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    Where did all the water bottles come from? Just a few decades ago, no one carried bottled water around with them, and now it's totally ubiquitous. What changed? Hydration is a real thing in science, but it was also a kind of invention: used by marketers of sports drinks, bottled water companies, and the wellness industry to keep us buying and drinking water for clearer skin, better health, and all sorts of other nebulous benefits. To hear the full episode now, sign up for Slate Plus. Otherwise you'll hear this episode in June when our full season launches.
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    Outward: Lesbians in Paris … and in Period Dramas

    Outward: Lesbians in Paris … and in Period Dramas

    This month, Christina, Bryan, and Rumaan are first joined by Diana Souhami, whose new book, No Modernism Without Lesbians, tells the story of Sylvia Beach, Bryher, Natalie Barney, Gertrude Stein, and the artistic community they built in Paris between the wars. Then June Thomas joins them for a discussion of the recent spate of period dramas featuring women in love. Why can’t the women in these films get a little electricity or running water?
    Items discussed on the show: 
    Dan D’Addario on Colton Underwood’s coming out, in Variety
    Daniel Schroeder on what Underwood’s coming out revealed about the Bachelor franchise, in Slate
    “Transgender Childhood Is Not a ‘Trend’,“ by Jules Gill-Peterson in the New York Times 
    No Modernism Without Lesbians, by Diana Souhami
    Saturday Night Live’s take on lesbian period dramas
    Ammonite
    Carol
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (and Slate Spoiler Special episode)
    The World to Come

    Gay Agenda
    Bryan: The Lady and the Dale on HBOMax
    Rumaan: Julie Mehretu’s exhibit at the Whitney Museum, and the New York Times T Magazine conversation between Mehretu and her former partner Jessica Rankin
    June: The audiobook Hoosier Daddy, by Ann McMan and Salem West, and Not the Real Jupiter, by Barbara Wilson
    Christina: Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians, by JEB, and June’s interview with JEB on Slate’s Working podcast about the making of the book

    This podcast was produced by Margaret Kelley.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Culture Gabfest: Organized Crime

    Culture Gabfest: Organized Crime

    This week Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss the Oscar-nominated documentary Collective. Next, the group is joined by June Thomas, senior managing producer of Slate podcasts, to discuss Law & Order: Organized Crime. Finally, the panel dives into Substack, the newsletter platform journalists are flocking to.
    In Slate Plus, the panel talks about the Oscars.
    Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
    Email the hosts at culturefest@slate.com
    Endorsements
     Dana: The Narcotic Farm
     Julia: Party Down
     Steve: Anne Briggs, particularly this song
    Further Reading
    Charlie Warzel’s recent Twitter thread on Galaxy Brain
    Outro Music
    "What Do You Want From Me" by OTE
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    ICYMI: What We Tok About When We Tok About Piss

    ICYMI: What We Tok About When We Tok About Piss

    On this episode, Madison and Rachelle talk to Rolling Stone senior writer EJ Dickson about PissTok, a new TikTok trend in which people are making jokes about urination kinks. She recently reported on the videos, which have attracted tens of millions of views, for her magazine. They discuss how kink has become memified, what this says about the rise of sex positivity in mainstream discourse, and whether or not it’s a step in the right direction. Also, Madison places a call to Apple support.
    Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John.
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    • 27 min
    Working: How Jed Mercurio Makes Realistic TV Dramas

    Working: How Jed Mercurio Makes Realistic TV Dramas

    This week host June Thomas talks to TV writer Jed Mercurio, who created the hugely popular UK police procedural Line of Duty and recently executive produced the drama series Bloodlands. In the interview, Jed explains what an executive producer does and discusses some of the signature qualities of his work. He also tells the story of how he became a practicing doctor before trying his hand at writing for television. 
    After the interview June and co-host Isaac Butler talk about Jed’s career pivot. Then they get some creative wisdom from writer Roxane Gay. 
    In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Jed talks about why British TV writers rarely work in U.S. writers rooms.
    Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675.
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    • 47 min
    ICYMI: Will You Accept This SponCon?

    ICYMI: Will You Accept This SponCon?

    In this episode, Rachelle Hampton and Madison Malone Kircher discuss the latest development in the world of The Bachelor and how it all plays into the show’s relationship with social media. First they dig into the news that former Bachelor Colton Underwood has come out as gay on Good Morning America. Then they get into the show’s love-hate relationship with Instagram, examining how the series has become a launchpad for influencers and explaining how social media has become its public editor, leading to everything from this year’s casting of the first Black Bachelor to to host Chris Harrison’s ouster.
    If you would like to read more about Underwood and his season of the show, check out our producer Daniel Schroeder’s piece on the subject.
    Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Derek John.
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

Ginger in Canada ,

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!

Cr8tiveNS ,

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!

Ashleywb ,

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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