Slate's Culture Gabfest on Seth Stevenson's book Grounded, the Google tool that lets you buy TV ads, and Apple's new…

Slate's weekly roundtable.
April 8 2010 9:53 AM

The Culture Gabfest, "I Want To Touch the Machine" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about the week in culture.

1_123125_2187915_080423_cgf_header

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 81 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Seth Stevenson, 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  via iTunes  or directly with our  RSS feed. Find the Culturefest Facebook page here. Leave us a note and see what other Culturefest listeners have to say about the latest podcast.

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Seth Stevenson, and Julia Turner discuss Seth Stevenson's new travel book, Grounded; the Google tool that lets you buy TV ads; and Apple's much-hyped iPad.

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

Seth Stevenson's new book Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.
The Slate V ad that ran on national television with a little help from Google.
Seth Stevenson's pieces on the mesmerizing ads for HeadOn and Overstock.com in Slate.
Slate
'sFarhad Manjoo on whether the iPad is necessary.
Choire Sicha's takedown of the device in the Awl.
The New York Times writer David Carr defends the iPad to New Yorkmagazine.
Ad Age's article on the advertiser preference for apps over mobile Web sites.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Seth's pick: Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.
Dana's pick: Seth's girlfriend, Rebecca.
Steve's pick: Champion crew socks in black.
Julia's pick: The West coast treat See's Candies.

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

Posted on April 8 by Jesse Baker at 9:53 a.m.

Seth Stevenson is a frequent contributor to Slate. He is the author of Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.

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.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Moneybox
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 18 2014 8:58 AM Does this Colorado Poll Show Latino Voters Bailing on the 2014 Election?
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Food
Sept. 18 2014 9:34 AM How to Order Chinese Food First, stop thinking of it as “Chinese food.”
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Television
Sept. 18 2014 8:53 AM The Other Huxtable Effect Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 18 2014 7:30 AM Red and Green Ghosts Haunt the Stormy Night
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?