Stephen Metcalf
Stephen Metcalf Stephen Metcalf

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

Culture Gabfest
Sept. 24 2014 6:56 PMThe Culture Gabfest “If Bono Were a Chess Piece” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on U2, the secret world of competitive chess, and the unfairness of framing Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman.”
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Sept. 12 2014 5:05 PMMike Pesca vs. the Culture Gabfest Watch this week’s Culture Gabfest extra for Slate Plus
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Sept. 3 2014 11:35 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Vancouver, France” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans, Twitch.tv, and “Against [X]” essays.
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July 23 2014 9:56 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Ape Not Kill Ape” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Kickstarter, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
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July 9 2014 12:39 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Babbling Brooks” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Snowpiercer, Vicious, and David Brooks’ guide to emotional depth.
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June 25 2014 11:33 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2014” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Fosters, Brooklyn’s industrial signs, and the 2014 summer strut playlist.
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June 11 2014 3:52 PMThe Culture Gabfest: The “Are You Done Yet” Bonus SegmentDana and Julia corner Stephen to ask him five questions about his recent book leave.
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May 7 2014 11:54 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Live from Montreal” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Orphan Black, Hateship Loveship, and Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love.
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April 23 2014 12:48 PMShould Gawker Ban Internet Slang?
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April 16 2014 11:22 AMWe Wanted to Welcome You to Slate Plus… So we created these videos just for you, members!
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April 2 2014 12:33 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Are You There God? It’s Me, Hollywood” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Noah, Doll & Em, and the end of Television Without Pity.
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March 5 2014 2:39 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Travoltified” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the Academy Awards, American fraternities, and the “normcore” aesthetic.
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Feb. 19 2014 11:29 AMIs Italian Oscar Nominee The Great Beauty a Sumptuous Feast or a Pretentious Mess?
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Feb. 5 2014 11:01 AMRosanne Cash Names Her Favorite Rosanne Cash Song
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Jan. 22 2014 12:01 PMShould the Allegations Against Woody Allen Affect How We Feel About His Movies?
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Sept. 17 2014 8:05 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Oh, Grow Up!” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on A. O. Scott’s eulogy to adulthood, “fingerprint” words, and the Apple Watch.
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Sept. 10 2014 10:50 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Talk of Shame” EditionA special call-in edition of the Slate Culture Gabfest! On: parenthood, imaginary language knowledge, film festivals, and more.
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Aug. 6 2014 12:10 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Not That Gomorrah” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Guardians of the Galaxy, plagiarism scandals, and brainstorming a new theme song.
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July 16 2014 10:48 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Migrating Buns” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Boyhood, Botched, and the dating app Tinder.
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July 2 2014 1:18 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Grief Sandwich” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on They Came Together, HBO’s The Leftovers, and ClickHole
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June 18 2014 12:58 PMThe Culture Gabfest “This Is Sparta” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on 22 Jump Street, mainstreaming poetry, and the songs of the summer.
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June 11 2014 11:06 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Re-Stephening” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Obvious Child, young adult literature, and home economics.
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April 30 2014 10:46 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Gild This” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and spring cleaning.
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April 16 2014 2:46 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Silent T Party” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Stephen Colbert’s move to The Late Show, Adam Begley’s Updike, and Futurism at the Guggenheim.
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April 9 2014 12:46 PMDoes Silicon Valley Have a Sense of Humor?
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March 19 2014 11:22 AMDo Trigger Warnings Promote Sensitivity or Entitlement on College Campuses?
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Feb. 26 2014 11:49 AMWhere Would Judd Apatow Be Without Harold Ramis?
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Feb. 12 2014 12:33 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Piece of Resistance” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Lego Movie, how the Sochi games affect U.S. views of Russia, and historical photos on Twitter.
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Jan. 29 2014 2:15 PMIn What World Could Philomena Win Best Picture?
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Jan. 15 2014 10:42 AMThe Culture Gabfest “From Now on This Gabfest Is a Space for Silent Reflection” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on True Detective, The Spoils of Babylon, and the absence of African-American artists at the top of Billboard charts.

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