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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 Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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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 Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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Many missed opportunities, plz reboot

By Tolge412 - Sep 04 2019
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Interesting topics? They got it. Dufflebags of cash for production and editing? Check. Enough clout to find guests for one-in-a-million interviews? Checkaroni. With all this potential the pod somehow manages to only sort of capitalize on it. The show generally has vibes that range from “I only got 4 hours of sleep, better use 25 cent words to obscure that fact” to canned laughter and palpably fake enthusiasm to the anti-charisma of a desperate dentist. I am being a little hard on them but I expect podcasts to have genuine value, not just be white noise that makes car rides go faster. Life is too short to waste on something unironically called a “Gabfest”.

The best

By Beebels - May 31 2019
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This is my ur podcast and it has my heart.

iTunes Ratings

1579 Ratings
Average Ratings
1078
189
112
71
129

Many missed opportunities, plz reboot

By Tolge412 - Sep 04 2019
Read more
Interesting topics? They got it. Dufflebags of cash for production and editing? Check. Enough clout to find guests for one-in-a-million interviews? Checkaroni. With all this potential the pod somehow manages to only sort of capitalize on it. The show generally has vibes that range from “I only got 4 hours of sleep, better use 25 cent words to obscure that fact” to canned laughter and palpably fake enthusiasm to the anti-charisma of a desperate dentist. I am being a little hard on them but I expect podcasts to have genuine value, not just be white noise that makes car rides go faster. Life is too short to waste on something unironically called a “Gabfest”.

The best

By Beebels - May 31 2019
Read more
This is my ur podcast and it has my heart.
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Culture Gabfest

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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 Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #2: Hi-Phi Nation: The Illusionist

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Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed and conducted his final symphony in 1893. He died 9 days later, after having knowingly drunk an unboiled glass of water during a cholera epidemic. Deep into the symphony, Symphony no. 6, there is a paradoxical passage that, when played, no one will be able to hear.  This is because Tchaikovsky scored it to contain a musical illusion. We uncover the mystery of why he put it there.

Sound illusions reveal some of the most puzzling features of the human mind, most notably its insistence that it knows reality better than reality itself. On this episode, we listen to some of the most curious auditory illusions to find out how some of the features of sounds are generated by the human mind, rather than features of the external world. The illusions reveal something deep about some of the most treasured human endeavors, including music and language.
Guest voices include Diana Deutsch, Casey O'Callaghan, and Christine Howlett. Thanks to Kenna Tuggle for violin passages.

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Jun 15 2019
37 mins
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #5: Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair

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What are the real reasons people go on reality TV? This episode follows the story of Ann Hirsch and Cathy Nardone, two women cast on VH1’s “Frank the Entertainer...In a Basement Affair”, a show about an adult man looking for love—while living in his parent’s basement. How did one performance artist and one accidental performance artist make it onto the show? And how did they behave once they made it there? Their story highlights the ways that reality television distorts narratives, obscures intentions and stereotypes women, yet is still irresistible to audiences and performers alike. 
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Jul 30 2018
43 mins
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Rank #6: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #7: De-snappening Edition

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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Avengers: Endgame with Marvel-ologist Jamelle Bouie, the FX series Fosse/Verdon, and the dispute between Hollywood writers and agents with the screenwriter and Scriptnotes co-host John August.

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May 01 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #8: Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The Battle of Winterfell

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Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones.

In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, Willa Paskin, and Daniel Schroeder recap the third episode of season 8, “The Long Night.” The three chat about the long-awaited battle at Winterfell, what they thought about the deaths, the problem with Bran, what they expect next, and the Worst Person in Westeros.

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Apr 29 2019
7 mins
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Rank #9: Harm to Ongoing Matters Edition

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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stephens, and the New York Times' Aisha Harris discuss Beyonce's Homecoming documentary, Jordan Peele's new Twilight Zone, and the Mueller Report at literature with Marie Claire's Karen Schwartz.

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Apr 24 2019
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #10: Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You Edition

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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film A Star is Born, the TV documentary America to Me, and bring critic Wesley Morris into the studio to discuss his New York Times Magazine piece "The Morality Wars" about the state of art criticism. 
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Oct 10 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #11: Spoilers: Russian Doll

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In this week’s episode, Willa Paskin is joined by Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme to discuss the Netflix original series Russian Doll. What does this show have to say about New York City? Would the show still work without Natasha Lyonne? Will we watch the second season? Listen to them discuss!

Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.

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Feb 15 2019
45 mins
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Rank #12: Flashback: The Fly (1986)

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In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the body horror film The Fly (1986), directed by David Cronenberg.

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Production by Chau Tu.

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Sep 08 2019
12 mins
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Rank #13: The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition

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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Golden Globs-conquering film Green Book with Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins, Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and the art of the pan and the state of the bad review in criticism. 

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Jan 16 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #15: Energy Vampire Edition

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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the stunning film Diane, FX's What We Do in the Shadows, and the debut album by Billy Eilish: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?. 

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Apr 10 2019
1 hour
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Rank #16: Redneck Margarita Edition

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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Willa Paskin discuss Black Panther with Carvell Wallace, the return of Queer Eye with Bryan J. Lowder, and the state of the New York Times op-ed page. 

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Feb 21 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #17: Culture Gabfest: Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm Edition

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Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie Long Shot, Netflix's new series Dead to Me, and the legacy of camp and the MET Gala with Slate's Bryan Lowder.

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May 15 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #18: Spoilers: It Chapter Two

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Jeffrey Bloomer, Laura Bradley, and Jack Hamilton discuss It: Chapter Two. They talk about the movie’s opening anti-gay hate crime, all the bizarre changes to the adult lives of the Losers’ Club, and whether Bill Hader really has a shot at an Oscar. Jack, Slate’s resident Stephen King scholar, also explains why the author’s work is suddenly ubiquitous again.

Podcast production by Phil Surkis
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Sep 06 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #19: Beautiful Blindspot Edition

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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Sam Adams discuss the dueling Fyre Festival documentaries on Netflix and Hulu with Slate writer Shannon Palus, Glenn Close best actress vehicle The Wife, and the 2019 Academy Award Nominations.

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Jan 23 2019
53 mins
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Rank #20: Culture Gabfest: Fourth Wall of the Fourth Wall Edition

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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new, third film in the John Wick saga, the second season of Amazon's Fleabag, and the New York Times package on generation X and the concept of generations as a useful metric. In Slate Plus, the panel each recommend a piece of gen X art. 

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May 22 2019
59 mins
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