Slate’s Culture Gabfest call-in show, in which topics range from the effects of globalization on cultural diversity to the nuances of chicken husbandry.

What Childhood Cultural Moment Changed Your Life? Slate’s Culture Gabfest Weighs in.

What Childhood Cultural Moment Changed Your Life? Slate’s Culture Gabfest Weighs in.

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Sept. 18 2013 9:49 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Can Someone Show Me How to Laugh Deeply?” Edition

A special call-in edition of Slate’s Culture Gabfest, in which topics range from globalization to chicken husbandry.

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On this call-in edition of the Culture Gabfest, the critics answer listeners’ questions spanning a wide range of topics, including their preferred means of media consumption, the book that best encapsulates New York City, and the effects of globalization on cultural diversity. The gabbers also discuss their favorite paintings, the Canadians with the most influence on American culture, literary milestones from their childhoods, and, of course, chicken husbandry.

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Dana: Thanks for the Use of the Hall, director Dan Sallit’s film blog. In particular, Sallit’s writing on Howard Hawks.

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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.

Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.