Culture Gabfest

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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Steampunk Deer Edition

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film If Beale Street Could Talk, the TV phenomenon The Masked Singer with The Gist's Mike Pesca, and finally they deconstruct "The Stew"—the viral recipe that's seemingly everywhere.


 2019-02-13  56m

Spoilers: Lego Movie 2

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Forrest Wickman discuss Lego Movie 2:The Second Part. Is there any logic to the Lego universe? What does the movie have to say about toxic masculinity? And what was WNBA superstar Sheryl Swoopes doing there? Listen to them discuss below. 
Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.


 2019-02-08  49m

Nobody's Mad at Columbo Edition

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Netflix's series Russian Doll, the best-documentary nominee Minding the Gap, and Vanity Fair's list of the 25 most influential movie scenes of the last 25 years with Richard Lawson and K. Austin Collins.


 2019-02-06  1h2m

Decoder Ring: The Grifter

For over a decade, Brett Johnson was a cyber criminal, a scammer, and a con man, but now he's a good guy, helping companies stop people like who he used to be. His story is the stuff of a prestige TV anti-hero drama, but real life is more complicated than a story.


 2019-01-31  53m

Prosthesis Statement Edition

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscar-nominated film Vice, the Netflix streamer Sexual Education, and what to make of Netflix's "ratings" numbers with Slate TV critic and the host of Decoder Ring, Willa Paskin.


 2019-01-30  1h1m

Hit Parade: The Gaga is Born Edition

Lady Gaga may be about to pivot from Grammy-winner to Oscar-winner. How did A Star Is Born both reflect and reboot her decade-long career?


 2019-01-25  1h8m

Beautiful Blindspot Edition

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.


 2019-01-23  53m


This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams teams up with Slate Senior Editor Jeffrey Bloomer and the Editor in Chief of Screen Crush, Matt Singer to discuss the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, Glass. This is the third film in a trilogy that began with Unbreakable in 2000 and picked up again in 2016’s Split. The premise of all three movies is that comic-book-like superheroes live among us and have for centuries, but they keep a low profile and sometimes don’t even know they have powers...


 2019-01-22  59m

The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition

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.


 2019-01-16  1h6m

Spoilers: Bandersnatch

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Vulture staff writer Kathryn Van Arendonk discuss the new Black Mirror interactive episode “Bandersnatch”. Do we really want interactive content from Netflix? Is there a base version of “Bandersnatch”? Does Black Mirror have to always assume the worst possible outcome? Make the decision and listen to them discuss!
Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.
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 2019-01-11  1h4m