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June 5 2013 12:25 PM

The Culture Gabfest Bondage Trousers Edition

Slate's podcast about the new USA series Graceland; the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at the Met; and when it’s OK to just plain hate a band, book, or movie.

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 246 with Dana Stevens and June Thomas with the audio player below.

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On this week’s episode, our critics review the USA network’s new series Graceland, a simultaneously sunny and gritty show about undercover agents living in a Real World-esque beach mansion; Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Meredith Blake guests. Second, we’re joined by Slate columnist and Barney’s creative ambassador Simon Doonan to discuss the Met’s new retrospective exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Finally, Slate’s new music critic Carl Wilson joins the Gabfest to take on the topic of hatred as a critical tool: When is it OK to just say, “I can’t stand this band, book, or movie?”

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

Endorsements:

June: The entertaining, eclectic new website about all things television, Previously.tv.

Carl: Author Josh Kun’s collection of old Southern California sheet music, new recordings, a live concert series, and overall multimedia treasure chest, “Songs in the Key of L.A.

Dana: Fill the Void, a new Israeli film about an arranged marriage in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.

Outro: “That’s the Way It Is,” by Celine Dion

You can email us at culturefest@slate.com.

This podcast was produced by Julia Furlan. Our intern is Sam McDougle.

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

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

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