Sarah Palin's Alaska, jihadi comedy Four Lions, and Sinatra bio Frank: the Voice, discussed onSlate's Culture Gabfest.

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Nov. 17 2010 12:26 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "You Can See My Ego From Russia" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Sarah Palin's Alaska, Four Lions, and the rest of the week in culture.

1_123125_2187915_080423_cgf_header

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 113 with Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

You can also download the program, 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  Carbonite.com, 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.

Get tickets to our live show in Seattle at www.slate.com/seattle

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Sarah Palin's new TLC show Sarah Palin's Alaska and the British jihadi comedy Four Lions, and are joined by Jody Rosen to assess the new Sinatra biography Frank: The Voice.

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

Troy Patterson's review of Sarah Palin's Alaska in Slate.
The official site for the show on TLC.
The  New York Times' take on Palin's reality debut.
Dana's review of the film Four Lions in Slate.
Watch the trailer for the film on IMDB.
Slate's Book Clubconversation about James Kaplan's new book Frank: The Voice.
Read an excerpt of Frank: The Voice in the New York Times.
Robert Christgau's obituary for Sinatra.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: The Big Apple Circus, the PBS show Circus and the reference site for all things circus-related, Circopedia.
Julia's pick: The award show honoring Tina Fey, who won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Jody's pick: The Flashman Novels, by George MacDonald Fraser, and Beat This: The Best of the English Beat.
Steve's pick: Ryan Adams' song "Come Pick Me Up."
Outro: Ryan Adam's "Come Pick Me Up"

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

This podcast was produced by Jesse Baker.

Follow us on the new Culturefest Twitter feed. And please Like the Culture Gabfeston Facebook.

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.

TODAY IN SLATE

Foreigners

The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

How Did the Royals Win Despite Bunting So Many Times? Bunting Is a Terrible Strategy.

Catacombs Where You Can Stroll Down Hallways Lined With Corpses

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.

Crime

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

Music

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Trending News Channel
Oct. 1 2014 1:25 PM Japanese Cheerleader Robots Balance and Roll Around on Balls
  News & Politics
Foreigners
Oct. 1 2014 6:41 PM The World’s Politest Protesters The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PM Spoiler Special: Transparent
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?