Slate's Culture Gabfest on the It Gets Better campaign, a newly unearthed Ted Hughes poem, and HBO's Bruce Springsteen documentary.
Slate's Culture Gabfest on the It Gets Better campaign, a newly unearthed Ted Hughes poem, and HBO's Bruce Springsteen…
Slate's weekly roundtable.
Oct. 13 2010 12:23 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "Does It Get Better?" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Dan Savage's It Gets Better campaign and the rest of the week in culture.


Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 108 with Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, Dana Stevens, June Thomas, 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 listeners have to say about the latest podcast.

This episode is brought to you by Carbonite, the leader in online backup. Carbonite backs up your files automatically, whenever you connect to the Internet. Try Carbonite for free. Go to, and enter offer code SLATE. If you decide to buy the service (after the trial), you'll get two months free with offer code SLATE.

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by June Thomas to discuss It Gets Better, the Web campaign addressed to gay teens, and the newly discovered Ted Hughes poem "Last Letter," about the days before Sylvia Plath died. They're joined by Jody Rosen to discuss HBO's new Bruce Springsteen documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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

The YouTube channel for the It Gets Better Web campaign.
The original It Gets Better video from Dan Savage and his husband.
Watch It Gets Better videos from Christine Quinn, Tim Gunn, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.
The New Statesman exclusive on Ted Hughes' poem about the night Sylvia Plath died.
Channel 4 News' story on the new Hughes poem, including a partial reading of the poem by the actor Jonathan Pryce.
Watch a trailer for the new HBO documentary The Promise here.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Jody's pick: Al Green's album I'm Still in Love With You and the Philip Larkin poem "Sad Steps."
Dana's pick: Sylvia Plath's journals and Diane Middlebrook's book Her Husband.
Julia's pick: The NBC sitcom Community.
Steve's pick: The music of Solomon Burke and the 1965 Julie Christie film Darling.

Outro: Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me"

You can e-mail us at

Podcast production by Jesse Baker.

Like Slate on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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.

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.

  Slate Plus
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 9 2016 1:49 PM The 11th Worst Super Bowl in History How do you measure Super Bowl mediocrity? Slate correspondent Justin Peters stacks them up.