Slate's Culture Gabfest on the Oscars, Santelli's rant, Octomom, and the Tropicana redesign.

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Feb. 25 2009 1:28 PM

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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 28 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 the Oscars, the rant of CNBC commentator Rick Santelli, the adventures of Octomom, and the Tropicana juice carton revolt.

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

Dana Stevens and Slate TV critic Troy Patterson's discussion of the Oscars.
Julia Turner and Amanda Fortini's discussion of Oscar fashions.
Ron Rosenbaum's Slate piece on The Reader.
Rick Santelli's CNBC rant.
John Dickerson's Slate piece on Santelli's rant and the White House response to it.
A New York Times piece on the Tropicana packaging retraction.
The (possibly fake) Pepsi Co. branding memo unearthed by Gawker.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Ricky Gervais' podcast.
Julia's pick: A tolerable romantic comedy: Definitely, Maybe.
Stephen's pick: The Danny Boyle film Shallow Grave.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Feb. 25 at 1:28 p.m. by Julia Turner.

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Feb. 11, 2009

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 27 with Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, 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 A-Rod's steroid use, Obama's proposed $500,000 salary cap for executives of banks that take public funds, the "25 Random Things About Me" frenzy on Facebook, and the Grammys.

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

Alex Rodriguez admits to ESPN's Peter Gammons that he used steroids in the 2001-03 baseball seasons.
William Saletan's Slate piece on Alex Rodriguez and the prevalence of steroid use in MLB.
Tim Marchman's argument, also in Slate, that nobody liked Alex Rodriguez even before they found out about the steroids.
The official site of Jim Bouton, author of the tell-all baseball memoir Ball Four: The Final Pitch.
The 2007 Katie Couric interview in which Alex Rodriguez denied using steroids.
The New York Times reports Obama's plan to cap bank executives' salaries.
The New York Times Style section details how bankers would struggle to survive on a mere $500,000 a year.
Martin Wolf of the Financial Times sides with Stephen on Obama's bank bailout plan.
Time magazine's Claire Suddath writes about Facebook's "25 Things" craze.
Slate's Chris Wilson attempts to locate the originator of "25 Things."

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Blossom Dearie (RIP) singing "Rhode Island Is Famous for You."
Julia's pick: Twilight's unjustly overlooked teenage vampire costume design.
Jody's pick: Australian TV comedy series Summer Heights High.
Stephen's pick: Frank Kermode's essay on Milton (and the 400th anniversary of his birth) in the New York Review of Books.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Feb. 11 by Jacob Ganz at 12:39 p.m.

Jan. 28, 2009

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 26 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 Culture Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

Get your14-day free trial from our sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audio book, here. (Audiobook of the week: Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories read by Boris Karloff.)

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss Barack Obama's inauguration, Hua Hsu's Atlantic Monthly piece on the end of white demographic dominance, Daniel Bergner's New York Times Magazine piece on the vexing question of female desire, and the death of author John Updike.

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

The Obama inauguration page on Hulu.
Jon Stewart not quite taking down Beyoncé and the Obamas on The Daily Show.
Hua Hsu's Atlantic  article "The End of White America?"
Daniel Bergner's New York Times Magazine cover story "What Do Women Want?"
Troy Patterson's Slate piece on the best of Updike, the worst of Updike, and how they're related.
"The Full Glass," John Updike's final story, published in The New Yorker in May 2008.
An October 2008 conversation between Updike and New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus.
Poetry, letters, and art criticism by Updike, published in the New York Review of Books.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Julia's pick: "The Itch," Atul Gawande's article about how scientists are mapping the brain-body connection in The New Yorker.
Dana's pick: Graham Greene's novel Brighton Rock.
Stephen's pick: V.S. Naipaul's travel essay "The Return of Eva Peron," from the book of the same name.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Jan. 28 by Jacob Ganz at 11:13 a.m.

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

Jody Rosen is a Slate contributor.

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.

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