The Culture Gabfest discuss Australian culture, from kangaroos to mandatory voting to reckoning with its colonial past.

What the Culture Gabfest Learned on Its Trip Down Under

What the Culture Gabfest Learned on Its Trip Down Under

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June 29 2017 4:10 PM

What We Learned on Our Trip to Australia

The Culture Gabfest on Australian wildlife, the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry, and the country’s dutiful acknowledgement of its colonial past.

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In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Wednesday’s edition of the Culture Gabfest, Dana, Stephen, and Julia share some impressions from their trip to Australia.

What’s going on with the former convict colony these days? While American politics dominate the news in Australia, Americans are often ignorant of Australian news. The hosts discuss what makes Australia so civilized compared with the U.S., and Stephen takes sides in the sibling rivalry between sunny Sydney and artsy Melbourne.

Plus, the question Dana still wishes she had asked: Why do male kangaroos’ backs smell like delicious, warm maple syrup?

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