Slate's Spoiler Specials

Slate's Spoiler Specials

Slate's Spoiler Specials are not reviews of current movies, but "postviews" -- audio critiques meant to be played AFTER you've seen the film. Slate movie critic Dana Stevens leads discussions of twist endings, plot holes, and other secrets you won't read in the reviews. It's the kind of discussion you have with friends as you're leaving the theater. Part of the Panoply Network.

WARNING: Listening to these podcasts before you've seen a film could be hazardous to your suspension of disbelief!

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The Shape of Water

Slate's Spoiler Specials

A spoiler-filled review of The Shape of Water

42 Min

Dec 1, 2017

Justice League

Slate's Spoiler Specials

Dana Stevens and Jonathan Fischer spoil Justice League

27 Min

Nov 17, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok

Slate's Spoiler Specials

Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jonathan Fischer discuss Marvel and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok

41 Min

Nov 3, 2017

Episode
Podcast
Time
Released
33 min
Oct 20, 2017
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Twists and plot developments in the fourth and final season of Halt and Catch Fire.

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

39 min
Sep 22, 2017
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Twists and plot holes in Darren Aronofsky's movie Mother!

0 min
Jun 9, 2016
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Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, June Thomas

0 min
Jun 2, 2016
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Chris Long, Costa Ronin (Oleg), Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, June Thomas

0 min
May 26, 2016
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H. Keith Melton, Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, June Thomas

0 min
May 19, 2016
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Composer Nathan Barr, Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, June Thomas

0 min
May 12, 2016
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The CEO of FX Networks, John Landgraf, and the VP of Current Series at FX Networks, Colette Wilson, join June Thomas and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields to talk about the process of creating The Americans.

0 min
May 5, 2016
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Matthew Rhys (Philip), Allison Wright (Martha), Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, June Thomas

36 min
May 2, 2016
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Game of Thrones TV Club | S6:E2

0 min
Apr 28, 2016
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Alison Wright (Martha), Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, June Thomas

0 min
Apr 21, 2016
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Masha Gessen (the show's Russian translator), June Thomas, Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg

0 min
Apr 14, 2016
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Noah Emmerich (Stan Beeman), Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg

0 min
Apr 7, 2016
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Costa Ronin (Oleg), Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, June Thomas on episode 404

0 min
Apr 1, 2016
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Surprise! This was apparently the season finale - who knew?

0 min
Mar 31, 2016
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FBI Counterintelligence Agent Richard Kollmar, Line Producer Mary Rae Thewlis and Sr. VP of Productions for Fox 21 Bob Lemchen

0 min
Mar 18, 2016
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Episode 10 of "Serial" finds the story zoomed out to its furthest point yet.

0 min
Mar 17, 2016
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Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields

23 min
Mar 4, 2016
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Gabe and Katy struggle with the ever-shifting frame of season 2’s narrative.

25 min
Feb 19, 2016
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Gabe and Katy dive into this week's two-part episode of "Serial."

21 min
Feb 11, 2016
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Gabe and Katy discuss the successes and failures of Serial's recent series of mini-episodes updating us on Adnan Syed's hearing in Baltimore.

34 min
Feb 5, 2016
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Gabe and Katy are once again joined by former Army officer Adrian Bonenberger to discuss the realities of life on base in Afghanistan, and whether Bowe’s concerns were realistic or idealistic.

28 min
Jan 22, 2016
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Gabe and Katy talk about the many appealing new characters introduced in this week's episode, and try to suss out the major themes of the season thus far.

23 min
Jan 18, 2016
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A free preview of Slate's Downton Abbey podcast.

27 min
Jan 7, 2016
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New York Magazine’s Carl Swanson joins us to share behind-the-scenes insights on the making of Serial’s new season, gleaned from his recent interviews with Sarah Koenig and the production team.

23 min
Jan 4, 2016
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Join our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of every episode.

30 min
Dec 25, 2015
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Gabe is joined by Slate’s Jacob Brogan and June Thomas to examine the deepening question of whether or not Bowe Bergdahl is a trustworthy narrator.

39 min
Dec 18, 2015
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, and Jamelle Bouie dive into the latest film in the Star Wars saga --- Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

37 min
Dec 17, 2015
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Gabe and Katy wrestle with their feelings of empathy for Bowe Bergdahl, despite the fact that he plainly endangered the lives of many of his fellow soldiers.

34 min
Dec 11, 2015
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Slate's Gabriel Roth and Katy Waldman are joined by writer and Afghanistan war veteran Adrian Bonenberger to discuss the first episode of Serial's new season.

41 min
Aug 11, 2015
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In this Spoiler Special, Slate's Willa Paskin, Laura Bennett, and Ben Mathis-Lilley discuss season two of HBO's True Detective. WARNING: This podcast contain

26 min
Jul 17, 2015
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Dana Stevens and BuzzFeed features writer Anne Helen-Petersen discuss the plot of Trainwreck, the new comedy starring Amy Schumer. Dana and Anne discuss their favorite moments, the distinctive touch of director Judd Apatow, and performances by...

27 min
Jun 23, 2015
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Slate film critic Dana Stevens and senior editor Dan Kois dive into Pixar's Inside Out, an animated film that goes inside the emotions of a young girl.

24 min
Jun 22, 2015
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In this special podcast mash-up, Dana Stevens of Slate's Spoiler Special sits down with the hosts of Panoply's new show About Race: Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda, and Tanner Colby. They discuss "Dope," the new drama-comedy from writer and director Ric

23 min
Jun 6, 2015
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A Bond movie in which the villain is the patriarchy

29 min
May 22, 2015
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In this Spoiler Special, Slate film critic Dana Stevens and senior editor Forrest Wickman split on Tomorrowland, director and screenwriter Brad Bird's new Disney film about time travel, environmental disaster, and the power of utopian thinking to...

27 min
May 4, 2015
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Sponsor Content: In this official companion podcast to the HBO Documentary film “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” host Hugo Lindgren talks with the documentary’s director Brett Morgen.     “Kurt Cobain: Montage of...

33 min
May 1, 2015
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In this Spoiler Special, Slate film critic Dana Stevens and ScreenCrush's Matt Singer talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron, writer/director Joss Whedon's last project with Marvel Studios, and debate where this latest superhero blockbuster fits into the huge

30 min
Apr 27, 2015
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"Tales of the Grim Sleeper" Companion Podcast

29 min
Apr 11, 2015
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Film critics Dana Stevens of Slate and Matt Prigge of Metro discuss the new Olivier Assayas film Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and and Chloë Grace Moretz. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen th

26 min
Mar 28, 2015
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss White God. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

27 min
Mar 23, 2015
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In this official companion to the HBO Documentary film It’s Me, Hilary, host Hugo Lindgren speaks with illustrator and author Hilary Knight, and the documentary’s director Matt Wolf. It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise debuts on HBO March 23 at

32 min
Mar 14, 2015
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Slate's Dan Kois and Katy Waldman discuss Cinderella. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

27 min
Mar 12, 2015
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Noah Emmerich, who stars as FBI agent Stan Beeman, joins script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss the trials and tribulations of a first time director.

37 min
Mar 5, 2015
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Slate's Willa Paskin, Bryan Lowder, Katy Waldman and Miriam Krule discuss the entire third season of House of Cards. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the season.

24 min
Mar 3, 2015
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Slate’s June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss the Dowager Countess’ romantic past with Prince Kuragin, how Rose’s quick thinking earned Lord Sinderby’s trust, and what lessons Downton Abbey has learned from reality TV.

18 min
Feb 24, 2015
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Is Lord Grantham still a jerk? We discuss the latest episode.

21 min
Feb 17, 2015
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Slate’s June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Lord Grantham’s tearful farewell to Isis, Lady Edith’s short reign over the publishing house, and whether Atticus and Rose’s new engagement will really last.

26 min
Feb 14, 2015
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Amanda Hess and Dan Kois discuss Fifty Shades of Grey. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

22 min
Feb 10, 2015
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Slate’s June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Edith’s decision to shrug off the blanket of convention, the “cure” for homosexuality, and Lady Mary’s fetching new haircut.This podcast contains major spoilers, so listen after you watch each episo

22 min
Feb 10, 2015
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Welcome back! With the return of Season 5, listen to a recap of the midseason premiere, "What Happened and What's Going On.” This is Slate's Walking Dead podcast recap and spoiler special, hosted by Mike Vuolo and Chris...

16 min
Feb 3, 2015
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Slate’s June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss poor Edith’s tragedy, why Lord Merton and Isobel make a fine match, and whether Rose just might end up as Mrs. Atticus Aldridge. This podcast contains major spoilers, so listen after you watch each episod

25 min
Jan 27, 2015
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When will Downton Abbey's Miss Bunting mind her manners? We discuss the latest episode.

18 min
Jan 19, 2015
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In this installment of the podcast, Slate's June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss the best match for Lady Cora, the developing battle over Marigold, and what Thomas’ mysterious phone call could mean for this season.

15 min
Jan 12, 2015
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Slate's culture editor June Thomas and senior writer Seth Stevenson react to Episode 2 of Downton Abbey's fifth season, including the war memorial and the lingering possibility of a Carson-Mrs. Hughes kiss.

18 min
Jan 9, 2015
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Slate's culture editor June Thomas and contributor Seth Stevenson react to Episode 1 of Downton Abbey's fifth season, including vintage burns, whether anyone can truly make Lady Edith happy, and brewing class resentment.

26 min
Jan 2, 2015
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In the wake of Jay Wilds' exclusive interview with The Intercept, Slate reunites the Serial Spoiler gang for one more crazy caper. David Haglund and Katy Waldman discuss how Jay's Q-and-A might affect the case and Serial's first season.

43 min
Dec 20, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris and Chris Wade discuss Inherent Vice. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

34 min
Dec 18, 2014
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David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and The Gist's Mike Pesca discuss "What We Know," the finale of Serial's first season. NOTE: Listen to this podcast AFTER you listen to the Serial episode.

42 min
Dec 12, 2014
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David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Grantland's Wesley Morris react to "Rumors," the latest episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus, they talk with Mark Phillips, the musician and sound designer who composes most of the show's score.

27 min
Dec 4, 2014
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David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Laura Anderson react to "The Best Defense Is a Good Defense," the latest episode of Serial from This American Life. NOTE: Listen to this spoiler AFTER you listen to the Serial episode.

37 min
Nov 26, 2014
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For one episode only, David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and June Thomas discuss Reddit threads, reporting, blogs, and other sources of information about Serial's murder investigation. SPOILER ALERT: Contains info that hasn't been reported on Serial.

26 min
Nov 24, 2014
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With Serial on hiatus this week, Mike Pesca of The Gist reflects on the success of the investigative podcast. Plus: Hear a longer version of Mike's interview with Serial host Sarah Koenig, recorded just before the release of episode 5, "Route Talk."

28 min
Nov 22, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Willa Paskin discuss The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

31 min
Nov 20, 2014
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David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and Willa Paskin discuss To Be Suspected, the ninth episode of Serial from This American Life. WARNING: Enjoy this spoiler special after you listen to the episode.

25 min
Nov 15, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Bloomberg Politics reporter Dave Weigel discuss Rosewater. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

41 min
Nov 14, 2014
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David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Jami Floyd discuss The Deal With Jay, the eighth episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus, inside a Serial meetup group. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to after you’ve heard the episode.

34 min
Nov 8, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Interstellar. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

22 min
Nov 7, 2014
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Slate’s David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Amanda Hess discuss The Opposite of the Prosecution, the seventh episode of Serial from This American Life. Plus: Dahlia Lithwick of Amicus explains two aspects. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to af

26 min
Oct 31, 2014
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Slate’s David Haglund, Katy Waldman and Mike Pesca discuss “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” the sixth episode of Serial from This American Life. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be listened to after you’ve listened to the Serial episode.

17 min
Oct 25, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens, David Haglund and Forrest Wickman discuss Birdman. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

17 min
Oct 24, 2014
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Slate's David Haglund, Julia Turner, and Katy Waldman discuss the fifth episode of the podcast Serial, from This American Life and producers Sarah Koenig and Julia Snyder. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've listened to the Serial...

34 min
Oct 18, 2014
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Slate's Aisha Harris and author Tanner Colby discuss Dear White People. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

34 min
Oct 4, 2014
i

Slate's Dana Stevens, Dan Kois and David Haglund discuss Gone Girl. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

43 min
Oct 2, 2014
i

Slate's Willa Paskin, David Haglund and Miriam Krule discuss Transparent. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

27 min
Sep 27, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Nell Minow discuss Boxtrolls. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

18 min
Aug 23, 2014
i

Slate's Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss Love Is Strange. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

27 min
Jul 26, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Sam McDougle discuss Lucy. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

31 min
Jul 12, 2014
i

Slate's Dana Stevens, Dan Kois and Seth Stevenson discuss Boyhood. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

27 min
Jul 12, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Dave Weigel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

31 min
Jun 28, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Snowpiercer. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

35 min
Jun 10, 2014
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Slate's Willa Paskin, June Thomas, David Haglund and L.V. Anderson discuss season two of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

20 min
May 31, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Vanity Fair's Katey Rich discuss Disney's Maleficent. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

33 min
May 17, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Chris Wade discuss Godzilla. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

29 min
May 3, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss Under The Skin. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

23 min
Apr 5, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

27 min
Apr 5, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Dave Weigel discuss The Unknown Known. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

22 min
Mar 21, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discuss Muppets Most Wanted. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

55 min
Mar 10, 2014
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Slate's Willa Paskin, David Haglund, Jessica Winter and Forrest Wickman discuss Season 1 of HBO's True Detective. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

34 min
Mar 1, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, David Haglund and Chris Wade discuss The Grand Budapest Hotel. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

31 min
Feb 22, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss The Wind Rises. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

40 min
Feb 21, 2014
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Slate's David Haglund, June Thomas and Willa Paskin discuss the second season of Netflix's House of Cards. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the show.

32 min
Feb 12, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and Chris Wade discuss Robocop. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

24 min
Feb 8, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and David Haglund discuss The Lego Movie. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

28 min
Jan 30, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens and Dan Kois discuss The Wolf of Wall Street. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

36 min
Jan 16, 2014
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Slate's Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman and David Haglund discuss Her. WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie.

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