The real issues behind the things you watch.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
A lethal pandemic that spreads like wildfire: could it actually happen? Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest and Dr. Larry Madoff, Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and editor of ProMED, an Internet-based emerging disease surveillance system, discusses what "Contagion" gets right and wrong.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The depiction of unprotected sex on HBO's "Girls" has been criticized for sending the wrong message about how twenty-somethings should think about sex and risk. June Thomas, culture critic for Slate, and a sexual health expert talk about that message and how it compares to real life concerns about sexually transmitted disease and public health.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" has sparked conversation and controversy over its use of violence, portayal of slavery, and more. Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters, discusses the film with Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, now airing on WNYC. Plus: how "Lincoln" and "Django" treat slavery differently.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Friday, October 26, 2012
Monday, October 01, 2012
Every so often, we pick a popular movie, play, or TV show and talk about the real-life context. Today: Showtime's "Homeland."
Bob Baer, the Intelligence Columnist for TIME Magazine and 21-year veteran of the CIA, talks about what "Homeland" gets right and what it says about counter-terrorism. Then, June Thomas, a culture critic for Slate and host of the new Slate podcast The Afterword, discusses what the show says about the evolution of spy thrillers after 9/11.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate.com and co-host of their Culture Gabfest, discusses the film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to the "greed is good" original. Also, Joe Nocera, New York Times business columnist and author of their Executive Suite blog, offers his take on "Wall Street," the movie vs. Wall Street, the reality.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate and co-host of the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast, discusses the HBO miniseries "Boardwalk Empire" about Prohibition-Era Atlantic City, and Daniel Okrent, writer, editor, inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball, former public editor at The New York Times and the author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, offers his insight into the era and history of Prohibition.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Help, based on the popular book by the same name, opened in movie theaters yesterday. Sheri Parks, professor of American studies at the University of Maryland and author of Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture, and David Edelstein, film critic for New York magazine and NPR's Fresh Air, provide historical and cultural context for the book and new feature film.
Listeners: Did you see the movie yet? Did you read the book? What are your thoughts about "The Help"? Call us or comment here!
Monday, February 03, 2014
Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, talks about the real story of Camden Mayor Errichetti, who is the basis for one of the characters in the movie, American Hustle. Plus, Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, now airing on WNYC, offers a critic's take on the film.
Monday, January 06, 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street depicts drugs, sex and financial misdeeds - portraying the true story of disgraced Jordan Belfort. NY Times film critic A.O. Scott and Bloomberg Businessweek's Sheelah Kolhatkar, talk about the debate over whether the film glorifies Wall Street excess, and what legal and financial lessons the movie holds.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest (now airing on WNYC) and Elijah Wald, writer, musician and co-author of The Mayor of MacDougal Street (Da Capo Press, 2006), discuss the Coen brothers’ new movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" and take your calls on Greenwich Village back in the day.