Slate's Culture Gabfest

Slate's Culture Gabfest

Episodes

  • Mmmm...Simpsons Edition

    Aug 27, 2014 | 64 min
    On this week's Culture Gabfest, Julia Turner, John Swansburg, and David Haglund discuss FXX's Simpson's marathon, the independent twist-filled romance The One I Love, and the Ice Bucket Challenge craze.
  • Precision of Language Edition

    Aug 20, 2014 | 54 min
    On this week's Slate Culture Gabfest, Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest Dan Kois discuss the film The Giver, ironic misandry, and the makings of a memorable movie soundtrack.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Good Night, Robin Williams Edition

    Aug 13, 2014 | 56 min
    Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest John Swansburg discuss the inestimable actor and comedian Robin Williams' career, Cinemax's the turn-of-the-century hospital drama The Knick, and the weather.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Not That Gomorrah Edition

    Aug 6, 2014 | 54 min
    Slate critics Steve Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Marvel's latest franchise movie Guardians of the Galaxy, whether plagiarism is that big of a deal, and the intricacies of writing a new Gabfest theme song with composer Nick Britell.
  • The Culture Gabfest: The Dumb Culture Gabfest Edition

    Jul 30, 2014 | 61 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Dan Kois discuss the Nathan Fielder's absurd advice on his Comedy Central TV show "Nathan For You," Blake Lively's lifestyle website Preserve, and the surprising literary power of children's books.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Ape Not Kill Ape Edition

    Jul 23, 2014 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the dark and violent sequel Dawn of the Apes, whether potato salad caused Kickstarter to jump the shark, and the timelessness of Weird Al Yankovic.
  • The Culturefest: Migrating Buns Edition

    Jul 16, 2014 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Richard Linklater's new movie Boyhood, whether E!'s plastic surgery reality show Botched actually has a moral universe, and whether Tinder is as female-friendly as it bills itself to be with outgoing intern Anna Shechtman.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Babbling Brooks Edition

    Jul 9, 2014 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guest June Thomas discuss the action blockbuster and political allegory film Snowpiercer, the campy and catty British TV import Vicious, and David Brooks tells us that we should all strive to be deep.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Grief Sandwich Edition

    Jul 2, 2014 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest John Swansburg discuss the rom com spoof They Came Together, the rapturously dark HBO show "The Leftovers," and The Onion's new clickbait parody website Clickhole.
  • Slate Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2014 Edition

    Jun 25, 2014 | 51 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss ABC Family's radical TV show The Fosters with Slate's June Thomas, the ethics of landmark conservation, and the results of this year's listener callout for summer songs that will make you strut your stuff.
  • The Culture Gabfest: This is Sparta Edition

    Jun 18, 2014 | 54 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss if the movie 22 Jump Street is too self aware to be any good, whether poetry can go mainstream, and how to predict your song of the summer with Slate's Chris Molanphy.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Re-Stephening Edition

    Jun 11, 2014 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the film Obvious Child, a movie that is radically blase about abortion, whether adults should be embarrassed to read Young Adult literature, and the case for bringing Home Economics back to the classroom.
  • The Culture Gabfest: "Ow, Your Cheekbone!" Edition

    Jun 4, 2014 | 48 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Mike Pesca discuss Disney's Sleeping Beauty re-make "Maleficent," faking cultural literacy, and NY magazine's music critic Jody Rosen joins the gabbers to discuss "Oh, You Kid," what he deems the "first ever dirty pop song."
  • The Culture Gabfest: We Are All Going to 100% Die Someday Edition

    Jun 3, 2014 | 49 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Showtime's heady Gothic series Penny Dreadful, Chipotle's move to serve literature along with its burrito bowls, and net neutrality with Slate's David Auerbach.
  • The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition

    Jun 3, 2014 | 46 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and David Haglund discuss the unexpectedly gripping real-time car ride movie Locke, the philosophical cartoon hit Adventure Time, and Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

    Jun 3, 2014 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Montreal this week as part of the 16th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. This week the gabbers discuss the Canadian Sci-Fi thriller Orphan Black, the film Hateship Loveship which is an adaptation Alice Munro’s short story, and Slate’s Carl Wilson joins the gabbers to talk about using Celine Dion as a measuring stick for taste.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Sadness as the Bread Edition

    Jun 3, 2014 | 64 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Dan Kois discuss HBO's new film The Normal Heart, commencement speeches, and the new 9/11 Memorial Museum.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Sadness as the Bread Edition

    May 28, 2014 | 64 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Dan Kois discuss HBO's new film The Normal Heart, commencement speeches, and the new 9/11 Memorial Museum.
  • The Culture Gabfest: We Are All Going to 100% Die Someday Edition

    May 21, 2014 | 49 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Showtime's heady Gothic series Penny Dreadful, Chipotle's move to serve literature along with its burrito bowls, and net neutrality with Slate's David Auerbach.
  • The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 45 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating femme fatale in the arthouse horror flick "Under the Skin," the legacy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with journalist and critic Paul Berman, and why you won't see derp in Gawker's new style guide.
  • The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 46 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and David Haglund discuss the unexpectedly gripping real-time car ride movie Locke, the philosophical cartoon hit Adventure Time, and Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 58 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss French economist Thomas Picketty and his intellectual blockbuster, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," comedian John Oliver's weekly fake-news show, and spring cleaning with Slate's Bryan Lowder.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Montreal this week as part of the 16th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. This week the gabbers discuss the Canadian Sci-Fi thriller Orphan Black, the film Hateship Loveship which is an adaptation Alice Munro’s short story, and Slate’s Carl Wilson joins the gabbers to talk about using Celine Dion as a measuring stick for taste.
  • The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition

    May 14, 2014 | 46 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and David Haglund discuss the unexpectedly gripping real-time car ride movie Locke, the philosophical cartoon hit Adventure Time, and Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval.
  • The Culture Gabfest: The Silent "T" Party Edition

    May 13, 2014 | 49 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest Gabber Jacob Weisberg discuss Stephen Colbert's move to late night television, chat with author Adam Begley about the legacy of John Updike, and then it's a Guggenheim field trip to check out the exhibit, "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe."
  • The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition

    May 13, 2014 | 45 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating femme fatale in the arthouse horror flick "Under the Skin," the legacy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with journalist and critic Paul Berman, and why you won't see derp in Gawker's new style guide.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition

    May 13, 2014 | 58 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss French economist Thomas Picketty and his intellectual blockbuster, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," comedian John Oliver's weekly fake-news show, and spring cleaning with Slate's Bryan Lowder.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

    May 13, 2014 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Montreal this week as part of the 16th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. This week the gabbers discuss the Canadian Sci-Fi thriller Orphan Black, the film Hateship Loveship which is an adaptation Alice Munro’s short story, and Slate’s Carl Wilson joins the gabbers to talk about using Celine Dion as a measuring stick for taste.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

    May 7, 2014 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Montreal this week as part of the 16th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. This week the gabbers discuss the Canadian Sci-Fi thriller Orphan Black, the film Hateship Loveship which is an adaptation Alice Munro’s short story, and Slate’s Carl Wilson joins the gabbers to talk about using Celine Dion as a measuring stick for taste.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition

    Apr 30, 2014 | 58 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss French economist Thomas Picketty and his intellectual blockbuster, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," comedian John Oliver's weekly fake-news show, and spring cleaning with Slate's Bryan Lowder.
  • The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition

    Apr 23, 2014 | 45 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating femme fatale in the arthouse horror flick "Under the Skin," the legacy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with journalist and critic Paul Berman, and why you won't see derp in Gawker's new style guide.
  • The Culture Gabfest: The Silent "T" Party Edition

    Apr 16, 2014 | 49 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest Gabber Jacob Weisberg discuss Stephen Colbert's move to late night television, chat with author Adam Begley about the legacy of John Updike, and then it's a Guggenheim field trip to check out the exhibit, "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe."
  • The Culture Gabfest: My Little Dictaphone Edition

    Apr 9, 2014 | 50 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Errol Morris' study of Donald Rumsfeld in his latest documentary "The Unknown Known," HBO's tech industry send up "Silicon Valley," and why faster isn't necessarily better when it comes to reading.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Are You There God? It's Me, Hollywood. Edition

    Apr 2, 2014 | 50 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Darren Aronofsky's Hollywood version of Noah's Ark, how fame changes friendship in HBO's Doll & Em, and the TV recap website "Television Without Pity" going dark.
  • The Culture Gabfest: The Green Handshake Edition

    Mar 26, 2014 | 45 min
    Everyone's a guest this week on the Culture Gabfest with Slate's Mike Pesca, John Swansburg, and Jessica Winter filling in for our usual hosts. The guest gabbers discuss the movie Muppets Most Wanted and what the Muppets mean to kids in 2014. Next, it's High Maintenance a fictional web series that follows a pot dealer into clients' homes, and lastly the effects of e-payments on tipping.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Prime Directive Edition

    Mar 19, 2014 | 44 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss FX's Cold War era throwback television show The Americans, whether Amazon is ruining literature, and the matriculation of trigger warnings into the college classroom.
  • The Culture Gabfest: All Aboard the Model Train Edition

    Mar 12, 2014 | 53 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and guest gabber David Haglund discuss Wes Anderson's latest confection, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the latest incarnation of the science TV series Cosmos and the strange tales of Bitcoin with financial reporter Felix Salmon.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Travoltified Edition

    Mar 5, 2014 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Oscar's highs and lows, Atlantic's article, "The Dark Power of Fraternities" with Slate's Mike Pesca, and why looking normal is the new fashion.
  • The Culture Gabfest: There is No Dana. There is Only Zuul Edition.

    Feb 26, 2014 | 52 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the legacy of actor, writer, director and Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, Disney's latest animated juggernaut, and why writers are the worst procrastinators.
  • The Culture Gabfest: The Doe-Eyed Triangle Player Edition

    Feb 19, 2014 | 49 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Amazon's online comedy sensation Transparent, the Italian Oscar contender The Great Beauty, and is the great era of branding coming to a close.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Piece of Resistance Edition

    Feb 12, 2014 | 42 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the latest toy-cum-blockbuster movie Legos, what Sochi reveals about Russia and the American imagination with cultural reporter Masha Gessen, and Twitter's history problem with Slate's Rebecca Onion.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Oh My God It's Roseanne Cash Edition

    Feb 5, 2014 | 42 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are joined in the studios by Roseanne Cash to talk about her latest album The River and The Thread and New York Times Theater critic Jason Zimmerman discusses the legacy of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Dana's Coming at You With a Big Wheel of Cheese Edition

    Jan 29, 2014 | 40 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the dark horse of this year's Best Picture nominees, Philomena, the webseries-turned-Comedy Central show Broad City, and Atlantic editor Scott Sossel's new book, My Age of Anxiety.
  • The Culture Gabfest: (picnic, lightning) Edition

    Jan 22, 2014 | 55 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and David Haglund discuss Lena Dunham's photoshopped Vogue photo spread, Woody Allen's troubling personal life and their favorite literary punctuations.
  • The Culture Gabfest: From Now on This Gabfest is a Space for Silent Reflection Edition

    Jan 15, 2014 | 45 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss HBO's "True Detectives," Will Farrell's mini-series parody "Spoils of Babylon," and the dearth of African American recording artists on the billboard charts in 2013 with Slate contributor Chris Molanphy.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Do Androids Dream of Joaquin Phoenix?

    Jan 8, 2014 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss "Her," Isaac Asimov's 1964 predictions about the present and critic anonymity with New York Magazine's restaurant critic Adam Platt.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Wolfie is My Safe Word Edition

    Jan 1, 2014 | 40 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss "The Wolf of Wall Street," the BBC's "Call the Midwife Christmas Special," and Britney Spears' Vegas comeback.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Abstract Noun Edition

    Dec 25, 2013 | 50 min
    On this week’s Christmas experiment, Culture Gabfest critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the elements of language: vocabulary, conversation, and voice.Show page at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Don't Put Metal in the Science Oven Edition

    Dec 18, 2013 | 50 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the new movie American Hustle, the Danish TV political drama Borgen (with Slate TV critic Willa Paskin), and whether long-form journalism is something to trumpet. Show page at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: All That Chintz Edition

    Dec 11, 2013 | 60 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner are joined by music critic Carl Wilson to discuss the new Coen Brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis", Tom Scocca's essay on smarm, and interview the curator of the Met museum's textiles exhibit.
  • The Culture Gabfest: The Eat My Shortz Edition

    Dec 4, 2013 | 57 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, John Swansburg, and Julia Turner discuss the new HBO show "Getting On," a Twitter shaming that may have been a hoax, and the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle with Will Shortz. Show page at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Over the River and Through the Woods Edition

    Nov 27, 2013 | 56 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the new film "Nebraska", social media shopping site The Prowl and the ins and outs of the Thanksgiving meal. Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Ignoring My Own Beautiful Face Edition

    Nov 20, 2013 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the new film "The Dallas Buyer's Club", Rupert Murdoch with NPR Media Correspondant David Folkenflik and working conditions in academia.Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Ambivalent Elegy Edition

    Nov 13, 2013 | 52 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the hit TV show Scandal, the new book Provence 1970 with author Luke Barr, and the closing of Blockbuster Video’s last stores. Show page at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Two Thirds French Edition

    Nov 7, 2013 | 9 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the controversial film Blue is the Warmest Color, French TV show, the Returned and speak with author Claudia Roth Pierpont about her new book Roth Unbound. Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Two Thirds French Edition

    Nov 6, 2013 | 52 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the controversial film Blue is the Warmest Color, French TV show, the Returned and speak with author Claudia Roth Pierpont about her new book Roth Unbound. Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Romeo had Juliet Edition (LOUDER VERSION)

    Nov 4, 2013 | 55 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss  Rock 'n' Roll great Lou Reed, Shakespeare and the effect of the internet on poetry. Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest. This version corrects the quiet audio of the original.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Romeo had Juliet Edition

    Oct 30, 2013 | 55 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss  Rock 'n' Roll great Lou Reed, Shakespeare and the effect of the internet on poetry. Show notes at www.slate.com/cutlurefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Radiators and Bassoons Edition

    Oct 23, 2013 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss director Steve McQueen's new film, 12 Years a Slave, Alec Baldwin's move to TV talk show host and podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Show notes at www.slate.com/cutlurefest.
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    Oct 23, 2013 | 3 min
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  • The Culture Gabfest: We're Not Here to Fish Edition

    Oct 16, 2013 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the Tom Hanks thriller Captain Phillips, the SAT's essay section, and Alice Munro's Nobel Prize. Show page at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Watch Out for the Dildo Edition

    Oct 8, 2013 | 46 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney movie Gravity, the new Showtime series Masters of Sex, and the evolution of cool.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Bitchery and Butchery Edition

    Oct 2, 2013 | 53 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the hip-hop artist Drake's new album “Nothing Was the Same,” the merits and downsides of hatchet-job books reviews, and the redesign of Apple's iOS7.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Live from Brooklyn Edition

    Sep 25, 2013 | 69 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the Nicole Holofcener film "Enough Said" and Brooklyn as a global brand, plus New York Times contributor Chris Suellentrop guests for a discussion of video games as art and Grand Theft Auto V. Watch video of the hosts playing Grand Theft Auto and get other show links on the show page.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Can Someone Show Me How to Laugh Deeply Edition

    Sep 17, 2013 | 48 min
    Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf take calls from listeners on a wide range of topics, and Julia realizes just how much she loves a mouse who's also an architect.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Log-Toting Salinger Edition

    Sep 10, 2013 | 47 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the new film "Salinger" and the state of The Onion, plus Adam Sternbergh of the New York Times guests to talk about what constitutes popularity today. Get show links here.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Working Class Slag from a Crap Town Edition

    Sep 3, 2013 | 46 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and John Swansburg discuss the Joe Swanberg film "Drinking Buddies," Laura Helmuth's piece on the impact of longevity on humanity, and Simon Doonan's new book on his life. Get show links here.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Flirting with Vomit Edition

    Aug 27, 2013 | 46 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, John Swansburg, June Thomas and Aisha Harris discuss the Edgar Wright film "The World's End," Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and love and terror in amusement parks. Get show links here.
  • The Culture Gabfest: In A World Without Steve and Dana Edition

    Aug 20, 2013 | 56 min
    Slate critics Julia Turner, David Haglund, and Seth Stevenson discuss the romantic comedy "In A World," the New York Times' longform multimedia piece "The Jockey," and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Get show links here.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut Edition

    Aug 13, 2013 | 48 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss Larry David's new HBO movie "Clear History," the problem of sexual harassment in university philosophy departments, and this year's summer strut playlist. Show links are here.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Take It to the Bridge Edition

    Aug 6, 2013 | 49 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the new film "The Spectacular Now," the FX show "The Bridge," and nature and role of melody. Get show links here.
  • The Culture Gabfest: "It Was a Dark and Stormy Gabfest" Edition

    Jul 31, 2013 | 49 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Woody Allen's surprise box office hit Blue Jasmine, the overt racism on the reality show Big Brother, and the drawing power in fiction of a good opening line. Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • The Culture Gabfest: The Duchess Has a Vagina Edition

    Jul 23, 2013 | 42 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the new Netflix show "Orange Is the New Black" and the documentary "The Art of Killing," and Simon Doonan joins them to talk about the British royal baby phenomenon. Find show links here.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Initiate Neural Handshake Edition

    Jul 16, 2013 | 46 min
    Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Guillermo del Toro film "Pacific Rim," the new Comedy Central show "Drunk History," and John Tierney's New York Times piece on nostalgia. Plus, Steve's wife Koethi Zan stops by to talk about her debut novel, "The Never List." Visit our show page for links and additional info.
  • The Culture Gabfest: Do Bert and Ernie Get it On? Edition

    Jul 12, 2013 | 48 min
    Slate's Dana Stevens, June Thomas and David Haglund discuss the New Yorker cover celebrating the defeat of DOMA, Pedro Almodóvar's latest film "I'm So Excited" and the new Showtime series "Ray Donovan" For links and more, head to: slate.com/culturefest
  • The Culture Gabfest: Steak All the Way Through Edition

    Jul 12, 2013 | 43 min
    Slate's own Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the nature of the celebrity apology, the new CBS show "Under the Dome," and debate the end of the humanities. Show notes at: http://www.slate.com/culturefest
  • The Culture Gabfest: Mini Goth Dumbo Edition

    Jul 12, 2013 | 55 min
    Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf discuss the MTV show "Catfish," Frank Rich's column on the NSA and privacy, and Dana's tirade against flip flops. 
  • The Culture Gabfest: The "Hurry Up with My Damn Croissants" Edition

    Jul 12, 2013 | 42 min
    Slate's culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Kanye West's "Yeezus" with Forrest Wickman and Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" with Glen Weldon. Also, they weigh the virtues of ambivalence. Show notes at www.slate.com/culturefest.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Monogamish Sex Edition

    Jun 27, 2013 | 42 min
    Hanna Rosin, Allison Benedikt and Noreen Malone talk about non-monogamy among same-sex couples, a Texas-sized filibuster and fashion-conscious toddlers.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Are Fathers Necessary? Edition

    Jun 13, 2013 | 48 min
    Hanna Rosin, Allison Benedikt and Noreen Malone are joined by writer Lauren Sandler to discuss having only one child. Also, they discuss if father figures are essential, and evaluate the necessity of wedding gifts.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Monkey Desire Edition

    May 30, 2013 | 43 min
    Hanna Rosin, Allison Benedikt and Noreen Malone are joined by author Daniel Bergner, who talks about female desire. Also, they discuss the lessons of gay marriage and debate whether it's sexist to write about the dress habits of women in the news.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Healed By Love Edition

    May 21, 2013 | 49 min
    In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins Slate senior editor Dan Kois and New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone to discuss rape jokes, the rehabilitation of cad politicians Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford, and a new article on the biology of loneliness. 
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Give Your Baby a Spear Edition

    May 2, 2013 | 49 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about breast cancer awareness, sympathy for the Boston bomber and Nicholas Day’s new book, Baby Meets World.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Fapstronaut Edition

    Apr 18, 2013 | 43 min
    In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins Slate senior editor Dan Kois and New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone to discuss the Philadelphia “house of horrors” abortion story, the movement of men who want to stop masturbating, and the crisis of American child care.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Manteresting Edition

    Apr 7, 2013 | 40 min
    In this week's Gabfest, Noreen Malone, Jessica Grose, and Seth Stevenson discuss cooking memoirs and feminism, writing about addiction, and Pinterest for dudes.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Office Wife Edition

    Mar 20, 2013 | 45 min
    In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins  New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and Slate contributing writer Seth Stevenson to discuss the rise of the retro wife; Steubenville rape case; and how to find the perfect office wife.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Join My Consciousness-Raising Circle Edition

    Mar 8, 2013 | 46 min
    In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins Slate managing editor Dan Kois and New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone to discuss Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In, a harrowing photo essay on domestic violence and women journalists sleeping with their sources.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Don Henley Was Hot Edition

    Feb 21, 2013 | 53 min
    DoubleX editors Hanna Rosin, Allison Benedikt and New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone to discuss the second season of Girls; female linguistic trends on Twitter; and Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon’s new book, Sticks and Stones.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Live Love Edition

    Feb 14, 2013 | 78 min
    In this week’s special live Gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin is joined by New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and Slate's Dear Prudence columnist Emily Yoffe to discuss 50 years of The Feminine Mystique, how different kids react to test stress, and a special Prudie Q&A session.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Live Love Edition

    Feb 14, 2013 | 78 min
    In this week’s special live Gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin is joined by New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and Slate's Dear Prudence columnist Emily Yoffe to discuss 50 years of The Feminine Mystique, how different kids react to test stress, and a special Prudie Q&A session.
  • DoubleX Podcast: The Mrs. Carter Edition

    Feb 7, 2013 | 46 min
    In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX managing editor Allison Benedikt joins New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and Slate senior editor Dan Kois to discuss pop culture and (perhaps) feminist icon Beyonce; a recent New Yorker story about mass shooter Amy Bishop; and weight-loss myths. 
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Michelle’s Bangs Edition

    Jan 24, 2013 | 41 min
    DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and DoubleX managing editor Allison Benedikt to discuss Michelle Obama’s inauguration style and evolution; how high school impacts our adult selves; and porn for women.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Do You Like The Way We Sound? Edition

    Jan 10, 2013 | 44 min
    In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and DoubleX managing editor Allison Benedikt to discuss Elizabeth Wurtzel’s mid-life confessional in New York magazine; male disdain for vocal fry; and the reaction to Hillary Clinton’s health scare. 
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Home for the Holidays Edition

    Dec 27, 2012 | 41 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about women and guns; This Is 40; and the agony (or ecstasy) of going home for the holidays.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Old Sperm Edition

    Dec 13, 2012 | 45 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about the risks of older parenthood; gender-neutral toys; and the sustaining tradition that says men are responsible for all marriage proposals. 
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Nobody’s Business Edition

    Nov 28, 2012 | 43 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about Martha Stewart’s new image; the Rihanna/Chris Brown saga; and the Fox News article “The War on Men.”
  • The DoubleX Gabfest: The Rookie Edition

    Nov 16, 2012 | 30 min
    Our editors discuss 9/11 heroines, the science of gender career preferences, and the new teen magazine Rookie on this week’s DoubleX Gabfest podcast
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The PetWell Edition

    Nov 15, 2012 | 54 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about the Petraeus-Broadwell affair; women and the election; and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. 
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Little Prince Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 32 min
    Our editors discuss Manning Up by Kay Hymowitz and other books about the end of men, the all-girls Pink Academy preschool, and the family of princess-to-be Kate Middleton.
  • The DoubleX Gabfest: The Aggro Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 33 min
    Our editors discuss the attacks on Lara Logan, a new sociological study on bullying, and the case of Julie Schenecker, who is accused of shooting her two teenagers.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: Winning the Future Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 36 min
    Our editors discuss Charlie Sheen and domestic violence. The new study that looks at the sex lives of young adults. And Callista Gingrich, Newt's better half.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Crazypants Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 34 min
    Our editors discuss the Wal-Mart gender discrimination suit, Michele Bachmann’s potential run for president, and Tina Fey’s book Bossypants.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Three Balls Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 45 min
    Our editors discuss the federal budget and planned parenthood, tycoon Lynn Tilton and women in business, and the movie Hanna.
  • DoubleX Gafest: The Bunga Bunga Botox Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 37 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about Ariel Levy’s New Yorker article on Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin’s potential White House bids, and two articles on aging.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Dodo and Barbie Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 37 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged sexual assault, Schwarzenegger’s secret love child, the rise in vaginoplasty and Roseanne Barr’s New York Magazine article.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Rah Rah Rah Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 31 min
    Our editors discuss gender parity in college sports and whether Title IX needs to be reformed, the New York Times magazine piece about President Obama’s mother, and the state of the modern princess on the eve of the royal wedding.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Goodbye Amy Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 44 min
     Listen to Slate’s show about the Oslo killer’s misogyny, Amy Winehouse’s death, and the pill for men.
  • The DoubleX Gabfest: The Broken Homes and Betty Ford Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 40 min
    DoubleX editors discuss Betty Ford’s legacy, The Gen X divorce memoir In Spite of Everything, and the Jamie Leigh Jones rape case against KBR.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The What Does Anderson Cooper Do At Night? Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 40 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about Michele Bachmann, journalist Mac McClelland on sex, violence and PTSD, and whether Bad Teacher is good for women in comedy.
  • The DoubleX Gabfest: Momentary Lapse of Judgment Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 33 min
    Listen to Slate's show about Dominique Strauss Kahn’s exoneration, a new report about cohabitation, and the rise of the IUD.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Hobosexual Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 50 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about Michele Bachmann’s Newsweek cover, international adoption, and a controversial Etsy hobo-themed wedding.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Shrink It and Wax It Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 37 min
    DoubleX editors Hanna Rosin, Jessica Grose, and Kate Julian discuss Lori Gottlieb’s Atlantic cover story How to Land Your Kid in Therapy, the ongoing murder trial of Casey Anthony, and men who wax, like disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner.
  • The DoubleX Gabfest: Iced Champagne Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 39 min
    Listen to Slate's show about Rick Perry and the HPV vaccine, dads and testosterone, and fall TV.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Hungry for Glory Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 37 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about the Jill Abramson profile in The New Yorker, “The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright” in New York, and the new crop of GOP wives.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Roving Eye Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 40 min
    Slate editors interview Susan Orlean about Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, discuss the sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain and Stephen Pinker’s new book The Better Angels of Our Nature.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Jessica Rabbit Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 33 min
    Our editors discuss Amanda Knox, whether women care about their “number,” and Katie Roiphe’s essay about being a single mom.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Redlines Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 35 min
    Slate editors Emily Bazelon, Kate Julian and Hanna Rosin discuss why we care more about Herman Cain's extramarital affair than his sexual harassment history, a new kind of pleasure based sex-ed and Cyber Monday and American shopping habits.
  • Slate's DoubleX Gabfest: The Robo Panda Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 39 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about marriage and generosity, childless women on TV, and the strangest gifts we’ve ever received.
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Edition

    Nov 14, 2012 | 40 min
    Listen to Slate’s show about Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign, Emily Yoffe’s piece on how readers are surviving the Great Recession, public hostility toward small children on airplanes, and gluten-free Thanksgivings.
  • Slate: Talking to Flannery Mullins: The first interview with one of the teens charged in connection with the death of Phoebe Prince.

    Nov 14, 2012 | 23 min
    Over the past year, Slate’s Emily Bazelon has been reporting on what led to the 2010 suicide of a 15-year-old Phoebe Prince. Emily Bazelon sat down for the first public interview with one member of the so-called South Hadley Six, a girl who has not spoken out until now about her experience in the legal and media glare.

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