Culture Gabfest
Culture Gabfest
Slate Podcasts
New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop. For more of Slate’s culture podcasts, check out the Slate Culture feed.
Sleeps With the Fishes
This week Steve is joined by Slate senior editor Allegra Frank and writer/editor Dan Kois. The group first dives into the What Lies Below, the wild No. 1 movie on Netflix. Next, they discuss the Netflix series Worn Stories. Finally, the panel is joined by Slate music critic Carl Wilson to talk about Prince’s vault of unreleased music, as covered in Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes. In Slate Plus, the panel talks about how their parents influenced their music taste. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com Endorsements Dan: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Allegra: serpentwithfeet’s DEACON Steve: “Averted Intimacies” by Elaine Blair in the New York Review Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Apr 14
1 hr 5 min
What's Love Got to Do With It?
This week Steve and Dana are joined by Slate senior editor Allegra Frank. First the hosts discuss the Oscar contender Judas and the Black Messiah and the performances of its two stars, Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. Then pop critic and UVA professor Jack Hamilton joins the show to offer his thoughts on Tina, the new documentary about the life of rock n' roll icon Tina Turner. After that, the hosts talk to Slate writer Rebecca Onion about her re-examination of The Beauty Myth, a modern feminist classic with an increasingly controversial author. In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Steve, Dana, and Allegra talk about being evangelists for the art they like and discuss whether pushing your cultural taste on other people is a good or bad practice. Outro music: "Death Dance" by Luftmensch Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com Endorsements: Dana: This unusual and excellent bottle of white wine called La Foradada Allegra: Worn Stories Steve: Call My Agent! and the band Life Without Buildings Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Apr 7
1 hr 5 min
Unreal World
This week Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss the film The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins. Next, the group is joined by Slate television critic Willa Paskin to talk about The Real World Homecoming: New York. Finally, the panel dives into the new secrets revealed by a Philip Roth biography. In Slate Plus, Steve and Julia chat with Willa about the books, movies, or shows they've changed their minds about. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com Endorsements Dana: Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema Julia: Her recent roadrunner sighting, the Atlantic podcast Floodlines, and I Capture the Castle Steve: The Simpletons and Call My Agent! Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Mar 31
1 hr 2 min
Monotextural Pasta Slurry
This week Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss the Oscar-nominated Danish film Another Round. Next, the group is joined by Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful podcast, to discuss his journey to invent a brand-new pasta shape. Finally, the panel is joined by Carolina Miranda of the LA Times to discuss museums “deaccessioning” art. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss what favorite works for children they discovered as grown-ups. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Endorsements Dana: The Flashback archive Julia: “A guide to hiking in L.A.” in the LA Times Steve: “With You” by Teenage Fanclub
Mar 24
1 hr 2 min
WTF is an NFT?
This week Steve and Dana are joined by Slate editor Allegra Frank. First, they discuss Coming 2 America, the sequel to the 1988 film Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall Next, they chat about the Pedro Almodóvar short The Human Voice and discuss how it compares to other Almodóvar works. Finally, they’re joined by Slate staff writer Aaron Mak to talk about NFT's (non-fungible tokens), the new digital certificates of "ownership" that are changing the way people buy art. In Slate Plus, the panel talks about their feelings on re-entering society post-pandemic. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com Outro Music: "Break The Line" by Coma Svensson Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Further reading: “Coming 2 America’s Disastrous Return to Africa” by Allegra Frank in Slate “What the Heck Are NFTs, and Why Are Grimes, Lindsay Lohan, and the Guy Who Made Nyan Cat Selling Them?” by Aaron Mak in Slate Endorsements Dana: “Repeat After Me” by June Thomas in Slate  “Talk To Her, All About My Mother, Broken Embraces …” by June Thomas in Slate  This radish recipe  Allegra:  The Real World Homecoming: New York and the original.  “i drive me mad” by renforshort, as heard on Generation  Steve:  “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” by Saint Etienne "Cherry Wine" by Hozier "Shrike" by Hozier
Mar 17
1 hr 5 min
Silent or Silenced
This week Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s executive producer of podcasts Alicia Montgomery for a segment about Oprah’s widely viewed interview with Meghan and Harry. Then the hosts discuss the ever-growing popularity of Stanley Tucci, from his viral cocktail videos to his CNN show Searching for Italy to his new movie Supernova. Finally, the group talks about the discontinuation of six Dr. Seuss books. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com Outro Music: "Bring My Friends" by Tigerblood Jewel Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Mar 10
59 min
Allen v. Farrow
This week Steve and Dana talk to Slate senior editor Sam Adams about the HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow, which examines the legal battle between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in the early 90's and the sexual assault allegations at the heart of it. Then Steve, Dana, and Julia talk about the Golden Globes and a report by the LA Times that revealed dubious spending practices by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the group behind the Globes) and a lack of diversity in its ranks. After that, University of Pennsylvania English professor Alan Filreis joins the show to talk about the poet, activist, and bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who recently passed away. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the new gender-neutral rebranding of Mr. Potato Head and the reaction from right-wing pundits. Send us your questions and topic suggestions at culturefest@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: "Mother" by The Big Let Down Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Mar 3
59 min
Secrets of the New York Times Spelling Bee
This week Steve, Dana, and Julia talk about Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland. Next, they dig into their obsession with the New York Times’s Spelling Bee puzzle and interview its creator, 24-year-old Sam Ezersky. Finally, they discuss group chats in light of Heidi Cruz’s recent troubles with the forum. In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss a piece of culture that they used to love and are now done with? Thanks to listener James Callan. Send us your questions and topic suggestions at culturefest@slate.com. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Outro Music: "Back to Silence" by OTE Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Feb 24
1 hr 2 min
Oops I Did It Again
This week Steve and Dana are joined by Jessica Winter, editor at the New Yorker and author of the upcoming novel, The Fourth Child. They kick off the show by discussing Saint Maud, the critically acclaimed horror film by Rose Glass. Then they dig into the #FreeBritney movement and dissect a televised documentary by the New York Times that covers Britney Spears' legal battle with her father. After that, Slate's pop music expert Chris Molanphy joins the show to discuss Olivia Rodrigo's hit song Drivers License, which shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Chris is the host of the Hit Parade podcast. In Slate Plus, Julia joins Steve and Dana to talk about the Gina Carano controversy and weigh in on whether her firing from The Mandalorian was justified. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Feb 17
1 hr 4 min
$13,000 Bottle of Whine
Steve, Dana, and Julia kick things off by discussing Minari, the semi-autobiographical movie by the filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung that focuses on a Korean family trying to build a life for themselves in rural Arkansas. After that, New York Magazine writer Mark Harris joins the show to to talk about his new biography of the director Mike Nichols. Then the hosts pick apart the latest Chrissy Teigan controversy and offer opinions about wealth, celebrity, and privilege during the pandemic. In Slate Plus, the hosts remember the actor Christopher Plummer who passed away last week at age 91. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
Feb 10
58 min
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