Slate's Culture Gabfest for Nov. 6, 2008.

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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 20 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Obama, Obama, and Obama. What happened with the election, how the media covered it, and what lies ahead for culture under future President Barack Obama.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

President-elect Barack Obama's election-night speech in Chicago.
Kevin Phillips on the "Southern strategy" in his book, The Emerging Republican Majority.
How CNN's holograms work.
CNN's bio for John King.
Troy Patterson's Slate piece on the television coverage of election night.
The New York Times' interactive election results.
The FiveThirtyEight Web site.
Walt Whitman's preface to Leaves of Grass.
David Simon's HBO seriesThe Wire.
The Bernie Mac filmSoul Men.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: The Giorgio Morandi survey at the Met. If you don't live in New York, check out Slate's slide-show essay on the exhibition.
Julia's pick: Timothy Crouse's book, The Boys on the Bus.
Stephen's picks: The Donovan song "Catch the Wind" and Paul Berman's book A Tale of Two Utopias.

You can reach the Culture Gabfest at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted by Amanda Aronczyk on Nov. 6, 2008 at 12:14 p.m.

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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 19 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: You can also download the program blog, or you can subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the unexpected catharsis they felt watching Oliver Stone's W. Then, in a special lightning round, they revisit past Gabfest topics, including the ongoing Fey/Palin tragicomedy, Rachel Maddow, and the future of the current environmental movement.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

The official Web site for Oliver Stone's film W.
Dana's Slate review of W.
Slate
's conversation about W. with Oliver Stone, Ron Suskind, and Jacob Weisberg, and Bob Woodward.
Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife: A Novel about Laura Bush.
Slate's Audio Book Club on American Wife.
Jacob Weisberg's book The Bush Tragedy.
Sarah Palin's latest appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Slate's "XX Factor" blog's discussion of Palin's SNL stint.
Michael Pollan's recent article in the New York Times Magazine.
Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road.
Stephen Metcalf's tomato.

Stephen Metcalf's tomato
Stephen Metcalf's tomato

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: James Wolcott's Vanity Fair blog.
Julia's pick: oatmeal, brought to you by Starbucks.
Stephen's pick: Claudia Roth Pierpont's collection of essays, Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World.

You can reach the Culture Gabfest at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted by Amanda Aronczyk on Oct. 22, 2008 at 11:08 a.m.


Oct. 8, 2008

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 18 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the Nobel Prize in literature's snub of American writers, Tina Fey's pitch-perfect imitation of Gov. Sarah Palin, and the current lack of interest in the recent trial of O.J. Simpson.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

Nobel Foundation Secretary Horace Engdahl's comments about American literature.
Slate's article on Engdahl's comments.
"The Nobel Prize in Literature From an Alternative Universe" Web site.
JFK impersonator Vaughn Meader's Web site.
Tina Fey as Gov. Palin debating Sen. Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live.
Summary of O.J. Simpson's trial on the Los Angeles Times' Web site.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: David Foster Wallace's collection Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays.
Julia's pick: New Yorkmagazine's survey of the recent New York City architecture boom.
Stephen's pick: Joseph Dorman's documentary film Arguing the World.

You can reach the Culture Gabfest at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted by Amanda Aronczyk on Oct. 8, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.

Sept. 24, 2008

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 17 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the cultural impact of the financial meltdown, the death of author David Foster Wallace, and the latest Microsoft ads from that lovable comedy duo Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the Oliver Stone film Wall Street.
Jim Cramer's take on the financial crisis in New York magazine.
Michael Lewis' book Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street.
Bob Rafelson's 1970 film, Five Easy Pieces.
Slate's "Obit" for David Foster Wallace.
A David Foster Wallace essay from Harper's, "Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage."
The second Microsoft ad featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates.
The newer Microsoft "I'm a PC" ad campaign.
Slate's ad critic's assessment of Crispin Porter & Bogusky, the advertising firm behind the Seinfeld/Gates ads.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: David Foster Wallace's essay "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again."
Julia's pick: the Emmy-Award winning show 30 Rock.
Stephen's pick: Edmund Wilson's book, To the Finland Station.

You can reach the Culture Gabfest at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted by Amanda Aronczyk on Sept. 24, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.