Stephen Metcalf Stephen Metcalf

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

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June 19 2013 9:49 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Hurry Up With My Damn Croissants” EditionSlate's podcast about Kanye West’s new album Yeezus, Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel, and ambivalence.
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May 22 2013 10:29 AMProg Bots Into Darkness EditionSlate's podcast about the Star Trek franchise, Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories, and Google Glass.
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May 8 2013 10:34 AMThe Culture Gabfest: This Is a Movie About Hope EditionSlate's podcast about Iron Man 3, Steven Soderbergh’s State of Cinema address, and Comedy Central’s new show Inside Amy Schumer.
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April 24 2013 10:26 AMThe Culture Gabfest: A Rhythm of Liquids EditionSlate's podcast about the daily rituals of artists and writers, the Sundance Channel’s series Rectify, and the camp aesthetic.
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April 10 2013 10:39 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Pop Rocks in a Fanny Pack EditionSlate's podcast about the life and legacy of Roger Ebert, National Geographic Channel’s miniseries The '80s: The Decade That Made Us, and England’s seven social classes.
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March 13 2013 2:48 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Meat Your God EditionSlate's show about the History Channel’s miniseries The Bible, the 2012 Vida Count of women in the literary arts, and the death of the pun.
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Feb. 20 2013 3:12 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Only Beyoncé Could Make Me Not Like Beyoncé EditionSlate's podcast about the new Beyoncé documentary, the dad magazine Kindling Quarterly, and the Oscar-nominated documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
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Jan. 30 2013 11:57 AMThe Culture Gabfest: First, We Kill All the Cats EditionSlate's podcast about Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” the movie John Dies at the End, and the feline menace known as the house cat.
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Jan. 9 2013 11:50 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Falling Off the Treadmill Vomiting EditionSlate's podcast about the year in movies, The Biggest Loser, and the decline of the American shopping mall.
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Dec. 26 2012 10:57 AMThe Culture Gabfest: First Time, Long Time EditionA special call-in edition of Slate’s culture podcast.
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Dec. 12 2012 1:15 PMThe Culture Gabfest: “I Normally Have To Be Drunk Off My Ass To Do This” EditionSlate's podcast about Beasts of the Southern Wild, why the art world is so despicable, and Beck’s Song Reader.
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Nov. 28 2012 1:36 PMThe Culture Gabfest: “Slut on a Hot Tin Roof” EditionSlate's podcast about Liz & Dick, the Web-video montages known as supercuts, and the possibly dubious app Snapchat.
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Nov. 14 2012 5:50 PMThe Culture Gabfest: What Is Stuffed Inside of What Is Stuffed Inside of What EditionSlate's podcast about the Bond movie Skyfall, Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Essays Since 1950, and the vegetarian’s Thanksgiving centerpiece, the Veggieducken.
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Nov. 1 2012 11:29 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Frankenfest EditionSlate's podcast about Hurricane Sandy and social media, the music of Nashville, and intellectualism in the Mormon Church.
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Oct. 17 2012 11:12 AMThe Culture Gabfest: I Did It for the Lulz EditionSlate's podcast about the movie Argo, the Reddit Violentacrez controversy, and Cook’s Illustrated.
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June 12 2013 12:33 PMThe Culture Gabfest Selfie Duckface EditionSlate's podcast about HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones, Joss Whedon’s new film Much Ado About Nothing, and the “selfie.”
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May 15 2013 12:08 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Luhrmania EditionSlate's podcast about Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, IFC’s new series Maron, and Time magazine’s recent cover article “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation.”
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May 1 2013 11:06 AMThe Culture Gabfest: But Mostly Pain EditionSlate's podcast about Michael Bay’s movie Pain and Gain, Top of the Morning and the battle for morning TV dominance, and Amazon’s TV pilots.
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April 17 2013 10:36 AMThe Culture Gabfest: The Mason-Dixon Needs Some Fixin’ EditionSlate's podcast about the Brad Paisley-LL Cool J collaboration “Accidental Racist,” the digital currency bitcoin, and HBO’s newsmagazine show Vice.
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April 3 2013 10:14 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Auteurs Gone Wild EditionSlate's podcast about Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, the Reddit-based community Gaybros, and the art of book recommendations.
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Feb. 27 2013 12:34 PMThe Culture Gabfest: We Saw You’re a Boob EditionSlate's podcast about the 2013 Academy Awards, the “Harlem Shake” Internet meme, and the HBO series Enlightened.
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Feb. 13 2013 11:14 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Hump the Host EditionSlate's podcast about the 50th anniversary Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, and the Oscar-nominated movie Lincoln.
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Jan. 16 2013 11:36 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Love and Death in a Fabulous Apartment EditionSlate's podcast about Michael Haneke’s Amour, self-help, and Maria Bamford’s comedy Special Special Special!
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Jan. 3 2013 1:08 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Plodding Recitative EditionSlate's podcast about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the movie musical Les Misérables, and the question and answer site Quora.
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Dec. 19 2012 11:48 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Trapped in a Glass Box With Dwarves EditionSlate's podcast about The Hobbit, the A&E series Duck Dynasty, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.
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Dec. 5 2012 12:36 PMThe Culture Gabfest: UniBall Vision Elite EditionSlate's podcast about gay people who don’t want to get married, the lost art of handwriting, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s take on “neomania.”
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Nov. 21 2012 1:31 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Drooping and Slumping Toward Insanity EditionSlate's podcast about the New York Times’ review of Guy Fieri’s restaurant, Philip Roth’s retirement, and Amtrak’s Quiet Car.
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Nov. 7 2012 12:08 PMThe Culture Gabfest: On Tenterhooks EditionSlate's podcast about the movie Flight, Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, and the poetry of the hashtag.
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Oct. 24 2012 12:09 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Why Did You Give Me That Bag of Skittles? EditionSlate's podcast about the 40th anniversary of Free To Be … You and Me, Saturday Night Live debate spoofs, and HeTexted.com.
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Oct. 10 2012 12:13 PMThe Culture Gabfest: You Big MOOC EditionSlate's podcast about the movie Pitch Perfect, the comedy writer Seth MacFarlane, and higher education online.

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