Slate's Culture Gabfest onUndercover Boss, Ricky Martin's announcement that he's gay, and the Web site TVTropes.org.

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March 31 2010 12:01 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner discuss the CBS television show Undercover Boss, the language celebrities use when they come out as gay, and the Web site TVTropes.org.

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

Full episodes of the CBS television show Undercover Boss.
The official Ricky Martin Web page.
Rolling Stone's1999 cover story on Ricky Martin.
Neil Patrick Harris tells People magazine in 2006 that he is "a very content gay man …"
Time's 1997 cover story on Ellen DeGeneres.
American Idol star Adam Lambert comes out in Rolling Stone.
Christopher Booker's book The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories.
The Web sites TV Tropes and Television Without Pity.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: A recipe for the Passover dish charoset, from listener Caroline Papas. (Find it posted to our Facebook page.)
Julia's pick: Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.
Steve's pick: The Futureheads cover of Kate Bush's song "Hounds of Love".

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

Posted on March 31 by Jesse Baker at 12:02 p.m.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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.