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Slate's Culture Gabfest

By Slate Magazine

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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.

Customer Reviews

Pretty smug, mild entertainment

While it's always good to listen to the opinions of others, the Slate Culture Gabfest trio come across oftentimes smug and pretty much insufferable. They don't so much comment on current culture as mock it. I continue listening for the day when something does arrive that shakes them out of their "too cool for everything" ennui. I have no idea what that might be.

The hosts are great

The Slate Culture Gabfest is the program I look forward to the most during my weekly podcast schedule. The mix of high-brow and pop culture is incredible fun. Also, the hosts (Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner) have a great flow and their comfort with one another makes listening quite a pleasure, like listening to friends. Every now and then, the hosts are joined by other Slate contributors whose specialties might apply to the subjects being discussed. Occasionally the podcast is a bit too NYC-centric but it is typically quite accessible, even to a Canadian like me. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Thoroughly enjoyable Podcast

As a person who is hopelessly fascinated by cultural trends and the analysis of them, I strongly recommend this gabfest. The selected topics are usually very interesting and the discussion lively. Living in the Middle East, I find that this podcast catches me up on a lot of things that I might have otherwise missed and gives me the chance to ‘discuss and analyze’ them with people that feel like old friends.