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Gabfest Radio

The Great Flood Comes To The Big Screen

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: Supreme Court rulings, big-budget biblical movies, where websites go when they "die," and more.

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WNYC News

HBO's Looking: A Show About Boring Ole Gay Life

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The new HBO show Looking is earning praise for its realistic look at the lives of four gay men in San Francisco. But for others, realistic is just another word for boring. After years of groundbreaking programming like Queer as Folk, The L Word and Will and Grace, and a whole channel dedicated to gay programming, Logo, can a gay TV show even be newsworthy?

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The Takeaway

As Buster Bluth and Gary Walsh, Tony Hale Stole the Spotlight in 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

As Gary Walsh on "Veep" and Buster Bluth in "Arrested Development," actor Tony Hale has perfected the art of sycophancy. Gary and Buster each desperately, hilariously, seek acceptance from the powerful women in their lives: Gary is at Vice President Selina Meyer's beck and call, while Buster caters to the ultimate matriarch, Lucille Bluth. Hale reflects on his banner year, reprising the role of Buster in Netflix's reboot of "Arrested Development," and winning his first Emmy for "Veep."

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Eat My Shortz Edition

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: 2013 Summer Strut Edition

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Palatial Kitsch Edition

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Slate's own Dana Stevens, June Thomas and David Haglund discuss "Before Midnight," the new HBO Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" and unpack the bluster around likeable characters in fiction.

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Fishko Files

Liberace's Very Extreme Makeover

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Think: grand piano, candelabra and sequined suit. As a new Liberace film premieres, WNYC’s Sara Fishko reminds us of his beginnings in this episode of Fishko Files…

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WNYC News

Game of Thrones Fans Geek Out in Midtown

Friday, March 29, 2013

More than 100 fans lined up in Midtown on Friday to catch a glimpse of real-life props that are part of the HBO medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a T.V. Show: Unsafe Sex on "Girls"

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.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: We Saw You're a Boob Edition

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Slate critics Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen and David Haglund weigh in on the Oscars, the Harlem Shake meme and the HBO series "Enlightened."

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Soundcheck

The Music Of 'Girls': A Soundtrack, For A Generation

Friday, January 11, 2013

The breakout HBO comedy Girls returns this Sunday for its second season, so we speak with the show's music supervisor Manish Raval about his work on the series, and about as the new Girls Soundtrack Vol. 1 compilation.

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The Takeaway

Adam Driver: Actor, Artist, Veteran

Monday, November 12, 2012

Adam Driver is best known for his role in the hit HBO show Girls, in which he plays Hannah (Lena Dunham's) boyfriend. But there's more to Mr. Driver than meets the eye. He is not only a talented stage actor and graduate of Julliard, but also a former Marine. In honor of Veteran's Day, Driver performed in a series of plays and monologues with Arts in the Armed Forces,

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Studio 360

Game of Thrones: How to Speak Dothraki

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Scene: Los Angeles
From KCRW's The Business, hosted by Kim Masters

As it tries to keep up with increasingly savvy audiences, Hollywood hires experts to bring authenticity to its films and television shows — from the set design, to the costumes, to the language used. But how do you make sci-fi and fantasy sound authentic? The HBO series Game of Thrones hired a linguist ...

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Batman and Robins Edition

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss "The Dark Knight Rises" and the shooting in Colorado, as well as Christian Marclay's art installation "The Clock." Plus Slate editor Laura Helmuth joins them to talk about birding, Jonat

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Features

Watch | 5 Films about TV Nightly News Before 'The Newsroom' Premiere

Thursday, June 21, 2012

With the debut of "The Newsroom" just a few days away on HBO, WNYC decided to pull together a list of five other films set in and around TV newsrooms. Watch trailers here.

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The Takeaway

Ron Christie: The Week in Politics and HBO's "41"

Friday, June 15, 2012

After a week filled with political stumping across the country, new numbers that show political fundraising is set to go into the billions, and two major addresses yesterday on the economy, we review the week with Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Ron also reviews HBO's documentary "41," an intimate look at the life of George H.W. Bush.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: George H.W. Bush Doc Puts Family, Not Politics, at the Fore for 41

Friday, June 15, 2012

A new documentary on George H.W. Bush shows a sense of civility – nobility, even – in his pride in and dedication to public service.

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The Takeaway

A Conversation with Lena Dunham, Creator and Star of HBO's Girls

Monday, May 28, 2012

Back in April, we spoke with Lena Dunham, creator and star of the hit series Girls. Since our conversation, Girls has taken off in popularity, but not without its fair share of controversy: the show has been criticized for being too white, too privileged, and too sex driven. But still, the series has been widely lauded for its raw, humorous, and refreshing take on young women living in New York City. 

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The Takeaway

The All-White World of 'Girls'

Friday, April 27, 2012

"Girls," written by and starring Lena Dunham, was initially the subject of overwhelming praise for telling the story of twenty-something New York females in a new way. But in the two weeks since the series premiered, "Girls" went from being praised to being the object of overwhelming vitriol. From the blogosphere to the New York Times, critics have asked: Why does this show, which takes place in Brooklyn, New York in 2012, have an entirely white cast? Russell Robinson is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of a study on race, ethnicity and gender casting in Hollywood. Melissa Silverstein is the editor of Women and Hollywood and the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest, why-I-oughta Edition

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the new HBO series "Girls", the Farrelly brothers's remake of the Three Stooges, and the online phenomenon of recapping TV shows.

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