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The Culture Gabfest: Mini Goth Dumbo Edition

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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.

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Ask Me Another

(R) 207: Special Pundits Unit

Friday, July 05, 2013

(Rebroadcast) In the Ask Me Another justice system, contestants are quizzed by two separate yet equally important groups: the puzzle gurus, who investigate pop culture and word oddities, and the score keepers, who prosecute the answers. This week, hear their stories as we test our V.I.P., political pundit Keli Goff, on her favorite series, Law & Order. Plus, celebrate history’s greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Ask Me Another

Bonus: Scattergories With Michael Jackson

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

(This is a podcast-only extra.) Actor and writer B.J. Novak (NBC’s The Office, Inglourious Basterds) joined Ask Me Another recently as a Very Important Puzzler. When asked if he grew up in a game-playing family, he launched into a story about the time he played Scattergories with the King of Pop. Listen to the extended cut of his epic tale.   This is a sneak peek of the show we recorded in New York City at Central Park's SummerStage on June 14th, 2013. Hear the full episode on July 12th, 2013.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Jill Lepore and Judith Thurman on Jane Franklin.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Jill Lepore and Judith Thurman on Jane Franklin.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Do Bert and Ernie Get it On? Edition

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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:...

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Ask Me Another

217: Seventh-Inning (Mind) Stretch

Friday, June 28, 2013

If you're the type of person who gives your pet a name like "Chairman Meow," then you'll be right at home with this week's games. We'll combine highbrow folks (world leaders) with the lowest form of comedy (puns), spend a little time in Celebrity A-A, and find out what happens when house musician Jonathan Coulton applies his mellow song stylings to the electric wizard, Jimi Hendrix. Plus, we have the inventor of fantasy baseball, Daniel Okrent, on the show to play a game about the sport's most hilarious oddities.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Steak All the Way Through Edition

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Ian Buruma and Philip Gourevitch on Liao Yiwu.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ian Buruma and Philip Gourevitch on Liao Yiwu.

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Ask Me Another

216: All Hail The King

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sorry, Beatles fans: This hour, Jonathan Coulton turns some of the Fab Four's most beloved hits into trivia questions about famous historical figures. Is nothing sacred? We'll also put the King of Horror's son, novelist and B-movie aficionado Owen King, in the puzzle hot seat as our V.I.P. Plus: Play a game that has nothing to do with the HBO series Game of Thrones, and translate common expressions into medical conditions. When it comes to our contestants, you never know what is going to come out of their alimentary canals

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: The "Hurry Up with My Damn Croissants" Edition

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Larissa MacFarquhar on Japan's culture of suicide.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Larissa Macfarquhar on Japan's culture of suicide.

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Ask Me Another

(R) 208: He Blinded Me With Science

Friday, June 14, 2013

(Rebroadcast) Science takes center stage this week as we play games about scientific discoveries both intentional and accidental. We'll get brainy with our Very Important Puzzler, host of WNYC's Radiolab Jad Abumrad, as he talks about his quest to become a science vampire. Plus, we roll the dice on clues about our favorite board games and find out the premises of fake TV show adaptations, from Finding Emo to Oy! Story.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: The Selfie Duckface Edition

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Slate's culture critics Stephen Metcalf and June Thomas are joined by Nina Rastogi to discuss "Game of Thrones" (warning: spoilers), Joss Whedon's adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing", and the phenomenon of the "Selfie." Show notes at...

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The Theory of Everything

Hacked

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gabriella Coleman tells us about her time among the Hackers, "Chris" makes his TOE debut with the truth about the alleged Chinese hacking of the NYT, and your host ponders hiring a hacker to break into George RR Martin's computer.

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Ask Me Another

215: Lizz Free Or Die

Friday, June 07, 2013

Word nerds, unite! This week’s show will whet your appetite for wordplay with a game that mashes up famous names and food items into portmanteaus. Our Very Important Puzzler, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, is a bonafide game fanatic who shares the definitions of her own, made-up vocabulary. Plus, get tongue-tied in Italian and find out which of your friends have “aptronyms” for names. It may even be you.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Bondage Trousers Edition

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the new show "Graceland" with Meredith Blake, The "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibit at the Met with Simon Doonan and hating cultural objects with Slate's Carl Wilson.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Roger Angell and Mark Singer on New York's high-crime years.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Roger Angell and Mark Singer on New York's high-crime years.

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Ask Me Another

214: Hook, Line And Thinker

Friday, May 31, 2013

You can always count on Ask Me Another to cover a wide range of useful knowledge. In this episode, learn the middle names of former Presidents while solving famous murder mysteries from the movies. And this week's Very Important Puzzler, author Dan Kennedy, will teach you about his eclectic interests, including trout fishing, fighting forest fires and blurring the lines between fiction writing and real life.

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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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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nick Paumgarten and Peter Hessler on mountaineering.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nick Paumgarten and Peter Hessler on mountaineering.

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