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The Culture Gabfest: Ape Not Kill Ape Edition

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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.

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The Culturefest: Migrating Buns Edition

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: Babbling Brooks Edition

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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.

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The Culture Gabfest: Grief Sandwich Edition

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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.

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Slate Culture Gabfest: Summer Strut 2014 Edition

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: This is Sparta Edition

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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.

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The Culture Gabfest: Re-Stephening Edition

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: "Ow, Your Cheekbone!" Edition

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: Sadness as the Bread Edition

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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.

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The Culture Gabfest: We Are All Going to 100% Die Someday Edition

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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.

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The Culture Gabfest: I Dig Your Directionless Fury Edition

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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.

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The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: Gild This Edition

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: GGMFTW Edition

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: The Silent "T" Party Edition

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: My Little Dictaphone Edition

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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...

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The Culture Gabfest: Are You There God? It's Me, Hollywood. Edition

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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.

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The Culture Gabfest: The Green Handshake Edition

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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,...

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The Culture Gabfest: Prime Directive Edition

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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.

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The Culture Gabfest: All Aboard the Model Train Edition

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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...

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