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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 highbrow to pop. Part of the Panoply Network.

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Essential weekly listening

Stephen Metcalf is the greatest contributor to any podcast I have ever heard: self-deprecating, hilarious and marching to the beat of his own drum. Dana Stevens is a great film critic who has interesting things to say even when you don't agree with her assessment of a film. Julia is a very good all-round contributor. There are plenty of laughs as well as some thoughtful and unashamedly smart conversations. Each episode ends with endorsements which is a great way to discover interesting new pieces of culture.

Great review of contemporary culture

This podcast feels like the friends I wish I had. They tell me about the new cultural events and give their recommendations. I have learnt a lot and they have very good taste.


I have subscribed to the Slate Culture Gabfest for 3 years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. They never fail to deliver an interesting discussion on culture whether it be reality television or train station signage. My favourite episodes included a walk through the Alexander McQueen exhibition with Simon Doonen, their dissection of the HBO series Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet and basically every musical endorsement from Stephen Metcalf. it is a good format, 3 stories and then an endorsement section at the end. I look forward to it every week and highly recommend it.