Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Paris attacks, Master of None, the Russian doping scandal, and an interview with the stars of Hamilton.

The Slate Superfest Live From Broadway

The Slate Superfest Live From Broadway

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Nov. 18 2015 2:21 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Live From Broadway” Edition

Slate’s megapodcast on the Paris attacks, Master of None, the Russian doping scandal, and an interview with the stars of Hamilton.

The Superfest in New York on Nov. 16, 2015.

Photo by Lisa Larson-Walker

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This week on Slate Plus, the Culture Gabfest, Political Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen battle for podcast glory in a game of Family Feud.

This week’s episode is a special superpodcast co-starring Hang Up and Listen, the Political Gabfest, and host Dan Kois. First up, the politics crew discusses the recent terrorist attack in Paris. What approach should the next U.S. president take in addressing the growth of ISIS? Next, our culture trio reviews Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix comedy, Master of None. Why does this realistic show about a decent guy feel so surprisingly fresh and interesting? Then, Hang Up and Listen discusses the state-sponsored Russian track-and-field doping conspiracy. Is this the biggest scandal in sports history? Finally, Dana Stevens and John Dickerson interview Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr., two of the breakout stars from Broadway’s Hamilton. We close out with a lively debate in which Dan Kois pits teams of podcasters against one another to debate various questions. Should your romantic partner be allowed to read your email? Are today’s college students overly sensitive? Is it going to be OK?


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Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.

Stefan Fatsis is a panelist on Hang Up and Listen and the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic. Follow him on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Josh Levin is Slate’s editorial director.

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

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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.