Stephen Metcalf

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

Culture Gabfest
Oct. 5 2011 12:18 PMThe Culture Gabfest, “The Ken Burns Flinch” EditionListen to Slate's show about the new Ken Burns documentary Prohibition, Ikea, and the corpulence of Chris Christie.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 21 2011 11:06 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Feel the Burn" EditionListen to Slate's show about new movie Drive, the season premiere of Two and a Half Men, and the Burning Man festival.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 14 2011 12:46 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "The Paranoid Style in American Podcasting" EditionListen to Slate's show about 9/11 conspiracy theories, the iPhone app Instagram, and Suits on the USA Network.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 14 2011 12:44 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "The Paranoid Style in American Podcasting" EditionListen to Slate's show about 9/11 conspiracy theories, the iPhone app Instagram, and Suits on the USA Network.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 24 2011 11:44 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "The Three-Quarter Hour" EditionListen to Slate's show about the new BBC America program The Hour, the release of the West Memphis Three, and the deaths of songwriters Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 10 2011 1:33 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Hail Caesar" EditionListen to Slate's show about Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the state of the book review, and the return of the '90s.
Culture Gabfest
July 20 2011 11:14 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Vulture Epaulets" EditionListen to Slate's show about the final Harry Potter film, Facebook competitor Google+, and the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met.
Culture Gabfest
July 6 2011 11:15 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Real Men Cheat on Their Wives" EditionListen to Slate's show on Dan Savage and monogamy, Ashton Kutcher vs. the Village Voice, and 4chan's influential message board /b/.
The Dilettante
June 24 2011 1:59 PMThe Liberty Scam, Part 2Responding to the critics of my essay on Robert Nozick, the philosophical father of libertarianism.
The Dilettante
June 20 2011 7:06 AMThe Liberty ScamWhy even Robert Nozick, the philosophical father of libertarianism, gave up on the movement he inspired.
Culture Gabfest
June 8 2011 12:00 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "The Bite Is a Gift" EditionListen to Slate's show about "cultural vegetables," MTV's new series Teen Wolf, and the latest debate over the value of college in America.
Culture Gabfest
May 25 2011 7:28 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "The Edge of Glory Is Sitting on My Face, but Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" EditionListen to Slate's show about Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, and the latest controversy over acclaimed novelist Philip Roth.
Culture Gabfest
May 11 2011 2:27 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Grody, Moldy Breath of Tourists" EditionListen to Slate's show about Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Wesley Yang's New York cover story "Paper Tigers," and the enduring popularity of the Beastie Boys.
Culture Gabfest
April 27 2011 11:12 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Why All These Stupid Altruistic Urges?" EditionListen to Slate's show about the new Ayn Rand adaptation Atlas Shrugged Part 1, the New York Times Magazine cover story "Is Sugar Toxic?," and the Civil War blog Disunion.
Culture Gabfest
April 5 2011 1:41 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Debonair Counterspy" EditionListen to Slate's show about AMC's new Nordic noir The Killing, Spike's reality series Coal, and David Grann's New Yorker report on the murder of Rodrigo Rosenberg.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 28 2011 11:06 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Bunny Emergency" EditionListen to Slate's show about the new TV dramas Pan Am and The Playboy Club, the breakup of R.E.M., and the robots who are coming for your job.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 14 2011 12:02 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Stop Touching Your Face" EditionListen to Slate's show about Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, Anderson Cooper's new talk show Anderson, and the demise of the U.S. Postal Service.
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 14 2011 12:43 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "The Paranoid Style in American Podcasting" EditionListen to Slate's show about 9/11 conspiracy theories, the iPhone app Instagram, and Suits on the USA Network.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 31 2011 3:50 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Babyoncé" EditionListen to Slate's show about Hurricane Irene, self-help guru Timothy Ferriss, and Beyoncé's baby bump.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 17 2011 11:47 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Yammering Yobs" EditionListen to Slate's show about The Help, the riots in London, and summer reading.
Culture Gabfest
July 27 2011 11:46 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Featuring Marc Maron" EditionListen to Slate's show about Errol Morris' documentary Tabloid, streaming music service Spotify, and the podcast WTF with Marc Maron.
Culture Gabfest
July 13 2011 11:52 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Totally Gruesome" EditionListen to Slate's show about Jason Zinoman's guide to fixing modern horror, the film industry's all-too-familiar approach to online piracy, and the latest debate over antidepressants.
Culture Gabfest
June 29 2011 1:41 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Hornivores of the Savannah" EditionListen to Slate's show about the uncertain future of gay bars, the HBO documentary Hot Coffee, and The New Yorker on online dating.
Culture Gabfest
June 22 2011 10:49 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Summer Strut" EditionListen to Slate's show about the new New York Times documentary Page One, Robert Nozick, and great summer jams to kick-start your day.
Culture Gabfest
June 15 2011 1:59 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "I'm Doing The World a Favor" EditionListen to Slate's show about J.J. Abrams' Super 8, viral book Go the F**k to Sleep, and the latest in America's battle over bike lanes.
Culture Gabfest
June 1 2011 11:24 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "We're F---ing F---ed" EditionListen to Slate's show about Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, the death of "Godfather of Rap" Gil Scott-Heron, and playwright David Mamet's dramatic swing to the political right.
Culture Gabfest
May 18 2011 7:56 AMThe Culture Gabfest "Tacky but Vigorous" EditionListen to Slate's show about global reactions to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Eurotrash at the Eurovision Song Contest, and the raunchy new comedy Bridesmaids.
Culture Gabfest
May 4 2011 7:36 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Where Are Our Manners?" EditionListen to Slate's show about the U.S. reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden, the royal wedding extravaganza, and the comedic talents of Brian Williams.
Culture Gabfest
April 13 2011 10:26 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Drinkable Suede" EditionListen to Slate's show about the films of director Sidney Lumet, PBS' Vine Talk, and Meghan O'Rourke's new memoir The Long Goodbye.
Culture Gabfest
March 30 2011 1:26 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Gray Ladies" EditionListen to Slate's show about Todd Haynes' new miniseries Mildred Pierce, the death of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and the launch of the New York Times' paywall.

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