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What Makes a Song a Smash Hit?The Culture Gabfest chats with the host of Hit Parade, a new podcast about our favorite pop songs.
What We Learned on Our Trip to AustraliaThe Culture Gabfest on Australian wildlife, the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry, and the country’s dutiful acknowledgement of its colonial past.
The Unexpected Genius of Car BoysWhat makes two dudes simulating car crashes such compelling viewing?
The Rhetorical Tricks of Climate Change DeniersThe Culture Gabfest deconstructs a controversial column by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
From Handwritten Notes to Classic MoviesThe hosts take audience questions from their live show in Santa Monica.
Can the Mentally Ill Consent to Being Interviewed?Slate’s Culture Gabfest discusses the Washington Post’s profile of a mentally ill Trump supporter.
Donald Trump Shouldn’t Have Been on The Tonight ShowPoliticians are on late-night TV all the time, but Trump should have been the exception.
What TV Shows Should We Be Paying Attention to This Fall?Slate’s Culture Gabfest discusses what not to miss this season.
What Does It Mean to Have Your Mind Blown?The Culture Gabfest hosts discuss their picks for mind-blowing movies.
Stephen’s Hudson Valley Crash CourseCulture Gabfest host Stephen Metcalf gives us a tour of his Hudson Valley stomping grounds.
Which Dead Writer Should Have Written About This Year’s Election?The Culture Gabfesters answer who would join their zombie crew of journalists.
How the Ending of Dunkirk Managed to Be Beautiful but Not SaccharineA spoiler-rich Culture Gabfest deep dive.
The Tropes and Gimmicks That Make Narrative Podcasts So Suspiciously SeductiveThe Culture Gabfest unpacks why so many podcasts sound like This American Life.
Snowflake, Loser, and Other Political JabsThe Culture Gabfest on the insults and name-calling that have derailed our civic discourse.
Everything Australia Wanted to Know About the Culture GabfestAn audience Q&A from a live taping in Melbourne, Australia.
Reading 1984, the Breakout Novel of 2017What George Orwell taught the Culture Gabfest about “alternative facts.”
Looking Back at Vaudeville’s Buster KeatonDana Stevens talks about what it’s like to research and write her latest book.
Celebrating Eight Years of the Culture GabfestThe hosts discuss the show’s evolution in honor of Slate’s 20th anniversary.
The Culture Gabfest Reacts to Brangelina’s BreakupHear their unedited reaction from the moment the story broke.
Radio Drama Has Returned to the Spotlight—Now What?The Culture Gabfest’s producer explains why radio drama isn’t dead.
The One Book That Changed Your LifeThe Culture Gabfesters reveal what books really made a difference in their lives.
What Does the Culture Gabfest Think About Fantasy Bachelorette Leagues?The hosts answer audience questions live from the Mount.
Is Watching the News Bad for You?The Culture Gabfest discusses the shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas.