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By MissyRissy - Apr 01 2020
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I usually love culture gabfest, but they dismissed Tiger King WAY too quickly. It just felt contrarian and dismissive and they totally failed to address the pop culture moment of the show itself. We get it. You’re too good to enjoy trash with the rest of us. Like they enjoyed the Circle and couldn’t deign to discuss Tiger King holistically? I’ve also been annoyed at all of the presenters making little side comments that make it seem like they’re not wealthy. I think Steve or Dana were saying something about having to pay off their student loans. HA! Nice try distancing from your bougie selves. There’s just such a lack of self awareness, especially with Steve.

Daaaaaaaaynuh!

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Dana Stevens is a treasure. That’s all you need to know.

iTunes Ratings

1682 Ratings
Average Ratings
1136
200
124
82
140

Out of Touch

By MissyRissy - Apr 01 2020
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I usually love culture gabfest, but they dismissed Tiger King WAY too quickly. It just felt contrarian and dismissive and they totally failed to address the pop culture moment of the show itself. We get it. You’re too good to enjoy trash with the rest of us. Like they enjoyed the Circle and couldn’t deign to discuss Tiger King holistically? I’ve also been annoyed at all of the presenters making little side comments that make it seem like they’re not wealthy. I think Steve or Dana were saying something about having to pay off their student loans. HA! Nice try distancing from your bougie selves. There’s just such a lack of self awareness, especially with Steve.

Daaaaaaaaynuh!

By VeggieBurgerSF - Dec 29 2019
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Dana Stevens is a treasure. That’s all you need to know.
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Rank #1: It's Hammer Time Edition

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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new BBC America series Killing Eve, the film from Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here, and ask themselves: "should we delete Facebook?"

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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #2: Culture Gabfest: Chaos Is the New Cocaine

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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Netflix's My Name is Dolemite, Apple TV+'s The Morning Show, and the mass resignations that took place at the website Deadspin with Slate's Tom Scocca.

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Nov 06 2019

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Rank #3: Culture Gabfest: Normal People?

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This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Hulu adaption of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Next, they talk about John Krasinski’s Some Good News. Finally, the panel dives into Dana’s comfort watch for this week: In a Lonely Place.

On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel is joined by Jody Rosen to talk about the music and legacy of Little Richard. Sign up for Slate Plus at Slate.com/cultureplus

Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.

Endorsements:

Dana: Spike Lee’s short film about New York City.

Julia: The Donut Hole in La Puente, Calif., a trip inspired after reading “Drive-throughs and drive-ins were fading. Coronavirus made them a lifeline” by Carolina A. Miranda in the Los Angeles Times.

Steve: Nick Lowe performing “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” as part of Rolling Stone’s “In My Room” series. Also, Nick Lowe’s “I Read A Lot.”

Plus, check out Madison Cunningham’s “Dry As Sand.”

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May 13 2020

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Rank #4: Unkindest Cut of All Edition

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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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Jun 20 2018

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Rank #5: Culture Gabfest: Is Love Blind?

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This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about the hit Netflix dating reality show Love Is Blind with Slate podcast producer Daniel Schroeder. Next, they discuss tomboys, jumping off of a recent New York Times op-ed. Finally, the panel takes on the coronavirus, analyzing the epidemic through various pieces of culture. 


On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses a New York Times op-ed from an editor whose ex-boyfriend is now dating Lady Gaga. 


Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Additional production help by Rosemary Belson.


Outro Music: 'Shattered & Hollow' by First Aid Kit

Endorsements


Dan: The graphic memoir Tomboy by Liz Prince.


Pitchfork’s Sunday Reviews.


Julia: The viral video where a camera falls from an airplane…


Steve: “No Ghost in the Machine” by Mark Halpern in the American Scholar.


The album Stay Gold by First Aid Kit.



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Stephen Metcalf

Julia Turner

Dan Kois


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Mar 04 2020

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Rank #6: Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition

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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Mission Impossible: Fallout, the video game Fortnite, and a NYT Magazine profile of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP. 

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Aug 01 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #7: Lust-Free Dinner with David Plotz Edition

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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 Shell with Represent host Aisha Harris, and the controversy surrounding Vice President Pence and his self-imposed rules around women.

Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Right now, get 50 dollars off your first set of sheets plus free shipping by going to BollandBranch.com and using promo code culture.

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Apr 05 2017

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Rank #8: Culture Gabfest: The Donut Inside the Donut Hole

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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Knives Out, speak with New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie about Watchmen, and remember Clive James with Adam Gopnik.

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Dec 04 2019

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Rank #9: The Monkfish Was Fine Edition

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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild, Wild, Country, the flap over the White House Correspondents Dinner, and nooks and crannies of Youtube subculture with Slate's Justin Peters. 

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May 02 2018

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Rank #10: Summer Strut 2018 Edition

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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 chart-watcher and host of Slate's Hit Parade podcast Chris Molanphy to have a discussion about the song of the summer, followed by the formal summer strut list of picks: excavating a diverse crop of songs, from pop to acid jazz to hip-hop infused house, to lost disco classics. 

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Jul 25 2018

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Rank #11: Demme God Edition

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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.

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May 03 2017

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Rank #12: Outward: The Queerness of Quarantine Bubbles

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This month, Christina admits to creating a quarantine bubble, and she talks with Bryan and Rumaan about why she felt comfortable joining her friends in this way and why our community seems better-equipped than others to figure out how to make such micro-communities work. Then they discuss two new documentaries on Netflix, A Secret Love and Circus of Books, and unpack how these films tried and failed to reckon with the depths of their subjects while still stirring some warm feelings along the way.

This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.

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May 20 2020

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Rank #13: Culture Gabfest: Cool Cats and Kittens

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This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf is joined by Slate senior editor Sam Adams and Slate podcast producer Daniel Schroeder discuss the wildness of Tiger King. Then, Steve teams back up with Dana Stevens and Julia Turner to talk about one of his favorite comfort watches: Paddington 2. Finally, the panel analyzes celebrity in the age of coronavirus by exploring the two recent telethons respectively hosted by Elton John and James Corden.

On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Bob Dylan’s newest song.

Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each week, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.


Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. 


Outro Music: "The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)" by Julie London


Endorsements


Dana: The singer Julie London


Julia: Hoosker Doosker Tug of War game


Steve: “They Survived the Spanish Flu, the Depression and the Holocaust,” by Ginia Bellafante in the New York Times


A Star in a Stoneboat,” by Robert Frost

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Apr 01 2020

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Rank #14: Michael Jackson Edition

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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens break our usual format to do an in-depth discussion of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland by director Dan Reed about two men allegedly abused by Michael Jackson. First the panel discuss the documentary, then are joined by Slate writer Christina Cauterucci to discuss how the film treats the victims for good and ill, and then discuss the future of Jackson's musical legacy with Slate music critic Carl Wilson. 

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Mar 06 2019

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Rank #15: Culture Gabfest: Live from Vancouver

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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live in at the Granville Island Stage in Vancouver to discuss The Irishman, Schitt's Creek, and creepy ads that follow you around. In Slate Plus: Questions from the live audience.

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Nov 20 2019

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Rank #16: Culture Gabfest: Will Restaurants Survive?

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This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Jen Agg to talk about the fate of the restaurant industry. Next, they bring on New York Times Magazine contributing writer Jody Rosen to discuss the passing of Adam Schlesinger. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s favorite movie and comfort watch—Sneakers. 

Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each week, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses their results to the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz.

Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.

Outro Music: “All Kinds of Time” by Fountains of Wayne 


Endorsements


Jody: The singer Bill Withers, particularly his albums Naked & Warm and ’Justments

Jonathan Cecil’s audiobook reading of P.G. Wodehouse’s Uncle Fred in the Springtime.


Dana: Interview with Better Call Saul’s Rhea Seehorn on the Ringer podcast “The Watch.”


Julia: “Nutmeg” from A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!


Steve: The songwriter Marty Donald of The Lucksmiths found here in Steve’s Spotify playlist.

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Apr 08 2020

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Rank #17: Spoiler Specials: Little Women

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme discuss Little Women. Arriving just in time for Christmas, Greta Gerwig plays with the March sisters’ timeline while staying true to Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg’s adventures. Will they find their own ways? Will Jo (Saoirse Ronan) end up with Laurie (Timothée Chalamet)? What comes of Jo’s writing? 


You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.


You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.


Email us at spoilers@slate.com.



Hosts

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Rachel Syme is a writer in Brooklyn.

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Dec 25 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: Angry at the Lollipop Edition

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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Netflix documentary Dogs and the use of cliches in speech and writing. 

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Dec 12 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #19: Culture Gabfest: Impenetrable Façade Edition

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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss The Marriage Story, speak with author Simon Doonan about the death of the department store window display, and debate whether social media killed our sense of time - and the 2010s as a decade.

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Dec 11 2019

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Rank #20: Culture Gabfest: Posh Veg

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Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf talk with guests about Gogglebox, a show that lets you watch Brits watch TV, Bon Appetit's "Gourmet Makes" on YouTube, and the best nonfiction books of the past 25 years.

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Nov 27 2019

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Spoiler Specials: An American Pickle

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Isaac Butler, writer, theater director, and co-host of Slate’s podcast Working, to spoil An American Pickle. Seth Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a man who wakes up after being preserved in pickle brine for a century, and Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s only living descendant. Can Herschel adapt to the contemporary world? Will Ben and Herschel bond despite generational and value differences? How convincing is Seth Rogen as both of these men?


You can read Marissa Martinelli’s interview with An American Pickle’s prop master here.


You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece on pickle related catastrophes here


Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.


Email us at spoilers@slate.com.


Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.


Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

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Aug 07 2020

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Thirst Aid Kit: Rakes, Sheikhs, Shipping Magnates

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We’ve long talked about our love for romance novels and in this episode we are going deep: talking about the changing aesthetics of romance novels, the increased visibility of our favourite tropes and sub-genres, and the heroes and heroines that we love to see.

In our Plus segment, we take begrudging inspiration from our times and look at how movies have treated love at a distance. The Truth About Cats and Dogs, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and The Age of Innocence all keep our main couples apart somehow and yet they manage to find ways to ease the physical ache of love and attraction. 

As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.


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Aug 06 2020

56mins

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Culture Gabfest: Folklorn

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On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson to take on Taylor Swift’s Folklore. Then, the panelists discusses school reopenings, riffing off of Dana’s recent op-ed for the Washington Post. Finally, they break down this week’s comfort watch—the 1936 screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey.

In Slate Plus, the hosts are joined by Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow to discuss her recent pieces on cancel culture and online debate.

Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

Other items discussed in this show:

Taylor Swift’s New Album Reveals That Social Distancing Has Served Her Well” by Carl Wilson in Slate

Held back: As parents realize how badly the U.S. botched the next school year, we’re furious” by Dana Stevens in the Washington Post

The Cancel Culture Trap” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate

Illiberalism Isn’t to Blame for the Death of Good-Faith Debate” by Lili Loofbourow in Slate

Endorsements:

Dana: Dana’s original drink “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,” inspired by a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem. To make the cordial, boil a 2:1 ratio of lime juice to water on stove until reduced to half. Sweeten to taste. Mix with bourbon or rye whiskey. Throw in basil or mint leaf as garnish.

Julia: Strand by the Spinanes, especially “Winter on Ice.”

Steve: “Publish and Perish” by Agnes Callard in the Point.


Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.

Outro Music: Back to Silence by OTE

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Aug 05 2020

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Working: The Immersive Sounds of Audio Drama

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This week, host June Thomas talks about her deep love of audio fiction with longtime radio and podcast writer-producer John Scott Dryden. First, they discuss the U.K. origins of the genre and the growing appetite for audio fiction in the U.S. Then they dig into John’s production process and discuss how he creates immersive stories using sounds and voices from all over the world. 

After the interview, June and co-host Rumaan Alam answer a question from a listener. 

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.

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Aug 02 2020

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Hit Parade: What a Fool Believes Edition

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Like many media organizations at the moment, Slate is getting hit pretty hard by what's going on with the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to continue doing our work, providing you with all our great podcasts, news and reporting, and we simply cannot do that without your support. So we're asking you to sign up for Slate Plus, our membership program. It's just $35 for the first year, and it goes a long way to supporting us in this crucial moment.

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, a scene and a sound cropped up on the West Coast: polished, perfectionist studio musicians who generated sleek, jazzy, R&B-flavored music. About a quarter-century later, this sound was given a name: Yacht Rock. The inventors of the genre name weren’t thinking about boats…well, unless the song was Christopher Cross’s “Sailing.” Yacht Rock was meant to signify deluxe, yuppified, “smooth” music suitable for playing on luxury nautical craft.

Whatever you call it, this music really did command the charts at the turn of the ’80s: from Steely Dan to George Benson, Michael McDonald to Kenny Loggins, Toto to…Michael Jackson?! Believe it: even Thriller is partially a Yacht Rock album. This month, Hit Parade breaks down what Yacht Rock was and how it took over the charts four decades ago—from the perfectionism of “Peg,” to the bounce of “What a Fool Believes,” to the epic smoothness of “Africa.”

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Jul 31 2020

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Thirst Aid Kit: THIRSTMAIL VOL. 4

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It’s never a bad move to hear from our thirsty yet oh-so-talented Thirst Buckets! Our audience is the best audience because they send us drabbles that make us swoon and giggle and we immediately put them aside so we can share the wealth on air. That’s what we’re doing with this episode— sharing listener-submitted drabbles about John Boyega, Aidan Turner, Pedro Pascal, Andy Samberg, and Seth Rogen. We also answer some questions from Tumblr and a couple of Thirst Sommelier requests. One listener needs someone with a Lin-Manuel Miranda vibe and someone else wants to replace Terry Crews on her thirst mood board. Luckily, we have a few suggestions we think will make everyone happy. 

In our Slate Plus segment, we break down quarantine beards: yay or nay? 

As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.

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Jul 30 2020

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Working: Adrian Tomine’s Drawings Tell Rich, Complex Stories

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This week, host Rumaan Alam talks to cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist Adrian Tomine, who just released a graphic memoir called The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. In the interview, Adrian talks about what it was like for his childhood hobby to become a full-time job, and how his art has evolved over the years. 

After the interview, co-host June Thomas interviews Slate writers Dahlia Lithwick and Molly Olmstead about a massive piece of journalism they’ve put together about the women in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s class at Harvard Law School. To hear the audio version of the piece, subscribe to Slate’s Amicus podcast. 

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.

And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.

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Jul 26 2020

59mins

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Spoiler Specials: Palm Springs

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Willa Paskin, Slate’s television critic, and Sam Adams, a senior editor at Slate and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, to spoil Palm Springs. At first, Palm Springs seems like a fun wedding rom-com until Nyles (Andy Samberg) is shot with a bow and arrow while fooling around in the desert with Sarah (Cristin Milioti). Injured, he crawls into a nearby cave and tells Sarah not to follow him. She ignores his warning and is pulled into his infinite time loop. Will she follow Nyles’ lead and make peace with the situation? Why is Nyles being hunted? Why is Sarah so desperate to find a way out? And what is with those dinosaurs? 


You can read Sam’s interview with the theoretical physicist who consulted on the movie here


Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.


Email us at spoilers@slate.com.


Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. 


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Jul 24 2020

51mins

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Thirst Aid Kit: Bim’s Thirst 123s

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It’s Bim’s turn to delve into the roots of her thirst habits — and naturally, it turned out to be a journey through TV and film! Watching Tevin Campbell sing to Ashley on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and falling in love with Dwayne Wayne on A Different World led naturally to a love for Capeside’s finest, Pacey Witter… and also the Blue Moon Agency’s David Addison (Bruce Willis). We also trace Bim’s love for a Strong Nose to David Duchovny (Red Shoe Diaries) and ER’s Dr Luka Kovac (Goran Višnjić). Thirst is complex, y’all.

In our Plus segment, we take a look at some of the cliche ‘sexy time’ tropes in film and TV and why they work (or not): the wanton clearing of a desk (hello, Friends and also The Good Wife); the full-bodied slam against the wall/bookcase (Atonement, Always Be My Maybe, The Night Manager) and why we do NOT fool around with food. Join Slate Plus to find out why! Slate.com/thirstaidplus

As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.

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Jul 23 2020

1hr 8mins

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Thirst Aid Kit: Friendship and Thirst (feat. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman)

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We’re joined this week by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman of the wildly popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend. We giggle over Tunde Adebimpe, Peter Dinklage, and Stanley Tucci before we discuss Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close, the book that looks at Ann and Aminatou’s friendship. This episode will make you laugh and think and hopefully, reach out to your friends for no reason at all. 

In our Thirst Aid Kit Plus segment this week, we put the microscope to Nichole’s drabbles to find out why she keeps men on their knees so much! 

As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com.

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Jul 23 2020

1hr 7mins

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Outward: Sweat and Sorrow in the Summer

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This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan interview journalist David France about his new documentary Welcome to Chechnya on the atrocities happening there and the work being done by activists to liberate queer Chechens. Then they discuss the new audio documentary by Evan Roberts, “Caring for Lesbian Icon Phyllis Lyon, With Love and Deceit.” June shares how important Naya Rivera and her Glee character, Santana Lopez, were to the queer community and changing American attitudes on gay marriage. Then we close it out with the gay agenda.

This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.

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Jul 22 2020

1hr 2mins

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Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2020

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On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Chris Molanphy, Slate's pop critic and host of the Hit Parade podcast. The four of them pick their favorite songs form a giant list of listener suggestions. They also talk about which songs are candidates for Song of the Summer this year.

Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

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Jul 22 2020

1hr 17mins

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Working: Why Anything Is Possible on HBO’s Los Espookys

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This week, host June Thomas talks to Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, creators of the HBO show Los Espookys. The three comedians talk about what it was like to craft a bilingual TV show with dialogue in both English and Spanish and why the show isn’t set in a particular country. They also discuss the show’s supernatural elements, which intentionally lack specific rules and logic. 

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler help a listener who’s feeling unproductive in her new workplace. 

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.

And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.

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Jul 19 2020

46mins

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Spoiler Specials: Irresistible

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Sam Adams, a senior editor at Slate and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, and Tom Scocca, Slate's politics editor. They dive into Jon Stewart’s comedy starring Steve Carell as an out-of-touch political operative who decides that a former marine would make a great Democratic candidate for mayor in Deerlaken, Wisconsin. It creates a proxy battleground in rural Wisconsin as Carell’s Republican counterpart, played by Rose Byrne, ups the ante. Stewart practically perfected political commentary woven with jokes during his time on The Daily Show. But can he harness that same nuance as a director? And how does the movie’s big twist affect Stewart’s message about unchecked money in politics? 


You can read Sam Adams’ review here

You can read Tom Scocca’s piece on the twist here.  


Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.


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Email us at spoilers@slate.com.


Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.

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Jul 17 2020

44mins

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Decoder Ring: The Karen

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The Karen, a white woman who surveys, inconveniences, and terrorizes, service workers and people of color is a relatively new term in the culture, but her character type has been with us for centuries. In this episode of Decoder Ring we explore the history of this type, from the code-names used during enslavement, to the contemporary menace of the COVID age.

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Jul 13 2020

40mins

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Working: How to Interview Celebrities, With Taffy Brodesser-Akner

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This week, host Isaac Butler talks to novelist and celebrity profile writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. In the interview, Taffy shares how she’s able to land interviews with celebrities and how she structures her pieces. She also explains why she’s a “champion advice-taker” and tells the story of how her bestselling novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, started as a failed magazine pitch. Don’t miss her New York Times Magazine profiles of Gwyneth Paltrow and Val Kilmer.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss a couple of Taffy’s most ingenious pieces of wisdom. Check out Isaac’s profile of Nathan Lane.

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.

And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.

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Jul 12 2020

50mins

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Spoiler Specials: Hamilton

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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. For a very special LIVE episode of Spoiler Specials, Slate’s Dana Stevens was joined by Sam Adams, Rachelle Hampton and Rebecca Onion to spoil the Hamilton movie that’s streaming on Disney+. They discuss how well the show has aged, historical inaccuracies, colorblind casting, and even the ending scene that doesn’t appear on the album. 


You can read Sam Adams’ dive into the ending here

You can hear more analysis from Dana Stevens here.  

You can even read Marissa Martinelli’s argument to not watch the film here.


Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.


Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.


Email us at spoilers@slate.com.


Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. A huge thank you to Faith Smith and Britt Pullie for producing the Slate Live event. 

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Jul 10 2020

55mins

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Thirst Aid Kit: Nichole’s Thirst ABCs

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We talk about formative crushes A LOT of the show, so we decided to do a little digging… Who, exactly, was the first person to indoctrinate Nichole into the ways of long hair? Why does she seem to like a french fry of a man? Who sparked her love of wide mouths and thick eyebrows? All are questions only Prince, Al B. Sure! and Maxwell can answer… hopefully in falsetto. 

In our Plus segment, we take a look at the music from pop culture that marked us. We can never forget songs from Something New, Love and Basketball, Misfits, The Best Man, Cruel Intentions, or Mrs. Fletcher. Join Slate Plus to find out why! Slate.com/thirstaidplus

As usual, you can follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Don’t forget to send us your drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com

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Jul 09 2020

58mins

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Culture Gabfest: Hamilton in the Trump Era

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On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by New Yorker staff writer Doreen St. Félix to talk about I May Destroy You. Then, Steve and Dana are joined by Isaac Butler, writer and co-host of this season of Slate’s Working podcast, to discuss the filmed version of Hamilton, now streaming on Disney Plus. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s comfort-watch pick of the week: the 1996 disaster film Twister.

In Slate Plus, the hosts continue to talk with Isaac about Hamilton, its ending, its significance in 2020, and more.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.

Outro Music: Smartface by Smartface

Endorsements

Dana: Scott Brick’s narration of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton.

Julia: The movie Dave.

Steve: “Wanting Wrong” by Anne Enright in the New York Review of Books.

Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

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Jul 08 2020

59mins

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Working: How Editor Tracy Sherrod is Amplifying Black Authors

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Host Rumaan Alam talks about elevating Black voices in the book publishing industry with Tracy Sherrod, editorial director of the Haper Collins imprint Amistad Press. In the interview, Tracy explains how the predominantly white publishing industry has created barriers for Black authors over the years. She also digs into the details of her work, including the process of negotiating book deals with new authors. 

After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler answer an ethical question from a listener. 

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.

If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work.

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Jul 05 2020

54mins

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By MissyRissy - Apr 01 2020
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I usually love culture gabfest, but they dismissed Tiger King WAY too quickly. It just felt contrarian and dismissive and they totally failed to address the pop culture moment of the show itself. We get it. You’re too good to enjoy trash with the rest of us. Like they enjoyed the Circle and couldn’t deign to discuss Tiger King holistically? I’ve also been annoyed at all of the presenters making little side comments that make it seem like they’re not wealthy. I think Steve or Dana were saying something about having to pay off their student loans. HA! Nice try distancing from your bougie selves. There’s just such a lack of self awareness, especially with Steve.

Daaaaaaaaynuh!

By VeggieBurgerSF - Dec 29 2019
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Dana Stevens is a treasure. That’s all you need to know.