercial mascots may also explain why they are increasingly seen as sinister today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2018
Unkindest Cut of All Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2018
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar
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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 current events, and how they map onto our own. In this first episode, Lend Me Your Ears is looking at one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works: Julius Caesar. Why was the Bard so fascinated with the fall of the Roman Republic? Why do we tend to turn to this play when we worry about society’s future? How have contemporary theater makers reinvented Shakespeare’s version of the story for their audiences, especially in troubled political times? Subscribe to Lend Me Your Ears on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Lend Me Your Ears every month. Learn more at slate.com/shakespeare Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Hereditary
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Dana Stevens, Rachel Syme, and Lena Wilson spoil Hereditary.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2018
Elan Deficit Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Ocean's 8
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Marissa Martinelli, Aisha Harris, Inko Kang, and Carmen Russo spoil Ocean's 8.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2018
Secret Summer Getaway Edition
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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 Writer. Plus, music by Red Headed Stranger and Franz Nicolay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2018
Decoder Ring: The Johnlock Conspiracy
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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 TV show Sherlock, positing the inevitability of a gay romance between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. With interviews from historians, journalists, and fans at the heart of this controversial idea, this episode explores this theory, how it played out in the real world, and whether this kind of fandom is a meaningful way of interacting with fiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2018
Spoiler Specials: 13 Reasons Why
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Marissa Martinelli, June Thomas, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil 13 Reasons Why.  Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2018
Whiskey and Pepto Bismol Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2018
Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition
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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 video didn’t count on the Billboard charts. That all changed thanks to YouTube—and the biggest immediate beneficiary from the addition of video to the charts was a rising pop star, incubated on the Disney Channel, but looking to change her image. Miley Cyrus was born into hitmaking, line-dancing, multimedia royalty, and she used video titillation—and even the social site Chatroulette—to top the charts. But what did all that provocation mean for…y’know, the music? And how is video still making hits—including the song that’s No. 1 this very week in 2018?  Chris Molanphy explains it all.  hitparade@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli, and Sam Adams spoil Solo: A Star Wars Story. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2018
Guillotine in the Mists Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2018
Culture Gabfest Presents: Upon Further Review
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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 when his beloved Phoenix Suns lost to the Chicago Bulls in the final seconds of Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals. Wracked by guilt at the possibility that his fan letter to the Suns’ Dan Majerle proved a fatal distraction, he imagines an alternate reality where he never put pen to paper. NBA legends Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan also make an appearance. Then there's a bonus conversation between Mike and Jesse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Deadpool 2
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Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli and Sam Adams spoil Deadpool 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2018
Smoke-N-Chill Novelties Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2018
[Laugh Track] Edition
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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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2018
Culture Gabfest Presents Decoder Ring: The Laff Box
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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, idea, or habit and speak with experts, historians and obsessives to try to figure out where it comes from, what it means and why it matters. Why do we get so invested in fictional romances? What does it mean to wear a baseball hat backwards? Why do we clap? What do people think about all day? Decoder Ring explores questions and topics you didn't know you were curious about. In our first episode, we ask: What happened to the laugh track? For nearly five decades, it was ubiquitous, but beginning in the early 2000s, it fell out of sitcom fashion. What happened? How did we get from Beverly Hillbillies to 30 Rock? We meet the man who created the laugh track, which originated as a homemade piece of technology, and trace that technology’s fall and the rise of a more modern idea about humor. With the help of historians, laugh track obsessives, the showrunners of One Day at a Time and the director of Sports Night, we wonder if the laugh track was about something bigger than laughter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2018
The Monkfish Was Fine Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2018
Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition
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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 loathed Bon Jovi since high school. But even he can’t deny it: Bon Jovi are hugely influential. In the wake of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Chris puts aside his animus to explain how the biggest band in hair metal have remained strangely relevant—thanks to their deathless hits, their album sales and, more recently, their influence on a certain hair-metal-loving Swedish pop producer.  Email: hitparade@slate.com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Avengers: Infinity War
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Dana Stevens, Jonathan Fischer, and Forrest Wickman spoil Avengers: Infinity War. Production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2018
It's Hammer Time Edition
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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?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2018
Apocalypse Mom Edition
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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". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2018
Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebie Edition
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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'?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Ready Player One
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Dana Stevens, Laura Hudson, Dawnthea Price, and Forrest Wickman spoil Ready Player One. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2018
Midnight at the OASIS Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2018
Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition
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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 (“I’ll Remember,” “Take a Bow”). That’s when she took a sharp left turn, working with producers and deejays in the burgeoning electronica scene. If it even was a scene: The very term “electronica” was a music-business confection, and by 1997 it was more hype than hit. But the result of Madonna’s experiment—her acclaimed ’98 album Ray of Light—was not only one of her biggest smashes ever. It also helped turn electronic music into viable pop. Email: hitparade@slate.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2018
The Great Work Begins Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Isle of Dogs
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Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, and Inkoo Kang spoil Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2018
We Are a Sacred Troupe Edition
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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 the power or lack thereof of Twitter metrics and if we'd be better off without them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Blue Planet II
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Susan Matthews, Dan Engber, Jacob Brogan, Kirsten Berg and Alex Barasch sit down for a science-filled spoiler special all about Blue Planet II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2018
10th Anniversary Edition
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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 segments of the show by Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2018
Spoiler Specials: A Wrinkle in Time
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2018
Dana the Octophile Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Annihilation
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Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Marissa Martinelli spoil Annihilation, discussing what's behind the Shimmer, how DNA works, and the weird Annihilation noise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2018
Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment Edition
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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 survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2018
Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition
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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 Aerosmith. This month, how some out-of-favor ’70s rockers teamed up with the top crew in rap to remake an old hit—in the process, opening lanes for a trio of punks-turned-MCs, and a witty hip-hop lothario. We’re still feeling the reverberations today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Black Panther
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Aisha Harris, Jamelle Bouie and Veralyn Williams spoil Black Panther. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2018
Redneck Margarita Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2018
Trundle-Tail Dog Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Fifty Shades Freed
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Feb 09, 2018
Abrasive Toast Scrape Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2018
Live From Sundance Edition
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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 Sundance jury-prize winning documentary Three Identical Strangers, and endorsements recorded 'round the table at the ski chalet.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2018
Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition
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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 live Hit Parade—recorded at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York— host and trivia-meister Chris Molanphy and special guest Ted Leo break down some of the most improbable chart-toppers of all time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Mosaic
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Willa Paskin and Inkoo Kang spoil Steven Soderbergh's new series Mosaic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2018
Nobody Bonks Me On the Head With a Baguette Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2018
Run It! Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2018
Spoiler Specials: Black Mirror Season 4
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Slate's TV critic Willa Paskin, tech and culture writer Inkoo Kang, and Browbeat editor Sam Adams spoil the newest season of Black Mirror. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2018
"Why Wouldn't King Kong Want a Lady Gorilla?" Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2018
Beauteous Sprout Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2018
Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists Edition
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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 Molanphy looks at three songs that still loom large in our culture: “Shop Around” by the Miracles; “We Got the Beat” by the Go-Gos; and “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2017
Spoiler Specials: Phantom Thread
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2017
Annual Highly Improbable Completely Pre-Taped Call-In Show Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2017
General Hugs Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2017
Spoiler Specials: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2017
Frantic Rabbity Burst Edition
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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.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2017
Fractal Badness Edition
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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.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2017
Spoiler Specials: The Shape of Water
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On this Spoiler Special, Dana Stevens sits down with Sam Adams to spoil The Shape of Water.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2017
Do I Dare to Eat a Peach Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2017
Hit Parade: The Queen of Disco Edition
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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 Madonna and Moby. But the rock establishment was stinting in its appreciation—whether at Comiskey Park in 1979, or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the 2000s. This month, we examine how Summer became the Queen of Disco…and how she transcended that role altogether.  Email: hitparade@slate.com    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2017
Recrimination in the Cranberry Sauce edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2017
SPECIAL: Weinstein Accusers in Conversation
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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 could ever be a satisfying apology. For a transcript of this conversation, go to Slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2017
Spoiler Specials: Justice League
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Slate movie critic Dana Stevens and Slate senior editor Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest installment in the DC universe, Justice League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2017
Tell Me About a Complicated Man Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2017
Two Steves and a Metcalf Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2017
Spoiler Special - Thor: Ragnarok
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Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jonathan Fischer spoil Marvel and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2017
Tiny Frozen Shrimp Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2017
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, Le Petty Prince Edition
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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 month’s Hit Parade, we track the surprising parallels between two artists gone far too soon: from their fights with the music industry to their hits across genres and generations—and even the songs they gave to Stevie Nicks. Petty and Prince were category-defying, label-infuriating, and among the best pop songwriters of the late 20th century.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2017
What if Crime Is Just a Response to Our Broken Society Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2017
Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on Halt and Catch Fire
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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 spoilers. Email: spoilers@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2017
Priceless Moments Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2017
We've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe Edition
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2017
Slate Represent: Fall TV Roundup
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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, a pop quiz, and predictions. For links on what we discuss check out our show page. Tell a friend to subscribe! Share this link: megaphone.link/represent Email: represent@slate.com Facebook: Slate Represent Twitter: @SlateRepresent, @craftingmystyle Production by Veralyn Williams Social media: Marissa Martinelli Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2017
Spoiler Specials: Blade Runner 2049
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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 spoilers. Email: spoilers@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2017
Too Good to Last Edition
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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 Sexes: 2:25 Tom Petty: 20:16 John McPhee: 38:36 Endorsements: 55:43 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2017
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, The Great War Against the Single Edition
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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 to kill retail singles—promoting hits to radio that you could only buy on full-length albums. Why? They wanted consumers to shell out for more profitable CDs. As a result, musicians ranging from MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, to Pearl Jam and Alanis Morissette, to Chumbawamba and Lou Bega became multiplatinum-selling artists. The industry’s ploy paid off, but it also created consumer resentment as people grew tired of paying nearly $20 to acquire one song. Here’s the story of how the recording industry toyed with consumers and chart fans, and how the internet struck back.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2017
Allegory! Edition
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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 today as part of the Slate Plus promo drive! Sign up at Slate.com/cultureplus. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by the Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express.  And by Care.com. Care.com is the largest digital marketplace for care for everyone in the family—find nannies, sitters, housekeepers, dog walkers, and more. To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership— visit Care.com/CULTURE when you subscribe.  And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/Culture and using the promo code Culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2017
Spoiler Special: Mother!
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2017
Live From Toronto Edition
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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 on Slate podcasts! If you love the Culture Gabfest, support it by signing up for Slate Plus at Slate.com/CulturePlus and get ad-free shows and bonus segments.  Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Home plays a big role in your life. That’s why Quicken Loans created Rocket Mortgage. It lets you apply simply and understand the entire mortgage process fully, so you can be confident that you’re getting the right mortgage for you. To get started, go to RocketMortgage dot com/culture And by the Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2017
Bromance as Bloodsport Edition
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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 talk about the third installment in the Trip film series, The Trip to Spain, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Finally, the gabbers discuss David Simon’s new HBO series The Deuce set in 1970s New York City, depicting prostitution and the rise of pornography. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2017
Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on It
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2017
Look What You Made Richard Dreyfuss Do Edition
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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 brought to you by the Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Home plays a big role in your life. That’s why Quicken Loans created Rocket Mortgage. It lets you apply simply and understand the entire mortgage process fully, so you can be confident that you’re getting the right mortgage for you. To get started, go to RocketMortgage dot com/culture. And by The Bureau, Sundance Now’s exclusive spy series called “both cerebral and gadget-filled” by the New York Times. Start your free 30-day trial of Sundance Now today by going to sundancenow.com and using the promo code culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2017
#NoFilter Edition
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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, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. And by the Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2017
The Tree is a Colander Edition
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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 from Quicken Loans. Home plays a big role in your life. That’s why Quicken Loans created Rocket Mortgage. It lets you apply simply and understand the entire mortgage process fully, so you can be confident that you’re getting the right mortgage for you. To get started, go to RocketMortgage dot com/Culture. And by the Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. And by The Bureau, Sundance Now’s exclusive spy series called “both cerebral and gadget-filled” by the New York Times. Start your free 30-day trial of Sundance Now today by going to sundancenow.com and using the promo code Culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2017
The Culture Gabfest Welcomes Studio 360 to Slate
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2017
Hella Doomed Edition
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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 you by Sun Basket. Sun Basket sends organic, non-GMO ingredients right to your door, so you can skip the grocery store and prepare meals in just 30 minutes! Choose from Paleo, Gluten-Free, Lean & Clean, and Vegetarian options. Go to ​SUN BASKET dot com slash CULTURE​ today and get 50% off your first order! ​SUN BASKET dot com slash CULTURE. And by the Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. And by Care.com. Care.com is the largest digital marketplace for care for everyone in the family—find nannies, sitters, housekeepers, dog walkers, and more. To save 30% off a Care.com Premium membership— visit Care.com/CULTURE when you subscribe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2017
To Keegan-Michael Key Or Not to Key Edition
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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 Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. They make applying for a loan simple and help you to understand the entire mortgage process fully. To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/CULTURE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2017
Crash! I Dropped a Vase Edition
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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. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/culture and using the promo code culture.  And by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2017
Hit Parade: The Charity Megasingle Edition
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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, except around the holidays. This month, we examine how good intentions, pique, excess, and vanity led to the rise and fall of the do-gooder celebrity pop song.  Email: hitparade@slate.com   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2017
Apes, Pigs, and Comedians Edition
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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. They make applying for a loan simple and help you to understand the entire mortgage process fully. To get started, go to RocketMortgage dot com/Culture. And by the Platinum Card from American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. And by Sun Basket, delivering fresh, organic ingredients and quick, healthy recipes to your door. Choose from Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Family options. Find out more at SunBasket.com/Culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2017
Conspiracy Thrillers | The Parallax View (1974)
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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 film’s famous brainwashing scene and the Kuleshov effect, the strange character of protagonist Joe Frady, and what makes a true paranoid thriller. To listen to the full episode and learn more about this Slate Plus members-only Movie Club, visit Slate.com/thrillers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2017
Hum In the Drum Edition
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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 American Express. There’s a world of experiences waiting to open up with the Platinum Card. Backed by the services and security of American Express. And by the AT&T original series Mr. Mercedes, based on the bestselling Stephen King novel. Mr. Mercedes premieres August 9th at 8 PM eastern/pacific on Audience Network. Watch it on DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW. Learn more at att.net/mrmercedes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2017
Summer Strut 2017 Edition
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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 Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans. They give you confidence when it comes to refinancing your existing mortgage or buying a home. Go to RocketMortgage.com/Culture to get started.  And by the AT&T original series Mr. Mercedes, based on the bestselling Stephen King novel. Mr. Mercedes premieres August 9th at 8 PM eastern/pacific on Audience Network. Watch it on DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW. Learn more at att.net/MrMercedes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2017
"Edwina, Bring Me the Anatomy Book" Edition
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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 gets personal about making, losing and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. And by Boll and Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by University of California Press, publishers of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit & Joshua-Jelly Schapiro. Explore New York’s hidden histories, wherever books are sold.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2017
Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George Edition
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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 reveal about your sex life to the public. On this episode, we look at the friendship, collaboration, and chart rivalry of the two British icons, who collided on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in 1988—and later topped the chart together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2017
Man Bun on a Hot Tin Roof Edition
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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, delivering fresh, organic ingredients and quick, healthy recipes to your door. Choose from Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Family options. Find out more at SunBasket.com/culture And by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans. They give you confidence when it comes to refinancing your existing mortgage or buying a home. Go to RocketMortgage.com/culture to get started.  And by AT&T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&T. Don’t settle for any unlimited data plan. Only the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan comes with HBO included. Learn more at att.com/unlimited.  After 22 gigabytes of data usage, AT&T may slow speeds. Credits for HBO start within two bills. Channels available subject to change.  Charges, other usage and restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimited for details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2017
Vicarious Nails Edition
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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 liter, V8 LC 500 with 10-speed Direct-Shift transmission and the first-ever Multistage Hybrid LC 500h. Experience Amazing.  And by Winc. Get wines that are tailored to your palate delivered right to your door! Go to TryWinc.com/CULTURE and you’ll receive 20 dollars off your first order, plus complimentary shipping. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2017
Thus Always to Tyrants Edition
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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 Culture Gabfest is brought to you by I’M DYING UP HERE on Showtime, the new drama series from Jim Carrey that centers around a group of young comedians hoping to make it big in the 1970s L.A. comedy scene. Don’t miss new episodes Sundays at 10/9 Central only on SHOWTIME. Download the SHOWTIME App now to start your free trial. And by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans. They give you confidence when it comes to refinancing your existing mortgage or buying a home. Go to RocketMortgage dot com/Culture to get started. And by The Black Tux. For high-quality rental suits and tuxedos delivered right to your door, go to TheBlackTux.com/Culture and you’ll receive free shipping, plus 20 dollars off your purchase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2017
Live From Melbourne Edition
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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 you by Boll and Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by I’M DYING UP HERE on Showtime, the new drama series from Jim Carrey that centers around a group of young comedians hoping to make it big in the 1970s L.A. comedy scene. Don’t miss new episodes Sundays at 10 / 9 Central only on SHOWTIME. Download the SHOWTIME App now to start your free trial. And by Harry's. Harry’s is all about a great shave at a fair price. With 5 German-crafted blades, a flex-hinge, and a lubricating strip, they make the perfect Father’s Day gift. Go to Harrys.com/CULTURE right now to get $5 off one of their Shave Sets.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2017
Live From Sydney Edition
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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 Sebastian Smee. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Harrys. Get the close, comfortable shave you deserve. Sign up at Harrys.com/CULTURE, and you’ll receive their most popular Trial Set - a 13 dollar value - for FREE, you just cover the shipping. And by AT&T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&T. Don’t settle for any unlimited data plan. Only the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan comes with HBO included. Learn more at att.com/unlimited. After 22 gigabytes of data usage, AT&T may slow speeds. Credits for HBO start within two bills. Channels available subject to change.  Charges, other usage and restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimited for details. And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/CULTURE and using the promo code CULTURE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2017
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, The Fab Four Sweep Edition
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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 reflection of their massive popularity and a huge screwup by their American record label. Here’s the story of how Capitol Records nearly sabotaged the biggest rock band of all time.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at Slate.com/gistplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2017
Conspiracy Thrillers | The Manchurian Candidate (1962 + 2004)
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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 was then re-made in 2004, with each reflecting the crises of their time. Learn more about the Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club at slate.com/thrillers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2017
Whaboom Edition
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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 that are tailored to your palate delivered right to your door! Go to TryWinc.com/CULTURE and you’ll receive 20 dollars off your first order, plus complimentary shipping. And by AT&T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&T. Don’t settle for any unlimited data plan. Only the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan comes with HBO included. Learn more at att.com/unlimited. Legal:  After 22 gigabytes of data usage, AT&T may slow speeds. Credits for HBO start within two bills. Channels available subject to change.  Charges, other usage and restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimited for details. And by Showstopper, a new podcast from Spotify. Showstopper answers the question “how did that awesome song end up in that great show?” Listen to Showstopper and your favorite music on the Spotify mobile app for free now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2017
Needless with Three E's Edition
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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 Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code CULTURE. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/CULTURE. And by by Squarespace. Start building your website today! Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code CULTURE to get 10 percent off your first purchase of a website or domain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2017
Dana Works Blue Edition
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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. Experience the first-ever Lexus LC. With a 5.0-liter V8, 10-speed Direct-Shift transmission and near-perfect weight distribution, it’s a feat of amazing. The LC 500 and LC 500 Hybrid. Experience Amazing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2017
Demme God Edition
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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 Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/Culture And by The Black Tux. For high-quality rental suits and tuxedos delivered right to your door, go to TheBlackTux.com/culture and you’ll receive free shipping both ways, plus 20 dollars off your purchase.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2017
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade
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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, even more improbably,  in the 1980s it was transformed into a lilting, toasting reggae-pop global smash. And it would have been a flop in America if it hadn’t been for an enterprising deejay, who ignored the record labels and picked his own hits. With this song, he even started a two-year fad and a radio mutiny. Make sure you never miss an episode of Hit Parade.  Subscribe to the Culture Gabfest wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2017
Live From Washington D.C. Edition
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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. movies. The Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee is passionate about making a smoother tasting cup. Try it today with $4 off, when you buy two boxes of most Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods at keurig.com with code TRYGMC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2017
Five Men and a Baby Edition
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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 is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/Culture And by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite magazines...all in one place. Right now, get a 14-day FREE TRIAL when you sign up by going to Texture.com/culture. And by Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee is passionate about making a smoother tasting cup. Try it today with $4 off, when you buy two boxes of most Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods at keurig.com with code TRYGMC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2017
WTF Were You Thinking Edition
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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 real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/culture And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/culture and using the promo code culture. And by The Black Tux. For high-quality rental suits and tuxedos delivered right to your door, go to TheBlackTux.com/culture and you’ll receive free shipping both ways, plus 20 dollars off your purchase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2017
Lust-Free Dinner with David Plotz Edition
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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 self-imposed rules around women. Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/culture And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2017
Beast, Brontës, and Broadway Edition
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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. Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite magazines...all in one place. Right now, get a 14-day FREE TRIAL when you sign up by going to Texture.com/culture. And by Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee is passionate about making a smoother tasting cup. Try it today with $4 off, when you buy two boxes of most Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods at keurig.com with code TRYGMC. and by Squarespace. Start building your website today! Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code culture to get 10 percent off your first purchase of a website or domain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2017
[Chuck Berry Guitar Lick] Edition
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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 brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/culture And by Squarespace. Start building your website today! Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code CULTURE to get 10 percent off your first purchase of a website or domain. And by KAYAK.com. Traveling is exciting, but planning travel can be confusing. KAYAK takes the confusion out of planning travel by showing you your options on flights, hotels and rental cars from across the web. Get the information you need with KAYAK. Travel Problem Solved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2017
Nature Made Me a Freak, Man Made Me a Weapon Edition
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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 Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by Showstopper, a new podcast from Spotify. Showstopper answers the question “how did that awesome song end up in that great show?” Listen to Showstopper and your favorite music on the Spotify mobile app for free now. And by The Black Tux. For high-quality rental suits and tuxedos delivered right to your door, go to TheBlackTux.com/culture and you’ll receive free shipping both ways, plus 20 dollars off your purchase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2017
Lose the Shoulder Pads Edition
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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 ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/culture. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite magazines...all in one place. Right now, get a 14-day FREE TRIAL when you sign up by going to Texture.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2017
Crab Dystopia Edition
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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 women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/culture. And byThe Americans, an FX Original Series. This season will draw you closer to the unanswered questions and confrontations you’ve been waiting for. The Americans premieres Tuesday, March 7th at 10PM on FX. For more information, visit FXNetworks.com. And by Squarespace. Start building your website today! Go to Squarespace.com and use offer code culture to get 10 percent off your first purchase of a website or domain.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2017
[Crickets] Edition
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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. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans.When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/culture And by The Black Tux. For high-quality rental suits and tuxedos delivered right to your door, go to TheBlackTux.com/culture and you’ll receive free shipping both ways, plus 20 dollars off your purchase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2017
Stephen's Universe Edition
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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 Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite magazines...all in one place. Right now, get a 14-day FREE TRIAL when you sign up by going to Texture.com/culture. And by Care.com, the world’s largest digital marketplace for finding and managing family care. Learn how you can save 30 percent off a Care.com Premium membership AND receive a 15 dollar credit by visiting Care.com/culture And by the hit SHOWTIME Original Series BILLIONS, starring Emmy winners Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. BILLIONS returns Sunday, February 19th with new episodes every Sunday at 10/9 central. Download the SHOWTIME app now to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2017
Archie Got Hot Edition
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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 you by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/CULTURE. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/CULTURE. And by the hit SHOWTIME Original Series BILLIONS, starring Emmy winners Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. BILLIONS returns Sunday, February 19th with new episodes every Sunday at 10/9 central. Download the SHOWTIME app now to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2017
We Love Spunk Edition
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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 by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And byThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/culture. And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/cultureand using the promo code culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2017
Chalkboard Ninja Edition
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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? LifeAfter, a new series from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the creators of last year’s award-winning The Message, explores these very questions. Listen and download LifeAfter wherever you find your podcasts. And Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite magazines...all in one place. Right now, get a 14-day FREE TRIAL when you go to Texture.com/culture. And by the SHOWTIME Original Series HOMELAND, starring Claire Danes. Relentlessly fighting the government’s abuse of power here at home, Carrie Mathison is at odds with former allies. HOMELAND returns with new episodes every Sunday at 9 PM. Download the SHOWTIME app now to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2017
Slow Mo Nun Soccer Edition
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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 Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When itcomes to the big decision of choosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has yourbest interests in mind. Use Rocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loanprocess that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by LifeAfter. What happens to our digital lives when we’re gone? LifeAfter, a newseries from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the creators of last year’s award-winningThe Message, explores these very questions. Listen and download LifeAfter whereveryou find your podcasts. And by the SHOWTIME Original Series HOMELAND, starring Claire Danes. Relentlesslyfighting the government’s abuse of power here at home, Carrie Mathison is at odds withformer allies. HOMELAND returns with new episodes every Sunday at 9 PM. Downloadthe SHOWTIME app now to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2017
Decadent Slime Edition
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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 you by Boll and Branch. Get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture. And by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/culture. And by LifeAfter. What happens to our digital lives when we’re gone? LifeAfter, a new series from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the creators of last year’s award-winning The Message, explores these very questions. Listen and download LifeAfter wherever you find your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2017
Samba and Tapas Edition
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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 ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to design better-fitting bras. Try one of their best-selling bras for free for 30 days by visiting thirdlove.com/culture. And by LifeAfter. What happens to our digital lives when we’re gone? LifeAfter, a new series from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the creators of last year’s award-winning The Message, explores these very questions. Listen and download LifeAfter wherever you find your podcasts. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. When it comes to the big decision ofchoosing a mortgage lender, work with one that has your best interests in mind. UseRocket Mortgage for a transparent, trustworthy home loan process that’s completely online at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2017
Two Condoms and a Poem Edition
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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 name pronunciation and much more.  The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by LifeAfter. What Happens to our digital lives when we’re gone? LifeAfter, a new series from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the creators of last year’s award-winning The Message, explores those very questions. Listen and download LifeAfter wherever you find your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2016
Live Star Death Star Edition
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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 to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Andby Wordpress.com. More bloggers use Wordpress.com than any other platform. And now, for the first time ever, Wordpress.com offers you your own dot-blog domain. Hurry to Wordpress.com now and use promo code PODCAST for 15-percent off your custom dot-blog domain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2016
Mensch Warfare Edition
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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 Casper. Get the great night’s sleep you deserve. For 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase, just go to Casper.com/culture and use promo code culture. And by Audible. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial today by signing up at Audible.com/culture. And by Seedling. Give the kid in your life a unique gift that inspires creativity. Go to Seedling.com and use promo code culture for 10 dollars off your purchase of 30 dollars or more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2016
Low End Theory Edition
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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 Presidency. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Wordpress. More bloggers use Wordpress than any other platform. And now, for the first time ever, Wordpress.com offers you your own dot-blog domain. Hurry to Wordpress.com now and use promo code PODCAST for 15-percent off your custom dot-blog domain. And by Harry’s. Their limited edition holiday shave set makes a great gift for anyone. Go to Harrys.com and order by December 9th to get free shipping. Enter promo code culture at checkout for 5 dollars off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2016
Banter About Banter Edition
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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 Gabfest is brought to you by Seedling. For gifts that encourage kids to explore their creativity, just go to Seedling.com. Enter code culture for 10 dollars off your purchase of 30 dollars or more. And by Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s meal kits are delivered right to your door, and make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE meals FREE by going to BlueApron.com/culture. And by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Take a multi-sensory journey into the InterContinental life, and discover the Empathy stories where you learn about other cultures and expand your own life simultaneously. Download the Empathy audio stories on iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2016
Hey Aliens, Use a Coaster Edition
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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 by LifeAfter. What Happens to our digital lives when we’re gone? LifeAfter, a new series from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, the creators of last year’s award-winning The Message, explores those very questions. Listen and download LifeAfter wherever you find your podcasts. And by Audible. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial today by signing up at Audible.com/culture. And by Harry’s. Go to Harrys.com right now to get a limited edition holiday shave set while supplies last, and use promo code culture for 5 dollars off. Free shipping ends December 9th, so act now!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2016
New Abnormal Edition
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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 contributor and historian Ron Rosenbaum. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for 50 dollars off a set of sheets. And by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Take a multi-sensory journey into the InterContinental life, and discover stories that will excite your curiosity by going to Intercontinental.com/life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2016
Regnal Name Generator Edition
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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 Making Gay History, the new podcast from writer Eric Marcus chronicling figures from the early struggle for gay rights. The Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by Away. For premium quality luggage that’s affordable and makes traveling a breeze, visit awaytravel.com/culture. Use promo code culture and you’ll get 20 dollars off your order. And by InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Take a multi-sensory journey into the InterContinental life, and discover stories that will excite your curiosity by going to Intercontinental.com/life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2016
Sad Eagle Edition
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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. Blue Apron’s meal kits are delivered right to your door, and make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE meals FREE by going to BlueApron.com/culture. And by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for 50 dollars off your first set of sheets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2016
Beige Goo Edition
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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 Audible. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial today by signing up at Audible.com/culture. And by Money Mind, a new podcast from Prudential. Learn how to financially plan for every stage of life. Download and subscribe to Money Mind wherever you find your podcasts, and learn more at Slate.com/MoneyMind. And by Stitch Fix. Get custom looks delivered right to your door that are handpicked by your very own personal stylist to fit your budget and taste. Give Stitch Fix a try this fall by going to StitchFix.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2016
Live From Santa Monica Edition
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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 films about Hollywood.  The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by the new film Denial. From the screenwriter of The Hours and The Reader comes the true story of one woman’s court battle for historical truth against a Holocaust denier. Starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson. Denial: Playing everywhere Friday. And by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for 50 dollars off your first set of sheets. And by Stitch Fix. Get custom looks delivered right to your door that are handpicked by your very own personal stylist to fit your budget and taste. Give Stitch Fix a try this fall by going to StitchFix.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2016
Sympathy For The Devil Edition
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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 mystery and unmasking of Rachel Brewson. We want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn’t even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to panoply.fm/survey The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Harry’s. Get the smooth shave you’ve been wanting! When you sign up for a shave plan at Harrys.com, use promo code culture to get their Free Trial Set, plus their post-shave balm. And by Money Mind, a new podcast from Prudential. Learn how to financially plan for every stage of life. Download and subscribe to Money Mind wherever you find your podcasts, and learn more at Slate.com/MoneyMind. And by Stitch Fix. Get custom looks delivered right to your door that are handpicked by your very own personal stylist to fit your budget and taste. Give Stitch Fix a try this fall by going to StitchFix.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2016
Darkness On The Edge Of Reason Edition
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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 to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn’t even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to www.panoply.fm/survey Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s meal kits are delivered right to your door, and make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE meals FREE by going to BlueApron.com/culture. And by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for $50 off your first set of sheets. And by Glossier. Upgrade your beauty routine today. Get 20% off your first purchase by going to Glossier.com and using promo code culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2016
Get A Load Of This Clown Edition
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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 you by Audible, with an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, comedy, and more. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at Audible.com/story. And by Money Mind, a new podcast from Prudential. Learn how to financially plan for every stage of life. Download and subscribe to Money Mind wherever you find your podcasts, and learn more at Slate.com/MoneyMind. And by Casper. Get the great night’s sleep you deserve. For $50 toward any mattress purchase, just go to Casper.com/culture and use promo code culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2016
Pop, Race, & the ’60s episode 1: Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke
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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 Beauty, about two immensely famous protest songs. Where did Dylan get the melody for “Blowin’ in the Wind”? What makes “A Change Is Gonna Come” so beautiful? And why is Dylan perhaps the most written-about musician of his era while Cooke has been neglected?  The first episode of this Slate Academy is being made available as a special preview. To hear the rest of the series, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/popacademy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2016
Don't Exhale Edition
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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 helped create Harry Potter mega fandom.   The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for $50 off your first set of sheets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2016
Epistemological Meltdown Edition
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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 Talking. Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Casper. Get the great night’s sleep you deserve. For $50 toward any mattress purchase, just go to Casper.com/culture and use promo code Culture. And by Placemakers, a new Slate podcast made possible by JPMorgan Chase. This podcast tells the stories of neighborhoods, businesses, and nonprofits that are working together to move their communities forward. Download and subscribe to Placemakers wherever you get your podcasts. And by SeatGeek. Get a $20 rebate on your first order of game or concert tickets by downloading the SeatGeek app and using promo code culture in the Settings tab. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2016
Marconi Plays the Mamba Edition
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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 Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for 50 dollars off your first set of sheets. And by Blue Apron. Blue Apron’s meal kits are delivered right to your door, and make cooking at home easy. Get your first THREE meals FREE by going to BlueApron.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2016
Smart Brick Edition
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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 Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Placemakers, a new Slate podcast made possible by JPMorgan Chase. This podcast tells the stories of neighborhoods, businesses, and nonprofits that are working together to move their communities forward. Download and subscribe to Placemakers wherever you get your podcasts.  And by Audible. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial today by signing up at Audible.com/culture.  And by Green Chef. Their organic meal kits make it easy to cook healthy and feel great about where your food comes from. Get four free meals with your first order when you sign up at GreenChef.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2016
"And Now It's Dead" Edition
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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, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for free shipping and 20 percent off your entire order. And by Audible. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial today by signing up at Audible.com/culture. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2016
Live from Steve's Porch Edition
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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 stories of neighborhoods, businesses, and nonprofits that are working together to move their communities forward. Download and Subscribe to Placemakers wherever you get your podcasts. And by Audible, with an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, comedy, and more. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at Audible.com/story. And by Green Chef. Their organic meal kits make it easy to cook healthy and feel great about where your food comes from. Get four free meals with your first order when you sign up at GreenChef.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2016
Live from The Mount Edition
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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 how technology is trying so hard to infantilize us. Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2016
Avada C'mon Edition
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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 luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for free shipping and 20 percent off your entire order. And by Placemakers, a new Slate podcast made possible by JPMorgan Chase. This podcast tells the stories of neighborhoods, businesses, and nonprofits that are working together to move their communities forward. Download and Subscribe to Placemakers wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2016
Summer Strut 2016 Edition
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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 money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. And by Green Chef. Their organic meal kits make it easy to cook healthy and feel great about where your food comes from. Get four meals free with your first order when you go to GreenChef.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2016
Gotta Bust'em All Edition
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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 luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code culture for free shipping and 20 percent off your entire order. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with an easy online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2016
Calamities Ensue Edition
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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 audiobooks, original audio shows, news, comedy, and more. And by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing, and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. And by Green Chef, a new food delivery service that makes cooking easy—with consciously sourced healthy recipes and organic ingredients. Get four free meals with your first order when you go to GreenChef.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2016
Steve is a Mocap Golden Retriever Edition
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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 ClubW.com/culture. 
And by eero, the world’s first whole-home wifi system. Get FREE overnight shipping by going to eero.com/culture and at checkout enter promo code culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2016
Independence Duh Edition
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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 they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by the new podcast Dog Smarts. Each episode features leading researchers and academics that tackle questions of language, memory, intelligence, and even love as they pertain to our dogs. Subscribe to Dog Smarts on iTunes now. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage’s completely online process lets you get a custom mortgage solution wherever and whenever you want. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2016
Jalapeños on Your Eyeballs Edition
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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 researchers and academics that tackle questions of language, memory, intelligence, and even love as they pertain to our dogs. Subscribe to Dog Smarts on iTunes now. And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage takes the frustrations out of getting a mortgage by letting you safely share your financial information with the touch of a button. Get approved online in minutes at QuickenLoans.com/culture. And by Tictail, a social shopping marketplace. Go to tictail.com/culture to create your profile and discover independent brands around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2016
Followers of Satin Edition
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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 luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by Audible, with an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, comedy, and more. Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at Audible.com/culture.  And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2016
Lonely Cilantro Edition
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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 features leading researchers and academics that tackle questions of language, memory, intelligence, and even love as they pertain to our dogs. Subscribe to Dog Smarts on iTunes now. And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code CULTURE. And by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing, and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2016
Race, Class, Gosling Edition
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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 by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. All Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/culture and using the promo code CULTURE. And by the new podcast Dog Smarts. Each episode features leading researchers and academics that tackle questions of language, memory, intelligence, and even love as they pertain to our dogs. Subscribe to Dog Smarts on iTunes now. And by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing, and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2016
What Kind of Preacher Are You? Edition
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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 bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by TrackR, a coin-sized device that locates misplaced keys, wallets, bags, computers—anything in seconds. Make losing things, a thing of the past. Get 30 percent off your first TrackR device by going to TheTracker.com and using the promo code CULTURE. And by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing, and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2016
Too Old to Be Governable Too Young to Die Edition
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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, with more than 250,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook at Audible.com/culture.   And by Tictail, a social shopping marketplace. Go to tictail.com/culture to create your profile and to see a selection of our favorite products.   And by Rocket Mortgage from Quicken Loans. Rocket Mortgage brings the mortgage process into the twenty-first century with a fast, easy, and completely online process. Check out Rocket Mortgage today at QuickenLoans.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2016
Who Brought the Chardonnay Edition
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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, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE.   And by Tracker, a coin-sized device that locates misplaced keys, wallets, bags, computers—anything in seconds. Make losing things, a thing of the past. Get 40 percent off your first Tracker device by going to TheTracker.com and using the promo code CULTURE.   And by Tictail, a social shopping marketplace. Go to tictail.com/culture to create your profile and to see a selection of our favorite products. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2016
The Worst Man in the World Edition
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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 "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine delivered directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For $20 off your first order--with free shipping on orders of 4 bottles or more--go to ClubW.com/culture.   And by ScoreBig. Did you know that 40 percent of all live event tickets go unsold? ScoreBig works directly with your favorite teams and artists to get those unsold seats at huge savings. Go to ScoreBig.com right now, click on the microphone and enter the promo code CULTURE. You’ll save an extra 20 dollars off your first ticket purchase.   And by Tictail, a social shopping marketplace. Go to tictail.com/culture to create your profile and to see a selection of our favorite products. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2016
The Beautiful Ones Edition
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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 right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by Tracker, a coin-sized device that locates misplaced keys, wallets, bags, computers—anything in seconds. Make losing things, a thing of the past. Get 40 percent off your first Tracker device by going to TheTracker.com and using the promo code CULTURE. And by Care.com, the world’s largest digital marketplace for finding and managing family care. Right now you can save 30 percent off a Care.com Premium membership AND receive a 15 dollar credit when you subscribe at Care.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2016
I Just Didn't Believe He Was Raised by Wolves Edition
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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. The Associated Press calls this groundbreaking production, “The best of what Broadway can do.” Get tickets at FunHomeBroadway.com.   And by The Haters, the hilarious road-trip novel about music and friendship, by Jesse Andrews—New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Find The Haters at AbramsBooks.com/thehaters.   And by Green Chef, a new food delivery service that makes cooking easy—with consciously sourced healthy recipes and organic ingredients. Get four free meals with your first order when you go to GreenChef.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2016
Fightin' Side of Everybody Edition
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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 more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook at Audible.com/culture. And by ScoreBig. Did you know that 40 percent of all live event tickets go unsold? ScoreBig works directly with your favorite teams and artists to get those unsold seats at huge savings. Go to ScoreBig.com right now, click on the microphone and enter the promo code CULTURE. You’ll save an extra 20 dollars off your first ticket purchase. That’s ScoreBig.com, promo code CULTURE. And by The Haters, the hilarious road-trip novel about music and friendship, by Jesse Andrews—New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Find The Haters at AbramsBooks.com/thehaters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2016
Live from Chelsea Edition
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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. Rushmore. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20% off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE.   And by The Haters, the hilarious road-trip novel about music and friendship, by Jesse Andrews—New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Find The Haters at AbramsBooks.com/thehaters.   And by Green Chef, a new food delivery service that makes cooking easy—with consciously sourced healthy recipes and organic ingredients. Get four free meals with your first order when you go to GreenChef.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2016
Late Notice Edition
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The Culture Gabfest is going to be late this week because of its awesome live show in New York City.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2016
Men Are Still Good Edition
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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 BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by Roku and HBO NOW. Roku players offer the biggest selection of streaming channels, like HBO NOW. Learn more and try HBO NOW free for one month by going to roku.com/gab. And by ScoreBig. Did you know that 40 percent of all live event tickets go unsold? ScoreBig works directly with your favorite teams and artists to get those unsold seats at huge savings. Go to ScoreBig.com right now, click on the microphone and enter the promo code CULTURE. You’ll save an extra 20 dollars off your first ticket purchase. That’s ScoreBig.com, promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2016
Bunny Cop Edition
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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 or predatory? The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with more than 5,000 lectures. As a member, you can watch as many lectures as you want, anytime, on any device. For a limited time, Culture Gabfest listeners can watch The Fundamentals of Photography—for free—by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/culture. And by Roku and HBO NOW. Roku players offer the biggest selection of streaming channels, like HBO NOW. Learn more and try HBO NOW free for one month by going to roku.com/gab. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2016
Threat or Menace Edition
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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 Gabfest is brought to you by BollandBranch.com, offering luxury bedding at affordable prices. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by Roku and HBO NOW. Roku players offer the biggest selection of streaming channels, like HBO NOW. Learn more and try HBO NOW free for one month by going to roku.com/gab. And by Tracker. Make losing things a thing of the past. Get 40 percent off your first Tracker device by going to TheTracker.com and using the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2016
Unmeeting Edition
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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 video service with more than 5,000 lectures. As a member, you can watch as many lectures as you want, anytime, on any device. And for a limited time, Culture Gabfest listeners can watch The Fundamentals of Photography—for free—by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/culture. And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine delivered directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by Amazon. Detective Harry Bosch is back on the new season of Amazon’s Original Series Bosch, based on the best selling novels by Michael Connelly. Stream the new season on March 11th on Amazon Prime Video. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2016
Wearing Jeans to The Oscars Edition
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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 files safe this year—protect your photos, music, and documents with automatic cloud backup from Carbonite. Try it free without a credit card at Carbonite.com, and use the offer code CULTURE to get two free bonus months if you decide to buy.   And by Warby Parker, a new concept in eyewear. Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy, risk-free and most of all, enjoyable. Visit warbyparker.com/cultural to begin your free home try-on experience today.   And by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook at Audible.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2016
Who Will Critique the Critics? Edition
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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 lectures. For a limited time, listeners of the Culture Gabfest can watch one of the most popular courses—The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking—for free. Just visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/culture.   And by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE.   And by A&E’s hit series Bates Motel. Catch the new season when it returns Monday March 7th at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on A&E. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2016
We Love You Like Kanye Loves Kanye Edition
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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 Carbonite. Keep your digital files safe this year—protect your photos, music, and documents with automatic cloud backup from Carbonite. Try it free without a credit card at Carbonite.com, and use the offer code CULTURE to get two free bonus months if you decide to buy. And by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook at Audible.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2016
Beyoncé Wins the Superbowl Edition
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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 to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with more than 5,000 lectures. As a member, you can watch as many lectures as you want on any device. And for a limited time, listeners of the Culture Gabfest can watch one of the most popular courses—The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking—for free. Just visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/culture.   And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/culture and using the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2016
Did Steve Finish His Book? Edition
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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 new video learning service with more than 5,000 lectures. For a limited time only, listeners of the Culture Gabfest can stream one of the most popular courses—The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking—for free. Just visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/culture.   And by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off, plus free shipping. Get sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers, and more at BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE.   And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine delivered directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2016
Nevermind, Don't Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition
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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 year—protect your photos, music, and documents with automatic cloud backup from Carbonite. Try it free without a credit card at Carbonite.com, and use the offer code CULTURE to get two free bonus months if you decide to buy. And by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Get the nicest sheets you've ever owned for about half the price of what stores are charging. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. Go to BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE.   And by Audible.com, with more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook at Audible.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2016
All Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition
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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 makes luxury bedding affordable. Get the nicest sheets you've ever owned for about half the price of what stores are charging. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. Go to BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2016
Lazarus Edition
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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 Awards. Tune in live January 17th at 8pm EasternTime/5pm Pacific to see who in film and TV takes the top prizes. Only on A&E. And by Carbonite. Keep your digital files safe this year—protect your photos, music, and documents with automatic cloud backup from Carbonite. Try it free without a credit card at Carbonite.com, and use the offer code CULTURE to get two free bonus months if you decide to buy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2016
Spark Oy! Edition
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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 makes luxury bedding affordable. Get the nicest sheets you've ever owned for about half the price of what stores and boutiques are charging. Order right now and they'll give you $50 off a set of sheets, plus free shipping. Go to BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards. Tune in live January 17th at 8pm Eastern Time/5pm Pacific to see who in film and TV takes the top prizes. Only on A&E. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2016
We Forced You To Call Us Edition
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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 - looks like to today's 40-somethings. Hear what inspires real people, the hopes they have for tomorrow, and much more. See yourself in their stories at slate.com/4040vision/family.   And by Making A Murderer, an unprecedented new documentary that takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. All episodes are now streaming, only on Netflix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2015
Checkin' It Thrice Edition
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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 40-somethings. Hear what inspires real people, the hopes they have for tomorrow, and much more. See yourself in their stories at slate.com/4040vision/family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2015
The Room Where It Happens Edition
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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 revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 20 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by BollandBranch.com, the company that makes luxury bedding affordable. Get the nicest sheets you've ever owned for about half the price of what stores and boutiques are charging. Order right now and they'll give you 20 percent off your entire order plus free shipping. Go to BollAndBranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2015
It's Showbiz Inside Edition
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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 misinterpret) anorexia.   The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Shari's Berries. Fresh berries dipped in chocolate—starting at just $19.99—are a great holiday gift. Go to berries.com and use the promo code CULTURE and double your berries for just 10 dollars more. And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2015
"Rocky Theme" Edition
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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 that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code CULTURE. And by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee­free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/culture. And by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2015
Obergruppenführer Edition
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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 you by Prudential’s 40/40 Vision, a multimedia microsite exploring what life—and the future—looks like to today’s 40-somethings. Hear what inspires real people, the hopes they have for tomorrow, and much more. See yourself in their stories at slate.com/4040vision/family.   And by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2015
Live from Broadway Edition
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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 cast members Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateCultFest Facebook: facebook.com/culturefest Email: culturefest@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2015
Live from San Francisco Edition
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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 glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by the American Heart Association, which is urging lawmakers to save physical education. The average school gets just $764 every year for phys ed. Go to heart.org/LetThemPlay to learn more and take action. And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2015
Radio Radio Edition
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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 album 25 with Slate's Chris Molanphy.   The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code CULTURE. And by Braintree. Looking to set up payments for your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee­free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/culture. And by the American Heart Association, which is urging lawmakers to save physical education. The average school gets just $764 every year for Physical Education. Go to heart.org/LetThemPlay to learn more and take action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2015
Ah Aliens, Ah Humanity Edition
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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 Kahn.   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 40-somethings. Hear what inspires real people, the hopes they have for tomorrow, and much more. See yourself in their stories at slate.com/4040vision/family. And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater. Subscribe to "The Message" here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2015
Pry This Lectern Out of My Cold Dead Hands Edition
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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 Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/culture. And by the Great Courses, offering a series of lectures about food, including Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking, Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Baking Pastries and Desserts, and Making Great Meals in Less Time. Order any one of these Everyday Gourmet courses for only $9.95 for a limited time at TheGreatCourses.com/culture. And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater. Subscribe to "The Message" here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2015
If Only Garfield Had Taken Off His Clothes Edition
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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 by Whispersync for Voice, an Amazon and Audible innovation. Add narration to more than 60,000 Kindle bestsellers and popular titles. Read on your tablet and when it's time to go, pick up where you left off by switching to audio and listening on your phone. Learn more about Whispersync for Voice by visiting amazon.com/culturefest. And by Beech Nut Organics. At Beech Nut, homemade is their inspiration. It’s not baby food. It’s real food for babies—real organic fruits and vegetables, and nothing more. Nobody else makes food for babies this way! Beech Nut Organics are now available at Target. Go to BeechNutGabFest.com and enter to win a year's worth of food. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2015
#TeenLife Edition
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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 your business? Braintree gives your app or website a payment solution that accepts just about every payment method with one simple integration. Plus, we’ll give you your first $50,000 in transactions fee­ free. To learn more, visit BraintreePayments.com/culture. And by Beech Nut Organics. At Beech Nut, homemade is their inspiration. It’s not baby food. It’s real food for babies—real organic fruits and vegetables, and nothing more. Nobody else makes food for babies this way. Beech Nut Organics are now available at Target. Go to BeechNutGabFest.com and enter to win a year’s worth of food. And by the Great Courses, offering a series of lectures about food, including Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking, Making Healthy Food Taste Great, Baking Pastries and Desserts, and Making Great Meals in Less Time. Order any one of these Everyday Gourmet courses for only $9.95 for a limited time at TheGreatCourses.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2015
Sugar and Spice and Blood Edition
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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 his cover of Taylor Swift's "1989" album. And Dan Pashman, former Gabfest producer and current host of WNYC's The Sporkful, chimes in to chat pumpkin spice lattes. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by OPEN ACCOUNT, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. OPEN ACCOUNT explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. OPEN ACCOUNT is available now on iTunes. And by Beech Nut Organics. At Beech Nut, homemade is their inspiration. It’s not baby food. It’s real food for babies—real organic fruits and vegetables, and nothing more. Nobody else makes food for babies this way! Beech Nut Organics are now available at Target.  Go to BeechNutGabFest.com and enter to win a year’s worth of food. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2015
Live from Chicago Edition
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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 Account, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. Open Account explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. Open Account is available now on iTunes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2015
Hot and Cold Running Sonnets
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2015
Binocular G Edition
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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 Slate's Will Oremus.   The Slate Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Warby Parker, a new concept in eyewear. Warby Parker makes buying glasses online easy, risk-free and most of all, enjoyable. Get free three-day shipping on your final frame choice when you go to warbyparker.com/cultural.   And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2015
Bullets or Exposition Edition
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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 Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. Period. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to www.braintreepayments.com/culture   And by Next Issue, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet.  Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time, and more, with interactive content for a richer reading experience.  Right now, try Next Issue out for free  at www.nextissue.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2015
"Will There Be a Zombie Around the Corner?" Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2015
911 is a Leitmotif Edition
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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 Allison Benedikt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2015
Lite in August Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2015
#Squadgoals Edition
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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 Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/culture   And by Volvo. Experience the Wonder of Summer. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get up to five years full coverage, including wear and tear. Go to volvocars.com/us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2015
Go Set a Pet Edition
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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, how will What Pet Should I Get? affect the legacy of Dr. Seuss? Read Dana's review of The Look of Silence and her interview with Oppenheimer. And, read Will Saletan's article about GMOs. In our Slate Plus bonus segment: What's your alienating hobby? If you're not a member, enjoy ad-free podcasts, exclusive content, and much more when you sign up at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2015
Haders Gonna Hade, Hackers Gonna Hack, Gawkers Gonna Gawk Edition
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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 audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "The Every Day Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/culture.   And by Volvo. Experience the Wonder of Summer. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get up to five years full coverage, including wear and tear. Go to volvocars.com/us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2015
What a Long Strange Trip We Ignored Edition
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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 company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code CULTURE.   And by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. Period. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go tobraintreepayments.com/culture   And by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "The Every Day Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2015
It's Not Bro Time It's Go Time Edition
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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 bedding affordable and convenient to order from home. Right now, get $50 off a set of sheets, plus free shipping, when you go to www.bollandbranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2015
Quinquennial Strut Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2015
Life, Money, Art Edition
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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 website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code CULTURE at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace. Build it Beautiful. And by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "The Fundamentals of Photography." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit greatcourses.com/culture. And by Boll and Branch, making luxury bedding affordable and convenient to order from home. Boll and Branch sheets are made from organic cotton that's fair-trade certified. Right now, get $50 off a set of sheets, plus free shipping, when you go to bollandbranch.com and use the promo code CULTURE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2015
"Should We Consult Here or in My Bungalow?" Edition
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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 is sponsored by: Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. Period. To learn more, and for your  first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/culture   And By: Tastebud, a new mobile app that lets you share and discover movies, music, books, TV shows, podcasts and apps. Ask friends for specific recommendations or simply share your current obsessions. Go to tastebudapp.co     And By: The Great Courses, celebrating their 25th Anniversary,  with over 500 courses including History, Literature, Psychology, Better Living, and more. Watch or Listen with DVDs, CDs, streaming, digital downloads or with The Great Courses apps. The Great Courses created a Special, limited time offer for Culture Gabfest listeners Order from 8 of their bestselling courses – including: The Fundamentals of Photography at Up to 80% off the original price. Don’t wait: go to thegreatcourses.com/CULTURE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2015
The Culture Gabfest: Spy. UnReal. Wow. Episode
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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: Tastebud, a new mobile app that lets you share and discover movies, music, books, TV shows, podcasts and apps.  Ask friends for specific recommendations or simply share your current obsessions. Go to tastebudapp.co. And: Audible.com, who has more than 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audiblepodcast.com/culture. Also: Birchbox Man. Gentlemen, with all the challenges you tackle each day, looking sharp shouldn’t have to be one of them. That’s why for $20 a month, Birchbox Man will ship you a lineup of gear and grooming  essentials—from style upgrades to shaving supplies—directly to your doorstep. So head over to Birchbox.com and use promo code CULTURE to get 100 Birchbox points with the purchase of your subscription. That’s $10 to spend towards your new favorite products. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2015
Whack-A-Guest Edition
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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 Slate's Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Braintree. If you’re working on a mobile app and searching for a simple payments solution, check out Braintree. With one simple integration, you can offer your customers every way to pay. Period. To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/culture. The Culture Gabfest is also sponsored by Volvo. Experience the Wonder of Summer. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get up to five years full coverage, including wear and tear. Go to volvocars.com/us. The Culture Gabfest is also sponsored by Harry's. Go to Harrys.com now and Harry’s will give you $5 off your Father’s day set with the promo code CULTURE. Order by June 17th to get your set in time for Father’s Day. That's Harrys.com and enter coupon code CULTURE at check out for $5 off. Harry’s—a shave good enough to give. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2015
I See Floating Hearts Edition
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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 building your website today at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code CULTURE at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. This episode of The Culture Gabfest is brought to you by The Netflix Original Documentary Series - Chef's Table which offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned, international culinary talents. This series is directed by David Gelb the creator of Jiro Dreams of Sushi. All episodes now streaming on Netflix.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2015
Badass Matriarchy Edition
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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 to your door. With over 100 flavors to choose from, you’ll never get bored of snacking again. Try NatureBox for free by going to naturebox.com/culture. That’s naturebox.com/culture. And by the Netflix Original Documentary Series - Chef's Table. Go inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned, international culinary talents. This series is directed by David Gelb the creator of Jiro Dreams of Sushi. All episodes now streaming on Netflix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2015
Steve Has a Hangover in Toronto Edition
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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 Tonight Show spinoff Lip Sync Battle. The Slate Culture Gabfest is sponsored by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code "Culture." And by the Netflix Original Documentary Series - Chef's Table. Go inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned, international culinary talents. This series is directed by David Gelb the creator of Jiro Dreams of Sushi. All episodes now streaming on Netflix. And by NatureBox, shipping tasty and guilt-free snacks right to your door. With over 100 flavors to choose from like Asiago & Cheddar Cheese Crisps, Pistachio Power Clusters and Big Island Pineapple, you’ll never get bored of snacking again. Try NatureBox for free by going to naturebox.com/culture. That’s naturebox.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2015
Stupid and Contagious
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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 Blu-ray combo pack and DVD. Selma tells the incredible true story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic effort to ensure voting rights for all Americans, from Paramount Pictures and rated PG-13. And by The Honest Company, featuring safe products for your family and home. Purchase your first bundle by Mother's Day and receive a free soy candle worth $20. Go to FreeHonest.com and use the promo code "culture." That's FreeHonest.com and the promo code "Culture."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2015
Heavy is the Head That Wears the Guacamole Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2015
About Lightning Edition
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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. Get a free gift worth $20 when you purchase your first bundle before Mother's Day. Go to Honest.com and use the promo code CULTURE. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/cultureplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2015
'Tates and Sass Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2015
Bald Guys Fighting Edition (Ad Free by Slate Plus)
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2015
Fluffy Karaoke Chicken Bites Dog Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2015
The Scamp Stamp Edition
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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." Join Julia and other Slatesters for a Mad Men premiere party, April 5 at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Doors at 9 p.m. RSVP here, with special benefits for Slate Plus members.  Our sponsors this week: RetailMeNot, the digital coupon app that offers thousands of coupons from 55,000 stores. To get an invite to download the invite, text "CULTURE" to 42767. And, PBS, presenting Wolf Hall on Masterpiece. Starring Mark Rylance, this historical drama for a modern audience revolves around Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant power broker who served England's King Henry VIII. Wolf Hall airs Sunday, April 5 at 10/9 central.  Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/cultureplus   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2015
America's One Night Stand with Robin Thicke Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2015
Woodshedding Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2015
There is No Wrong Way to Use a Margarita Pool Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2015
Decapitated Swan Dress Edition
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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 Wright. All episodes available on Friday, Feb. 27. And by the new ABC drama American Crime, from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave. Catch the series premiere on Thursday, March 5 on ABC.  Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/cultureplus     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2015
Red Room of Pain Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2015
Ass Over Teakettle Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2015
Nice Singlet Edition
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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 podcasts even better! Take Slate's listener survey at to slate.com/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2015
Whiteout Conditions Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2015
We'll Be a Little Late This Week
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In which Julia explains that we were delayed by this week's storm, and we'll post the show a little later on Wednesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2015
Tales from the Decrypt Edition
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film The Imitation Game, HBO's Togetherness, and Celine's new It Girl, Joan Didion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2015
The Expensive Speech Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2015
The Great Brio of the Buoy Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2015
New Theme Song Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2014
Behold! Ignorance and Want Edition
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Sony Pictures hack, Hollywood film franchises, and favorite Christmas movies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2014
I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK Edition
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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 (bluebottlecoffee.com/redeem), promo code Culture. Harrys.com (harrys.com), promo code Culture. CreativeBug.com (creativebug.com), promo code Culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2014
Rock, Paper, Scissors Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2014
Culture Gabfest Extra: Little Trip to the Big Dig
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2014
Totally Obsessed Edition
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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, California-based specialty coffee roaster dedicated to getting the most delicious coffee to anyone who asks for it. Try their new Blue Bottle at Home service. Go to bluebottlecoffee.com/redeem, and enter the promo code "Culture". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2014
Culture Gabfest Extra: Pasadena, Here We Come
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2014
"How Could You?" Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2014
The Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2014
A Rip Van Winkle in Time Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2014
The New York Review of Taylor Swift Edition
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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 video on catcalling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2014
Watching the Watchers Do the Watching Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2014
Live from Boston Edition
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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 notes at www.slate.com/culturefest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2014
Find Your Biatch Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2014
You and Your Strange Ways Here in Hollywood Edition
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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; Scriptnotes podcast hosts and screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin, and debate the movie Gone Girl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2014
That Balloon Dog Didn't Make Itself Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2014
If Bono Were a Chess Piece Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2014
"Oh, Grow Up!" Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2014
Talk of Shame Edition
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Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens answer listeners calls from the Slate retreat at Mohonk Mountain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2014
Vancouver, France Edition
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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. You can leave a question for next week's show on our voicemail: 725-222-FEST. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2014
Mmmm...Simpsons Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2014
Precision of Language Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Good Night, Robin Williams Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Not That Gomorrah Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: The Dumb Culture Gabfest Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Ape Not Kill Ape Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2014
The Culturefest: Migrating Buns Edition
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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 with outgoing intern Anna Shechtman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Babbling Brooks Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Grief Sandwich Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2014
Slate Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2014 Edition
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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 you strut your stuff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: This is Sparta Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Re-Stephening Edition
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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 to the classroom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: "Ow, Your Cheekbone!" Edition
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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 dirty pop song." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Sadness as the Bread Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: We Are All Going to 100% Die Someday Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition
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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 Hateship Loveship which is an adaptation Alice Munro’s short story, and Slate’s Carl Wilson joins the gabbers to talk about using Celine Dion as a measuring stick for taste. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition
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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 Bryan Lowder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition
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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 won't see derp in Gawker's new style guide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: The Silent "T" Party Edition
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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 exhibit, "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: My Little Dictaphone Edition
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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 to reading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Are You There God? It's Me, Hollywood. Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: The Green Handshake Edition
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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 High Maintenance a fictional web series that follows a pot dealer into clients' homes, and lastly the effects of e-payments on tipping. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2014
The Culture Gabfest: Prime Directive Edition
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2014