Culture Gabfest on Steven Universe, Saturday Night Live’s political satire, and the Trump Story Project.

The Crystalline Beauty of Steven Universe

The Crystalline Beauty of Steven Universe

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Feb. 15 2017 12:37 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Stephen’s Universe” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Steven Universe, Saturday Night Live’s political satire, and the Trump Story Project.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the animated series Steven Universe, Cartoon Network’s hidden “gem,” and the ways that this children’s show explores some unexpectedly deep emotions. Then, the Political Gabfest’s Emily Bazelon joins the show to talk about how the Trump presidency has breathed new life into Saturday Night Live’s political satire over the past few weeks. The show now dominates late night, but do the Trump Cabinet parodies need to be funny to provide psychic relief? Finally, the gabbers are joined by Ben H. Winters to discuss Slate’s Trump Story Project, a series of short stories about the imagined future of the Trump administration.

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Endorsements

Dana: “Our Part in the Darkness” by Rabih Amaleddine in the New Yorker

Julia: Prince’s playlist from his appearance on New Girl

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Stephen: Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity and Integrity by Christine M. Korsgaard

Outro: “Wild and Free” by Curtis Mayfield

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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 is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.