Culture Gabfest

365 EpisodesProduced by Slate Magazine

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

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Spoilers: After

April 19th, 2019

55:16
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 …

Free Rein on Some Gargoyles Edition

April 17th, 2019

1:09:00
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Dan Kois discuss the fire at Notre Dame cathedral with New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins, the new animated …

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

April 15th, 2019

36:41
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 …

Spoilers: Little

April 12th, 2019

48:36
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 …

Energy Vampire Edition

April 10th, 2019

1:00:11
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: …

Spoiler Special: Shazam!

April 5th, 2019

49:02
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 …

St. Louis Style Edition

April 3rd, 2019

1:02:42
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 …

Hit Parade: The Everybody Say YEAH! Edition

March 29th, 2019

1:07:47
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 …

Talkin’ Traz Edition

March 27th, 2019

1:04:26
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 …

Decoder Ring: Truck Nutz

March 25th, 2019

35:47
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, …

Spoilers: Us

March 22nd, 2019

52:10
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 …

Queen of Shade Edition

March 20th, 2019

1:01:37
Dana Stevens, Isaac Butler, and Benjamin Frisch discuss HBO's documentary The Inventor about the Theranos scandal, the meteoric rise of Rupaul's Drag …

Come as You Were Edition

March 13th, 2019

1:05:00
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the blockbusting Captain Marvel, Hulu's girl-puberty comedy Pen15, and the article Guilty …

Spoilers: Captain Marvel

March 8th, 2019

40:02
Dana Stevens, Marissa Martinelli and Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest Marvel movie, Captain Marvel

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Michael Jackson Edition

March 6th, 2019

1:03:51
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens break our usual format to do an in-depth discussion of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland by …

Hit Parade: The Bad Moon on the Rise Edition

February 28th, 2019

1:02:50
In just a couple of years, Creedence Clearwater Revival generated one of the most amazing runs of hits in
American pop history: from “Proud Mary” to “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising” to “Travelin’ Band.”
Reportedly, they …

Jason Momoa Scrunchie Edition

February 27th, 2019

56:43
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscars ceremony and its various controversies, Comedy Central's new show The Other Two, …

Decoder Ring: Baby Shark

February 25th, 2019

38:17
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 …

Spoilers: Isn't It Romantic

February 22nd, 2019

52:31
 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 …

As In Her Royal Highness Edition

February 20th, 2019

1:00:11
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and K. Austin Collins discuss the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the bonkers true crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, …

Spoilers: Russian Doll

February 15th, 2019

45:38
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 …

Steampunk Deer Edition

February 13th, 2019

56:43
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 …

Spoilers: Lego Movie 2

February 8th, 2019

49:00
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 …

Nobody's Mad at Columbo Edition

February 6th, 2019

1:02:22
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Netflix's series Russian Doll, the best-documentary nominee Minding the Gap, and Vanity …

Decoder Ring: The Grifter

January 31st, 2019

53:46
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, …

Prosthesis Statement Edition

January 30th, 2019

1:01:21
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscar-nominated film Vice, the Netflix streamer Sexual Education, and what to make of …

Hit Parade: The Gaga is Born Edition

January 25th, 2019

1:08:39
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 …

Beautiful Blindspot Edition

January 23rd, 2019

53:06
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Sam Adams discuss the dueling Fyre Festival documentaries on Netflix and Hulu with Slate writer Shannon Palus, Glenn …

Spoilers: Glass

January 22nd, 2019

59:47
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 …

The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition

January 16th, 2019

1:06:51
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Golden Globs-conquering film Green Book with Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins, Netflix's …

Spoilers: Bandersnatch

January 11th, 2019

1:04:55
This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Vulture staff writer Kathryn Van Arendonk discuss the new Black Mirror interactive episode …

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January 10th, 2019

26:53
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, …

Naked Pomegranate Tory Edition

January 9th, 2019

1:06:45
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the court farce The Favourite, the awards frontrunner Roma, and the year in movies and …

Welcome to Slaht Ploos Edition

January 2nd, 2019

1:07:41
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 …

Spoilers: Mary Poppins Returns

December 28th, 2018

52:27
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 …

Completely Phoned-In Holiday Show Edition

December 26th, 2018

1:01:32
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens gather around the holiday hearth to answer listener questions in our annual call-in special! They …

Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition

December 21st, 2018

1:12:50
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 …

Treacle Box Edition

December 19th, 2018

1:07:21
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, reappraise the Christmas film classic Love, …

Spoilers: The Favourite

December 14th, 2018

36:45
This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens discusses The Favourite with Washington Post columnist, Alexandra Petri. 
Podcast production by Danielle …

Angry at the Lollipop Edition

December 12th, 2018

1:01:46
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Netflix documentary Dogs and the use of cliches in speech and …

Girls, Girls, Burgers, Edition

December 5th, 2018

59:31
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 …

Decoder Ring: Sad Jennifer Aniston

December 3rd, 2018

43:50
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. …

Spoilers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

November 30th, 2018

54:07
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.

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Hit Parade: The Give Me a Sign Edition

November 30th, 2018

1:14:15
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 …

Wingless Thrush Edition

November 28th, 2018

1:07:30
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Coen Bros. new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, HBO's Elena Ferrante adaptation My …

Mum's the Word Edition

November 21st, 2018

55:46
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 …

Spoilers: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

November 16th, 2018

40:17
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.

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Dinner is Served! Edition

November 14th, 2018

59:53
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 …

Orson Welles in a Snuggie Edition

November 7th, 2018

1:05:09
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Suspiria

November 2nd, 2018

56:34
This week on Spoiler Specials Dana Stevens and Sam Adams discuss Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria.

Podcast Production by Danielle Hewitt.

This …

Spoiler Specials: Halloween

October 31st, 2018

58:31
In a special bonus Halloween episode of Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci discuss the 11th installment in the Halloween franchise. 

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Werewolf Bar-Mitzvah Edition

October 31st, 2018

53:52
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 …

Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers

October 29th, 2018

53:19
Ong's Hat, or The Incunabula Papers, is a conspiracy theory that arose on the early internet. Combining cutting edge science, mysticism, and obvious …

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

October 26th, 2018

1:23:50
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 …

Who's On First Edition

October 24th, 2018

1:00:59
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 …

Spoiler Specials: The Hate U Give

October 19th, 2018

55:42
This week on Spoiler Specials, Assistant Editor Marissa Martinelli, Editorial Assistant Rachelle Hampton and Culture writer Inkoo Kang discuss The …

Brain and Body Still Rebooting Edition

October 17th, 2018

1:01:25
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 …

Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You Edition

October 10th, 2018

1:07:12
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 …

Sponsored: I Travel For Local Flavor

October 9th, 2018

28:52
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 …

Pope in a Speedo Edition

October 3rd, 2018

58:59
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry's new show Kidding, the CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, and …

Decoder Ring; Hotel Art

October 1st, 2018

32:27
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 …

Hit Parade: The Nights on Broadway Edition

September 28th, 2018

1:31:12
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 …

Still There Edition

September 26th, 2018

1:02:00
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, …

Julia Turner's Women in Charge

September 23rd, 2018

44:05
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 …

Spoiler Specials: A Simple Favor

September 21st, 2018

1:07:17
In this week's Slate senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer, Slate critic Inkoo Kang and assistant editor Marissa Martinelli discuss the Paul Feig …

Oopsie Jar Edition

September 19th, 2018

1:00:53
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 …

God's Laptop Edition

September 12th, 2018

1:06:12
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the screen-based film Searching, Ariana Grande's album Sweetener, and the life and work of …

Spoiler Specials: Insatiable

September 7th, 2018

1:14:10
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Eat Your Terrarium Edition

September 5th, 2018

1:02:13
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 …

Hegemonic Victimhood Edition

August 29th, 2018

1:07:58
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Eighth Grade, the maligned TV series Insatiable with June Thomas, and Kelly Marie …

Decoder Ring: The Paper Doll Club

August 27th, 2018

38:34
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Crazy Rich Asians

August 24th, 2018

1:24:12

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You Will Never Be Enough Edition

August 22nd, 2018

54:18
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. 

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August 20th, 2018

23:53
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 …

No Bad Horses Edition

August 15th, 2018

1:00:59
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. 











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Spoiler Specials: BlacKkKlansman

August 10th, 2018

1:11:51
Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman, Slate staff writer Inkoo Kang, and New York TimesCulture Desk assistant TV editor Aisha Harris spoil Spike …

Capitalism is Grift Edition

August 8th, 2018

56:41
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. 










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Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition

August 1st, 2018

1:08:33
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Mission Impossible: Fallout, the video game Fortnite, and a NYT Magazine profile of Gwyneth …

Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair

July 30th, 2018

43:17
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

July 27th, 2018

43:47
Dana Stevens and June Thomas spoil Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

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

July 27th, 2018

1:12:33
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 …

Summer Strut 2018 Edition

July 25th, 2018

1:10:14
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 …

Grasping at Straws Edition

July 18th, 2018

1:04:03
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 …

Spoiler Specials: The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

July 13th, 2018

58:35
Christina Cauterucci, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil the second season of The Handmaid's Tale.

Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Shasha Léonard.

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Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two

July 13th, 2018

54:58
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 …

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

July 11th, 2018

1:03:54
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the summer blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the appeal of the Netflix …

Unproblematic Trolley Edition

July 4th, 2018

1:06:10
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the new documentary about Mr. Rogers: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Netflix comedy special …

Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One

June 29th, 2018

1:02:54
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Westworld Season 2

June 29th, 2018

59:53
Willa Paskin, Sam Adams, Jonathan Fischer and Rachelle Hampton spoil the second season of Westworld.

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Anthony Rising Edition

June 27th, 2018

1:03:24
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 …

Decoder Ring: Clown Panic

June 25th, 2018

37:46
Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every month host Willa Paskin,Slate’s TV critic, takes on a cultural question, object, …

Unkindest Cut of All Edition

June 20th, 2018

1:01:48
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. 

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Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

June 15th, 2018

40:41
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Hereditary

June 15th, 2018

1:26:01
Dana Stevens, Rachel Syme, and Lena Wilson spoil Hereditary

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Elan Deficit Edition

June 13th, 2018

58:56
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Ocean's 8

June 8th, 2018

59:54
Marissa Martinelli, Aisha Harris, Inko Kang, and Carmen Russo spoil Ocean's 8

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Secret Summer Getaway Edition

June 6th, 2018

1:07:09
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 …

Decoder Ring: The Johnlock Conspiracy

June 4th, 2018

52:02
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 …

Spoiler Specials: 13 Reasons Why

June 1st, 2018

1:17:41
Marissa Martinelli, June Thomas, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil 13 Reasons Why

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Whiskey and Pepto Bismol Edition

May 30th, 2018

1:03:47
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film First Reformed, the podcast My Favorite Murder with production assistant Daniel …

Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition

May 25th, 2018

1:06:03
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Solo: A Star Wars Story

May 25th, 2018

1:04:28
Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli, and Sam Adams spoil Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Guillotine in the Mists Edition

May 23rd, 2018

1:03:51
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 …

Culture Gabfest Presents: Upon Further Review

May 22nd, 2018

24:13
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Deadpool 2

May 18th, 2018

48:31
Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli and Sam Adams spoil Deadpool 2.

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Smoke-N-Chill Novelties Edition

May 16th, 2018

58:22
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 …

[Laugh Track] Edition

May 9th, 2018

1:01:25
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 …

Culture Gabfest Presents Decoder Ring: The Laff Box

May 4th, 2018

31:10
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.

The Monkfish Was Fine Edition

May 2nd, 2018

1:06:29
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild, Wild, Country, the flap over the White House …

Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition

April 27th, 2018

1:10:45
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Avengers: Infinity War

April 27th, 2018

1:16:30
Dana Stevens, Jonathan Fischer, and Forrest Wickman spoil Avengers: Infinity War.

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It's Hammer Time Edition

April 25th, 2018

1:03:37
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new BBC America series Killing Eve, the film from Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really …

Apocalypse Mom Edition

April 18th, 2018

1:01:06
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, …

Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebie Edition

April 11th, 2018

1:03:02
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Ready Player One

April 6th, 2018

56:38
Dana Stevens, Laura Hudson, Dawnthea Price, and Forrest Wickman spoil Ready Player One.

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Midnight at the OASIS Edition

April 4th, 2018

1:01:25
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 …

Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition

March 29th, 2018

1:13:29
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 …

The Great Work Begins Edition

March 28th, 2018

59:27
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Isle of Dogs

March 23rd, 2018

58:05
Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, and Inkoo Kang spoil Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.

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We Are a Sacred Troupe Edition

March 21st, 2018

1:01:15
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Blue Planet II

March 16th, 2018

1:04:55
Susan Matthews, Dan Engber, Jacob Brogan, Kirsten Berg and Alex Barasch sit down for a science-filled spoiler special all about Blue Planet II.

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10th Anniversary Edition

March 14th, 2018

1:18:52
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 …

Spoiler Specials: A Wrinkle in Time

March 9th, 2018

1:05:34
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.

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Dana the Octophile Edition

March 7th, 2018

1:02:09
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss this year's Oscar ceremony, the surprise hit film "Game Night", and Daniel Engber's Slate …

Spoiler Specials: Annihilation

March 2nd, 2018

1:11:40
Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Marissa Martinelli spoil Annihilation, discussing what's behind the Shimmer, how DNA works, and the weird Annihilation noise.

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Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment Edition

February 28th, 2018

1:03:42
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 …

Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition

February 23rd, 2018

1:28:25
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Black Panther

February 23rd, 2018

56:17
Aisha Harris, Jamelle Bouie and Veralyn Williams spoil Black Panther.

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Redneck Margarita Edition

February 21st, 2018

1:04:00
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. 

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Trundle-Tail Dog Edition

February 14th, 2018

56:01
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. 

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Abrasive Toast Scrape Edition

February 7th, 2018

1:13:24
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 …

Live From Sundance Edition

January 31st, 2018

1:01:35
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 …

Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition

January 26th, 2018

1:23:54
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Mosaic

January 26th, 2018

36:59
Willa Paskin and Inkoo Kang spoil Steven Soderbergh's new series Mosaic.

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Nobody Bonks Me On the Head With a Baguette Edition

January 24th, 2018

1:08:36
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 …

Run It! Edition

January 17th, 2018

1:04:31
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Black Mirror Season 4

January 12th, 2018

50:38
Slate's TV critic Willa Paskin, tech and culture writer Inkoo Kang, and Browbeat editor Sam Adams spoil the newest season of Black Mirror.

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

January 10th, 2018

1:03:31
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 …

Beauteous Sprout Edition

January 3rd, 2018

1:04:25
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the film Three Billboards  Outside Ebbing Missouri, Errol Morris's Wormwood, and Slate's 2017 …

Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists Edition

December 29th, 2017

53:06
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Phantom Thread

December 29th, 2017

42:15
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.

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

December 27th, 2017

59:30
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens answer listener questions about which piece of culture they would forever delete from the universe, …

General Hugs Edition

December 20th, 2017

1:05:19
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 …

Spoiler Specials: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 15th, 2017

58:56
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.

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Frantic Rabbity Burst Edition

December 13th, 2017

1:02:51
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, …

Fractal Badness Edition

December 6th, 2017

1:08:05
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 …

Spoiler Specials: The Shape of Water

December 1st, 2017

45:18
On this Spoiler Special, Dana Stevens sits down with Sam Adams to spoil The Shape of Water

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Do I Dare to Eat a Peach Edition

November 29th, 2017

1:03:28
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 …

Hit Parade: The Queen of Disco Edition

November 24th, 2017

1:14:12
Donna Summer was a hitmaker for two decades and a dancefloor deity for more than three. Her collaborations with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte …

Recrimination in the Cranberry Sauce edition

November 22nd, 2017

1:04:15
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss NBC's The Good Place, the death of Charles Manson with podcaster Karina Longworth, and Dan …

SPECIAL: Weinstein Accusers in Conversation

November 21st, 2017

59:34
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, …

Spoiler Specials: Justice League

November 17th, 2017

30:29
Slate movie critic Dana Stevens and Slate senior editor Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest installment in the DC universe, Justice League.

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Tell Me About a Complicated Man Edition

November 15th, 2017

59:41
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 …

Two Steves and a Metcalf Edition

November 8th, 2017

1:00:51
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 …

Spoiler Special - Thor: Ragnarok

November 3rd, 2017

41:00
Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jonathan Fischer spoil Marvel and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok. 

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Tiny Frozen Shrimp Edition

November 1st, 2017

1:06:57
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Joan Didion documentary The Center Will Not Hold, the return of Will & Grace with …

Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, Le Petty Prince Edition

October 30th, 2017

1:11:52
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 …

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

October 25th, 2017

59:07
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Netflix's Mindhunters, Post Malone's hit song Rockstar with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy, and …

Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on Halt and Catch Fire

October 20th, 2017

36:20
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 …

Priceless Moments Edition

October 18th, 2017

54:34
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Noah Baumbach's film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), the true-crime parody …

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

October 11th, 2017

56:44
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Isaac Butler discuss Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, catch up on Amazon's streaming hit Transparent, and …

Slate Represent: Fall TV Roundup

October 7th, 2017

44:20
On this episode of Represent, host Aisha Harris, Black Girl Nerds contributor Jacqueline Coley, Vulture writer Alex Jung, and Turner Classic Movies

Spoiler Specials: Blade Runner 2049

October 6th, 2017

45:05
Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, culture editor Forrest Wickman, and Brow Beat editor Sam Adams discuss Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis …

Too Good to Last Edition

October 4th, 2017

1:04:03
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 …

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

September 29th, 2017

1:16:52
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 …

Allegory! Edition

September 27th, 2017

59:56
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 …

Spoiler Special: Mother!

September 22nd, 2017

40:12
Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, culture editor Forrest Wickman, and Brow Beat editor Sam Adams discuss Mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky and …

Live From Toronto Edition

September 20th, 2017

1:03:24
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf are live in Toronto to discuss Justin Trudeau as dreamboat meme factory, the critical …

Bromance as Bloodsport Edition

September 13th, 2017

55:45
   On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Laura Bennett, Gabriel Roth, and Seth Stevenson discuss Bachelor in Paradise, a campy spin-off of the

Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on It

September 8th, 2017

45:42
Dana Stevens and Slate culture writers Aisha Harris and Sam Adams discuss It, director Andy Muschietti’s take on the Stephen King novel, starring …

Look What You Made Richard Dreyfuss Do Edition

September 6th, 2017

1:04:56
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the 40th anniversary re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, whether Taylor Swift …

#NoFilter Edition

August 30th, 2017

1:03:18
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 …

The Tree is a Colander Edition

August 23rd, 2017

1:00:59
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 …

The Culture Gabfest Welcomes Studio 360 to Slate

August 18th, 2017

51:10
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 …

Hella Doomed Edition

August 16th, 2017

1:01:27
Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris, and Julia Turner discuss HBO's Insecure with Slate's Veralyn Williams, the classic film Dr. Strangelove, and the Vulture …

To Keegan-Michael Key Or Not to Key Edition

August 9th, 2017

1:01:07
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf discuss The Public Theater's new production of Hamlet starring Oscar Isaac, Netflix's Friends From …

Crash! I Dropped a Vase Edition

August 2nd, 2017

1:05:03
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss Christopher Nolan's new film Dunkirk, the musical podcast 36 Questions, and sellouts with …

Hit Parade: The Charity Megasingle Edition

July 28th, 2017

1:06:12
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 …

Apes, Pigs, and Comedians Edition

July 26th, 2017

1:00:24
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 …

Conspiracy Thrillers | The Parallax View (1974)

July 19th, 2017

38:43
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 …

Hum In the Drum Edition

July 19th, 2017

1:03:25
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 …

Summer Strut 2017 Edition

July 12th, 2017

1:19:23
In this jumbo-sized summer strut special, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Chris Molanphy discuss the songs of the summer and our …

"Edwina, Bring Me the Anatomy Book" Edition

July 6th, 2017

1:06:12
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Sophia Coppola's new film The Beguiled, the Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, and the …

Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George Edition

June 30th, 2017

1:11:36
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, …

Man Bun on a Hot Tin Roof Edition

June 28th, 2017

55:54
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and Steven Metcalf discuss Netflix's wrestling comedy GLOW, Lorde's album Melodrama with critic Carl Wilson, and Mattel's …

Vicarious Nails Edition

June 21st, 2017

53:34
Stephen Metcalf, June Thomas, and Christina Cauterucci discuss the new horror film It Comes at Night, the TNT Niecy Nash vehicle Claws, and Beth …

Thus Always to Tyrants Edition

June 14th, 2017

56:42
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest with journalist Michelle Dean, the Julius Caesar …

Live From Melbourne Edition

June 7th, 2017

1:18:04
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from Sydney with performances and a discussion with Courtney Barnett, plus Wonder Woman and …

Live From Sydney Edition

May 31st, 2017

1:01:46
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are in Sydney Australia for the first of two Australian live shows! They discuss the film Baywatch, …

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

May 26th, 2017

51:13
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. …

Conspiracy Thrillers | The Manchurian Candidate (1962 + 2004)

May 25th, 2017

49:03
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

Whaboom Edition

May 24th, 2017

58:24
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 …

Needless with Three E's Edition

May 17th, 2017

55:51
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 …

Dana Works Blue Edition

May 10th, 2017

1:00:41
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and John Swansburg discuss the new Starz series American Gods, the book Killers of the Flower Moon with author David …

Demme God Edition

May 3rd, 2017

1:01:44
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 …

Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade

April 28th, 2017

38:37
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 …

Live From Washington D.C. Edition

April 26th, 2017

1:10:22
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 …

Five Men and a Baby Edition

April 19th, 2017

58:17
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 …

WTF Were You Thinking Edition

April 12th, 2017

1:05:40
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new Anne Hathaway film Colossus, Andy Daly's Comedy Central sitcom Review, and Pepsi's …

Lust-Free Dinner with David Plotz Edition

April 5th, 2017

1:00:25
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 …

Beast, Brontës, and Broadway Edition

March 29th, 2017

58:34
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, …

[Chuck Berry Guitar Lick] Edition

March 22nd, 2017

1:02:53
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 …

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

March 16th, 2017

52:49
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: …

Lose the Shoulder Pads Edition

March 8th, 2017

1:06:00
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 …

Crab Dystopia Edition

March 1st, 2017

57:34
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 …

[Crickets] Edition

February 22nd, 2017

58:25
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 …

Stephen's Universe Edition

February 15th, 2017

1:01:14
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the cartoon phenomenon Steven Universe with intern Daniel Schroeder, SNL and political satire …

Archie Got Hot Edition

February 8th, 2017

57:36
Slate's Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the CW's new Archie adaption Riverdale, David Mackenzie's Oscar-nominated film Hell …

We Love Spunk Edition

February 1st, 2017

1:01:54
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 …

Chalkboard Ninja Edition

January 25th, 2017

1:00:10
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 …

Slow Mo Nun Soccer Edition

January 18th, 2017

49:52
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 …

Decadent Slime Edition

January 11th, 2017

57:36
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 …

Samba and Tapas Edition

January 4th, 2017

1:00:08
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film musical La La Land, the Oscar-contender Manchester By the Sea with John …

Two Condoms and a Poem Edition

December 28th, 2016

56:22
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, Steven Metcalf and Dear Prudence's Mallory Ortberg come together around the podcast fire to answer your advice questions …

Live Star Death Star Edition

December 21st, 2016

56:11
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.

Mensch Warfare Edition

December 14th, 2016

55:33
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 …

Low End Theory Edition

December 7th, 2016

55:26
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 …

Banter About Banter Edition

November 30th, 2016

1:02:27
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Moana, the new animated film from Disney, the return of Gilmore Girls with Seth Stevenson, …

Hey Aliens, Use a Coaster Edition

November 23rd, 2016

1:01:15
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 …

New Abnormal Edition

November 16th, 2016

1:10:55
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 …

Regnal Name Generator Edition

November 9th, 2016

55:31
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 …

Sad Eagle Edition

November 2nd, 2016

53:41
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris, and Will Oremus discuss ABC's hit drama Designated Survivor, Netflix's new documentary …

Beige Goo Edition

October 26th, 2016

53:24
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Barry Jenkins' new film Moonlight, Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize and subsequent snub, and taste …

Live From Santa Monica Edition

October 19th, 2016

53:51
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 …

Sympathy For The Devil Edition

October 12th, 2016

57:41
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guest host Gabriel Roth discuss the new Netflix Documentary Amanda Knox, Jack Hamilton discusses his new book Just …

Darkness On The Edge Of Reason Edition

October 5th, 2016

1:10:15
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guests discuss the new HBO show Westworld, Bruce Springsteen's memoir, Born To Run, and the …

Get A Load Of This Clown Edition

September 28th, 2016

1:07:10
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Amazon show Fleabag, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce, and they talk with Slate

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

September 22nd, 2016

54:59
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 AcademySlate pop critic Jack Hamilton talks to Barry Shank, …

Don't Exhale Edition

September 21st, 2016

51:31
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 …

Epistemological Meltdown Edition

September 14th, 2016

1:16:30
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss Donald Glover's new show Atlanta; how landmark scientific studies are being debunked …

Marconi Plays the Mamba Edition

September 7th, 2016

1:10:30
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 …

Smart Brick Edition

August 31st, 2016

1:23:29
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss Werner Herzog's documentary Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World; how …

"And Now It's Dead" Edition

August 24th, 2016

1:06:06
Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jessica Winter discuss the end of Gawker, the animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, and their favorite cultural …

Live from Steve's Porch Edition

August 17th, 2016

52:09

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

The Slate Culture Gabfest is …

Live from The Mount Edition

August 10th, 2016

1:13:13
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 …

Avada C'mon Edition

August 3rd, 2016

58:05
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Netflix series Stranger Things, the Harry Potter play "Harry Potter and the Cursed …

Summer Strut 2016 Edition

July 27th, 2016

1:04:36
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens talk about their Summer Strut picks for 2016 with Slate music writer Chris Molanphy.

Culture Gabfest …

Gotta Bust'em All Edition

July 20th, 2016

1:02:48
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Ghostbusters reboot, Pokemon Go, and Chuck Close.

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Calamities Ensue Edition

July 13th, 2016

1:01:43
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss HBO's series Night Of, the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, and the flap over actresses and …

Steve is a Mocap Golden Retriever Edition

July 6th, 2016

53:50
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss the film The BFG, the beefcake noir television show Animal Kingdom, and Facebook's new algorithm.

Independence Duh Edition

June 29th, 2016

57:50
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Independence Day: Resurgence, Angels in America, and Judith Butler.

The Slate Culture Gabfest …

Jalapeños on Your Eyeballs Edition

June 22nd, 2016

56:10
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Laura Bennett discuss the latest Pixar film Finding Dory James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, and UnReal Season 2.

The …

Followers of Satin Edition

June 15th, 2016

1:09:42
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the ESPN's documentary "OJ: Made in America", men's fashion with Simon Doonan, and Dana …

Lonely Cilantro Edition

June 8th, 2016

1:11:17
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss  Maria Bamford's Netflix series Lady Dynamite, the film Popstar, and Paul Simon's latest …

Race, Class, Gosling Edition

June 1st, 2016

1:03:37
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 …

What Kind of Preacher Are You? Edition

May 25th, 2016

58:19
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Laura Miller discuss the film Neighbors 2, AMC's bloodlusty show Preacher, and debate whether adverbs are the …

Too Old to Be Governable Too Young to Die Edition

May 18th, 2016

1:01:43
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Laura Miller discuss Whit Stillman's film "Love & Friendship," Radiohead's latest album, and the British TV …

Who Brought the Chardonnay Edition

May 11th, 2016

1:03:34
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 …

The Worst Man in the World Edition

May 4th, 2016

56:25
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 …

The Beautiful Ones Edition

April 27th, 2016

1:21:10
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and June Thomas discuss Prince, Beyoncé's Lemonade, and the television show The Girlfriend Experience.

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

April 20th, 2016

1:01:01
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 …

Fightin' Side of Everybody Edition

April 13th, 2016

1:03:20
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 …

Live from Chelsea Edition

April 8th, 2016

1:08:54
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 …

Late Notice Edition

April 6th, 2016

2:53
The Culture Gabfest is going to be late this week because of its awesome live show in New York City. 

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Men Are Still Good Edition

March 30th, 2016

57:40
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Batman v Superman with Slate's Jamelle Bouie, TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and bro …

Bunny Cop Edition

March 23rd, 2016

1:01:55
Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Miller discuss the animated film about police brutality Zootopia, WGN America's Underground, and our …

Threat or Menace Edition

March 16th, 2016

1:04:49
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the horror sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane, Fred Kaplan's latest book "Dark Territory: The Secret …

Unmeeting Edition

March 9th, 2016

59:12
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered, work-life balance, and the story of the eradication of …

Wearing Jeans to The Oscars Edition

March 2nd, 2016

1:08:59
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss The Oscars, small talk, and interview photographer Gregory Crewdson about his work and latest …

Who Will Critique the Critics? Edition

February 24th, 2016

58:11
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix series Love, the Oscar nominated documentary Amy, and cultural criticism.

The …

We Love You Like Kanye Loves Kanye Edition

February 17th, 2016

54:33
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 …

Beyoncé Wins the Superbowl Edition

February 10th, 2016

1:09:43
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Coen brothers latest movie Hail Caesar!, Beyonce's Formation video with New York Times' …

Did Steve Finish His Book? Edition

February 3rd, 2016

59:31
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and New York Times' Wesley Morris discuss the biographical drama American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson, the film …

Nevermind, Don't Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition

January 27th, 2016

1:00:11
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Laura Miller discuss The Oscars diversity problem, Trevor Noah's vesrion of The Daily Show, and the Oscar-nominated …

All Hail Charlotte Rampling Edition

January 20th, 2016

52:55
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 …

Lazarus Edition

January 13th, 2016

1:04:58
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Aisha Harris discuss David Bowie's legacy, Quentin Tarantino's latest film Hateful Eight, and the true crime …

Spark Oy! Edition

January 6th, 2016

1:02:03
Dana Stevens, Laura Miller, and Mike Pesca discuss the film The Revenant, Marie Kondo's latest book for wannabe neat freaks, and whether profanity …

We Forced You To Call Us Edition

December 30th, 2015

1:06:59
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and answer listener questions.   The Slate Culture Gabfest …

Checkin' It Thrice Edition

December 23rd, 2015

41:36
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 …

The Room Where It Happens Edition

December 16th, 2015

1:01:11
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 …

It's Showbiz Inside Edition

December 9th, 2015

54:42
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the latest cinematic adaptation of Macbeth, Bill Murray's Netflix Christmas special "A Very …

"Rocky Theme" Edition

December 2nd, 2015

1:00:13
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Rocky reboot Creed, the atypical Marvel TV series Jessica Jones, and whether we should …

Obergruppenführer Edition

November 25th, 2015

1:00:25
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 …

Live from Broadway Edition

November 18th, 2015

1:33:29
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 …

Live from San Francisco Edition

November 11th, 2015

59:06
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the latest Steve Jobs biopic, virtual reality and Facebook's Oculus Rift technology, and …

Radio Radio Edition

November 4th, 2015

55:34
Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss the career of Elvis Costello on the heels of his recent memoir, "Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" …

Ah Aliens, Ah Humanity Edition

October 28th, 2015

59:19
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss CW's musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, whether NASA has discussed a super alien race with …

Pry This Lectern Out of My Cold Dead Hands Edition

October 21st, 2015

53:35
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Laura Miller discuss Spielberg's Cold War Movie "Bridge of Spies," Kathryn Schultz’s recent New Yorker takedown of …

If Only Garfield Had Taken Off His Clothes Edition

October 14th, 2015

59:47
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Rahmin Bahrani's latest film 99 Homes, our identity obsession with Wesley Morris, and Dana …

#TeenLife Edition

October 7th, 2015

53:35
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the blockbuster science movie The Martian, Fox's standout fall TV show The Grinder, and …

Sugar and Spice and Blood Edition

September 30th, 2015

1:09:40
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 …

Live from Chicago Edition

September 23rd, 2015

1:22:13
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 …

Hot and Cold Running Sonnets

September 16th, 2015

54:23
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the FXX anti-romantic comedy "You're the Worst," Stephen Colbert's late night debut, and …

Binocular G Edition

September 9th, 2015

49:21
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 …

Bullets or Exposition Edition

September 2nd, 2015

51:57
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 …

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

August 26th, 2015

1:02:21
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 …

911 is a Leitmotif Edition

August 19th, 2015

1:03:57
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, …

Lite in August Edition

August 12th, 2015

53:08
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Seth Stevenson discuss Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer reboot, the David Foster Wallace biopic End of Tour with …

#Squadgoals Edition

August 5th, 2015

47:50
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Mission Impossible franchise's latest installment, Rogue Nation, girl squads with Slate's …

Go Set a Pet Edition

July 29th, 2015

1:05:35
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss The Look of Silence, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer's companion to his 2012 documentary The Act …

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

July 22nd, 2015

53:02
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Amy Schumer's debut film Trainwreck, the cyberpunk thriller Mr. Robot on USA Network, and the …

What a Long Strange Trip We Ignored Edition

July 15th, 2015

58:48
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 …

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

July 8th, 2015

56:44
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Slate's Mike Pesca discuss Magic Mike XXL, the Nina Simone documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?", and whether …

Quinquennial Strut Edition

July 1st, 2015

1:04:19
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 …

Life, Money, Art Edition

June 24th, 2015

1:10:05
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 …

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

June 17th, 2015

54:28
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss the Hollywood's latest reboot of Jurassic World, the legacy of Ornette Coleman with Slate's …

The Culture Gabfest: Spy. UnReal. Wow. Episode

June 10th, 2015

54:54
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, Lifetime's fictional reality tv show UnReal, and …

Whack-A-Guest Edition

June 3rd, 2015

56:29
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 …

I See Floating Hearts Edition

May 27th, 2015

49:37
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss M. Night Shyamalan's TV show Wayward Pines, the webcam app Periscope, and whether nerd …

Badass Matriarchy Edition

May 20th, 2015

50:33
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 …

Steve Has a Hangover in Toronto Edition

May 13th, 2015

1:02:03
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 …

Stupid and Contagious

May 6th, 2015

1:00:31
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, the lure of boxing with Seth Stevenson, and Dad …

Heavy is the Head That Wears the Guacamole Edition

April 29th, 2015

1:04:10
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dan Kois discuss Masterpiece Theater's sumptuous version of Wolf Hall, Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer …

About Lightning Edition

April 22nd, 2015

1:03:37
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Mike Pesca discuss the Iranian film About Elly, Gwyneth Paltrow's Goopy SNAP challenge, and movie trailers. Our …

'Tates and Sass Edition

April 15th, 2015

59:07
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Noah Baumbach's latest film "While We're Young," the annotation website Genius with Slate's …

Bald Guys Fighting Edition (Ad Free by Slate Plus)

April 8th, 2015

53:17
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Fast and Furious movie franchise, casting director Allison Jones, and the culture of …

Fluffy Karaoke Chicken Bites Dog Edition

April 1st, 2015

1:10:03
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 …

The Scamp Stamp Edition

March 25th, 2015

1:15:08
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 …

America's One Night Stand with Robin Thicke Edition

March 18th, 2015

1:00:09
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, Jessica Winter discuss the "Blurred Lines" jury verdict with Slate contributor Chris Molanphy, Snapchat Discover with …

Woodshedding Edition

March 11th, 2015

1:00:44
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.

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There is No Wrong Way to Use a Margarita Pool Edition

March 4th, 2015

59:03
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 …

Decapitated Swan Dress Edition

February 25th, 2015

1:02:25
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens along with Carl Wilson review the Oscars, Bjork's latest album, and weigh in on the audiophile …

Red Room of Pain Edition

February 18th, 2015

1:02:44
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 …

Ass Over Teakettle Edition

February 11th, 2015

54:48
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Breaking Bad's much anticipated spinoff Better Call Saul, Damien Chazelle’s film Whiplash, …

Nice Singlet Edition

February 4th, 2015

53:57
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Foxcatcher and its Best Picture Oscar snub, Sleater-Kinney's latest album with music …

Whiteout Conditions Edition

January 29th, 2015

1:00:30
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 …

We'll Be a Little Late This Week

January 28th, 2015

3:01
In which Julia explains that we were delayed by this week's storm, and we'll post the show a little later on Wednesday.

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Tales from the Decrypt Edition

January 21st, 2015

51:59
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film The Imitation Game, HBO's Togetherness, and Celine's new It Girl, Joan Didion.

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The Expensive Speech Edition

January 14th, 2015

1:07:06
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma, the culture of protest in today's internet world, …

The Great Brio of the Buoy Edition

January 7th, 2015

54:30
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 …

New Theme Song Edition

December 31st, 2014

58:15
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens visit the studio of composer Nicholas Britell to hear his musical interpretations of their theme song …

Behold! Ignorance and Want Edition

December 24th, 2014

55:41
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Sony Pictures hack, Hollywood film franchises, and favorite Christmas movies.

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I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK Edition

December 17th, 2014

1:01:24
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 …

Rock, Paper, Scissors Edition

December 10th, 2014

1:20:57
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 …

Culture Gabfest Extra: Little Trip to the Big Dig

December 8th, 2014

17:38
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. …

Totally Obsessed Edition

December 3rd, 2014

54:58
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the dark British satire Black Mirror, our obsession with cultural obsessions, and the decline …

Culture Gabfest Extra: Pasadena, Here We Come

December 2nd, 2014

18:05
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens take a spin around Los Angeles with native Angeleno (and Slate's executive producer of podcasts) Andy …

"How Could You?" Edition

November 26th, 2014

1:01:22
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Cosby scandal with Grantland writer Wesley Morris, the legacy of director Mike Nichols, …

The Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition

November 19th, 2014

1:17:38
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 …

A Rip Van Winkle in Time Edition

November 12th, 2014

1:00:24
Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Interstellar, Lisa Kudrow's comeback TV series "The Comeback," and London taxi …

The New York Review of Taylor Swift Edition

November 5th, 2014

1:02:23
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the shapeshifting Taylor Swift's latest incarnation with Slate music critic …

Watching the Watchers Do the Watching Edition

October 29th, 2014

57:42
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour with Fred Kaplan, the camp TV comedy …

Live from Boston Edition

October 22nd, 2014

1:32:10
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new Alejandro González Iñárritu film Birdman and revel in the absurdity of …

Find Your Biatch Edition

October 15th, 2014

1:01:46
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss This American Life's wildly popular spinoff show Serial, talk with Dan Pashman …

You and Your Strange Ways Here in Hollywood Edition

October 9th, 2014

1:32:42
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 …

That Balloon Dog Didn't Make Itself Edition

October 1st, 2014

1:09:34
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens take a tour the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum with curator Scott Rothkopf, …

If Bono Were a Chess Piece Edition

September 24th, 2014

56:28
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner discuss U2 with Slate music writer Carl Wilson, the ignored world of competitive chess with Seth …

"Oh, Grow Up!" Edition

September 17th, 2014

57:26
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss A.O Scott's article which asks, "Who or what killed adulthood?", fingerprint …

Talk of Shame Edition

September 10th, 2014

1:02:56
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens answer listeners calls from the Slate retreat at Mohonk Mountain.

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Vancouver, France Edition

September 3rd, 2014

53:07
On this week's Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and David Haglund discuss Whit Stillman's Amazon pilot "The Cosmopolitans," the online …

Mmmm...Simpsons Edition

August 27th, 2014

1:06:12
On this week's Culture Gabfest, Julia Turner, John Swansburg, and David Haglund discuss FXX's Simpson's marathon, the independent twist-filled …

Precision of Language Edition

August 20th, 2014

56:24
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 Culture Gabfest: Good Night, Robin Williams Edition

August 13th, 2014

57:58
Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest John Swansburg discuss the inestimable actor and comedian Robin Williams' career, Cinemax's the …

The Culture Gabfest: Not That Gomorrah Edition

August 6th, 2014

55:41
Slate critics Steve Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Marvel's latest franchise movie Guardians of the Galaxy, whether plagiarism is …

The Culture Gabfest: The Dumb Culture Gabfest Edition

July 30th, 2014

1:03:04
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," …

The Culture Gabfest: Ape Not Kill Ape Edition

July 23rd, 2014

50:11
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the dark and violent sequel Dawn of the Apes, whether potato salad caused …

The Culturefest: Migrating Buns Edition

July 16th, 2014

50:26
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Richard Linklater's new movie Boyhood, whether E!'s plastic surgery reality …

The Culture Gabfest: Babbling Brooks Edition

July 9th, 2014

50:23
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guest June Thomas discuss the action blockbuster and political allegory film Snowpiercer, the campy …

The Culture Gabfest: Grief Sandwich Edition

July 2nd, 2014

49:47
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest John Swansburg discuss the rom com spoof They Came Together, the rapturously dark HBO show …

Slate Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2014 Edition

June 25th, 2014

52:47
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 …

The Culture Gabfest: This is Sparta Edition

June 18th, 2014

55:59
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 …

The Culture Gabfest: Re-Stephening Edition

June 11th, 2014

49:39
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the film Obvious Child, a movie that is radically blase about abortion, whether …

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

June 4th, 2014

49:54
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Mike Pesca discuss Disney's Sleeping Beauty re-make "Maleficent," faking cultural literacy, and NY …

The Culture Gabfest: Sadness as the Bread Edition

May 28th, 2014

1:06:15
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 …

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

May 21st, 2014

51:18
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Showtime's heady Gothic series Penny Dreadful, Chipotle's move to serve literature …

The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition

May 14th, 2014

48:14
Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and David Haglund discuss the unexpectedly gripping real-time car ride movie Locke, the philosophical …

The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

May 7th, 2014

55:24
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Montreal this week as part of the 16th Blue Metropolis Montreal …

The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition

April 30th, 2014

59:39
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss French economist Thomas Picketty and his intellectual blockbuster, "Capital in …

The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition

April 23rd, 2014

47:05
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating femme fatale in the arthouse horror flick …

The Culture Gabfest: The Silent "T" Party Edition

April 16th, 2014

50:48
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest Gabber Jacob Weisberg discuss Stephen Colbert's move to late night television, chat with …

The Culture Gabfest: My Little Dictaphone Edition

April 9th, 2014

52:21
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Errol Morris' study of Donald Rumsfeld in his latest documentary "The Unknown …

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

April 2nd, 2014

52:23
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Darren Aronofsky's Hollywood version of Noah's Ark, how fame changes friendship …

The Culture Gabfest: The Green Handshake Edition

March 26th, 2014

46:37
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 …

The Culture Gabfest: Prime Directive Edition

March 19th, 2014

46:26
Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss FX's Cold War era throwback television show The Americans, whether Amazon is …
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