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Tales from the Decrypt Edition

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film The Imitation Game, HBO's Togetherness, and Celine's new It Girl, Joan Didion.

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The Expensive Speech Edition

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma, the culture of protest in today's internet world, and Merriam Webster's updated online edition with Slate writer Stefan Fatsis.

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The Great Brio of the Buoy Edition

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the biopic of the great Victorian painter J.M.W. Turner, the TV show Empire, and D'Angelo's Black Messiah.

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New Theme Song Edition

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens visit the studio of composer Nicholas Britell to hear his musical interpretations of their theme song desires and then choose a new theme song for the show.

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Behold! Ignorance and Want Edition

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Sony Pictures hack, Hollywood film franchises, and favorite Christmas movies.

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I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK Edition

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and David Haglund discuss Chris Rock's latest movie Top Five, the Seven Wonders of the Modern World with Slate's Daniel Gross, and what the lumbersexual says about masculinity. Visit our sponsors: Blue Bottle Coffee at...

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Rock, Paper, Scissors Edition

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens take a field trip to MoMA to see the Henri Matisse exhibit, discuss the film Wild, and reveal the best second novels you'll read this year.

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Culture Gabfest Extra: Little Trip to the Big Dig

Monday, December 08, 2014

Julia Turner and her dad, Robert, take Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf on a tour of Boston and its infamous mega-construction project, the Big Dig.

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Totally Obsessed Edition

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the dark British satire Black Mirror, our obsession with cultural obsessions, and the decline of TV comedy with Slate critic Willa Paskin. Sponsored by: Blue Bottle Coffee, an Oakland,...

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Culture Gabfest Extra: Pasadena, Here We Come

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Three Culturefesters drive around Los Angeles toward a secret destination used in an '80s summer blockbuster

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"How Could You?" Edition

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Cosby scandal with Grantland writer Wesley Morris, the legacy of director Mike Nichols, and the cultural things the Gabbers are thankful for this year.

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The Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Culturefest joins the Political Gabfest and Hang Up and Listen, onstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with emcee Dan Kois, for a blockbuster show in front of a live audience.

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A Rip Van Winkle in Time Edition

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Interstellar, Lisa Kudrow's comeback TV series "The Comeback," and London taxi drivers' test The Knowledge with writer Jody Rosen.

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The New York Review of Taylor Swift Edition

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the shapeshifting Taylor Swift's latest incarnation with Slate music critic Carl Wilson, the documentary film about The New York Review of Books, 50 Year Argument, and Hollaback's...

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Watching the Watchers Do the Watching Edition

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour with Fred Kaplan, the camp TV comedy Jane the Virgin, and the human cost of protecting us from the Internet with Adrian Chen.

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Live from Boston Edition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new Alejandro González Iñárritu film Birdman and revel in the absurdity of "Sexiest Woman Alive" features. They also talk poetry with former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky.

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Find Your Biatch Edition

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss This American Life's wildly popular spinoff show Serial, talk with Dan Pashman about his book Eat More Better, and debate Zadie Smith's essay about New York.

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You and Your Strange Ways Here in Hollywood Edition

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In a special live show in Los Angeles, Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens try to bridge the gulf between West Coast culture creators and East Coast critics. The Gabbers talk with actors Jenny Slate and Natasha Lyonne;...

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That Balloon Dog Didn't Make Itself Edition

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens take a tour the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum with curator Scott Rothkopf, and discuss the myth of the self-made man with Slate's John Swansburg.

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If Bono Were a Chess Piece Edition

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner discuss U2 with Slate music writer Carl Wilson, the ignored world of competitive chess with Seth Stevenson, and Shonda Rhimes and representation with Slate's TV critic Willa Paskin.

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