Podcast

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.

Episodes

  • Culture Gabfest: Super-Abled

    Aug 14 2019

    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

  • Slate Money: Succession S2E1: "Silica Mud Treatment"

    Aug 12 2019

    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

  • Decoder Ring: Ice Cream Truck

    Aug 12 2019

    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

  • Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

    Aug 11 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Hobbs & Shaw

    Aug 09 2019

    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 me...more

  • Best in Blow

    Aug 07 2019

    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 let...more

  • Spoilers: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Aug 05 2019

    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 App...more

  • Gunfight at the O.K. Career

    Jul 31 2019

    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 le...more

  • Flashback: A New Leaf (1971)

    Jul 28 2019

    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

  • Hit Parade: Without The Beatles

    Jul 26 2019

    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

  • Uncanny Savannah

    Jul 24 2019

    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. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlan...more

  • Spoiler Special: Midsommar

    Jul 19 2019

    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

  • Cruel Angel's Thesis

    Jul 17 2019

    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

  • Decoder Ring: Pillow Talk

    Jul 16 2019

    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 ...more

  • Flashback: Sergeant York (1941)

    Jul 14 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Spiderman: Far From Home

    Jul 12 2019

    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...more

  • Fetch the Mallet

    Jul 10 2019

    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

  • Summer Strut 2019

    Jul 03 2019

    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

  • Flashback: Wings (1927)

    Jun 30 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Yesterday

    Jun 28 2019

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Lullaby of Broadway Edition

    Jun 28 2019

    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 cultura...more

  • Culture Gabfest: Exploding Birkins

    Jun 26 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Toy Story 4

    Jun 21 2019

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition

    Jun 20 2019

    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...more

  • Culture Gabfest: You Don't Get to Hate It

    Jun 19 2019

    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

  • Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)

    Jun 16 2019

    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

  • Hi-Phi Nation: The Illusionist

    Jun 15 2019

    Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed and conducted his final symphony in 1893. He died 9 days later, after having knowingly drunk an unboiled glass of water during a cholera epidemic. Deep into the symphony, Symphony no. 6, there is a paradoxical passage that, when played, no one will be able to hear.  This is because Tchaikovsky scored it to contain a musical illusion. We uncover the mystery of why he put it there. Sound illusions reveal some of the most puzzling features of the human mind, most not...more

  • Spoilers: Late Night

    Jun 14 2019

    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

  • Culture Gabfest: Live From the High Line Edition

    Jun 12 2019

    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

  • Decoder Ring: Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War

    Jun 11 2019

    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 Bus...more

  • Spoilers: Always Be My Maybe

    Jun 07 2019

    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

  • Culture Gabfest: All This Science I Don't Understand Edition

    Jun 05 2019

    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

  • Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)

    Jun 02 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Fleabag

    May 31 2019

    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

  • Culture Gabfest: Barbie Body Dream Sequence Edition

    May 29 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Booksmart

    May 24 2019

    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

  • Culture Gabfest: Fourth Wall of the Fourth Wall Edition

    May 22 2019

    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

  • Flashback: Wanda (1970)

    May 19 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: John Wick III

    May 17 2019

    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

  • Culture Gabfest: Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm Edition

    May 15 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

    May 10 2019

    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

  • Culture Gabfest: Taking Up Space Edition

    May 08 2019

    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

  • Flashback: Gaslight (1944)

    May 05 2019

    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 s...more

  • De-snappening Edition

    May 01 2019

    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

  • Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The Battle of Winterfell

    Apr 29 2019

    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 Westero...more

  • Decoder Ring: Videomate: Men

    Apr 29 2019

    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, ...more

  • Spoilers: Avengers: End Game

    Apr 26 2019

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Posthumous Hits Edition, Live from Seattle

    Apr 26 2019

    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 Jop...more

  • Harm to Ongoing Matters Edition

    Apr 24 2019

    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

  • Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The Night Before

    Apr 22 2019

    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 m...more

  • Spoilers: After

    Apr 19 2019

    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

  • Free Rein on Some Gargoyles Edition

    Apr 17 2019

    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

  • Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Return to Winterfell

    Apr 15 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Little

    Apr 12 2019

    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

  • Energy Vampire Edition

    Apr 10 2019

    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

  • Spoiler Special: Shazam!

    Apr 05 2019

    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

  • St. Louis Style Edition

    Apr 03 2019

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Everybody Say YEAH! Edition

    Mar 29 2019

    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,” an...more

  • Talkin’ Traz Edition

    Mar 27 2019

    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

  • Decoder Ring: Truck Nutz

    Mar 25 2019

    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/adchoi...more

  • Spoilers: Us

    Mar 22 2019

    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

  • Queen of Shade Edition

    Mar 20 2019

    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

  • Come as You Were Edition

    Mar 13 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Captain Marvel

    Mar 08 2019

    Dana Stevens, Marissa Martinelli and Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest Marvel movie, Captain Marvel. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Michael Jackson Edition

    Mar 06 2019

    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. ...more

  • Hit Parade: The Bad Moon on the Rise Edition

    Feb 28 2019

    In just a couple of years, Creedence Clearwater Revival generated one of the most amazing runs of hits inAmerican 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 JohnFogerty–penned classics, CCR never held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100. All of those hits were No. 2s: adubious Billboard chart record they hold to this day, for most No. 2s without a No. 1. True, ...more

  • Jason Momoa Scrunchie Edition

    Feb 27 2019

    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

  • Decoder Ring: Baby Shark

    Feb 25 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Isn't It Romantic

    Feb 22 2019

     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

  • As In Her Royal Highness Edition

    Feb 20 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Russian Doll

    Feb 15 2019

    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

  • Steampunk Deer Edition

    Feb 13 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Lego Movie 2

    Feb 08 2019

    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

  • Nobody's Mad at Columbo Edition

    Feb 06 2019

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  • Decoder Ring: The Grifter

    Jan 31 2019

    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

  • Prosthesis Statement Edition

    Jan 30 2019

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Gaga is Born Edition

    Jan 25 2019

    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. ButGaga had a lot to say about The Fame, and within a year she had sh...more

  • Beautiful Blindspot Edition

    Jan 23 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Glass

    Jan 22 2019

    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 fil...more

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition

    Jan 16 2019

    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

  • Spoilers: Bandersnatch

    Jan 11 2019

    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. ...more

  • Sponsored: Are Today's Caregivers Tomorrow's Patients?

    Jan 10 2019

    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 prim...more

  • Naked Pomegranate Tory Edition

    Jan 09 2019

    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

  • Welcome to Slaht Ploos Edition

    Jan 02 2019

    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 ...more

  • Spoilers: Mary Poppins Returns

    Dec 28 2018

    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. Vi...more

  • Completely Phoned-In Holiday Show Edition

    Dec 26 2018

    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 adve...more

  • Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition

    Dec 21 2018

    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...more

  • Treacle Box Edition

    Dec 19 2018

    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

  • Spoilers: The Favourite

    Dec 14 2018

    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

  • Angry at the Lollipop Edition

    Dec 12 2018

    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

  • Girls, Girls, Burgers, Edition

    Dec 05 2018

    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

  • Decoder Ring: Sad Jennifer Aniston

    Dec 03 2018

    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...more

  • Spoilers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Nov 30 2018

    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 a...more

  • Hit Parade: The Give Me a Sign Edition

    Nov 30 2018

    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 m...more

  • Wingless Thrush Edition

    Nov 28 2018

    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

  • Mum's the Word Edition

    Nov 21 2018

    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

  • Spoilers: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Nov 16 2018

    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. Visi...more

  • Dinner is Served! Edition

    Nov 14 2018

    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

  • Orson Welles in a Snuggie Edition

    Nov 07 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Suspiria

    Nov 02 2018

    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...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Halloween

    Oct 31 2018

    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 HewittLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Werewolf Bar-Mitzvah Edition

    Oct 31 2018

    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...more

  • Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers

    Oct 29 2018

    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-ringThis episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Aleph Mattresses, a handmade mattress experi...more

  • Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition

    Oct 26 2018

    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 tallyingrecord sales more accurately than ever with SoundScan data—for rap t...more

  • Who's On First Edition

    Oct 24 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: The Hate U Give

    Oct 19 2018

    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

  • Brain and Body Still Rebooting Edition

    Oct 17 2018

    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/cultur...more

  • Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You Edition

    Oct 10 2018

    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

  • Sponsored: I Travel For Local Flavor

    Oct 09 2018

    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

  • Pope in a Speedo Edition

    Oct 03 2018

    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

  • Decoder Ring; Hotel Art

    Oct 01 2018

    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 mor...more

  • Hit Parade: The Nights on Broadway Edition

    Sep 28 2018

    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 o...more

  • Still There Edition

    Sep 26 2018

    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

  • Julia Turner's Women in Charge

    Sep 23 2018

    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 Char...more

  • Spoiler Specials: A Simple Favor

    Sep 21 2018

    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 n...more

  • Oopsie Jar Edition

    Sep 19 2018

    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

  • God's Laptop Edition

    Sep 12 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Insatiable

    Sep 07 2018

    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

  • Eat Your Terrarium Edition

    Sep 05 2018

    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

  • Hegemonic Victimhood Edition

    Aug 29 2018

    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

  • Decoder Ring: The Paper Doll Club

    Aug 27 2018

    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 ...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Crazy Rich Asians

    Aug 24 2018

    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

  • You Will Never Be Enough Edition

    Aug 22 2018

    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

  • Sponsored: Coffee & Crayons: Inspiring Creativity & Self-Expression with Joy Cho

    Aug 20 2018

    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...more

  • No Bad Horses Edition

    Aug 15 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: BlacKkKlansman

    Aug 10 2018

    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

  • Capitalism is Grift Edition

    Aug 08 2018

    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

  • Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition

    Aug 01 2018

    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

  • Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair

    Jul 30 2018

    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 inte...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Jul 27 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition

    Jul 27 2018

    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.&...more

  • Summer Strut 2018 Edition

    Jul 25 2018

    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...more

  • Grasping at Straws Edition

    Jul 18 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

    Jul 13 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two

    Jul 13 2018

    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 sq...more

  • This Is the Chewiest Thing I've Ever Had in my Mouth Edition

    Jul 11 2018

    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

  • Unproblematic Trolley Edition

    Jul 04 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One

    Jun 29 2018

    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 t...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Westworld Season 2

    Jun 29 2018

    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

  • Anthony Rising Edition

    Jun 27 2018

    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

  • Decoder Ring: Clown Panic

    Jun 25 2018

    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...more

  • Unkindest Cut of All Edition

    Jun 20 2018

    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

  • Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

    Jun 15 2018

    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 ...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Hereditary

    Jun 15 2018

    Dana Stevens, Rachel Syme, and Lena Wilson spoil Hereditary. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Elan Deficit Edition

    Jun 13 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Ocean's 8

    Jun 08 2018

    Marissa Martinelli, Aisha Harris, Inko Kang, and Carmen Russo spoil Ocean's 8. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Secret Summer Getaway Edition

    Jun 06 2018

    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

  • Decoder Ring: The Johnlock Conspiracy

    Jun 04 2018

    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...more

  • Spoiler Specials: 13 Reasons Why

    Jun 01 2018

    Marissa Martinelli, June Thomas, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil 13 Reasons Why. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Whiskey and Pepto Bismol Edition

    May 30 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition

    May 25 2018

    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. ...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Solo: A Star Wars Story

    May 25 2018

    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

  • Guillotine in the Mists Edition

    May 23 2018

    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

  • Culture Gabfest Presents: Upon Further Review

    May 22 2018

    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 rea...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Deadpool 2

    May 18 2018

    Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli and Sam Adams spoil Deadpool 2.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Smoke-N-Chill Novelties Edition

    May 16 2018

    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

  • [Laugh Track] Edition

    May 09 2018

    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

  • Culture Gabfest Presents Decoder Ring: The Laff Box

    May 04 2018

    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...more

  • The Monkfish Was Fine Edition

    May 02 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition

    Apr 27 2018

    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 st...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Avengers: Infinity War

    Apr 27 2018

    Dana Stevens, Jonathan Fischer, and Forrest Wickman spoil Avengers: Infinity War.Production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • It's Hammer Time Edition

    Apr 25 2018

    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

  • Apocalypse Mom Edition

    Apr 18 2018

    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

  • Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebie Edition

    Apr 11 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Ready Player One

    Apr 06 2018

    Dana Stevens, Laura Hudson, Dawnthea Price, and Forrest Wickman spoil Ready Player One.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Midnight at the OASIS Edition

    Apr 04 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition

    Mar 29 2018

    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 m...more

  • The Great Work Begins Edition

    Mar 28 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Isle of Dogs

    Mar 23 2018

    Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, and Inkoo Kang spoil Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • We Are a Sacred Troupe Edition

    Mar 21 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Blue Planet II

    Mar 16 2018

    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

  • 10th Anniversary Edition

    Mar 14 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: A Wrinkle in Time

    Mar 09 2018

    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

  • Dana the Octophile Edition

    Mar 07 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Annihilation

    Mar 02 2018

    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

  • Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment Edition

    Feb 28 2018

    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/podcastsurveyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition

    Feb 23 2018

    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 reverber...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Black Panther

    Feb 23 2018

    Aisha Harris, Jamelle Bouie and Veralyn Williams spoil Black Panther.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Redneck Margarita Edition

    Feb 21 2018

    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

  • Trundle-Tail Dog Edition

    Feb 14 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Fifty Shades Freed

    Feb 09 2018

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  • Abrasive Toast Scrape Edition

    Feb 07 2018

    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

  • Live From Sundance Edition

    Jan 31 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition

    Jan 26 2018

    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 me...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Mosaic

    Jan 26 2018

    Willa Paskin and Inkoo Kang spoil Steven Soderbergh's new series Mosaic.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Nobody Bonks Me On the Head With a Baguette Edition

    Jan 24 2018

    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

  • Run It! Edition

    Jan 17 2018

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Black Mirror Season 4

    Jan 12 2018

    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

  • "Why Wouldn't King Kong Want a Lady Gorilla?" Edition

    Jan 10 2018

    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

  • Beauteous Sprout Edition

    Jan 03 2018

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists Edition

    Dec 29 2017

    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/ad...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Phantom Thread

    Dec 29 2017

    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

  • Annual Highly Improbable Completely Pre-Taped Call-In Show Edition

    Dec 27 2017

    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

  • General Hugs Edition

    Dec 20 2017

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Dec 15 2017

    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

  • Frantic Rabbity Burst Edition

    Dec 13 2017

    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

  • Fractal Badness Edition

    Dec 06 2017

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: The Shape of Water

    Dec 01 2017

    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

  • Do I Dare to Eat a Peach Edition

    Nov 29 2017

    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

  • Hit Parade: The Queen of Disco Edition

    Nov 24 2017

    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 ...more

  • Recrimination in the Cranberry Sauce edition

    Nov 22 2017

    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

  • SPECIAL: Weinstein Accusers in Conversation

    Nov 21 2017

    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

  • Spoiler Specials: Justice League

    Nov 17 2017

    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

  • Tell Me About a Complicated Man Edition

    Nov 15 2017

    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

  • Two Steves and a Metcalf Edition

    Nov 08 2017

    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

  • Spoiler Special - Thor: Ragnarok

    Nov 03 2017

    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

  • Tiny Frozen Shrimp Edition

    Nov 01 2017

    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

  • Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, Le Petty Prince Edition

    Oct 30 2017

    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 c...more

  • What if Crime Is Just a Response to Our Broken Society Edition

    Oct 25 2017

    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

  • Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on Halt and Catch Fire

    Oct 20 2017

    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.comLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Priceless Moments Edition

    Oct 18 2017

    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

  • We've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe Edition

    Oct 11 2017

    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

  • Slate Represent: Fall TV Roundup

    Oct 07 2017

    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/representEmail: represent@slate.comFacebook: Slate RepresentTwitter: @SlateRepresent, @craftingmystyl...more

  • Spoiler Specials: Blade Runner 2049

    Oct 06 2017

    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.comLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Too Good to Last Edition

    Oct 04 2017

    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: 2:25Tom Petty: 20:16John McPhee: 38:36Endorsements: 55:43Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, The Great War Against the Single Edition

    Sep 29 2017

    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 A...more

  • Allegory! Edition

    Sep 27 2017

    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. Back...more

  • Spoiler Special: Mother!

    Sep 22 2017

    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

  • Live From Toronto Edition

    Sep 20 2017

    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 o...more

  • Bromance as Bloodsport Edition

    Sep 13 2017

       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 prostitutio...more

  • Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on It

    Sep 08 2017

    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

  • Look What You Made Richard Dreyfuss Do Edition

    Sep 06 2017

    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 pl...more

  • #NoFilter Edition

    Aug 30 2017

    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 a...more

  • The Tree is a Colander Edition

    Aug 23 2017

    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...more

  • The Culture Gabfest Welcomes Studio 360 to Slate

    Aug 18 2017

    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

  • Hella Doomed Edition

    Aug 16 2017

    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 B...more

  • To Keegan-Michael Key Or Not to Key Edition

    Aug 09 2017

    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 s...more

  • Crash! I Dropped a Vase Edition

    Aug 02 2017

    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...more

  • Hit Parade: The Charity Megasingle Edition

    Jul 28 2017

    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...more

  • Apes, Pigs, and Comedians Edition

    Jul 26 2017

    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 op...more

  • Conspiracy Thrillers | The Parallax View (1974)

    Jul 19 2017

    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 Slat...more

  • Hum In the Drum Edition

    Jul 19 2017

    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...more

  • Summer Strut 2017 Edition

    Jul 12 2017

    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&...more

  • "Edwina, Bring Me the Anatomy Book" Edition

    Jul 06 2017

    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 fir...more

  • Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George Edition

    Jun 30 2017

    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.Lear...more

  • Man Bun on a Hot Tin Roof Edition

    Jun 28 2017

    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/cultureAnd by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans. They give you confiden...more

  • Vicarious Nails Edition

    Jun 21 2017

    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...more

  • Thus Always to Tyrants Edition

    Jun 14 2017

    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 Ce...more

  • Live From Melbourne Edition

    Jun 07 2017

    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 t...more

  • Live From Sydney Edition

    May 31 2017

    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 ...more

  • Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, The Fab Four Sweep Edition

    May 26 2017

    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 mem...more

  • Conspiracy Thrillers | The Manchurian Candidate (1962 + 2004)

    May 25 2017

    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/thrillersLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Whaboom Edition

    May 24 2017

    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&am...more

  • Needless with Three E's Edition

    May 17 2017

    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 len...more

  • Dana Works Blue Edition

    May 10 2017

    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 megapho...more

  • Demme God Edition

    May 03 2017

    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 onlin...more

  • Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade

    Apr 28 2017

    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 hi...more

  • Live From Washington D.C. Edition

    Apr 26 2017

    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 Co...more

  • Five Men and a Baby Edition

    Apr 19 2017

    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 t...more

  • WTF Were You Thinking Edition

    Apr 12 2017

    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/cultureAnd by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase ...more

  • Lust-Free Dinner with David Plotz Edition

    Apr 05 2017

    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 br...more

  • Beast, Brontës, and Broadway Edition

    Mar 29 2017

    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. Gre...more

  • [Chuck Berry Guitar Lick] Edition

    Mar 22 2017

    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 ...more

  • Nature Made Me a Freak, Man Made Me a Weapon Edition

    Mar 16 2017

    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 ...more

  • Lose the Shoulder Pads Edition

    Mar 08 2017

    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 bi...more

  • Crab Dystopia Edition

    Mar 01 2017

    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 question...more

  • [Crickets] Edition

    Feb 22 2017

    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 ha...more

  • Stephen's Universe Edition

    Feb 15 2017

    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’...more

  • Archie Got Hot Edition

    Feb 08 2017

    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 come...more

  • We Love Spunk Edition

    Feb 01 2017

    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/cult...more

  • Chalkboard Ninja Edition

    Jan 25 2017

    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 ...more

  • Slow Mo Nun Soccer Edition

    Jan 18 2017

    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 ...more

  • Decadent Slime Edition

    Jan 11 2017

    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 ofsheets by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture.And by ThirdLove, the lingerie brand using real women’s measurements to designbetter-fitting bras. Try one of their ...more

  • Samba and Tapas Edition

    Jan 04 2017

    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’r...more

  • Two Condoms and a Poem Edition

    Dec 28 2016

    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 Mor...more

  • Live Star Death Star Edition

    Dec 21 2016

    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 us...more

  • Mensch Warfare Edition

    Dec 14 2016

    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...more

  • Low End Theory Edition

    Dec 07 2016

    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 prom...more

  • Banter About Banter Edition

    Nov 30 2016

    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 deli...more

  • Hey Aliens, Use a Coaster Edition

    Nov 23 2016

    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 wh...more

  • New Abnormal Edition

    Nov 16 2016

    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 Mortgag...more

  • Regnal Name Generator Edition

    Nov 09 2016

    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 int...more

  • Sad Eagle Edition

    Nov 02 2016

    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 pr...more

  • Beige Goo Edition

    Oct 26 2016

    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 ...more

  • Live From Santa Monica Edition

    Oct 19 2016

    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 agains...more

  • Sympathy For The Devil Edition

    Oct 12 2016

    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, yo...more

  • Darkness On The Edge Of Reason Edition

    Oct 05 2016

    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 s...more

  • Get A Load Of This Clown Edition

    Sep 28 2016

    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 f...more

  • Pop, Race, & the ’60s episode 1: Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke

    Sep 22 2016

    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 ...more

  • Don't Exhale Edition

    Sep 21 2016

    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 ...more

  • Epistemological Meltdown Edition

    Sep 14 2016

    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 mad...more

  • Marconi Plays the Mamba Edition

    Sep 07 2016

    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 us...more

  • Smart Brick Edition

    Aug 31 2016

    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. D...more

  • "And Now It's Dead" Edition

    Aug 24 2016

    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 fr...more

  • Live from Steve's Porch Edition

    Aug 17 2016

    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...more

  • Live from The Mount Edition

    Aug 10 2016

    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 ou...more

  • Avada C'mon Edition

    Aug 03 2016

    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 stor...more

  • Summer Strut 2016 Edition

    Jul 27 2016

    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...more

  • Gotta Bust'em All Edition

    Jul 20 2016

    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 c...more

  • Calamities Ensue Edition

    Jul 13 2016

    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 ...more

  • Steve is a Mocap Golden Retriever Edition

    Jul 06 2016

    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.
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  • Independence Duh Edition

    Jun 29 2016

    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 academ...more

  • Jalapeños on Your Eyeballs Edition

    Jun 22 2016

    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 o...more

  • Followers of Satin Edition

    Jun 15 2016

    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 ...more

  • Lonely Cilantro Edition

    Jun 08 2016

    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-engin...more

  • Race, Class, Gosling Edition

    Jun 01 2016

    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.co...more

  • What Kind of Preacher Are You? Edition

    May 25 2016

    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 devic...more

  • Too Old to Be Governable Too Young to Die Edition

    May 18 2016

    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 you...more

  • Who Brought the Chardonnay Edition

    May 11 2016

    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 Track...more

  • The Worst Man in the World Edition

    May 04 2016

    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 you...more

  • The Beautiful Ones Edition

    Apr 27 2016

    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, wa...more

  • I Just Didn't Believe He Was Raised by Wolves Edition

    Apr 20 2016

    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 Tim...more

  • Fightin' Side of Everybody Edition

    Apr 13 2016

    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 y...more

  • Live from Chelsea Edition

    Apr 08 2016

    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 BollAnd...more

  • Late Notice Edition

    Apr 06 2016

    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

  • Men Are Still Good Edition

    Mar 30 2016

    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...more

  • Bunny Cop Edition

    Mar 23 2016

    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 ...more

  • Threat or Menace Edition

    Mar 16 2016

    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.co...more

  • Unmeeting Edition

    Mar 09 2016

    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 TheG...more

  • Wearing Jeans to The Oscars Edition

    Mar 02 2016

    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...more

  • Who Will Critique the Critics? Edition

    Feb 24 2016

    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 BollandBran...more

  • We Love You Like Kanye Loves Kanye Edition

    Feb 17 2016

    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...more

  • Beyoncé Wins the Superbowl Edition

    Feb 10 2016

    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...more

  • Did Steve Finish His Book? Edition

    Feb 03 2016

    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 Th...more

  • Nevermind, Don't Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition

    Jan 27 2016

    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...more

  • All Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition

    Jan 20 2016

    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 th...more

  • Lazarus Edition

    Jan 13 2016

    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 ...more

  • Spark Oy! Edition

    Jan 06 2016

    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 ...more

  • We Forced You To Call Us Edition

    Dec 30 2015

    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 t...more

  • Checkin' It Thrice Edition

    Dec 23 2015

    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

  • The Room Where It Happens Edition

    Dec 16 2015

    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 Clu...more

  • It's Showbiz Inside Edition

    Dec 09 2015

    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...more

  • "Rocky Theme" Edition

    Dec 02 2015

    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? Braintr...more

  • Obergruppenführer Edition

    Nov 25 2015

    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 ...more

  • Live from Broadway Edition

    Nov 18 2015

    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 ju...more

  • Live from San Francisco Edition

    Nov 11 2015

    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 t...more

  • Radio Radio Edition

    Nov 04 2015

    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 fir...more

  • Ah Aliens, Ah Humanity Edition

    Oct 28 2015

    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...more

  • Pry This Lectern Out of My Cold Dead Hands Edition

    Oct 21 2015

    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 customi...more

  • If Only Garfield Had Taken Off His Clothes Edition

    Oct 14 2015

    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 o...more

  • #TeenLife Edition

    Oct 07 2015

    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 BraintreePay...more

  • Sugar and Spice and Blood Edition

    Sep 30 2015

    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 cre...more

  • Live from Chicago Edition

    Sep 23 2015

    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. V...more

  • Hot and Cold Running Sonnets

    Sep 16 2015

    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

  • Binocular G Edition

    Sep 09 2015

    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 wh...more

  • Bullets or Exposition Edition

    Sep 02 2015

    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 ...more

  • "Will There Be a Zombie Around the Corner?" Edition

    Aug 26 2015

    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

  • 911 is a Leitmotif Edition

    Aug 19 2015

    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

  • Lite in August Edition

    Aug 12 2015

    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

  • #Squadgoals Edition

    Aug 05 2015

    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,...more

  • Go Set a Pet Edition

    Jul 29 2015

    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 h...more

  • Haders Gonna Hade, Hackers Gonna Hack, Gawkers Gonna Gawk Edition

    Jul 22 2015

    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. E...more

  • What a Long Strange Trip We Ignored Edition

    Jul 15 2015

    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 f...more

  • It's Not Bro Time It's Go Time Edition

    Jul 08 2015

    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

  • Quinquennial Strut Edition

    Jul 01 2015

    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

  • Life, Money, Art Edition

    Jun 24 2015

    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 P...more

  • "Should We Consult Here or in My Bungalow?" Edition

    Jun 17 2015

    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 m...more

  • The Culture Gabfest: Spy. UnReal. Wow. Episode

    Jun 10 2015

    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 th...more

  • Whack-A-Guest Edition

    Jun 03 2015

    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 m...more

  • I See Floating Hearts Edition

    May 27 2015

    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...more

  • Badass Matriarchy Edition

    May 20 2015

    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. G...more

  • Steve Has a Hangover in Toronto Edition

    May 13 2015

    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 ...more

  • Stupid and Contagious

    May 06 2015

    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...more

  • Heavy is the Head That Wears the Guacamole Edition

    Apr 29 2015

    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

  • About Lightning Edition

    Apr 22 2015

    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 podcast...more

  • 'Tates and Sass Edition

    Apr 15 2015

    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

  • Bald Guys Fighting Edition (Ad Free by Slate Plus)

    Apr 08 2015

    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

  • Fluffy Karaoke Chicken Bites Dog Edition

    Apr 01 2015

    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

  • The Scamp Stamp Edition

    Mar 25 2015

    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 t...more

  • America's One Night Stand with Robin Thicke Edition

    Mar 18 2015

    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

  • Woodshedding Edition

    Mar 11 2015

    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

  • There is No Wrong Way to Use a Margarita Pool Edition

    Mar 04 2015

    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

  • Decapitated Swan Dress Edition

    Feb 25 2015

    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 ...more

  • Red Room of Pain Edition

    Feb 18 2015

    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

  • Ass Over Teakettle Edition

    Feb 11 2015

    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

  • Nice Singlet Edition

    Feb 04 2015

    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/surveyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Whiteout Conditions Edition

    Jan 29 2015

    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

  • We'll Be a Little Late This Week

    Jan 28 2015

    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

  • Tales from the Decrypt Edition

    Jan 21 2015

    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

  • The Expensive Speech Edition

    Jan 14 2015

    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

  • The Great Brio of the Buoy Edition

    Jan 07 2015

    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

  • New Theme Song Edition

    Dec 31 2014

    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

  • Behold! Ignorance and Want Edition

    Dec 24 2014

    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

  • I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK Edition

    Dec 17 2014

    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

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors Edition

    Dec 10 2014

    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

  • Culture Gabfest Extra: Little Trip to the Big Dig

    Dec 08 2014

    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

  • Totally Obsessed Edition

    Dec 03 2014

    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 choi...more

  • Culture Gabfest Extra: Pasadena, Here We Come

    Dec 02 2014

    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

  • "How Could You?" Edition

    Nov 26 2014

    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

  • The Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition

    Nov 19 2014

    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

  • A Rip Van Winkle in Time Edition

    Nov 12 2014

    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

  • The New York Review of Taylor Swift Edition

    Nov 05 2014

    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

  • Watching the Watchers Do the Watching Edition

    Oct 29 2014

    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

  • Live from Boston Edition

    Oct 22 2014

    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

  • Find Your Biatch Edition

    Oct 15 2014

    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

  • You and Your Strange Ways Here in Hollywood Edition

    Oct 09 2014

    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

  • That Balloon Dog Didn't Make Itself Edition

    Oct 01 2014

    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

  • If Bono Were a Chess Piece Edition

    Sep 24 2014

    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

  • "Oh, Grow Up!" Edition

    Sep 17 2014

    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

  • Talk of Shame Edition

    Sep 10 2014

    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

  • Vancouver, France Edition

    Sep 03 2014

    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

  • Mmmm...Simpsons Edition

    Aug 27 2014

    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

  • Precision of Language Edition

    Aug 20 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Good Night, Robin Williams Edition

    Aug 13 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Not That Gomorrah Edition

    Aug 06 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: The Dumb Culture Gabfest Edition

    Jul 30 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Ape Not Kill Ape Edition

    Jul 23 2014

    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

  • The Culturefest: Migrating Buns Edition

    Jul 16 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Babbling Brooks Edition

    Jul 09 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Grief Sandwich Edition

    Jul 02 2014

    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

  • Slate Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2014 Edition

    Jun 25 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: This is Sparta Edition

    Jun 18 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Re-Stephening Edition

    Jun 11 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: "Ow, Your Cheekbone!" Edition

    Jun 04 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Sadness as the Bread Edition

    May 28 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: We Are All Going to 100% Die Someday Edition

    May 21 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition

    May 14 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

    May 07 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition

    Apr 30 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition

    Apr 23 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: The Silent "T" Party Edition

    Apr 16 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: My Little Dictaphone Edition

    Apr 09 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Are You There God? It's Me, Hollywood. Edition

    Apr 02 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: The Green Handshake Edition

    Mar 26 2014

    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

  • The Culture Gabfest: Prime Directive Edition

    Mar 19 2014

    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