Stephen Metcalf is a critic, essayist, podcaster, and screenwriter. He is co-creator and host of the Slate magazine's "Culture Gabfest." Metcalf's work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Slate, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. Metcalf has taught at Yale, University of Pennsylvania, and NYU. He was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2018.
On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by New Yorker staff writer Doreen St. Félix to talk about I May Destroy You. Then, Steve and Dana are joined by Isaac Butler, writer and co-host of this season of Slate’s Working podcast, to discuss the filmed version of Hamilton, now streaming on Disney Plus. Finally, the panel dives into Julia’s comfort-watch pick of the week: the 1996 disaster film Twister.In Slate Plus, the hosts continue to talk with Isaac about Hamilton, its ending, its significance in 2020, and more.Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.Outro Music: Smartface by SmartfaceEndorsementsDana: Scott Brick’s narration of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton.Julia: The movie Dave.Steve: “Wanting Wrong” by Anne Enright in the New York Review of Books.Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Jamelle Bouie to talk about the toppling of statues across the country. Then, the panel talks about Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Bloods. Finally, they discuss Julia’s comfort-watch pick: Center Stage.In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the postponement of the Oscars to 2021.Other items discussed in the show:The Slate podcast series Reconstruction, hosted by Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca OnionThis Twitter thread on the history of Mount Rushmore“‘First Cow’ for best picture? A critic’s guide to the Oscars if movie theaters don’t reopen in 2020,” by Justin Chang in the Los Angeles TimesPodcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.Outro Music: Self Made Woman by Katharine AppletonEndorsementsDana: Jamelle Bouie’s newsletter.Julia: Waterproof UNO, the card game.Steve: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.The French spy thriller The Bureau. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Culture Gabfest each episode, and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.
On this week’s episode, Steve, Dana, and Julia are joined by Lauren Michele Jackson to discuss her recent piece in Vulture, “What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For?” Then, the panel talks about cop shows during this current moment, jumping off of a recent article in the Washington Post by Alyssa Rosenberg that argues these procedurals that tend to glorify the police should be canceled. Finally, they discuss the power of citizen-shot videos of police brutality that are widely shared on social media.In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the New York Times’s decision to publish an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton and what the fallout means for newsrooms today. You can sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/cultureplusPodcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.Outro Music: Cheap Flights by Dylan Sitts
This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Mindy Kaling’s new television show Never Have I Ever. Next, they talk about Twitter beefs in the time of COVID-19—from Alison Roman to Lana del Rey. Finally, the panel dives into Steve’s comfort watch for this week: Out of Sight.On the Slate Plus segment this week, Dana and Steve try Sudoku for the first time, as inspired by this recent captivating video. Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.Outro Music: Woke by SINYEndorsementsDana: Anne V. Coates’s interview on Out of Sight.Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, especially as an audiobook.Julia: “The Miracle Sudoku” video, as discussed in our Plus segment.“How to Make Wylie Dufresne’s Incredibly Creamy Scrambled Egg Sandwich,” by Wylie Dufresne, as told to Emma Wartzman in Bon Appétit.Steve: “The Painting Behind the Door,” by Emily Benedek in Tablet magazine.Singer Laura Marling’s breaking down her guitar chords on social media.
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Episode Count
250
Podcast Count
7
Total Airtime
1 week, 3 days