Slate's Culture Gabfest on 30 Rock, Baby Einstein, and Brad Paisley.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on 30 Rock, Baby Einstein, and Brad Paisley.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on 30 Rock, Baby Einstein, and Brad Paisley.

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Oct. 28 2009 11:34 AM

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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 58 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 the new season of 30 Rock, the refund offer from Baby Einstein, and the genius—and crossover potential—of country music star Brad Paisley.

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

Troy Patterson's review of the 30 Rock Season 4 premiere in Slate.
Todd VanDerWerff's post on the decline of 30 Rock on the AV Club's blog.
Terry Gross' interview with Tracy Morgan on NPR's Fresh Air (plus an excerpt from Morgan's memoir).
Baby Einstein "sets the record straight" on its refund offer.
Rachel Emma Silverman's post about the refunds on the Wall Street Journal blog the Juggle.
The XXfactor blog's posts about Baby Einstein.
Brad Paisley's official site.
Jody Rosen's review of Brad Paisley's album American Saturday Night in Rolling Stone.
Ben Ratliff's review of Brad Paisley's show at Madison Square Garden in the New York Times.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment.
Julia's pick: Season 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, available only in comic book form.
Jody's pick: The Outlaw Sea by William Langewiesche.
Stephen's picks: The Wire, The Larry Sanders Show, and In Treatment.

Outro music: Ron Brown's What's That Sound?

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

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Posted on Oct. 28 by Jacob Ganz at 11:35 a.m.

Oct. 21, 2009

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 57 with Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, 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 media circus surrounding the Colorado "Balloon Boy," the case for and against circumcision (as laid out in New York magazine), and the new documentary on the 40th anniversary of comedy troupe Monty Python.

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

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Video of Wolf Blitzer interviewing the Heene family on CNN's Larry King Live.
Jason Linkins' piece on the Huffington Post about how Twitter kept Wolf Blitzer honest after Falcon let the truth slip on air.
Pukey videos of the Heene family on Good Morning America and the Today show.
For and Against Foreskin, New York magazine's extensive package on the arguments for and against circumcision.
Emily Bazelon's 2006 pieces on circumcision in Slate.
Christopher Hitchens' piece in Slate against circumcision.
The official site for the new documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth, the Lawyer's Cut.
Alan Sepinwall's review of Almost the Truth in the Newark Star-Ledger.
Boatloads spam of Monty Python sketches spam on spam YouTube.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Jody's picks: The obscene British comedy duo Derek & Clive, plus Brad Paisley's album American Saturday Night.
Julia's pick: The funny, scary, perfectly compact film Zombieland.
Stephen's pick: Declaration of Dependence, the new album by Kings of Convenience.
Outro music: Brad Paisley's "American Saturday Night."
You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Oct. 21 by Jacob Ganz at 12:45 p.m.

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Oct. 14, 2009

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 56 with Daniel Engber, 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 Spike Jonze's film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, comedians' recent jibes at President Obama, and a series on obesity in America by Slate's Daniel Engber.

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

The official site for the Where The Wild Things Are movie.
HBO's site for Tell Them Anything You Want, Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs' documentary about Maurice Sendak.
Scott Timberg's piece in the Los Angeles Times about Sendak and Jonze.
Newsweek
's Ramin Setoodeh and Andrew Romano interview Sendak, Jonze, and co-screenwriter Dave Eggers
Bruce Handy wonders in the New York Times whether kids actually like Sendak's book.
McSweeney's site for Dave Eggers' novelization of the film, The Wild Things, and an excerpt in The New Yorker.
Choire Sicha and Tom Scocca eat Eggers and Jonze up in a post on the Awl.
Mark Leibovich's piece in the New York Times about comedians turning on President Obama.
Saturday Night Live
's recent sketches about Obama.
Jon Stewart gives the president a few pointers on how to clear his plate.

A few of Daniel Engber's pieces on obesity in Slate.
Nicholas Bakalar's article in the New York Times on rising obesity rates.
Sewell Chan's post for the New York Times City Room blog on NYC's anti-soda ad campaign.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Bill Moyers' 2004 interview with Maurice Sendak on PBS's NOW.
Stephen's pick: Robert Weinstock's Food Hates You, Too.
Daniel's pick: Stephanie Saul's piece on twins in the New York Times.

Outro music: Morrissey's "You're The One For Me, Fatty."

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

Posted on Oct. 14 by Jacob Ganz at 10:55 a.m.

Oct. 7, 2009

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 55 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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Get your 14-day free trial from our sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook, here. (Audiobook of the week: a trio of memoirs by Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl, read by the author.)

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the blackmail scandal surrounding David Letterman's sexual relationship with some of his female employees, the New Yorker's profile of Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke, and Condé Nast's decision to shutter Gourmet.

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

Letterman's apology to his staff and his wife on CBS's site.
New York Times coverage of the Letterman scandal (with video!).
Posts about Letterman on Slate's "Brow Beat" blog.
Tad Friend's profile of Nikki Finke in The New Yorker.
Finke's profane response on her blog, Deadline Hollywood Daily.
David Carr's July profile of Finke in the New York Times.
Hamilton Nolan's post on Gawker on the announcement to close Gourmet.
Jack Shafer's piece in Slate on Gourmet's end.
Epicurious.com, home of Gourmet's entire library of recipes.
Jill Hunter Pellettieri's post on Slate's "Brow Beat" blog about Gourmet.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: The Internet archive, Archive.org.
Julia's picks: Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen; and "Freaky Fortnight," the Slate series in which editor Michael Agger and his work-at-home wife, Susan Burton, swap lives.
Stephen's picks: solo versions of Richard Thompson's "Beeswing" on YouTube.

Outro music: Richard Thompson's "Beeswing."

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

Posted on Oct. 7 by Jacob Ganz at 10:58 a.m.

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

Jody Rosen is critic at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

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.