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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 critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop. For more of Slate’s culture podcasts, check out the Slate Culture feed.

Latest Episodes

Live From Home

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are live from … Zoom! First, the panel talks about Cuties, the Netflix filmthat has stirred up controversey. Next, the panel discusses the Emmys—how successful (and necessary) was the virtual awards show? Finally, the panel takes on the future of fashion. Get your closets ready: Sweatpants will not be around forever. In Slate Plus, the hosts answer listeners’ questions about philosophy, comfort watches, and so much more. (Per a listener’s question, here is our previous episode on pumpkin spice.) Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: The McMansion Hell blog Julia: Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin Steve: The television show Reno 911! Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Special thanks to Faith Smith and Britt Pullie for organizing the live show. Outro Music: Self Made Woman by Katharine Appleton

60 min6 d ago
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Live From Home

Reminder: Virtual Live Show Tonight!

Dana reminds listeners about tonight's virtual live show! It's at 8pm ET on Slate's Facebook and YouTube pages. For links and more info, visit Slate.com/live If you can't make it, that's okay! The audio version of the live show will be dropped in your feed on Thursday evening.

48 s1 w ago
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Reminder: Virtual Live Show Tonight!

Pregnancy and Prayer

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s Aymann Ismail to discuss the Emmy-nominated series Ramy (check out Aymann’s story for Slate on Ramy Youssef here). Next, the panel talks with Glenn Whipp, an entertainment columnist for the LA Times, about the new inclusion requirements the Oscars recently announced. Finally, the panel dives in HBO Max’s movie Unpregnant. In Slate Plus, the hosts open up about the first thing they’ll want to do in a post-pandemic world and what things, to their surprise, they will not want to return to doing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: “Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns (as heard in Days of Heaven) Julia: Rösle Stainless Steel Mincing Garlic Press Steve: Hilltown Hot Pies (“Feast your eyes!”) Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Last Sunday by OTE

61 min2 w ago
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Pregnancy and Prayer

Horrors Real and Imagined

On this week’s episode, Steve is joined by guests hosts Laura Miller, a books and culture columnist for Slate, and Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and Slate’s former chief political correspondent. The panel takes on Lovecraft Country, HBO’s new horror series. Next, they talk about Charlie Kaufman’s enigmatic I’m Thinking of Ending Things. And finally, the panel dives into the “is NYC over?” debate. In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about a George Washington University professor’s recent confession that she falsely claimed a Black identity. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Laura: The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman Jamelle: The Way Back, a sports film starring Ben Affleck Steve: “What Ails America” by Timothy Snyder in the New York Review of Books, adapted from his new book, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary And finally, please check out Jamelle’s cereal reviews for Serious Eats. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Bloody Hunter by Paisley Pink

61 min3 w ago
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Horrors Real and Imagined

Bogus Journey

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss Bill & Ted Face the Music, the decades-later sequel to the 1989 and 1991 originals. (This was also Dana’s first movie review for Slate after the pandemic’s monthslong disruption! Check it out here.) Next, the panel talks about Chadwick Boseman’s legacy with Wesley Morris, a critic-at-large for the New York Times who wrote about the late actor’s powerful approach to biographical moviemaking. Finally, they dive into Dana’s comfort pick—Days of Heaven. In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about moviegoing with Sam Adams, Slate’s very own writer who ventured into a newly opened theater to review Tenet. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: Alex Winter’s Showbiz Kids, an HBO documentary about child stars. Julia: Plus One, starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid. https://www.amazon.com/Plus-One-Maya-Erskine/dp/B07RYT666R Stephen: “American Fascism: It Has Happened Here,” by Sarah Churchwell in the New York Review of Books. “Ur-Fascism,” by Umberto Eco in the New York Review of Books in 1995. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro music: Spinning the Wheels by Dusty Decks

61 minSEP 2
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Bogus Journey

Mad as Hell

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss a recent video of twins’ listening to Phil Collins’s “In the Air Tonight” that went viral. Then, the panelists talk about John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza. Finally, they take on this week’s comfort watch—Network. In Slate Plus, the hosts break down The Daily’s recent two-part series on cancel culture. Endorsements: Dana: The accurate lime cordial recipe! Julia: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Steve: “Dickens in Brooklyn” by Jay Neugeboren in the New York Review of Books Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work.

60 minAUG 19
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Mad as Hell

Folklorn

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson to take on Taylor Swift’s Folklore. Then, the panelists discusses school reopenings, riffing off of Dana’s recent op-ed for the Washington Post. Finally, they break down this week’s comfort watch—the 1936 screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey. In Slate Plus, the hosts are joined by Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow to discuss her recent pieces on cancel culture and online debate. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Other items discussed in this show: “Taylor Swift’s New Album Reveals That Social Distancing Has Served Her Well” by Carl Wilson in Slate “Held back: As parents realize how badly the U.S. botched the next school year, we’re furious” by Dana Stevens in the Washington Post “The Cancel Culture Trap” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate “Illiberalism Isn’t to Blame for the Death of Good-Faith Debate” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate Endorsements: Dana: Dana’s original drink “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,” inspired by a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem. To make the cordial, boil a 2:1 ratio of lime juice to water on stove until reduced to half. Sweeten to taste. Mix with bourbon or rye whiskey. Throw in basil or mint leaf as garnish. Julia: Strand by the Spinanes, especially “Winter on Ice.” Steve: “Publish and Perish” by Agnes Callard in the Point. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Back to Silence by OTE

63 minAUG 5
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Folklorn

Summer Strut 2020

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy to take on contenders for song of the summer, an unusual competition this year that has been heavily influenced by TikTok. Then, the team dives into 20 hours of listener-nominated songs to determine the “struttiest,” giving you new music to listen to as you strut around your house this summer or when venturing out on an exciting adventure to the grocery store. In Slate Plus, the hosts zip through a lightning round of their Summer Strut recommendations. Summer Strut 2020 Short List on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0P17fljddUDgdDHJx7Sa27?si=MrLdELutSJSdcw5WyW-ekQ Past “Summer Strut” Gabfests are available here:2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018, 2019. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Fl...

77 minJUL 22
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Summer Strut 2020

Hamilton in the Trump Era

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by New Yorker staff writer Doreen St. Félix to talk about I May Destroy You. Then, Steve and Dana are joined by Isaac Butler, writer and co-host of this season of Slate’s Working podcast, to discuss the filmed version of Hamilton, now streaming on Disney Plus. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s comfort-watch pick of the week: the 1996 disaster film Twister. In Slate Plus, the hosts continue to talk with Isaac about Hamilton, its ending, its significance in 2020, and more. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Smartface by Smartface Endorsements Dana: Scott Brick’s narration of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. Julia: The movie Dave. Steve: “Wanting Wrong” by Anne Enright in the New York Review of Books. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up ...

59 minJUL 8
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Hamilton in the Trump Era

Toppling Teddy Roosevelt

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Jamelle Bouie to talk about the toppling of statues across the country. Then, the panel talks about Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Bloods. Finally, they discuss Julia’s comfort-watch pick: Center Stage. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the postponement of the Oscars to 2021. Other items discussed in the show: The Slate podcast series Reconstruction, hosted by Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion This Twitter thread on the history of Mount Rushmore “‘First Cow’ for best picture? A critic’s guide to the Oscars if movie theaters don’t reopen in 2020,” by Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Self Made Woman by Katharine Appleton Endorsements Dana: Jamelle Bouie’s newsletter. Julia: Waterproof UNO, the card game. Steve: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. The French spy thriller The Bureau. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureG...

61 minJUN 24
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Toppling Teddy Roosevelt

Latest Episodes

Live From Home

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are live from … Zoom! First, the panel talks about Cuties, the Netflix filmthat has stirred up controversey. Next, the panel discusses the Emmys—how successful (and necessary) was the virtual awards show? Finally, the panel takes on the future of fashion. Get your closets ready: Sweatpants will not be around forever. In Slate Plus, the hosts answer listeners’ questions about philosophy, comfort watches, and so much more. (Per a listener’s question, here is our previous episode on pumpkin spice.) Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: The McMansion Hell blog Julia: Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin Steve: The television show Reno 911! Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Special thanks to Faith Smith and Britt Pullie for organizing the live show. Outro Music: Self Made Woman by Katharine Appleton

60 min6 d ago
Comments
Live From Home

Reminder: Virtual Live Show Tonight!

Dana reminds listeners about tonight's virtual live show! It's at 8pm ET on Slate's Facebook and YouTube pages. For links and more info, visit Slate.com/live If you can't make it, that's okay! The audio version of the live show will be dropped in your feed on Thursday evening.

48 s1 w ago
Comments
Reminder: Virtual Live Show Tonight!

Pregnancy and Prayer

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s Aymann Ismail to discuss the Emmy-nominated series Ramy (check out Aymann’s story for Slate on Ramy Youssef here). Next, the panel talks with Glenn Whipp, an entertainment columnist for the LA Times, about the new inclusion requirements the Oscars recently announced. Finally, the panel dives in HBO Max’s movie Unpregnant. In Slate Plus, the hosts open up about the first thing they’ll want to do in a post-pandemic world and what things, to their surprise, they will not want to return to doing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: “Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns (as heard in Days of Heaven) Julia: Rösle Stainless Steel Mincing Garlic Press Steve: Hilltown Hot Pies (“Feast your eyes!”) Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Last Sunday by OTE

61 min2 w ago
Comments
Pregnancy and Prayer

Horrors Real and Imagined

On this week’s episode, Steve is joined by guests hosts Laura Miller, a books and culture columnist for Slate, and Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and Slate’s former chief political correspondent. The panel takes on Lovecraft Country, HBO’s new horror series. Next, they talk about Charlie Kaufman’s enigmatic I’m Thinking of Ending Things. And finally, the panel dives into the “is NYC over?” debate. In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about a George Washington University professor’s recent confession that she falsely claimed a Black identity. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Laura: The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman Jamelle: The Way Back, a sports film starring Ben Affleck Steve: “What Ails America” by Timothy Snyder in the New York Review of Books, adapted from his new book, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary And finally, please check out Jamelle’s cereal reviews for Serious Eats. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Bloody Hunter by Paisley Pink

61 min3 w ago
Comments
Horrors Real and Imagined

Bogus Journey

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss Bill & Ted Face the Music, the decades-later sequel to the 1989 and 1991 originals. (This was also Dana’s first movie review for Slate after the pandemic’s monthslong disruption! Check it out here.) Next, the panel talks about Chadwick Boseman’s legacy with Wesley Morris, a critic-at-large for the New York Times who wrote about the late actor’s powerful approach to biographical moviemaking. Finally, they dive into Dana’s comfort pick—Days of Heaven. In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about moviegoing with Sam Adams, Slate’s very own writer who ventured into a newly opened theater to review Tenet. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Endorsements: Dana: Alex Winter’s Showbiz Kids, an HBO documentary about child stars. Julia: Plus One, starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid. https://www.amazon.com/Plus-One-Maya-Erskine/dp/B07RYT666R Stephen: “American Fascism: It Has Happened Here,” by Sarah Churchwell in the New York Review of Books. “Ur-Fascism,” by Umberto Eco in the New York Review of Books in 1995. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro music: Spinning the Wheels by Dusty Decks

61 minSEP 2
Comments
Bogus Journey

Mad as Hell

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss a recent video of twins’ listening to Phil Collins’s “In the Air Tonight” that went viral. Then, the panelists talk about John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza. Finally, they take on this week’s comfort watch—Network. In Slate Plus, the hosts break down The Daily’s recent two-part series on cancel culture. Endorsements: Dana: The accurate lime cordial recipe! Julia: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Steve: “Dickens in Brooklyn” by Jay Neugeboren in the New York Review of Books Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work.

60 minAUG 19
Comments
Mad as Hell

Folklorn

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson to take on Taylor Swift’s Folklore. Then, the panelists discusses school reopenings, riffing off of Dana’s recent op-ed for the Washington Post. Finally, they break down this week’s comfort watch—the 1936 screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey. In Slate Plus, the hosts are joined by Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow to discuss her recent pieces on cancel culture and online debate. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up nowto listen and support our work. Other items discussed in this show: “Taylor Swift’s New Album Reveals That Social Distancing Has Served Her Well” by Carl Wilson in Slate “Held back: As parents realize how badly the U.S. botched the next school year, we’re furious” by Dana Stevens in the Washington Post “The Cancel Culture Trap” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate “Illiberalism Isn’t to Blame for the Death of Good-Faith Debate” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate Endorsements: Dana: Dana’s original drink “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,” inspired by a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem. To make the cordial, boil a 2:1 ratio of lime juice to water on stove until reduced to half. Sweeten to taste. Mix with bourbon or rye whiskey. Throw in basil or mint leaf as garnish. Julia: Strand by the Spinanes, especially “Winter on Ice.” Steve: “Publish and Perish” by Agnes Callard in the Point. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Back to Silence by OTE

63 minAUG 5
Comments
Folklorn

Summer Strut 2020

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy to take on contenders for song of the summer, an unusual competition this year that has been heavily influenced by TikTok. Then, the team dives into 20 hours of listener-nominated songs to determine the “struttiest,” giving you new music to listen to as you strut around your house this summer or when venturing out on an exciting adventure to the grocery store. In Slate Plus, the hosts zip through a lightning round of their Summer Strut recommendations. Summer Strut 2020 Short List on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0P17fljddUDgdDHJx7Sa27?si=MrLdELutSJSdcw5WyW-ekQ Past “Summer Strut” Gabfests are available here:2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018, 2019. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Fl...

77 minJUL 22
Comments
Summer Strut 2020

Hamilton in the Trump Era

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by New Yorker staff writer Doreen St. Félix to talk about I May Destroy You. Then, Steve and Dana are joined by Isaac Butler, writer and co-host of this season of Slate’s Working podcast, to discuss the filmed version of Hamilton, now streaming on Disney Plus. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s comfort-watch pick of the week: the 1996 disaster film Twister. In Slate Plus, the hosts continue to talk with Isaac about Hamilton, its ending, its significance in 2020, and more. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Smartface by Smartface Endorsements Dana: Scott Brick’s narration of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. Julia: The movie Dave. Steve: “Wanting Wrong” by Anne Enright in the New York Review of Books. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureGabfest each episode, and access to exclusiveshowslike Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback.Sign up ...

59 minJUL 8
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Hamilton in the Trump Era

Toppling Teddy Roosevelt

On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Jamelle Bouie to talk about the toppling of statues across the country. Then, the panel talks about Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Bloods. Finally, they discuss Julia’s comfort-watch pick: Center Stage. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the postponement of the Oscars to 2021. Other items discussed in the show: The Slate podcast series Reconstruction, hosted by Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion This Twitter thread on the history of Mount Rushmore “‘First Cow’ for best picture? A critic’s guide to the Oscars if movie theaters don’t reopen in 2020,” by Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: Self Made Woman by Katharine Appleton Endorsements Dana: Jamelle Bouie’s newsletter. Julia: Waterproof UNO, the card game. Steve: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. The French spy thriller The Bureau. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on theCultureG...

61 minJUN 24
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Toppling Teddy Roosevelt
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