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Slate's Culture Gabfest

Slate's 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. Part of the Panoply Network.

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Conspiracy Thrillers | The Parallax View (1974)

Slate's Culture Gabfest

Why Alan J. Pakula’s conspiracy flick makes you feel like you’re being brainwashed, too.

38 Min

Jul 19, 2017

Hum In the Drum Edition

Slate's Culture Gabfest

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.

58 Min

Jul 19, 2017

Summer Strut 2017 Edition

Slate's Culture Gabfest

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.

74 Min

Jul 12, 2017

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61 min
Jul 6, 2017
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Sophia Coppola's new film The Beguiled, the Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone, and the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

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

51 min
Jun 28, 2017
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and Steven Metcalf discuss Netflix's wrestling comedy GLOW, Lorde's album Melodrama with critic Carl Wilson, and Mattel's Ken Doll reboot and if/why it's so funny.

48 min
Jun 21, 2017
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Stephen Metcalf, June Thomas, and Christina Cauterucci discuss the new horror film It Comes at Night, the TNT Niecy Nash vehicle Claws, and Beth Ditto's new album Fake Sugar.

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

73 min
Jun 7, 2017
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live from Sydney with performances and a discussion with Courtney Barnett, plus Wonder Woman and cultural stereotyping with Michael Williams, director of The Wheeler Centre.

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

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

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

53 min
May 24, 2017
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Forrest Wickman, Aisha Harris, and Laura Bennett discuss Showtime's revival of Twin Peaks, the first black woman to star on The Bachelorette, and the Atlantic cover story, My Family's Slave.

51 min
May 17, 2017
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The panel discusses Netflix's Anne of Green Gables reboot Anne With an E, the face-changing app FaceApp, and Caity Weaver's GQ profile of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

55 min
May 10, 2017
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Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and John Swansburg discuss the new Starz series American Gods, the book Killers of the Flower Moon with author David Grann, and Dove's "Real Beauty" bottle campaign.

56 min
May 3, 2017
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Dana Stephens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the work of the late Jonathan Demme, the new film Tramps with director Adam Leon, and Bret Stephens' recent New York Times op-ed about climate change.

60 min
Apr 12, 2017
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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new Anne Hathaway film Colossus, Andy Daly's Comedy Central sitcom Review, and Pepsi's recent ad controversy

55 min
Apr 5, 2017
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The panel discusses the new podcast S-Town, the film Ghost in the Shell with Represent host Aisha Harris, and the controversy surrounding Vice President Pence and his self-imposed rules around women.

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

58 min
Mar 22, 2017
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The panel discuss the new film Personal Shopper, the legacy of Chuck Berry with the New York Times Magazine's Jody Rosen, and the sale of Us Weekly with the hosts of the podcast Who Weekly.

48 min
Mar 16, 2017
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The panel discusses the new film Logan, the new album by the Magnetic Fields, and the article in The New Republic: "The Perils of Privilege"

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

61 min
Mar 8, 2017
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss George Orwell's classic novel 1984, Ryan Murphy's new show Feud about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and pop culture's current obsession with sleep.

52 min
Mar 1, 2017
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf discuss Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out with Aisha Harris, the Oscars, and the new season of the BBC's Planet Earth.

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

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

52 min
Feb 8, 2017
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the CW's new Archie adaption Riverdale, David Mackenzie's Oscar-nominated film Hell or High Water, and this year's Super Bowl ads with Seth Stevenson.

57 min
Feb 1, 2017
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Slate’s culture editor Laura Bennett discuss the film Elle, NBC's This Is Us, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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

45 min
Jan 18, 2017
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Dana Steven, Stephen Metcalf and Sam Anderson discuss HBO's new show The Young Pope, the film A Monster Calls directed by J. A. Bayona, and Neanderthals Were People, Too from The New York Times Magazine.

52 min
Jan 11, 2017
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Slate's Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Netflix's new sci-fi show The OA, the film Fences with UCLA professor and playwright Dominic Taylor, and then whether hard times make for great art.

55 min
Jan 4, 2017
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new musical film La La Land, the Oscar-contender Manchester By the Sea with John Swansburg, and the best movies of the year in Slate's movie club.

51 min
Dec 28, 2016
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The panel comes together around the podcast fire to answer your advice questions in our yearly call-in holiday special. Topics include poems for suitors, father-daughter dances, foreign name pronunciation and much more.

51 min
Dec 28, 2016
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The panel comes together around the podcast fire to answer your advice questions in our yearly call-in holiday special. Topics include poems for suitors, father-daughter dances, foreign name pronunciation and much more.

51 min
Dec 21, 2016
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Dan Kois, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, TBS's mystery millennial comedy Search Party, and Stevie Wonder and Slate's Wonder Week with Jack Hamilton.

50 min
Dec 14, 2016
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The panel discuss the new biopic Jackie with Browbeat editor Sam Adams, the Netflix show 3%, and Laura Miller's piece for Slate, "Do Video Games Make Us More Cruel?"

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

55 min
Nov 30, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Moana, the new animated film from Disney, the return of Gilmore Girls with Seth Stevenson, and Nathan Heller's article in the New Yorker, "If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?".

54 min
Nov 23, 2016
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the booing of Mike Pence at a performance of Hamilton, the new sci-fi movie hit Arrival, and TruTV's man on the street comedy game show Billy on the Street.

66 min
Nov 16, 2016
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The panel discuss their feelings in the aftermath of the election, the art we use to take solace in dark times with Slate writers Jamelle Bouie and Bryan Lowder, and how to think about Trump and Hitler with contributor and historian Ron Rosenbaum.

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

50 min
Nov 2, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris, and Will Oremus discuss ABC's hit drama Designated Survivor, Netflix's new documentary 13th, and the death of Vine, the 6-second video platform.

48 min
Oct 26, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Barry Jenkins' new film Moonlight, Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize and subsequent snub, and taste test Soylent, the tech world's attempt at food disruption.

49 min
Oct 19, 2016
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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest Karina Longworth are live in Santa Monica to discuss Nate Parker's new film Birth of a Nation, D.W. Griffith's 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, and their favorite Hollywood films about Hollywood.

52 min
Oct 12, 2016
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The Gabfest team discuss the new Netflix Documentary Amanda Knox, Jack Hamilton discusses his new book Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination about how rock and roll became white, and the mystery and unmasking of Rachel Brewson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

65 min
Sep 7, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Amazon's pilot TV show I Love Dick, bad songs, and what a dismal summer at the box office means for the movie industry.

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

60 min
Aug 24, 2016
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Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jessica Winter discuss the end of Gawker, the animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, and their favorite cultural depiction of vacations.

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

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

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

52 min
Aug 3, 2016
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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.

52 min
Aug 3, 2016
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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.

60 min
Jul 27, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens talk about their Summer Strut picks for 2016 with Slate music writer Chris Molanphy.

57 min
Jul 20, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Ghostbusters reboot, Pokemon Go, and Chuck Close.

57 min
Jul 20, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Ghostbusters reboot, Pokemon Go, and Chuck Close.

58 min
Jul 13, 2016
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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.

49 min
Jul 6, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss the film The BFG, the beefcake noir television show Animal Kingdom, and Facebook's new algorithm.

49 min
Jul 6, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guests discuss the film The BFG, the beefcake noir television show Animal Kingdom, and Facebook's new algorithm.

52 min
Jun 29, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Independence Day: Resurgence, Angels in America, and Judith Butler.

50 min
Jun 22, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Laura Bennett discuss the latest Pixar film Finding Dory James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, and UnReal Season 2.

64 min
Jun 15, 2016
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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.

68 min
Jun 8, 2016
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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.

61 min
Jun 1, 2016
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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.

55 min
May 25, 2016
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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.

59 min
May 18, 2016
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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.

61 min
May 11, 2016
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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.

53 min
May 4, 2016
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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.

78 min
Apr 27, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and June Thomas discuss Prince, Beyoncé's Lemonade, and the television show The Girlfriend Experience.

58 min
Apr 20, 2016
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dan Kois discuss the latest incarnation of The Jungle Book, the HBO movie Confirmation, and the future of NPR.

60 min
Apr 13, 2016
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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.

66 min
Apr 8, 2016
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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.

0 min
Apr 6, 2016
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The Culture Gabfest is going to be late this week.

55 min
Mar 30, 2016
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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.

59 min
Mar 23, 2016
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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Miller discuss the animated film Zootopia, WGN America's Underground, and our obsession with revealing the identities of artists who want to maintain their privacy.

62 min
Mar 16, 2016
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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.

56 min
Mar 9, 2016
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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.

66 min
Mar 2, 2016
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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."

55 min
Feb 24, 2016
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix series Love, the Oscar nominated documentary Amy, and cultural criticism.

52 min
Feb 17, 2016
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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.

67 min
Feb 10, 2016
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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.

57 min
Feb 3, 2016
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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.

57 min
Jan 27, 2016
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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...

50 min
Jan 20, 2016
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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...

62 min
Jan 13, 2016
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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...

59 min
Jan 6, 2016
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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...

64 min
Dec 30, 2015
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and answer listener questions.

39 min
Dec 23, 2015
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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...

58 min
Dec 16, 2015
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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...

52 min
Dec 9, 2015
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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...

57 min
Dec 2, 2015
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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...

57 min
Nov 25, 2015
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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...

90 min
Nov 18, 2015
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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 c

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