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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.

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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.

    Will Restaurants Survive?

    Will Restaurants Survive?

    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.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Cool Cats and Kittens

    Cool Cats and Kittens

    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

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Walking into the Abyss

    Walking into the Abyss

    This week on the Culture Gabfest, Dana Stevens rejoins Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner from her book leave for a few segments. First, Steve and Dana chat with Slate’s books and culture columnist Laura Miller about The Plot Against America. Next, Steve, Dana, and Julia talk about the power of walking, particularly in this time of quarantine, and the literary history that precedes the activity. Finally, Steve and Julia chat with Slate staff writer Dan Kois about the 1996 film Big Night, a delicious comfort watch.

    On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel checks in with each other about how they’re doing during this time of quarantine. 

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

    Outro Music: “Higher Love” cover from Kygo & Whitney Houston 


    Endorsements

    Dana: “Kasha is the new nutmeg.”
    Patti LuPone’s basement tours.

    Julia: “Higher Love,” the Whitney Houston and Kygo remix.

    Steve: “Buh Black Snake in New England,” by Benjamin Anastas in Oxford American. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Viral Songs and Quarantine Culture

    Viral Songs and Quarantine Culture

    This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about the film Spenser Confidential, starring Mark Wahlberg on Netflix. Next, they discuss Reply All’s recent episode “The Case of the Missing Hit.” Finally, the panel is joined by Dana Stevens to lay out how they approach culture during this time of quarantine. How much do we lean into escapism? 

    On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel takes on Steve’s own “missing hit” mystery.

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

    Outro Music: Lost Something in the Hills" by Sibylle Baier.

    Endorsements

    Dana: Colour Green by Sibylle Baier.

    Dan: The “Sondheim at 90” package by the New York Times. 
    The album Side by Side by Sondheim. 

    Julia: The poem “My Heart Leaps Up” by William Wordsworth.

    Steve: Always Narrating: The Making and Unmaking of Umberto Eco by Costica Bradatan in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Cows and Capitalism

    Cows and Capitalism

    This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about Kelly Reichardt’s film First Cow. Next, they bring on Slate television critic Willa Paskin to discuss the latest episode of her podcast Decoder Ring, which dives into the real-life bookstore battle behind You’ve Got Mail. Finally, the panel dives into Molly Fischer’s feature in the Cut on the millennial aesthetic. 

    On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses the cancellation of Woody Allen’s memoir. 

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

    Outro Music: "Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy

    Other items discussed on the show: 

    “I Made the Oily Cakes From First Cow,” by Dan Kois in Slate. 

    “Bookstores That Live Only in the Mind,” by Dan Kois in the New York Times.


    Endorsements

    Dan: The March Badness bracket of songs.

    Julia: Print out your cooking recipes.

    Steve: “Reading Richard Rorty in Tehran” by Samuel Thrope in the Nation. 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Is Love Blind?

    Is Love Blind?

    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.


    Hosts

    Stephen Metcalf
    Julia Turner
    Dan Kois

    Social Media

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    • 1 hr 22 min

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