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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. Get the Culture Gabfest and all of Slate's culture coverage here.

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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. Get the Culture Gabfest and all of Slate's culture coverage here.

    Spoiler Specials: Emma.

    Spoiler Specials: Emma.

    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, Marissa Martinelli and Heather Schwedel discuss Emma. Though certainly not the first adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, director Autumn de Wilde’s film humanizes the familiar characters and departs at times from the source material to bring a certain freshness to this comedy. Will Emma’s meddling still result in matchmaking errors? How far does she have to go to right her wrongs? And what’s with the inopportune nosebleed?

    You can read Marissa Martinelli’s review here.

    Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.
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    • 57 min
    Thirst Aid Kit: The Deceptive Deference of Clive Owen

    Thirst Aid Kit: The Deceptive Deference of Clive Owen

    Clive Owen: is he dangerous or is he the love of our lives? As someone wise once asked, why not both? When Clive steps into a scene, we don’t know if he’s about to deliver a soul-stealing kiss or a scathing takedown, but we move to the edge of our seats to catch every second of it. From Chancer to Closer, Sin City to The Knick, and beyond, Clive’s demanding presence brings us to our knees, and we find we’re quite all right with that. 
    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    On Slate Plus, we discuss the erotic fixation on the extended leg of a woman. Using scenes from Carmen Jones, Boomerang, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Something New, we examine the power play found in women’s feet—and areas north. 
    Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs, and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. If the spirit moves you, send us your own drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. 

    Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman.
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    • 53 min
    Culture Gabfest: Gender Swap

    Culture Gabfest: Gender Swap

    This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf is joined by two guests hosts: Sam Anderson, New York Times Magazine staff writer and author of Boom Time, and Dan Kois, Slate staff writer and author of How to Be a Family. First, the panel discusses The Assistant, the indie film with heavy Harvey Weinstein overtones. Next, they dive into Hulu’s reboot of High Fidelity, starring Zoë Kravitz. Finally, the panel breaks down the work of Jenny Odell, including her book How to Do Nothing and her recent Paris Review essay “The Myth of Self-Reliance.”
    On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Dan Kois’s recent Slate story on a New Zealand fantasy masterpiece—an article that catalyzed the book’s publication in the U.S. 
    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen. Additional production help by Rosemary Belson.
    Outro Music: ‘Lonely World’ by Moses Sumney
    Endorsements

    Dan: The writing of Charles Portis, including True Grit and Norwood.

    Sam: John Cage’s performance of “Water Walk” on “I’ve Got a Secret” in 1960 (as Jenny Odell recommends).

    Steve: Seeing Parasite a second time. 
    “The Professor of Denial” by Amanda J. Crawford in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
    Moses Sumney’s Aromanticism
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Spoiler Specials: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Spoiler Specials: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    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 is joined by June Thomas and Dan Kois to discuss Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Marianne is hired to paint Héloïse’s wedding portrait. But Héloïse can’t know she’s being painted. As the two grow closer, will Marianne come clean? Will their feelings affect the painting that’s supposed to be sent to Héloïse’s potential husband? What happens when the job is finished?

    You can read Dana Stevens’ review here.
    You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece about the film’s music here.

    Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.

    Email us at spoilers@slate.com.
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    • 1 hr
    Thirst Aid Kit: Blair Underwood: The Most Charming Man in the World

    Thirst Aid Kit: Blair Underwood: The Most Charming Man in the World

    Blair Underwood is a multi-generational snack: he’s been hot for so long, it’s kind of unreal. He’s currently starring on Broadway in A Soldier’s Play, so he popped into the studio to talk about that—and plenty more besides: Why he loves playing bad guys, navigating and negotiating your worth, and the most disturbing fanmail of his career. Plus we asked him about putting on a watch … :eyes emoji:
    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Thirst Aid Kit each week. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    On Slate Plus this week, we talk about one specific “Premium Thirst Item”: the white oxford shirt. If you grew up at a certain point in time, you’ll know what that shirt means, especially when worn by a woman the morning after. We explore what it signifies in culture, how it came to mean all that, and why we think it’s hot.
    Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, gifs, and so much more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. If the spirit moves you, send us your own drabbles by emailing thirstaidkit@slate.com. 
    Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Culture Gabfest: Parasite Without a Host

    Culture Gabfest: Parasite Without a Host

    This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner break down the Oscars and Bong Joon-ho’s historic win. Next, the discuss Star Trek: Picard with Slate associate editor and Trekkie Marissa Martinelli. Finally, they dive into a recent New York Times Magazine article on the way television imagines New York City. 
    On the Slate Plus segment this week, the fashion of the Oscars.  
    Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
    Outro Music: Eminem Performs 'Lose Yourself' at Oscars 2020
    Endorsements
    Dana: Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar acceptance speeches, as Dana wrote about in her recent Slate piece “Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar Night Had All the Genre-Bending Twists of His Movies.”
    Julia: “Chasing Colombia’s ‘cocaine hippos’” by Peter Rowe in the Los Angeles Times.
    Steve: “The Seriousness of George Steiner” by Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker.
    “An Evening With George Steiner (1929-2020)” by Kinton Ford in n+1.
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

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Hit parade: Lullaby of broadway ep ENDING WILL MAKE YOU CRY

I love Hit Parade but this lullaby of broadway episode GOT ME. Loved hearing about the intersection of pop music and broadway cast recordings through the ages. You guys, listen to the end. You won’t be sorry. Epic performance of Requiem, little dude. Congratulations!

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Not perfect but essential

I value this podcast because it always exposes me to something in the forefront of culture, and a range of things. I did not love the hosts on first listen, but they have grown on me over time. Often I find myself bringing up something I heard on culture gabfest to friends or my partner to chew it over. I appreciate the new things I learn from this!

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Great but too much other podcast clutter

I love this show and have listened for years but lately feel like there have been *so many* other podcast episodes in the feed. I just counted and 11 of the last 15 episodes were non-Gabfest ones: episodes of Spoiler Special, Hit Parade, Decoder Ring, and Flashback, none of which I’m signed up for or interested in. I understand doing one feature episode to introduce a new podcast but posting continued episodes in this feed is making me nuts.

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