Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest

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.

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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.

52 Min

Feb 14, 2018

Spoiler Specials: Fifty Shades Freed

Culture Gabfest

A spoiler-filled review of Fifty Shades Freed

0 Min

Feb 9, 2018

Abrasive Toast Scrape Edition

Culture Gabfest

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.

69 Min

Feb 7, 2018

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60 min
Jan 31, 2018
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The Culture Gabfest records live from Sundance

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Jan 26, 2018
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Live from the Bell House, in Brooklyn New York, it’s a very special Hit Parade about B-sides that improbably became classics, or even No. 1 hits. Plus special guest Ted Leo!

0 min
Jan 26, 2018
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A spoiler-filled review of Mosaic

65 min
Jan 24, 2018
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The Culture Gabfest on The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Paddington 2, and Drag

60 min
Jan 17, 2018
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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.

0 min
Jan 11, 2018
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A spoiler-filled review of the newest season of Black Mirror

60 min
Jan 3, 2018
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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.

0 min
Dec 29, 2017
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On the Billboard Hot 100, two is often the loneliest number. This month, Chris Molanphy profiles No. 2 songs that went on to become historic, from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Go-Go’s and Kelly Clarkson.

0 min
Dec 29, 2017
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A spoiler-filled review of Phantom Thread

54 min
Dec 27, 2017
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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.

60 min
Dec 20, 2017
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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.

0 min
Dec 15, 2017
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A spoiler-filled review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

57 min
Dec 13, 2017
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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 Willa Paskin, and The New Yorker's short story Cat Person.

62 min
Dec 6, 2017
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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.

0 min
Dec 1, 2017
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A spoiler-filled review of The Shape of Water

58 min
Nov 29, 2017
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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.

0 min
Nov 24, 2017
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Donna Summer set chart benchmarks and managed to stay relevant on the radio and in clubs for more than three decades. Why didn’t she get more respect from the rock establishment?

59 min
Nov 22, 2017
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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.

59 min
Nov 21, 2017
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Alice Evans, Katherine Kendall, and Tomi-Ann Roberts sit down with Slate’s editor-in-chief, Julia Turner,

0 min
Nov 17, 2017
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Dana Stevens and Jonathan Fischer spoil Justice League

54 min
Nov 15, 2017
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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.

55 min
Nov 8, 2017
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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.

0 min
Nov 3, 2017
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Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jonathan Fischer discuss Marvel and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok

61 min
Nov 1, 2017
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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.

0 min
Oct 30, 2017
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Tom Petty and Prince only played together once. But their careers paralleled each other for four decades.

52 min
Oct 25, 2017
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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 Rotten Tomatoes by film creators.

0 min
Oct 20, 2017
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Twists and plot developments in the fourth and final season of Halt and Catch Fire.

49 min
Oct 18, 2017
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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.

51 min
Oct 11, 2017
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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.

44 min
Oct 7, 2017
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Slate Represents looks at representation in the new and returning TV shows this fall.

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Oct 6, 2017
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Twists and plot holes in Denis Villeneuve's movie Blade Runner 2049.

59 min
Oct 4, 2017
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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.

55 min
Sep 27, 2017
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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.

51 min
Sep 13, 2017
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The Culture Gabfest on Bachelor in Paradise, The Trip to Spain, and The Deuce

60 min
Sep 6, 2017
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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.

56 min
Aug 23, 2017
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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.

56 min
Aug 16, 2017
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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.

60 min
Aug 2, 2017
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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.

0 min
Jul 28, 2017
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In the mid-1980s, big, loud, multicelebrity pop songs were briefly all over the charts and the radio. How’d that happen?

38 min
Jul 19, 2017
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Why Alan J. Pakula’s conspiracy flick makes you feel like you’re being brainwashed, too.

58 min
Jul 19, 2017
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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.

74 min
Jul 12, 2017
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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.

61 min
Jul 6, 2017
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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.

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Jun 30, 2017
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George Michael and Elton John were friends, collaborators, and for one week, chart rivals

51 min
Jun 28, 2017
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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.

48 min
Jun 21, 2017
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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.

51 min
Jun 14, 2017
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The panel discusses the documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest with journalist Michelle Dean, the Julius Caesar controversy at Shakespeare in the Park, and the podcast Hi-Phi Nation.

73 min
Jun 7, 2017
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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.

57 min
May 31, 2017
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are live in Sydney, Australia! They discuss Baywatch, The Handmaid's Tale, and arts criticism with Sebastian Smee.

0 min
May 26, 2017
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How a major label screw up helped The Beatles sweep the Billboard Top Five.

49 min
May 25, 2017
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Slate's Sam Adams and writer Mark Harris on the tale of brainwashing, war, and politics—told two ways, based on the same novel.

53 min
May 24, 2017
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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.

51 min
May 17, 2017
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The panel discusses 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

55 min
May 10, 2017
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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.

56 min
May 3, 2017
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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.

60 min
Apr 12, 2017
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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

55 min
Apr 5, 2017
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The panel discusses 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.

53 min
Mar 29, 2017
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The panel discusses Disney's Beauty and the Beast and To Walk Invisible, the new Brontë sisters drama, plus an interview with Alison Wright of The Americans, Feud, and her recent Broadway debut, Sweat.

58 min
Mar 22, 2017
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The panel 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.

48 min
Mar 16, 2017
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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"

0 min
Mar 15, 2017
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No episode today, but we'll be back with a new episode tomorrow. Thanks for listening!

61 min
Mar 8, 2017
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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.

52 min
Mar 1, 2017
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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.

53 min
Feb 22, 2017
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss HBO's Big Little Lies with Willa Paskin, Martin Scorsese's latest film Silence, and the new podcast Missing Richard Simmons.

56 min
Feb 15, 2017
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The panel discusses the cartoon phenomenon Steven Universe with intern Daniel Schroeder, SNL and political satire with Emily Bazelon, and The Trump Fiction project with Ben H Winters.

52 min
Feb 8, 2017
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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.

57 min
Feb 1, 2017
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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.

55 min
Jan 25, 2017
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The Culture Gabfest team discusses the film Hidden Figures, Oscar nominations, and whether or not it's ok to punch a Nazi.

45 min
Jan 18, 2017
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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.

52 min
Jan 11, 2017
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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.

55 min
Jan 4, 2017
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new musical film 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.

51 min
Dec 28, 2016
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The panel comes 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.

51 min
Dec 28, 2016
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The panel comes 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.

51 min
Dec 21, 2016
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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 Jack Hamilton.

50 min
Dec 14, 2016
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The panel 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?"

50 min
Dec 7, 2016
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The panel discuss the new film The Edge of Seventeen, The new album from A Tribe Called Quest with Jody Rosen, and Julia Turner's Slate cover story, The Stunt Presidency.

55 min
Nov 30, 2016
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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?".

54 min
Nov 23, 2016
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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.

66 min
Nov 16, 2016
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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.

50 min
Nov 9, 2016
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The panel discuss Netflix's new show The Crown, about the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Loving, the new film about the Loving Vs. Virginia case, and Making Gay History, the new podcast from writer Eric Marcus

50 min
Nov 2, 2016
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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.

48 min
Oct 26, 2016
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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.

49 min
Oct 19, 2016
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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.

52 min
Oct 12, 2016
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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.

65 min
Oct 5, 2016
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The Culture Gabfest team discusses Westworld, Bruce Springsteen's memoir, Born To Run, and the unmasking of Elena Ferrante.

61 min
Sep 28, 2016
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The Culture Gabfest team discusses Fleabag, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce, and the history of American Girl dolls.

61 min
Sep 28, 2016
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The Culture Gabfest team discusses Fleabag, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce, and the history of American Girl dolls.

52 min
Sep 22, 2016
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"Blowin' in the Wind" (1963), "A Change is Gonna Come" (1964)

46 min
Sep 21, 2016
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The Culture Gabfest team discusses Don't Breathe, High Maintenance, and Harry Potter mega fandom.

46 min
Sep 21, 2016
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The Culture Gabfest team discusses Don't Breathe, High Maintenance, and Harry Potter mega fandom.

71 min
Sep 14, 2016
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The Culture Gabfest team discusses Atlanta; how landmark scientific studies are being debunked more and more frequently; and they take a look back at the 90s film Walking and Talking.

65 min
Sep 7, 2016
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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.

77 min
Aug 31, 2016
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The Slate Culture Gabfest team discusses Werner Herzog's documentary Lo and Behold, how Michelangelo's David could crumble at any moment, and what it takes to make a great children's book.

60 min
Aug 24, 2016
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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.

46 min
Aug 17, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from Steve's porch this week and answer listeners' calls.

69 min
Aug 10, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from The Mount in the Berkshires this week to discuss the film Idiocracy, cultural pilgrimages, and how technology is trying so hard to infantilize us.

69 min
Aug 10, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from The Mount in the Berkshires this week to discuss the film Idiocracy, cultural pilgrimages, and how technology is trying so hard to infantilize us.

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