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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.

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.

 

#394

She Said, He Said

This week, Jamelle Bouie sits in for Dana as the panel begins by reviewing She Said, the new film about investigating the Harvey Weinstein story. Then, a discussion about the Hulu limited series Fleishman is in Trouble. Finally, they chat about the auction of Joan Didion’s private items.    In Slate Plus, the panel talks to the very online Jamelle Bouie about the recent wild weeks of Twitter.    Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) .   Endorsements   Jamelle: The [Criteron release of Spike Lee’s Malcolm X] (https://www.criterion.com/films/33245-malcolm-x) . Biopics have fallen out of style for the most part. I rewatched it last year and I came away struck not just by the sheer ambition of it, but the extent to which it is such a love letter to classic Hollywood.     Julia: My endorsement is episode 10 of [Andor] (https://www.criterion.com/films/33245-malcolm-x) . It’s a great episode in a bunch of ways, but also the episode ends with an incredible monologue by Stellan Sarsgaard. It’s an incredible piece of writing and performance.    Steve: I like this song. I don’t know much about it, but a friend sent it to me. It’s Super Rich Kids and it’s a cover of a Frank Ocean song. [This version is from Trio SR9 featuring Malik Djoudi] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge4izzDCg64)   Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Yesica Balderrama.   Outro music is "Did I Make You Wait" by Staffan Carlen. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Nov 2022

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:09

23 Nov 2022


#393

Is Wakanda Forever?

This week, Nadira Goffe sits in for Julia as the panel begins by reviewing the Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever. Then, a discussion about the Selena Gomez documentary, My Mind & Me. Finally, they chat about Gen Z’s impact on the midterms and the election of Maxwell Alejandro Frost.  In Slate Plus, the panel talks about the art they resisted at first, but came to love.   Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements  Dana: I will recommend [Spielberg] (https://www.hbo.com/movies/spielberg) , a 2017 documentary about Steven Spielberg that I happened to watch on HBO because I was reviewing his new movie The Fablemans which is auto-biograohical or semi-autobiographical and has a lot of stuff about his childhood. So naturally I went back to try and what his actual childhood was like. Low and behold, this doc about Spielberg is really good. Available to stream on HBOMax. Nadira: I was inspired by the Selena Gomez documentary to bring something that is a piece of celebrity journalism. The 15K word piece [Frank Sinatra has a Cold by Gay Talese] (https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a638/frank-sinatra-has-a-cold-gay-talese/) is one of my favorite pieces of journalism ever. There’s [a really fun version on Neiman Storyboard] (https://niemanstoryboard.org/stories/annotation-tuesday-gay-talese-and-frank-sinatra-has-a-cold/) with annotations both by someone interviewing Gay Talese and then Gat Talese responding to those questions. Also, I don’t know how familiar you are with [Moses Sumney] (https://www.mosessumney.com/) but he is a queer Ghananian-American artist from California who makes, I’d describe it as etherial avant-garde jazz rock. He’s so good. The lack of performing during the pandemic pushed him to make a sort of live conceptual concert film called [BLACKALACHIA] (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LX47qMIw_2o) that he released last year. I saw him perform a live version of this concert film arrangement earlier this year in Brooklyn and it was one of the top 10 live shows in my life.  Steve: In the forthcoming [New York Times Magazine, but it’s already up on the web, there is a longform interview with Brian Eno] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/11/14/magazine/brian-eno-interview.html) . The thing about Eno is, talk about someone who deserves the elder statesman label! He’s just stayed so vital and he’s such an intellectual. It’s a great interview. I could go on and on about Eno.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Yesica Balderrama. Outro music is "Any Other Way" by Particle House. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Nov 2022

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:53

16 Nov 2022


#392

Sponsored: How Can We Build a Support System That Helps Us Push Past Fear and Find Success?

In this episode of The Relentless, we look at how the people we surround ourselves with can help us move fearlessly on the road to success. Host Kristen Meinzer is joined by two inspiring guests who know that turning visions into reality means pushing past fear and, to do that, you need a solid support system. First, she talks to Aida Rodriguez, a comedian, writer, and actor, whose career took off when she stopped listening to critics and started aligning with people who resonated with her authenticity. Aida is unafraid to be vulnerable in her comedy, often talking about her own life story from surviving two kidnappings to experiencing homelessness. With an HBO stand-up special under her belt and another HBO comedy series in the works, Aida’s comedic talent is undeniable, but the real key to her success lies in the trusting relationships she’s built with people who help her stay fearless. Later in the episode, we hear from Dan Kruse. As President of the number one CENTURY 21 affiliate in the world, Dan takes an immense amount of pride in the support network he’s built for his agents and brokers. If he’s succeeding, so are they.  Guests Aida Rodriguez: Comedian, Writer, and Actor Dan Kruse: President, CEO, and Owner of CENTURY 21 Affiliated in Madison, Wisconsin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Nov 2022

32 MINS

32:19

12 Nov 2022


#391

Explain Crypto to Me Like I'm a Golden Retriever

This week, the panel begins by reviewing the Weird Al biopic, Weird. Then, a discussion about the entire run of Derry Girls. Finally, Matt Levine joins to explain crypto.  In Slate Plus, the panel takes on a listener question and talks about comfort food.  Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) .   Endorsements   Dana: A movie I saw a couple of weeks ago that is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. If you can see it will depend on where you are but keep your eyes open for this Hindi-language documentary called [All That Breathes] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt16377862/) .    Julia: I’d like to recommend an Instagram account and that Instagram account is by the name of [Hot Dads of Picture Books] (https://instagram.com/hotdadsofpicturebooks?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=) and it is what it says. It’s basically somebody curating pictures of smokeshow dads from picture books. I can’t attest to its future longevity but I appreciate its commitment to the bit.    Steve: The wonderful [Mimi Parker] (https://twitter.com/lowtheband/status/1589279380043608065) , drummer and vocalist of [the band Low] (https://www.chairkickers.com/) , has died. I really truly love their music so I’m endorsing both [Low and their music] (https://lowtheband.bandcamp.com/) but also very much [the remembrance by Slate’s own Sam Adams] (https://slate.com/culture/2022/11/mimi-parker-of-low-dies-how-the-drummer-worked-with-husband-alan-sparhawk-to-make-art.html) . Low made this crazy, wonderful, spooky rock and roll music that I adore.    Outro music: "Ruins" by Origo   Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Yesica Balderrama. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Nov 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:32

09 Nov 2022


#390

Will Elon Musk Ruin Twitter?

This week, the panel begins by talking about Elon Musk taking over Twitter. Then, a discussion about the new film Aftersun. Finally, Angelica Jade Bastién joins to talk about her recent article about Brangelina.  In Slate Plus, the panel takes on a listener question and talks about swap casting.  Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: I know I’m constantly endorsing things on the Criterion Channel! They are streaming [the noir films of 20th Century Fox all month long] (https://www.criterionchannel.com/fox-noir-2?utm_source=criterion.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=watch-now&utm_term=November-2022&utm_content=lineup) . I don’t know why noir has become associated with November. Maybe it goes with the shortening days and the gloomy shadows of November. Julia: A slightly odd endorsement today. People really seem to think they can disrupt underwear. I don’t really know why. But, I have been a skeptic until now. Finally the platonic underwear has been designed. [Knickey] (https://knickey.com/) high-rise [briefs] (https://knickey.com/collections/high-rise-brief) . It’s just too good.  Steve: The thing that’s given me the most joy is the Richard Wilbur poem [Castles and Distances] (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=25569) from 1950. I was in the mood for Wilbur and I found one I had never read before. It’s so cool. So sadly apposite to modern experience, especially with Elon Musk in the news and tech barons.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Yesica Balderrama. Outro music is "Lonely Calling" by Arc De Soleil. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Nov 2022

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:45

02 Nov 2022


#389

Two Severed Thumbs Up

This week, the panel begins by discussing the new Martin McDonagh dramedy, The Banshees of Inisherin. Then, they look at composer Michael Giacchino's foray into directing with Werewolf by Night on Disney+. Finally, they reflect on the generational divide over emoji use. In Slate Plus, the panel talks about Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood, being the new face on a US coin. Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: Happened upon this endorsement because kept me up late watching. If you are a cult horror fan you are probably already familiar with  [Carnival of Souls] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055830/) . If you aren’t familiar, it has this feeling of creepy rightness that makes it worth watching. It’s all vibes. Julia: A new work by a little singer-songwriter you may have missed… [Taylor Swift’] (https://www.taylorswift.com/) s new release,  [Midnights] (https://www.youtube.com/taylorswift)  is out now. It’s sort of halfway between pop-Taylor and folk-Taylor. Check out the song  [Anti-Hero] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1kbLwvqugk) . Steve: Everybody knows  [The Zombies] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBxK3CcOQD8) , but you may have missed lead singer  [Colin Blunstone] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Blunstone) ’s masterpiece of a solo record  [One Year] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdxfwGVLI4o&list=PL1DWDj_dvF1Uvp2PUpfz1KNAgyBMR2Trx) . Blunstone reissued the album last year. His vocals are so precise and unexpectedly baroque. The album saved my life this Halloween from the poison of poptimism. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Yesica Balderrama. Outro music is "Haunted Playhouse" by Stationary Sign. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Oct 2022

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:52

26 Oct 2022


#388

Plastic Stormtrooper Codpiece

This week, the panel begins by discussing Cate Blachett’s new film Tár. Then, they dig into the ways the Star Wars universe is expanded in the series Andor. Finally, Slate’s own [Dan Kois joins the panel to discuss his recent feature on forgotten American poet Rod McKuen] (https://slate.com/culture/2022/10/rod-mckuen-best-selling-poet-songs-what-happened.html) .  In Slate Plus, the panel talks about the practice of reading out loud.  Email us at culturefest@slate.com. Endorsements Dana: Sharing a musical endorsement after coming across a CD on the street by chance. [Josquin Desprez’s choral religious work] (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Josquin-des-Prez) is wonderful thinking music, [and this version is performed by La Chapelle Royale.] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8heXaaGJFc)   Julia: A character in Tár inspires a revisit to [the incredible New York Times obituary of Gilbert E. Kaplan written by Margalit Fox in 2016] (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/arts/music/gilbert-e-kaplan-publisher-and-improbable-conductor-dies-at-74.html) .  Steve: Joining Dana with a music suggestion, enjoy the oddly bewitching charm of jazz pianist McKoy Tyner’s [Nights of Ballads & Blues] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nights_of_Ballads_%26_Blues) from 1963.  Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Yesica Balderrama. Outro music is "Break The Line" by Coma Svensson. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Oct 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:02

19 Oct 2022


#387

Mansplaining Marilyn

This week, the panel begins by going Blonde as they dive into Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe biopic on Netflix. Then, the panel continues by chipping in on the reboot discussion, specifically through the lens of Hulu’s new show (you guessed it) Reboot. Finally, Slate’s music critic, Carl Wilson, joins the panel to explain the [legacy of the late country music titan Loretta Lynn] (https://slate.com/culture/2022/10/loretta-lynn-dead-pill-coal-miners-daughter.html) . In Slate Plus, the panel discusses the on-going smear campaigns against cities and urban spaces—inspired by Henry Grabar’s Slate article titled [“Fear City.”] (https://slate.com/business/2022/10/republicans-cities-darren-bailey-jd-vance-tom-cotton-donald-trump.html) Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements Dana: The 2006 movie [The TV Set] (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_TV_Set) , directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Reboot’s Judy Greer, Sigourney Weaver, and David Duchovny. Julia: A cookbook called [Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book] (http://www.apt2bbakingco.com/snacking-cakes) by Yossy Arefi. Steve:  Remembering the great French philosopher Bruno Latour who spent his work trying to explain how empirical statements come to be. Podcast production by Yanii Evans. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Oct 2022

54 MINS

54:59

12 Oct 2022


#386

Heteronormative Nonsense

This week, the panel begins by discussing the moral quandaries surrounding Netflix’s newest hit Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Then, the panel breaks down the successes and failures of Billy Eichner’s gay romcom Bros. And finally, the panel lends their opinions on the [trope of the wife guy] (https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/12/anthony-ramos-jasmine-cephas-jones-breakup-wife-guy-theory.html) , spurred on by Ned Fulmer’s ( [formerly of the Try Guys] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6fIp7mMJ90) ) recent adultery scandal. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses society’s growing appetite for true crime. Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements Dana: Pulling a Steve with a local endorsement: the [new bookstore] (https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/a-beautiful-new-bookstore-just-opened-in-park-slope-081922) (offering new and used books) in Park Slope called [Troubled Sleep] (https://www.instagram.com/troubledsleepbooks/) . Julia: The American Military Museum, aka [Tankland] (http://tankland.com/) , in El Monte, California. It has over 150 odd, decommissioned military vehicles jam-packed in a dusty parking lot which they used to provide for various film and entertainment productions. Also, if you make the trip then also stop at [Burritos La Palma] (http://burritoslapalma.com/) in El Monte. Steve: From the 2022 Newport Folk Festival: singer-songwriter [Brandi Carlile bringing legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell back on stage] (https://people.com/music/how-brandi-carlile-got-joni-mitchell-back-on-stage-after-decades/) for her [first] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDzybU85ZXc) [full set] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxiluPSmAF8) [performance] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr6K612Mjig) [in decades] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8PfSzwA-Y4) . Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "If Only I Was a Poet" by Staffan Carlen. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Oct 2022

59 MINS

59:57

05 Oct 2022


#385

Hamm Sandwich

This week, Slate writer and editor Dan Kois fills in for Julia as the panel begins by revisiting a familiar character in the Jon Hamm-led reboot [Confess, Fletch] (https://uproxx.com/movies/greg-mottola-confess-fletch-interview/) . Then, the panel is joined by Slate’s book critic, Laura Miller, to remember the legacy of the recently departed British author Hilary Mantel. Finally, the panel is joined by Slate's web editor, Nitish Pahwa, to explain the cheating scandal that has embroiled not only the world of competitive chess, but also the general public. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses what makes the best bathroom book—inspired by Dan Kois’ [article on the subject] (https://slate.com/culture/2022/09/bathroom-books-deep-thoughts-uncle-johns-bathroom-reader.html) for Slate. Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements Dana: The perfect airplane viewing (whilst embarking on a new chapter of book promo): the one hour BBC documentary [Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.79e58165-d92f-43e1-9a5b-9884bb9f8b6b?autoplay=0&ref_=atv_cf_strg_wb) . Dan: The intensely close reading of the film Predator titled, [Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession] (https://bookshop.org/books/predator-a-memoir-a-movie-an-obsession/9781644452004) by Ander Monson. In it, Monson transforms the close reading into a memoir about manhood, guns, politics, juvenile delinquency, and more. Steve: The famous solo by tenor saxophone player Paul Gonsalves during Duke Ellington’s set at the 1956 Newport Jazz festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vnrNWyvI-U Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "Bloody Hunter" by Paisley Pink. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Sep 2022

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:07

28 Sep 2022


#384

Jolly Green Lawyer

This week, Julia and Dana invite different guests to temporarily fill in for Steve. First, Julia and Dana are joined by Slate’s technology editor, Jonathan L. Fischer, as they hulk out and lawyer out with She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Then, the panel is joined by Slate’s music critic, Carl Wilson, to take a look at one of music’s larger-than-life figures, David Bowie, with the documentary Moonage Daydream. Finally, the panel is joined by Sam Adams, a senior editor at Slate, to discuss the ethics of documentaries—a discussion inspired by the article [“Inside the Documentary Cash Grab,”] (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/documentary-streaming-age-filmmaker-debate-ethics-payments-1235221541/#recipient_hashed=1fccd105a290e5ec3d54c6ea968e4b52a8b6fc7e53b9dbb7538ea5e8b450feb3) written by Mia Galuppo and Katie Kilkenny for The Hollywood Reporter. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses unfinished works of art they really wish were, well, finished. Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements Dana: One of Dana’s favorite Onion articles of all time: [“David Bowie Asks Iman If They Should Just Do Lasagna Again.”] (https://www.theonion.com/david-bowie-asks-iman-if-they-should-just-do-lasagna-ag-1819575674) Sam: Actually reading Robert Caro’s book [The Power Broker] (https://www.robertcaro.com/the-books/the-power-broker/) . Julia: Take an art class! Take. An. Art. Class. Generally, if you’re in LA: checkout [Makers Mess] (https://www.makersmess.com/) . Specifically, if you’re anywhere: check out the [online kits and classes] (https://www.mercedezrex.com/) from [Mercedez Rex] (https://www.instagram.com/mercedezrexdesigns/?hl=en) . Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "Stone Cookies" by Dusty Decks. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Sep 2022

59 MINS

59:41

21 Sep 2022


#383

Bad Sisters, Bad Sons

This week, the panel begins by settling into the scenic Irish mystery of Bad Sisters. Then, the panel begrudgingly watches the Breitbart funded uh…indie film…My Son Hunter which may end up being the most interesting text the panel has discussed in a while. Finally, the panel is joined by co-host of Slate’s Working podcast and special friend of the pod, June Thomas, to discuss the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses the 2022 Emmy Awards. Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements Dana: A really great audiobook, [Shirley, A Tale] (https://www.audible.com/pd/Shirley-Audiobook/B00M3CBYNU) by Charlotte Brontë (the follow up to Jane Eyre) narrated by Georgina Sutton. Julia: Two endorsements: first, possibly the silliest thing ever endorsed, the [$17 Scalp Brush] (https://shop.sachajuan.com/products/scalp-brush-1) from fancy salon-style shampoo company [Sachajuan] (https://shop.sachajuan.com/) . Second: Dana is coming to [Village Well Books & Coffee] (https://shop.villagewell.com/) in Culver City, CA to discuss her book, Camera Man, [this coming Saturday, September 17th at 5 pm] (https://shop.villagewell.com/events/20093) . Steve: An interview with Harvard Philosopher of Science, Steven Shapin, in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Len Gutkin, titled [“There’s No Shame in Being a Hack.”] (https://www.chronicle.com/article/theres-no-shame-in-being-a-hack) Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "Any Other Way" by Particle House. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on the Culture Gabfest. Sign up now at Slate.com/cultureplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Sep 2022

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:08

14 Sep 2022


#382

Rings of Power, Wads of Cash

This week, the panel begins by assessing the most expensive television show to date: Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Then, the panel breaks down Breaking, the John Boyega-led hostage crisis film that also includes one of the last performances of late actor Michael K. Williams. Finally, the panel discusses the pros and cons of child acting, a topic choice that was influenced by HBO’s The Rehearsal and Jennette McCurdy’s recent memoir. In Slate Plus, the panel talks with Ultimate Major Super-Human Friend of the Program (and also author and contributing writer for the New York Times) Jody Rosen about his recent piece in NYT Mag about Willie Nelson, titled [“Willie Nelson’s Long Encore.”] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/magazine/willie-nelson.html) And as a good example of Nelson’s magic: his performance of [“Funny How Time Slips Away”] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uz6noS8aOA) at the ‘79 Austin City Limits music festival.  Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements Dana: Some Texas music: the most recent album from San Antonio indie band Buttercup, titled [Specks, an Autobiographical Record] (https://buttercult.bandcamp.com/album/specks-an-autobiographical-record) by Buttercup. Julia: Even more Strut afterglow: [“Oui ou Non”] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqAiGeEzctQ) by Angèle Steve: In memory of Barbara Ehrenreich: reading her excellent work.  Podcast production by Anna Rubanova. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "The Brew" by Chris Shards Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on Slate.com, and more. Sign up now at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Sep 2022

53 MINS

53:11

07 Sep 2022


#381

Do-Over, Please

This week, Dana and Julia are out but never fear, we’ve brought on two great guest host to join Steve: slate alumnus and NYT columnist Jamelle Bouie and senior editor at Slate, Sam Adams. First, the panel breaks down the moral quandaries of the socially unhinged HBO hit The Rehearsal. Then, the panel dips a toe into the dark side with the Aubrey Plaza-led film Emily the Criminal. Finally, the panel discusses the article [“Why Do Rich People Love Quiet?”] (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/09/let-brooklyn-be-loud/670600/) by Xochitl Gonzalez for The Atlantic. In Slate Plus, the panel discusses the relationship between race and food, based on the article [“What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘White People Food’”] (https://www.bonappetit.com/story/white-people-food-meme-explained) by Jenny G. Zhang for Bon Appétit. Email us at [culturefest@slate.com] (mailto:culturefest@slate.com) . Endorsements Sam: The new [New York City Center’s “Encore” production] (https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2021-2022/into-the-woods/) of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods—now showing at the St. James Theater in New York City. Jamelle: Inspired by his podcast [Unclear & Present Danger] (https://jamellebouie.net/unclear-and-present-danger) : the 1992 Bill Duke film [Deep Cover] (https://www.criterion.com/films/31499-deep-cover) starring Laurence Fishburn and Jeff Goldblum, which is a great example of relatively modern neo-noir and a fascinating political artifact of the 1990s. Steve: A previous endorsement update: Steve has finished and approves the 1980 novel [The Transit of Venus] (https://bookshop.org/books/the-transit-of-venus-9780140107470/9780143135654?gclid=CjwKCAjw6raYBhB7EiwABge5KtKkr1IW04Shg1wBPUcI_OgiOm1XlIPDYQIZpkbNg0SlraEYnNC2YBoCmhoQAvD_BwE) by Shirley Hazzard. Steve’s real endorsement for the week: the album [Crest] (https://open.spotify.com/album/3j75sKW2Lw9gUEhjNzPKn4?si=xhWljpwgRg62LDTRuhpuFA) by Swedish hip-hop artist Bladee, especially the songs: [“Desire is a Trap”] (https://open.spotify.com/track/3xTUOCFRAsBHVFuwhpv5t3?si=26decef04279417b) and [“Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”] (https://open.spotify.com/track/7hvwgwbZCCGZaNRQSf8bin?si=346ed125e2394e7b)    Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe. Outro music is "What Do You Want From Me" by OTE. Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts, a bonus segment in each episode of the Culture Gabfest, full access to Slate's journalism on Slate.com, and more. Sign up now at slate.com/cultureplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

31 Aug 2022

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31 Aug 2022