Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Post, The End of the F***ing World, and Facebook.

The Frivolous Gravitas of The Post

The Frivolous Gravitas of The Post

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Jan. 17 2018 11:21 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Post, The End of the F***ing World, and Facebook.


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This week, the critics discuss Steven Spielberg’s The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee during the Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers. Does the movie take full advantage of the talent involved, or is it too cheesy? Next, they talk about Netflix’s new series The End of the F***ing World, a British import about a self-identified teenage sociopath. Is this one of the best shows Stephen Metcalf has ever watched?! Finally, Will Oremus joins the gabbers to discuss Facebook’s pivot to friends, which will change users’ news feeds to prioritize posts generated by friends and family, and what that could mean for the future of Facebook.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Dana: Have One on Me by Joanna Newsom

Julia: Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry


Steve: “Manhattan” by Cat Power, and the film Graduation

Outro: Manhattan” by Cat Power

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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.