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New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from ...Show More
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SPECIAL: Weinstein Accusers in Conversation

59:34 | Nov 21st, 2017

Three women who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein—Alice Evans, Katherine Kendall, and Tomi-Ann Roberts—sit down together with Slate’s editor-in-chief, Julia Turner, to discuss the movement they helped start, whether it’s gone too far, and whether ther...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Super-Abled

59:53 | Aug 14th

Stephen Metcalf, Aisha Harris, and Gabriel Roth discuss Jennifer Kent's new film The Nightingale, Amazon's streaming show The Boys, and the work of Toni Morrison with Sarah J. Jackson, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the Univer...Show More
Slate Money: Succession S2E1: "Silica Mud Treatment"

45:32 | Aug 12th

Slate Money is obsessed with Succession. So we're going to be recapping and discussing the latest episode of Season 2 every week. For the season premiere, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by journalist Edmund Lee to talk about the real world co...Show More
Decoder Ring: Ice Cream Truck

41:45 | Aug 12th

Why is the ice cream truck business so bananas? On this episode of Decoder Ring we find out via three seperate stories about the strange world of ice cream trucks—about the first ever ice cream trucks in China, the ongoing ice cream wars of Manhattan...Show More
Flashback: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

10:37 | Aug 11th

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the second film directed by Orson Welles, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).Only Slate Plus members get to hear Flashback in full. To listen to the entire show, ...Show More
Spoilers: Hobbs & Shaw

56:57 | Aug 9th

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss the first ever Fast & Furiou...Show More
Best in Blow

1:00:48 | Aug 7th

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film The Farewell, Netflix's glass-blowing show Blown Away, and the life of legendary theater director Hal Prince with Isaac Butler. In Slate Plus, Steve explains why he left Twitter. Sl...Show More
Spoilers: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

57:43 | Aug 5th

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slatecritics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Mathew Dessem spoil Once Upon A Time i...Show More
Gunfight at the O.K. Career

1:04:58 | Jul 31st

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Tarantino's Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Netflix's The Great Hack documentary, and a piece about chronic lyme disease in  The Cut. In Slate Plus: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood spoilers. Slate ...Show More
Flashback: A New Leaf (1971)

13:36 | Jul 28th

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the idiosyncratic romantic comedy A New Leaf (1971), directed by Elaine May.Only Slate Plus listeners can listen to Flashback, our podcast about old movies, in ...Show More
Hit Parade: Without The Beatles

1:11:22 | Jul 26th

This month, Hit Parade explores the legacy of songs by The Beatles topping the charts...without The Beatles. This is the story of how a discarded Beatles song, a superstar vanity cover, and a bizarre disco medley managed to top the charts with Beatle...Show More
Uncanny Savannah

1:00:43 | Jul 24th

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new version of Disney's The Lion King with the New York Times's Aisha Harris, the social media app TikTok with Slate's Daniel Schroeder, and the TV series about Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voic...Show More
Spoiler Special: Midsommar

1:07:23 | Jul 19th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Sam Adams and Daniel Schroeder spoil Midsommar. What’s the least lame way to pronounce the title of the movie? Is the film too similar to Hereditary? Is the plot too telegraphed? Listen to them discuss!Pod...Show More
Cruel Angel's Thesis

1:06:04 | Jul 17th

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the film Peterloo, the newly-streaming classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion with Slate's Benjamin Frisch, and the legacy of Mad Magazine with Slate's Dan Kois. Learn more about your ad choices....Show More
Decoder Ring: Pillow Talk

30:36 | Jul 16th

Over the last half century the decorative pillow has been crowding out our sitting and sleeping spaces, multiplying across our beds and couches decade by decade. For some, decorative pillows are a fun design accent, for others a symbol of useless ove...Show More
Flashback: Sergeant York (1941)

07:13 | Jul 14th

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss Sergeant York, based on real life war hero Alvin York and directed by Howard Hawks.Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback in full. Sign up now to li...Show More
Spoilers: Spiderman: Far From Home

1:00:53 | Jul 12th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Alex Barasch spoil Spider: Far From Home. Does Jake Gyllenhaal make for a good villain? How does the movie’s depiction of high school stack up? Where does the MCU got from now? Listen to them d...Show More
Fetch the Mallet

1:04:42 | Jul 10th

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film Midsommar, the life and work of the bossa nova progenitor João Gilberto with critic Nate Chinen, and the end of life-hacking with Slate's Laura Miller. Learn more about your ad choices....Show More
Summer Strut 2019

1:07:23 | Jul 3rd

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are joined by Chris Molanphy to discuss the song of the summer and our annual summer strut playlist. You can find our full playlist on Spotify, as well as a shortlist of songs selected on the show.Learn...Show More
Flashback: Wings (1927)

11:09 | Jun 30th

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the silent film that won the first Best Picture Academy Award: Wings (1927), directed by William Wellman.Production by Chau Tu.Learn more about your ad choices....Show More
Spoilers: Yesterday

1:03:56 | Jun 28th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Inkoo Kang and Chris Molanphy spoil Yesterday. What’s wrong with the movie’s vision of the 2019 music landscape? What was Eleonor Rigby about again? Who’s the best Beatle? Listen to them discuss!Podcast produ...Show More
Hit Parade: The Lullaby of Broadway Edition

1:18:36 | Jun 28th

Musical theater is one of America’s greatest cultural products—and in the mid–20th century, it also dominated the Billboard charts, from My Fair Lady to West Side Story. But the rise of rock and roll in the ’60s sidelined showtunes on the radio. And ...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Exploding Birkins

1:10:46 | Jun 26th

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss The Day the Music Burned with Jody Rosen, about the massive loss of master tapes from historically important record labels due to fire, then CBS's The Good Fight with Vulture's Mark Harris, and ...Show More
Spoilers: Toy Story 4

46:52 | Jun 21st

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois, Forrest Wickman and Marissa Martinelli spoil Toy Story 4. What’s the logic of the Toy Story Universe? As we ask of all sequels, does this one deserve to exist? Does the movie succeed as a rom-com?   Podcast pr...Show More
Hit Parade: The Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition

1:24:15 | Jun 20th

When a band member leaves to go solo, usually it means the band’s best days are over. That’s what everybody thought when Peter Gabriel left Genesis in the ’70s. Except not only did the band survive—fronted by drummer-turned-singer Phil Collins, they ...Show More
Culture Gabfest: You Don't Get to Hate It

59:47 | Jun 19th

Stephen Metcalf, Willa Paskin, and Marissa Martinelli discuss Big Little Lies season two, the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and The Sims 4, with Slate's Dawnthea Price. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Flashback: The Straight Story (1999)

10:40 | Jun 16th

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to Flashback episodes in full. Sign up for Slate Plus now.In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the The Straight Story (1999), based on a true story and directe...Show More
Hi-Phi Nation: The Illusionist

37:15 | Jun 15th

Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed and conducted his final symphony in 1893. He died 9 days later, after having knowingly drunk an unboiled glass of water during a cholera epidemic. Deep into the symphony, Symphony no. 6, there is a paradoxical passage that,...Show More
Spoilers: Late Night

48:20 | Jun 14th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Sam Adams spoil Late Night starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson. What do they make of the movie’s take on “diversity hires”? What exactly happened to Hugh Dancy’s character? What did they...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Live From the High Line Edition

1:02:34 | Jun 12th

The Culture Gabfest is live from The High Line in New York City to discuss the movie Late Night with Inkoo Kang, the life and work of Dr. John with Chris Molanphy, and King Lear with Isaac Butler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...Show More
Decoder Ring: Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War

48:53 | Jun 11th

The King was an  animatronic lounge singer who performed in Chuck E. Cheese locations in the 1980's and early 90's, but then he disappeared. The King was a victim of a conflict known as the pizza wars, when Chuck E. Cheese faced off against its rival...Show More
Spoilers: Always Be My Maybe

1:03:04 | Jun 7th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel spoil Always Be My Maybe starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. What is the movie’s stance on food authenticity? What did they think of the Keanu cameo? Is it weird that ...Show More
Culture Gabfest: All This Science I Don't Understand Edition

1:04:20 | Jun 5th

Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf are joined by a rotating third chair of Slatesters to discuss Rocketman with Forrest Wickman, HBO's Chernobyl with Sam Adams, and the podcast Headlon: Running From COPS with Inkoo Kang. Learn more about your ad choice...Show More
Flashback: Three Days of the Condor (1975)

13:16 | Jun 2nd

In the third episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the paranoid thriller Three Days of the Condor (1975), directed by Sydney Pollack.Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every episode of Flashback in full—...Show More
Spoilers: Fleabag

1:06:35 | May 31st

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel spoil the Amazon Prime Original series Fleabag. Is the hot priest really that hot? Should there be a season 3? Is the show deserving off all of the hype? All that and ...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Barbie Body Dream Sequence Edition

1:03:03 | May 29th

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie Booksmart, what it's like to lose 250 thousand dollars on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on the occasion of its cancelation with Slate's Justin Peters, and Dana's new podcast Flashback ...Show More
Spoilers: Booksmart

1:07:11 | May 24th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci spoil Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart. Does the movie push to teen comedy genre forward? Is the high school depicted in the film realistic? How accurate ...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Fourth Wall of the Fourth Wall Edition

59:46 | May 22nd

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new, third film in the John Wick saga, the second season of Amazon's Fleabag, and the New York Times package on generation X and the concept of generations as a useful metric. In Slate Plus,...Show More
Flashback: Wanda (1970)

59:08 | May 19th

In the second episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the 1970 film Wanda, directed by Barbara Loden.This podcast will soon be available for Slate Plus members only. Visit slate.com/flashback to sign up and subs...Show More
Spoilers: John Wick III

56:58 | May 17th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Forrest Wickman, and Matthew Dessem discuss the action movie John Wick III. Does the laughable extremism of the violence in the movie, excuse the actual violence in the movie? Are stunt dogs really that talen...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm Edition

1:05:03 | May 15th

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the movie Long Shot, Netflix's new series Dead to Me, and the legacy of camp and the MET Gala with Slate's Bryan Lowder.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spoilers: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

52:48 | May 10th

This week on Spoiler Specials, June Thomas is joined by podcast producers, Daniel Schroeder and Benjamin Frisch to discuss Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. The hosts share their extensive knowledge of the Pokémon universe as they try to break down to lore...Show More
Culture Gabfest: Taking Up Space Edition

55:39 | May 8th

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the new documentary Knock Down the House about women competing in Democratic primaries, the new animated sitcom Tuca and Bertie, and then Father of the Bride, the new album from Vampire Weekend ...Show More
Flashback: Gaslight (1944)

43:17 | May 5th

In the first episode of Flashback, the new movies podcast with Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins, the film critics discuss 1944's Gaslight, directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. They chat about how the film helped p...Show More
De-snappening Edition

1:06:10 | May 1st

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Avengers: Endgame with Marvel-ologist Jamelle Bouie, the FX series Fosse/Verdon, and the dispute between Hollywood writers and agents with the screenwriter and Scriptnotes co-host John August.Le...Show More
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 3, Season 8: The Battle of Winterfell

07:47 | Apr 29th

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones.In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, Willa Paskin,...Show More
Decoder Ring: Videomate: Men

35:53 | Apr 29th

Videomate: Men is a VHS tape released in 1987 featuring 60 single men pitching themselves as dates to women on the other side of the TV screen, who could connect to these eligible bachelors from the comfort of their homes. In retrospect, Videomate: M...Show More
Spoilers: Avengers: End Game

56:36 | Apr 26th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens is joined by Forrest Wickman and New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie to discuss Avengers: End Game. How does movie Thanos differ from comic book Thanos? We know the “de-snappening” is coming, but how do ...Show More
Hit Parade: The Posthumous Hits Edition, Live from Seattle

1:30:29 | Apr 26th

Spin̈al Tap was right: Death sells. When musical icons die, their songs and albums climb the charts all over again—sometimes, a legendary artist even scores his or her only No. 1 hit. In this very special episode recorded live from the Museum of Pop ...Show More
Harm to Ongoing Matters Edition

1:07:00 | Apr 24th

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stephens, and the New York Times' Aisha Harris discuss Beyonce's Homecoming documentary, Jordan Peele's new Twilight Zone, and the Mueller Report at literature with Marie Claire's Karen Schwartz.Learn more about your ad choices....Show More
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 2, Season 8: The Night Before

07:03 | Apr 22nd

Only Slate Plus members get to listen to the Game of Thrones TV Club podcast in full. To listen and subscribe, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/gameofthrones.In the latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, June Thomas, Rachelle Ha...Show More
Spoilers: After

55:16 | Apr 19th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Daniel Schroeder and Rachelle Hampton discuss After, the teen romance film based off of One Direction fan fiction. Where, exactly, was this movie set? Can we be sure half of the script wasn’t made by...Show More
Free Rein on Some Gargoyles Edition

1:09:00 | Apr 17th

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Dan Kois discuss the fire at Notre Dame cathedral with New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins, the new animated film Missing Link, and the saga of country/hip hop mega-hit Old Town Road with Slate's Chris Molanphy. ...Show More
Game of Thrones TV Club | Ep 1, Season 8: Return to Winterfell

36:41 | Apr 15th

In this latest episode of Slate’s weekly Game of Thrones podcast, Sam Adams, June Thomas, and Dan Kois recap the season 8 premiere, “Winterfell.” The three chat about all the reunions, Dany’s faults, Cersei’s war strategy, whether the Night King is a...Show More
Spoilers: Little

48:36 | Apr 12th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Marissa Martinelli, Inkoo Kang and Heather Schwedel review Little. They talk the logistics of body switching movies, the zany fashion choices and Marsai Martin’s star power. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Engine...Show More
Energy Vampire Edition

1:00:11 | Apr 10th

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the stunning film Diane, FX's What We Do in the Shadows, and the debut album by Billy Eilish: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...Show More
Spoiler Special: Shazam!

49:02 | Apr 5th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli review Shazam! Where does this movie fit into the larger DC comic universe? What ever happened to Justice League 2? Also, what was that post credits scene about? Listen to them discuss!P...Show More
St. Louis Style Edition

1:02:42 | Apr 3rd

Julia Turner and Dana Stevens are joined by The Atlantic film critic and co-host of the Blank Check podcast David Sims to discuss Tim Burton's remake of Dumbo, the life and work of Agnès Varda, and the social media kerfuffle over "St. Louis style" sl...Show More
Hit Parade: The Everybody Say YEAH! Edition

1:07:47 | Mar 29th

When you think of Stevie Wonder’s legendary career, what chart-toppers come to mind? “Superstition,” right? Maybe “I Wish”? Okay, but what about the start of his career, on the Motown of the ’60s? You may not know that Wonder had only one Hot 100 No....Show More
Talkin’ Traz Edition

1:04:26 | Mar 27th

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Willa Paskin discuss Jordan Peele's new film Us, Hulu's comedy series Shrill, and the bestselling book Dreyer's English with the author, Benjamin Dreyer. This episode is brought to you by Capterra. Try it today, for fr...Show More
Decoder Ring: Truck Nutz

35:47 | Mar 25th

Truck Nutz are a brand name for the dangling plastic testicles some people affix to the bumper or hitch of their vehicle. Also known as Bull’s Balls, Your Nutz, and other brand names, these plastic novelties have a powerful symbolic charge and are of...Show More
Spoilers: Us

52:10 | Mar 22nd

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens and Vanity Fair film critic, K Austin Collins discuss Us. They discuss why we should embrace the films imperfections, how this movie wants to be unpacked, and Lupita Nyong’o’s masterful performance. Podcast...Show More
Queen of Shade Edition

1:01:37 | Mar 20th

Dana Stevens, Isaac Butler, and Benjamin Frisch discuss HBO's documentary The Inventor about the Theranos scandal, the meteoric rise of Rupaul's Drag Race, and Netflix's awkward attempt at branding itself in the wake of cancelling the beloved show On...Show More
Come as You Were Edition

1:05:00 | Mar 13th

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the blockbusting Captain Marvel, Hulu's girl-puberty comedy Pen15, and the article Guilty with Seth Stevenson, about Seth coming to terms with being part of jury that convicted a man who didn't ...Show More
Spoilers: Captain Marvel

40:02 | Mar 8th

Dana Stevens, Marissa Martinelli and Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest Marvel movie, Captain Marvel. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michael Jackson Edition

1:03:51 | Mar 6th

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens break our usual format to do an in-depth discussion of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland by director Dan Reed about two men allegedly abused by Michael Jackson. First the panel discuss the documenta...Show More
Hit Parade: The Bad Moon on the Rise Edition

1:02:50 | Feb 28th

In just a couple of years, Creedence Clearwater Revival generated one of the most amazing runs of hits inAmerican pop history: from “Proud Mary” to “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising” to “Travelin’ Band.”Reportedly, they even outsold the Beatles in Amer...Show More
Jason Momoa Scrunchie Edition

56:43 | Feb 27th

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscars ceremony and its various controversies, Comedy Central's new show The Other Two, and how letter boards took over Instagram and our visual culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Vi...Show More
Decoder Ring: Baby Shark

38:17 | Feb 25th

Baby Shark is an megaviral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. This month on Decoder Ring we explore the strange history and confli...Show More
Spoilers: Isn't It Romantic

52:31 | Feb 22nd

 In this week’s episode, Marissa Martinelli is joined by Slate culture intern Aja Hoggatt and Slate staff write Heather Schwedel to discuss Isn’t It Romantic. Was this movie even a parody? When did we first realize that that was not Chris Hemsworth? ...Show More
As In Her Royal Highness Edition

1:00:11 | Feb 20th

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and K. Austin Collins discuss the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the bonkers true crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, and the death of the Mars rover Opportunity. To skip our spoiler segment on Abducted in Plain Sight, ...Show More
Spoilers: Russian Doll

45:38 | Feb 15th

In this week’s episode, Willa Paskin is joined by Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme to discuss the Netflix original series Russian Doll. What does this show have to say about New York City? Would the show still work without Natasha Lyonne? Will we watch t...Show More
Steampunk Deer Edition

56:43 | Feb 13th

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film If Beale Street Could Talk, the TV phenomenon The Masked Singer with The Gist's Mike Pesca, and finally they deconstruct "The Stew"—the viral recipe that's seemingly everywhere.  Learn ...Show More
Spoilers: Lego Movie 2

49:00 | Feb 8th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Forrest Wickman discuss Lego Movie 2:The Second Part. Is there any logic to the Lego universe? What does the movie have to say about toxic masculinity? And what was WNBA superstar Sheryl Swo...Show More
Decoder Ring: The Grifter

53:46 | Jan 31st

For over a decade, Brett Johnson was a cyber criminal, a scammer, and a con man, but now he's a good guy, helping companies stop people like who he used to be. His story is the stuff of a prestige TV anti-hero drama, but real life is more complicated...Show More
Prosthesis Statement Edition

1:01:21 | Jan 30th

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscar-nominated film Vice, the Netflix streamer Sexual Education, and what to make of Netflix's "ratings" numbers with Slate TV critic and the host of Decoder Ring, Willa Paskin. This episod...Show More
Hit Parade: The Gaga is Born Edition

1:08:39 | Jan 25th

A Star Is Born, the movie Hollywood can’t stop remaking, is a fairy-tale about the American dream factory. But it has also, always, been a reflection of the woman in the lead role—and the latest version stars a woman who has been playing a role for m...Show More
Beautiful Blindspot Edition

53:06 | Jan 23rd

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Sam Adams discuss the dueling Fyre Festival documentaries on Netflix and Hulu with Slate writer Shannon Palus, Glenn Close best actress vehicle The Wife, and the 2019 Academy Award Nominations.This episode is brought t...Show More
Spoilers: Glass

59:47 | Jan 22nd

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams teams up with Slate Senior Editor Jeffrey Bloomer and the Editor in Chief of Screen Crush, Matt Singer to discuss the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, Glass. This is the third film in a trilogy that began with Un...Show More
The Life-Changing Magic of Making a Black Friend Edition

1:06:51 | Jan 16th

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Golden Globs-conquering film Green Book with Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins, Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and the art of the pan and the state of the bad review in criticism. Lear...Show More
Spoilers: Bandersnatch

1:04:55 | Jan 11th

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams and Vulture staff writer Kathryn Van Arendonk discuss the new Black Mirror interactive episode “Bandersnatch”. Do we really want interactive content from Netflix? Is there a base version of “Bandersnatch”? Doe...Show More
Sponsored: Are Today's Caregivers Tomorrow's Patients?

26:53 | Jan 10th

This is Life Effects, a podcast from Slate Studios and Teva Pharmaceuticals. In this episode, we enter the world of caregivers: the relatives and close friends who step up when sick family members need support. Often, it’s a full-time job, so it's no...Show More
Naked Pomegranate Tory Edition

1:06:45 | Jan 9th

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the court farce The Favourite, the awards frontrunner Roma, and the year in movies and Slate's Movie Club. This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at ...Show More
Welcome to Slaht Ploos Edition

1:07:41 | Jan 2nd

Dana Stevens hosts a selection of a few of our favorite Slate Plus bonus segments, offering them to our regular listeners for the first time. You'll hear Steve, Julia and Dana on being reunited with favorite childhood books, the great book vs. movie ...Show More
Spoilers: Mary Poppins Returns

52:27 | Dec 28th, 2018

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and TV editor at the New York Times, Aisha Harris, discuss Mary Poppins Returns. How does the film stack up to the original? How bad is Lin Manuel-Miranda’s cockney accent? Is there a bigger conspiracy behind J...Show More
Completely Phoned-In Holiday Show Edition

1:01:32 | Dec 26th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens gather around the holiday hearth to answer listener questions in our annual call-in special! They answer questions about hobbies, British imports (with guest June Thomas), how having children has change...Show More
Hit Parade: The Christmas is All Around Edition

1:12:50 | Dec 21st, 2018

In the UK, the No. 1 song the week of Christmas is a big deal. The media breathlessly covers the contest, and there are even wagers placed on what song will reach the top of the charts as pop stars and record labels jockey for position. While there a...Show More
Treacle Box Edition

1:07:21 | Dec 19th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, reappraise the Christmas film classic Love, Actually, and the year in TV.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spoilers: The Favourite

36:45 | Dec 14th, 2018

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dana Stevens discusses The Favourite with Washington Post columnist, Alexandra Petri. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, the collaboration hub for w...Show More
Angry at the Lollipop Edition

1:01:46 | Dec 12th, 2018

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Netflix documentary Dogs and the use of cliches in speech and writing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Girls, Girls, Burgers, Edition

59:31 | Dec 5th, 2018

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Support the Girls, the LeCarre TV adaptation Little Drummer Girl, and the saga of a writer at Thrillist who may or may not have killed a great burger joint. Learn more about your ad cho...Show More
Decoder Ring: Sad Jennifer Aniston

43:50 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Jennifer Aniston’s story had it all: Heartbreak, secrecy, sex, betrayal. But what it also had was a new kind of tabloid: Us Weekly and its copycats. Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie would have been a huge Hollywood scandal no mat...Show More
Spoilers: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

54:07 | Nov 30th, 2018

This week on Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams discusses The Ballad of Buster Scruggs with the author of The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, Adam Nayman. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt.This episode is brought to you by the f...Show More
Hit Parade: The Give Me a Sign Edition

1:14:15 | Nov 30th, 2018

From a very young age, Britney Spears seemed destined for stardom. The kid from Louisiana had landed a role on the revived Mickey Mouse Club and styled herself as a belter of power ballads. But to score her first No. 1 hit, Spears would team up with ...Show More
Wingless Thrush Edition

1:07:30 | Nov 28th, 2018

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Coen Bros. new film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, HBO's Elena Ferrante adaptation My Brilliant Friend, and the art of adaptation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic...Show More
Mum's the Word Edition

55:46 | Nov 21st, 2018

Julia Turner returns with Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens to discuss the film Widows, The British import The Bodyguard on Netflix, and the life and work of William Goldman and what the role of screenwriter means today. Learn more about your ad choic...Show More
Spoilers: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

40:17 | Nov 16th, 2018

This week on Spoiler Specials, Dan Kois and Jeffrey Bloomer discuss the second installment of Fantastic Beasts franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the follow...Show More
Dinner is Served! Edition

59:53 | Nov 14th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Bennett discuss the Melissa McCarthy vehicle Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Netflix's filthy but heartfelt puberty cartoon Big Mouth, and the death of Stan Lee with Slate's Jamelle Bouie.  Learn more about your ad ...Show More
Orson Welles in a Snuggie Edition

1:05:09 | Nov 7th, 2018

Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf are joined by The Atlantic's David Sims, host of the podcast Blank Check to discuss the two new Orson Welles projects on Netflix, Robyn's new album Honey, and the concept of the "blank check" in the film industry. Lea...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Suspiria

56:34 | Nov 2nd, 2018

This week on Spoiler Specials Dana Stevens and Sam Adams discuss Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria. Podcast Production by Danielle Hewitt. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:I Travel For, a new podcast that explores what i...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Halloween

58:31 | Oct 31st, 2018

In a special bonus Halloween episode of Spoiler Specials, Sam Adams, Jeffrey Bloomer and Christina Cauterucci discuss the 11th installment in the Halloween franchise. Podcast production by Danielle HewittLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaph...Show More
Werewolf Bar-Mitzvah Edition

53:52 | Oct 31st, 2018

On this spooky scary edition of the show: Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the new Halloween reboot, Netflix's Haunting of Hill House, and the absence of women in horror film direction. This episode is brought to you by the fol...Show More
Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers

53:19 | Oct 29th, 2018

Ong's Hat, or The Incunabula Papers, is a conspiracy theory that arose on the early internet. Combining cutting edge science, mysticism, and obvious hokum, it intrigued thousands of people who tried to find out what it all meant. Today we uncover the...Show More
Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky Edition

1:23:50 | Oct 26th, 2018

In Hit Parade’s “Def Jams Edition,” we told you about rap’s first wave in the ’80s. But in this sequel (don’t believe the hype!) we enter the ’90s with still no No. 1 rap hits on the Hot 100—even though the music was starting to dominate both streets...Show More
Who's On First Edition

1:00:59 | Oct 24th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new movie First Man, the Netflix streamer Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and Slate's New American Songbook with culture editor Forrest Wickman, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...Show More
Spoiler Specials: The Hate U Give

55:42 | Oct 19th, 2018

This week on Spoiler Specials, Assistant Editor Marissa Martinelli, Editorial Assistant Rachelle Hampton and Culture writer Inkoo Kang discuss The Hate U Give, the movie starring Amandla Stenberg based on the best selling novel by Angie Thomas.This e...Show More
Brain and Body Still Rebooting Edition

1:01:25 | Oct 17th, 2018

③ Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film Private Life, then are joined by Slate's Gabriel Roth to discuss the legacy of Doctor Who and its new season starring Jodie Whitaker, and finally a reading of Kanye West at the Wh...Show More
Just Wanted to Take Another Look at You Edition

1:07:12 | Oct 10th, 2018

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film A Star is Born, the TV documentary America to Me, and bring critic Wesley Morris into the studio to discuss his New York Times Magazine piece "The Morality Wars" about the state of art ...Show More
Sponsored: I Travel For Local Flavor

28:52 | Oct 9th, 2018

In Episode 1 of I Travel For, producer and culinary explorer Otis Gray eats, drinks, and forages his way across Great Britain. From the cultural smorgasbord of London’s Borough Market to an Indian pub in Birmingham to mushroom hunting in the woods of...Show More
Pope in a Speedo Edition

58:59 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry's new show Kidding, the CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, and the purpose and practice of dad jokes.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Decoder Ring; Hotel Art

32:27 | Oct 1st, 2018

Hotel Art used to be one of the ultimate symbols of bad taste, it was often ugly, kitschy, and strange. Today, the art you find in a hotel is far less likely to be the result of one individual's poor taste, and much more likely to have passed through...Show More
Hit Parade: The Nights on Broadway Edition

1:31:12 | Sep 28th, 2018

Those falsettos, those white suits, those toothy smiles: You think you know the Bee Gees. But their story goes back much further than the ’70s, and it’s full of twists. From their roots as an eclectic harmony band in Australia and their first wave of...Show More
Still There Edition

1:02:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Gabriel Roth discuss the new season of the podcast Serial, the recent spate of post-#metoo essays by disgraced men, and the Amazon show Forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Julia Turner's Women in Charge

44:05 | Sep 23rd, 2018

What’s it like to be the woman at the helm of one of the most beloved contemporary TV comedies? On the first episode of Women in Charge, Julia Turner, editor-in-chief of Slate and cohost of the Culture Gabfest, talks to Aline Brosh McKenna, the co-cr...Show More
Spoiler Specials: A Simple Favor

1:07:17 | Sep 21st, 2018

In this week's Slate senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer, Slate critic Inkoo Kang and assistant editor Marissa Martinelli discuss the Paul Feig mystery-thriller A Simple Favor. Which suit did Blake Lively wear best? Is the answer all of them? Were there ev...Show More
Oopsie Jar Edition

1:00:53 | Sep 19th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Sam Anderson discuss Paul Feig's new film A Simple Favor, Sam's book Boom Town, and the delightful tradition of New York Post headlines inspired by "Beat the Meatles".Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...Show More
God's Laptop Edition

1:06:12 | Sep 12th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the screen-based film Searching, Ariana Grande's album Sweetener, and the life and work of Burt Reynolds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spoiler Specials: Insatiable

1:14:10 | Sep 7th, 2018

This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com.Ben and Jerry's, try their new handheld frozen novelties, Pint Slices, today.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megapho...Show More
Eat Your Terrarium Edition

1:02:13 | Sep 5th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, NBC's Making It, and the fire and incredible loss at the national museum in Brazil with Mauricio Santoro of the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Learn more about y...Show More
Hegemonic Victimhood Edition

1:07:58 | Aug 29th, 2018

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Eighth Grade, the maligned TV series Insatiable with June Thomas, and Kelly Marie Tran's op ed about social media harassment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoi...Show More
Decoder Ring: The Paper Doll Club

38:34 | Aug 27th, 2018

Paper dolls were a ubiquitous part of children’s lives for decades, and then mostly disappeared. David Wolfe was a boy growing up in the 1950’s, with paper dolls as his primary means of accessing a world of glamour and beauty that he didn’t see at ho...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Crazy Rich Asians

1:24:12 | Aug 24th, 2018

This episode is brought to you by Slack, a workplace communication hub. Find out more at slack.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You Will Never Be Enough Edition

54:18 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Julia Turner, Inkoo Kang, and Isaac Butler discuss the film Crazy Rich Asians, the TV show Younger, and what, exactly, is up with Elon Musk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sponsored: Coffee & Crayons: Inspiring Creativity & Self-Expression with Joy Cho

23:53 | Aug 20th, 2018

Usually in this feed, you get Culture Gabfest. This week, we’re bringing you something a little different. A co-production between Target and Slate Studios, this is Coffee & Crayons, a podcast about navigating the highs and lows of back to school tim...Show More
No Bad Horses Edition

1:00:59 | Aug 15th, 2018

June Thomas, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the TV BBC and Amazon show A Very English Scandal, the HBO film The Tale, and the work of Aretha Franklin with Jody Rosen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spoiler Specials: BlacKkKlansman

1:11:51 | Aug 10th, 2018

Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman, Slate staff writer Inkoo Kang, and New York TimesCulture Desk assistant TV editor Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap...Show More
Capitalism is Grift Edition

56:41 | Aug 8th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Bennett discuss Boots Riley's film Sorry to Bother You, HBO's TV drama Succession, and the summer of grifters and our fascination with scam artists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic...Show More
Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition

1:08:33 | Aug 1st, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Mission Impossible: Fallout, the video game Fortnite, and a NYT Magazine profile of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair

43:17 | Jul 30th, 2018

What are the real reasons people go on reality TV? This episode follows the story of Ann Hirsch and Cathy Nardone, two women cast on VH1’s “Frank the Entertainer...In a Basement Affair”, a show about an adult man looking for love—while living in his ...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

43:47 | Jul 27th, 2018

Dana Stevens and June Thomas spoil Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt and Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition

1:12:33 | Jul 27th, 2018

Guest performers have existed since, literally, the beginning of the pop charts—the first Billboard No. 1 hit had a featured vocal by Frank Sinatra. Throughout the rock era, some very starry guests have helped out with hits by everyone from the Beatl...Show More
Summer Strut 2018 Edition

1:10:14 | Jul 25th, 2018

It's our annual summer strut episode where we crowdsource the best songs for strutting around town from an exhaustive playlist curated by our listeners. In summer strut tradition, the panel is joined by pop chart-watcher and host of Slate's Hit Parad...Show More
Grasping at Straws Edition

1:04:03 | Jul 18th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film "Leave No Trace", Sacha Baron Coen's new show "Who is America?" and plastic straw bans as an agent of change and/or useless virtue signaling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...Show More
Spoiler Specials: The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

58:35 | Jul 13th, 2018

Christina Cauterucci, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil the second season of The Handmaid's Tale.Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Shasha Léonard.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two

54:58 | Jul 13th, 2018

In the second part of our two-part episode about the B-52’s and R.E.M.—the bands that put Athens, Georgia on the map, and helped define new-wave rock in the early ’80s—we trace how they transformed themselves from hipsters to hitmakers. One band wait...Show More
This Is the Chewiest Thing I've Ever Had in my Mouth Edition

1:03:54 | Jul 11th, 2018

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the summer blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the appeal of the Netflix cooking-failure show Nailed It, and Scarlett Johansson's casting as a trans man, with Slate's Evan Urquhart. Lear...Show More
Unproblematic Trolley Edition

1:06:10 | Jul 4th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the new documentary about Mr. Rogers: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Netflix comedy special Nanette, and the World Cup, with Mike Pesca. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch...Show More
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One

1:02:54 | Jun 29th, 2018

The B-52’s and R.E.M. don’t sound all that much like each other. One group were avatars of kitsch, fusing punk, girl-group and garage rock—even Yoko Ono—into a retro-nuevo style all their own. The other group were mysterious, elliptical, often indeci...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Westworld Season 2

59:53 | Jun 29th, 2018

Willa Paskin, Sam Adams, Jonathan Fischer and Rachelle Hampton spoil the second season of Westworld.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Anthony Rising Edition

1:03:24 | Jun 27th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner Discuss Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2, the 30 For 30 podcast series about Bikram yoga, and the re-emergence of astrology with production assistant Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...Show More
Decoder Ring: Clown Panic

37:46 | Jun 25th, 2018

Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every month host Willa Paskin,Slate’s TV critic, takes on a cultural question, object, idea, or habit and speak with experts,historians and obsessives to try and figure out where it comes f...Show More
Unkindest Cut of All Edition

1:01:48 | Jun 20th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Isaac Butler, and Laura Miller discuss the horror film Hereditary, the return of The Staircase with Rebecca Lavoie, and Isaac's Shakespeare podcast Lend Me Your Ears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

40:41 | Jun 15th, 2018

Lend Me Your Ears is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his c...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Hereditary

1:26:01 | Jun 15th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Rachel Syme, and Lena Wilson spoil Hereditary. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elan Deficit Edition

58:56 | Jun 13th, 2018

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the movie Ocean's 8, the theory and practice of Instagram Stories, and the legacy of Anthony Bourdain with the New Yorker's Helen Rosner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...Show More
A Production Note + We're Looking for a Culture Gabfest and The Waves Production Assistant!

01:03 | Jun 12th, 2018

We're looking for a new production assistant because our current PA is moving on to another job at the Slate podcasting network. If you're interested, please view the listing here and send your resume to productionassistant@slate.com. Also, this week...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Ocean's 8

59:54 | Jun 8th, 2018

Marissa Martinelli, Aisha Harris, Inko Kang, and Carmen Russo spoil Ocean's 8. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Secret Summer Getaway Edition

1:07:09 | Jun 6th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live at S&S Farm Brewery in Nassau, NY for a secret summer getaway show. They discuss the c-word, the film Book Club, and perform an impromptu book club with the audience on Phillip Roth's The Ghost...Show More
Decoder Ring: The Johnlock Conspiracy

52:02 | Jun 4th, 2018

Who gets to decide if Sherlock Holmes is gay? For over a century, fans of Sherlock Holmes have been analyzing, debating, and creating new texts with Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. Decoder Ring explores the Johnlock Conspiracy, a fan theory about th...Show More
Spoiler Specials: 13 Reasons Why

1:17:41 | Jun 1st, 2018

Marissa Martinelli, June Thomas, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil 13 Reasons Why. Podcast production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Whiskey and Pepto Bismol Edition

1:03:47 | May 30th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the film First Reformed, the podcast My Favorite Murder with production assistant Daniel Schroeder, and the redemption of Tucker Max with Slate's Laura Bennett. Learn more about your ad choices....Show More
Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition

1:06:03 | May 25th, 2018

Even before the launch of MTV, the music video has been making pop songs buzzworthy. And since the early ’80s, it has transformed also-rans into hitmakers—from the Buggles and Duran Duran to Peter Gabriel and a‑ha. But until the early 2010s, watching...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Solo: A Star Wars Story

1:04:28 | May 25th, 2018

Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli, and Sam Adams spoil Solo: A Star Wars Story.Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guillotine in the Mists Edition

1:03:51 | May 23rd, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the royal wedding with Simon Doonan, the death of author Tom Wolfe with Laura Miller, and the way TV shows survive cancelation by examining Brooklyn Nine Nine.Learn more about your ad choices. V...Show More
Culture Gabfest Presents: Upon Further Review

24:13 | May 22nd, 2018

Julia Turner is here to present the new podcast from The Gist's Mike Pesca, about the great "what-ifs" in sports. "What If I Hadn’t Written That Fan Letter to Dan Majerle in April 1993?", Jesse Eisenberg asks, revisiting a painful chapter of his yout...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Deadpool 2

48:31 | May 18th, 2018

Forrest Wickman, Marissa Martinelli and Sam Adams spoil Deadpool 2.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Smoke-N-Chill Novelties Edition

58:22 | May 16th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Sam Adams discuss the new film The Rider with Inkoo Kang, Childish Gambino's song and video for This Is America with Aisha Harria, and Jia Tolentino's New Yorker piece "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul" with Lena Wilson. Learn...Show More
[Laugh Track] Edition

1:01:25 | May 9th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens, discuss the new film Tully with Slate's Willa Paskin, who sticks around to talk about her new podcast Decoder Ring and the history of the laugh track, and finally: are you a brand? Should you be one?Le...Show More
Culture Gabfest Presents Decoder Ring: The Laff Box

31:10 | May 4th, 2018

Julia Turner is here to introduce you to the new show from Slate's TV Critic Willa Paskin. Decoder Ring: the show about cracking cultural mysteries. Subscribe here to get episodes as soon as they're ready.Every episode we’ll take on a cultural object...Show More
The Monkfish Was Fine Edition

1:06:29 | May 2nd, 2018

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild, Wild, Country, the flap over the White House Correspondents Dinner, and nooks and crannies of Youtube subculture with Slate's Justin Peters. Learn more about...Show More
Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition

1:10:45 | Apr 27th, 2018

Bon Jovi are many things: platinum-selling, chart-topping and now, Hall of Fame–inducted. That angers music critics, who have been slagging off this band of hard-rock prom kings since the 1980s. Among the haters is Hit Parade host Chris Molanphy, who...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Avengers: Infinity War

1:16:30 | Apr 27th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Jonathan Fischer, and Forrest Wickman spoil Avengers: Infinity War.Production by Daniel SchroederLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's Hammer Time Edition

1:03:37 | Apr 25th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the new BBC America series Killing Eve, the film from Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here, and ask themselves: "should we delete Facebook?"Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone....Show More
Apocalypse Mom Edition

1:01:06 | Apr 18th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the hit horror film A Quiet Place, the new adaptation of Howard's End on the BBC and Starz, and Barbara Ehrenreich's essay: "Why I'm Giving Up On Preventative Care".Learn more about your ad choi...Show More
Neo-Maxi-Zoom-Dweebie Edition

1:03:02 | Apr 11th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Willa Paskin discuss the return of ABC's Roseanne, Kacey Musgraves' album Golden Hour with Slate's Carl Wilson, and Molly Ringwald's essay in the New Yorker: "What About 'The Breakfast Club'?"Learn more about your ad c...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Ready Player One

56:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Laura Hudson, Dawnthea Price, and Forrest Wickman spoil Ready Player One.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Midnight at the OASIS Edition

1:01:25 | Apr 4th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Christina Cauterucci, and Sam Adams discuss the new Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One, HBO's new assassination comedy series Barry, and the Cannes Film Festival's decision to ban Netflix films from competing in the festival.Learn m...Show More
Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition

1:13:29 | Mar 29th, 2018

In 1998, Madonna was at a career crossroads. After dominating the ’80s with hits like “Like a Virgin” and “Open Your Heart,” she spent the first half of the ’90s wavering between roles as a provocateur (Erotica, Sex) and adult-contemporary balladeer ...Show More
The Great Work Begins Edition

59:27 | Mar 28th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Isaac Butler discuss the revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America which recently arrived on Broadway, The World Only Spins Forward, the oral history of Angels in America, and the film Love, Simon with Slate's Alex Baras...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Isle of Dogs

58:05 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Dana Stevens, Forrest Wickman, and Inkoo Kang spoil Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We Are a Sacred Troupe Edition

1:01:15 | Mar 21st, 2018

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Gabriel Roth discuss Armando Iannucci's new film The Death of Stalin about the power struggle's in the days after Stalin's death in 1953 Soviet Russia, NBC's new musical series Rise about a high school drama director, ...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Blue Planet II

1:04:55 | Mar 16th, 2018

Susan Matthews, Dan Engber, Jacob Brogan, Kirsten Berg and Alex Barasch sit down for a science-filled spoiler special all about Blue Planet II.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10th Anniversary Edition

1:18:52 | Mar 14th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show live at The Bell House in Brooklyn New York. They discuss the film A Wrinkle in Time, go deep on the cultural significance of color, and are quizzed on past se...Show More
Spoiler Specials: A Wrinkle in Time

1:05:34 | Mar 9th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Aisha Harris and Forrest Wickman spoil A Wrinkle in Time, discussing how it translate from book to screen, if children will actually like it, and what the deal is with that flying lettuce.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...Show More
Dana the Octophile Edition

1:02:09 | Mar 7th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss this year's Oscar ceremony, the surprise hit film "Game Night", and Daniel Engber's Slate cover story "Against the Octopus" with the author.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Annihilation

1:11:40 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Dana Stevens, Inkoo Kang and Marissa Martinelli spoil Annihilation, discussing what's behind the Shimmer, how DNA works, and the weird Annihilation noise.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment Edition

1:03:42 | Feb 28th, 2018

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss The Florida Project as part of the run-up to the Oscars, the hit podcast Atlanta Monster, and New York Magazine's article Worst Roommate Ever by William Brennan. Please fill out the Slate podcas...Show More
Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition

1:28:25 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Watching this year’s Grammy Awards, it’s clear hip-hop is the dominant genre in popular music. But back in the ’80s, it was an influential but still underground style looking fora place on the charts and  some mainstream respect. That is, until Run-D...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Black Panther

56:17 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Aisha Harris, Jamelle Bouie and Veralyn Williams spoil Black Panther.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Redneck Margarita Edition

1:04:00 | Feb 21st, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Willa Paskin discuss Black Panther with Carvell Wallace, the return of Queer Eye with Bryan J. Lowder, and the state of the New York Times op-ed page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trundle-Tail Dog Edition

56:01 | Feb 14th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the film BPM, the TV show Babylon Berlin, and the recent discovery of a new source for Shakespeare's texts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Abrasive Toast Scrape Edition

1:13:24 | Feb 7th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Phantom Thread, take a trip to the Met to learn about artist David Hockney, and follow up on Bullet Journaling with Slate's June Thomas.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...Show More
Live From Sundance Edition

1:01:35 | Jan 31st, 2018

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf discuss the Oscar nominations and Google's Arts and Culture app with Represent's Aisha Harris as part of a show taped live at the Sundance Film Festival, presented by Dropbox. Then a discussion of the Su...Show More
Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition

1:23:54 | Jan 26th, 2018

Sometimes record executives and even the musicians themselves get it totally, completely wrong: thinking that throwaway, wacky song was destined for a single’s B-side, only to find it’s actually the No. 1 hit—from the Beatles to Beyoncé. At our first...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Mosaic

36:59 | Jan 26th, 2018

Willa Paskin and Inkoo Kang spoil Steven Soderbergh's new series Mosaic.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nobody Bonks Me On the Head With a Baguette Edition

1:08:36 | Jan 24th, 2018

Dan Kois, Bryan Lowder and June Thomas fill in for the regular crew this week. First they discuss The Assassination of Gianni Versace, then the critically-acclaimed Paddington 2, and finally they have a conversation about the current state of Drag.Le...Show More
Run It! Edition

1:04:31 | Jan 17th, 2018

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Steven Spielberg's movie "The Post", Netflix's "The End of the F***ing World", and Facebook's new algorithm changes with Slate's If/Then podcast host Will Oremus. Learn more about your ad choice...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Black Mirror Season 4

50:38 | Jan 12th, 2018

Slate's TV critic Willa Paskin, tech and culture writer Inkoo Kang, and Browbeat editor Sam Adams spoil the newest season of Black Mirror.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"Why Wouldn't King Kong Want a Lady Gorilla?" Edition

1:03:31 | Jan 10th, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, are joined by Slate book critic Laura Miller to discuss the film The Shape of Water, The Golden Globes, and explore what sleep is.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Beauteous Sprout Edition

1:04:25 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the film Three Billboards  Outside Ebbing Missouri, Errol Morris's Wormwood, and Slate's 2017 Movie Club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists Edition

53:06 | Dec 29th, 2017

On the Billboard Hot 100, two  can be the loneliest number. While having a No. 1 song can define an artist’s career, there’s far less glory in finishing one spot shy  of the top slot. Yet some No. 2 hits have gone on to become classics. This month, C...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Phantom Thread

42:15 | Dec 29th, 2017

Dana Stevens and Rachel Syme spoil Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, and discuss all the clothes, tensions, and mushrooms that make up this film.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Annual Highly Improbable Completely Pre-Taped Call-In Show Edition

59:30 | Dec 27th, 2017

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens answer listener questions about which piece of culture they would forever delete from the universe, how to raise adopted kids, their relationship to cooking, list-making and more. Learn more about your ...Show More
General Hugs Edition

1:05:19 | Dec 20th, 2017

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the app HQ Trivia with Slate's Forrest Wickman, and the life and death of memes and memetics generally. Plus, the panel learns about Milkshake Duck. Learn more about yo...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

58:56 | Dec 15th, 2017

On this week's episode, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams join Dana Stevens in spoiling Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They tackle who Rey's parents are, the real abilities of a Jedi, and porgs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Frantic Rabbity Burst Edition

1:02:51 | Dec 13th, 2017

Julia Turner, Steven Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film I, Tonya, Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with Slate's TV Critic Willa Paskin, and The New Yorker's short story Cat Person.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...Show More
Fractal Badness Edition

1:08:05 | Dec 6th, 2017

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss James Franco's The Disaster Artist with Slate's Forrest Wickman, the cult film The Room with producer Benjamin Frisch, and Fiona the hippo and celebrity animals.  Learn more about your ad choice...Show More
Spoiler Specials: The Shape of Water

45:18 | Dec 1st, 2017

On this Spoiler Special, Dana Stevens sits down with Sam Adams to spoil The Shape of Water. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do I Dare to Eat a Peach Edition

1:03:28 | Nov 29th, 2017

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film Call Me By Your Name, Spike Lee's Netflix series She's Gotta Have It with Aisha Harris, and The Polybius Conspiracy with Jacob Brogan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaph...Show More
Hit Parade: The Queen of Disco Edition

1:14:12 | Nov 24th, 2017

Donna Summer was a hitmaker for two decades and a dancefloor deity for more than three. Her collaborations with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte were formative in dance, electronic and rock music, influencing everyone from David Bowie and Blondie to...Show More
Recrimination in the Cranberry Sauce edition

1:04:15 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss NBC's The Good Place, the death of Charles Manson with podcaster Karina Longworth, and Dan Pashman's problem with Thanksgiving programming.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Justice League

30:29 | Nov 17th, 2017

Slate movie critic Dana Stevens and Slate senior editor Jonathan Fischer spoil the latest installment in the DC universe, Justice League.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tell Me About a Complicated Man Edition

59:41 | Nov 15th, 2017

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, Louie CK's sexual abuse with Willa Paskin, and a new translation of Homer's The Odyssey with classicist Emily Wilson. Learn more about yo...Show More
Two Steves and a Metcalf Edition

1:00:51 | Nov 8th, 2017

Dana Stevens, June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss Greta Gerwig's new film Lady Bird, the Margaret Atwood TV adaptation Alias Grace, and the new HBO documentary about Rolling Stone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Spoiler Special - Thor: Ragnarok

41:00 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Dana Stevens, Dan Kois, and Jonathan Fischer spoil Marvel and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tiny Frozen Shrimp Edition

1:06:57 | Nov 1st, 2017

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Joan Didion documentary The Center Will Not Hold, the return of Will & Grace with Daniel Schroeder, and what to make of the continued sexual harassment and abuse allegations toppling men in ...Show More
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, Le Petty Prince Edition

1:11:52 | Oct 30th, 2017

In 2004, Prince joined Tom Petty onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for what is now regarded as the institution’s greatest live performance. They were both first-ballot inductees—but their similarities go much deeper. On thi...Show More
What if Crime Is Just a Response to Our Broken Society Edition

59:07 | Oct 25th, 2017

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Netflix's Mindhunters, Post Malone's hit song Rockstar with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy, and the criticism surrounding the site Rotten Tomatoes by film creators. Learn more about your ad choices...Show More
Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on Halt and Catch Fire

36:20 | Oct 20th, 2017

Slate TV critic Willa Paskin, Brow Beat nights and weekends editor Matthew Dessem, and managing producer of Slate podcasts June Thomas discuss the fourth and final season of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. Warning: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of ...Show More
Priceless Moments Edition

54:34 | Oct 18th, 2017

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Noah Baumbach's film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), the true-crime parody American Vandal, and the New York Times Magazine's article about teenage anxiety. Learn more about your ad c...Show More
We've Seen Things You People Wouldn't Believe Edition

56:44 | Oct 11th, 2017

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Isaac Butler discuss Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, catch up on Amazon's streaming hit Transparent, and discuss the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood super-producer Harvey Weinstein. Learn more abou...Show More
Slate Represent: Fall TV Roundup

44:20 | Oct 7th, 2017

On this episode of Represent, host Aisha Harris, Black Girl Nerds contributor Jacqueline Coley, Vulture writer Alex Jung, and Turner Classic Movies host Tiffany Vazquez talk representation in the new and returning TV shows this fall-- with a bit of d...Show More
Spoiler Specials: Blade Runner 2049

45:05 | Oct 6th, 2017

Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, culture editor Forrest Wickman, and Brow Beat editor Sam Adams discuss Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Warning: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of spoi...Show More
Too Good to Last Edition

1:04:03 | Oct 4th, 2017

Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the new film Battle of the Sexes, the life and work of Tom Petty with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy, and the mind of John McPhee with The New York Times Magazine's Sam Anderson. Segments: Battle o...Show More
Culture Gabfest Presents: Hit Parade, The Great War Against the Single Edition

1:16:52 | Sep 29th, 2017

Ever since the ’60s, the recording industry emphasized the album over the single. By the ’80s, they were milking as many hits as possible from an album to convince you to buy it—from Thriller to Hysteria. But in the ’90s, labels changed tactics and t...Show More
Allegory! Edition

59:56 | Sep 27th, 2017

Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf discuss the new film mother! with Slate's Jack Hamilton, Ken Burns Vietnam documentary series with Willa Paskin, and the art of theme park caricatures with producer Benjamin Frisch. It's pledge season! Join Slate Plus...Show More
Spoiler Special: Mother!

40:12 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, culture editor Forrest Wickman, and Brow Beat editor Sam Adams discuss Mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Warning: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of spoilers....Show More
Live From Toronto Edition

1:03:24 | Sep 20th, 2017

Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf are live in Toronto to discuss Justin Trudeau as dreamboat meme factory, the critical under-recognition of Joni Mitchell with critic Carl Wilson, and the film Mudbound with director Dee Rees.It's pledge ...Show More
Bromance as Bloodsport Edition

55:45 | Sep 13th, 2017

   On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Laura Bennett, Gabriel Roth, and Seth Stevenson discuss Bachelor in Paradise, a campy spin-off of the Bachelor franchise, and explore the sexual misconduct allegations directed at cast members on the show. Nex...Show More
Culture Gabfest Presents: Spoiler Special on It

45:42 | Sep 8th, 2017

Dana Stevens and Slate culture writers Aisha Harris and Sam Adams discuss It, director Andy Muschietti’s take on the Stephen King novel, starring Bill Skarsgard and a host of young actors. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers. Lots of spoilers. Le...Show More
Look What You Made Richard Dreyfuss Do Edition

1:04:56 | Sep 6th, 2017

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the 40th anniversary re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, whether Taylor Swift represents Trump-era art with critic Jody Rosen, and fan fiction with Laura Miller.  The Culture Gabfe...Show More
#NoFilter Edition

1:03:18 | Aug 30th, 2017

Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Isaac Butler discuss the social media satire Ingrid Goes West, Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede with Aisha Harris. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Boll and Branch. Right ...Show More