Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, boxing, and dadbod.

Why Did Dad Bod Become a Thing?  

Why Did Dad Bod Become a Thing?  

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May 6 2015 2:20 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, boxing, and dad bod. 

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Go to to learn more about Slate Plus and join today. This week on Slate Plus, Julia and Steve give Dana a chance to weigh in on the topics she’s missed over the last two weeks.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary about the Nirvana frontman. In what new ways does it examine Cobain’s heavily dissected life? Next up, guest Seth Stevenson recently tried boxing and was surprised by how much he liked it. Why did he ultimately decide to give it up? Finally, the term “dad bod” went viral last week. What is dad bod, and is this an actual trend? 

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Julia: Hamilton, a hip-hop inflected musical about the founding father that opens on Broadway this summer.

Outro: “In the Pines” by Lead Belly

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

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