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. Part of the Panoply Network.
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.
Tom Petty and Prince only played together once. But their careers paralleled each other for four decades.
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 Rotten Tomatoes by film creators.
Twists and plot developments in the fourth and final season of Halt and Catch Fire.
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Isaac Butler discuss Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, catch up on Amazon's Transparent, and discuss the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
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.
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.
How a major label screw up helped The Beatles sweep the Billboard Top Five.
Slate's Sam Adams and writer Mark Harris on the tale of brainwashing, war, and politics—told two ways, based on the same novel.
The panel discusses the new film Logan, the new album by the Magnetic Fields, and the article in The New Republic: "The Perils of Privilege"
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 panel 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 contributor and historian Ron Rosenbaum.
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest Karina Longworth are live in Santa Monica to discuss Nate Parker's new film Birth of a Nation, D.W. Griffith's 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, and their favorite Hollywood films about Hollywood.
The Gabfest team 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.
"Blowin' in the Wind" (1963), "A Change is Gonna Come" (1964)
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dan Kois discuss the latest incarnation of The Jungle Book, the HBO movie Confirmation, and the future of NPR.
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.