Slate’s Culture Gabfest on A Quiet Place, Howards End, and preventative care.

A Quiet Place Is About the Terrors of Parenting

A Quiet Place Is About the Terrors of Parenting

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April 18 2018 12:21 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Apocalypse Mom” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on A Quiet Place, Howards End, and preventative care.

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It’s the Culture Gabfest’s 500th episode! This week, the critics discuss the new horror film A Quiet Place, directed by and starring John Krasinski. They debate whether the film should have been scarier, unpack the logistics of having a child in a post-apocalyptic world, and examine what has led to the recent indie-horror-movie resurgence. Then, the gabbers turn to Kenneth Lonergan’s Starz miniseries Howards End. Is this the definitive adaptation of the novel by E.M. Forster? Finally, the critics discuss Barbara Ehrenreich’s new piece about preventative care and how we should approach old age.

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Outro: “You Missed My Heart,” by Mark Kozelek

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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.