Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the Star Trek Franchise, Daft Punk’s New Album Random Access Memories, and Google Glass.

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May 22 2013 10:29 AM

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Slate's podcast about the Star Trek franchise, Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories, and Google Glass.

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 244 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas with the audio player below.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss the joyfully unkillable Star Trek franchise with Slate’s own Matthew Yglesias. They are then joined by music critic Jonah Weiner to review Random Access Memories, the much-hyped new album from the space-helmet-sporting French electronica duo Daft Punk. Lastly, the Gabfest crew takes a look at Google’s new smartphone for your face, Google Glass: Will it extend our human powers or finally debauch them for good?

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

Endorsements:

Dana: Scottish-born singer, songwriter, poet, and humorist Ivor Cutler.

June: Syfy’s dystopian, future-frontier-town based, alien-infused series Defiance.

Stephen: Poet Phillip Larkin’s poem concerning the sensation of foreignness, “The Importance of Elsewhere.”

Outro: “I’m Walking to a Farm” by Ivor Cutler

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

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

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