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.

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How the two leading bands from Athens, Georgia transformed themselves from college-rockers in the ’80s to hitmakers by the ’90s
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the summer blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the appeal of the Netflix cooking-failure show Nailed It, and Scarlett Johansson's casting as a trans man, with Slate's Evan Urquhart.
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the new documentary about Mr. Rogers: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Netflix comedy special Nanette, and the World Cup, with Mike Pesca.
The story of how two very different bands came to define the boundaries of New Wave rock from the college town of Athens, Georgia
A spoiler-filled review of Westworld
Anthony Rising Edition June 27, 2018
Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner Discuss Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2, 30 For 30's podcast series about Bikram yoga, and the re- emergence of astrology with production assistant Daniel Schroeder.
The clown has existed in various forms for thousands of years, what changed and made us suspect and fear them?
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.
Slate's new podcast miniseries Lend Me Your Ears explores how Shakespeare's works speak to our current political era.
A spoiler-filled review of Hereditary
Elan Deficit Edition June 13, 2018
Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Ocean's 8, the theory and practice of Instagram Stories, and the legacy of Anthony Bourdain with the New Yorker's Helen Rosner.
A spoiler-filled review of Ocean's 8
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live at S&S; Farm Brewery in Nassau, NY for a secret summer getaway show.
Decoder Ring explores the Johnlock Conspiracy, a fan theory about the BBC TV show Sherlock positing the inevitability of a gay romance between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.
A spoiler-filled review of 13 Reasons Why
Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film First Reformed, the podcast My Favorite Murder with production assistant Daniel Schroeder, and the redemption of Tucker Max with Slate's Laura Bennett.
Even before the launch of MTV, the music video has been making pop songs buzzworthy.
A spoiler-filled review of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the royal wedding with Simon Doonan, the death of author Tom Wolfe with Laura Miller, and the way TV shows survive cancelation in the modern age by examining Brooklyn Nine Nine.