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
Aug. 19 2015 2:26 PMThe Culture Gabfest “911 Is a Leitmotif” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Show Me a Hero, Straight Outta Compton, and office culture at Amazon.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 5 2015 11:32 AMThe Culture Gabfest #Squadgoals EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, #squad, and country music for people who don’t like country music.
Culture Gabfest
July 29 2015 9:43 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Go Set a Pet” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Look of Silence, GMOs, and Dr. Seuss’ newly released book.
Culture Gabfest
July 22 2015 12:54 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Haders Gonna Hade, Hackers Gonna Hack, Gawkers Gonna Gawk” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Trainwreck, Mr. Robot, and the controversy at Gawker.
Culture Gabfest
July 8 2015 12:14 PMThe Culture Gabfest “It’s Not Bro Time, It’s Go Time” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Magic Mike XXL, the new Nina Simone documentary, and “The Decline of the American Actor.”
Culture Gabfest
June 17 2015 10:39 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Should We Consult Here or in My Bungalow?” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Jurassic World, the death of Ornette Coleman, and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
Culture Gabfest
June 3 2015 1:49 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Whack-a-Guest” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Laura Kipnis’ Title IX investigation, generational labels, and Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs.
Culture Gabfest
May 20 2015 10:57 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Badass Matriarchy” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Mad Max: Fury Road and the Mad Men finale
Culture Gabfest
May 13 2015 11:33 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Steve Has a Hangover in Toronto” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Ex Machina, David Letterman, and Lip Sync Battle.
Culture Gabfest
May 6 2015 2:20 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Stupid and Contagious” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, boxing, and dad bod. 
Culture Gabfest
April 22 2015 11:02 AMThe Culture Gabfest “About Lightning” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on About Elly, movie trailers, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s SNAP challenge.
Culture Gabfest
April 8 2015 6:12 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Bald Guys Fighting” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Furious 7, casting, and public shaming on the Internet.
Culture Gabfest
March 25 2015 12:20 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Scamp Stamp” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on It’s Me, Hilary; Laura Kipnis’ article about “sexual paranoia” on campus; and the art of celebrity impressions.
Low Concept
Feb. 27 2015 6:28 PMThe Life Span of the Novel, From Pamela to Fifty Shades of GreyWhat the professors of the future will tell their students about E.L. James’ erotic opus.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 18 2015 12:47 PMThe “All About Love“ Bonus SegmentCulture Lovefest: Stephen, Julia, and Dana reveal their favorite love songs
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 12 2015 9:27 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Lite in August” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Wet Hot American Summer, The End of the Tour, and air conditioning.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 4 2015 9:07 AMHang Up and Listen: The Fiddlin’ With Equipment EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Tom Brady suspension, the New York Mets’ resurgence, and an interview with Greg Louganis about the documentary Back on Board.
Culture Gabfest
July 28 2015 3:09 PMThe “Vocal Fry” Bonus SegmentDana, Julia, Stephen, and Ann discuss women’s voices, vocal fry, and more.
Culture Gabfest
July 15 2015 11:19 AMThe Culture Gabfest “What a Long, Strange Trip We’ve Totally Ignored” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Catastrophe, the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well tour, and The Next Next Level.
Culture Gabfest
June 24 2015 11:49 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Life, Money, Art” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Inside Out, the new $10 bill, and the new Whitney Museum.
Culture Gabfest
June 10 2015 10:39 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Spy. Unreal. Wow.” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Spy, Unreal, and the writers’ room at ClickHole.
Culture Gabfest
May 27 2015 10:47 AMThe Culture Gabfest “I See Floating Hearts” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Wayward Pines, Periscope, and Simon Pegg’s critique of geek culture in Hollywood.
Sports Nut
May 18 2015 9:55 PMPatriots Derangement SyndromeDeflategate has sent New England fans over the deep end.
Behind the Scenes
May 8 2015 10:12 AMThe Culture Gabfest Like You’ve Never Heard It BeforeListen to this week's Culture Gabfest "Behold! Ignorance and Want” Edition—complete, unfiltered, and uncut.
Culture Gabfest
April 29 2015 10:38 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Heavy Is the Head That Wears the Guacamole” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Wolf Hall, Bruce Jenner’s interview, and avocados.
Culture Gabfest
April 15 2015 11:42 AMThe Culture Gabfest “’Tates and Sass” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on While We’re Young, Genius, and the historical legacies of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
Culture Gabfest
April 1 2015 10:25 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Fluffy Karaoke Chicken Bites Dog” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on White God, Simon Doonan’s “Charm Offensive,” and karaoke. 
Culture Gabfest
March 4 2015 11:45 AMThe Culture Gabfest “There’s No Wrong Way to Use a Margarita Pool” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Last Man on Earth, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s travel writing, and the viral phenomenon of “the dress.”
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 25 2015 11:43 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Decapitated Swan Dress” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the Academy Awards, Björk’s album Vulnicura, and audiophilia. 
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 18 2015 10:36 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Red Room of Pain” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Fifty Shades of Grey, Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show, and Oscar fashion coverage.

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Sept. 1 2015 12:20 PM Does Contraception Reduce Abortions? The relationship is surprisingly ambiguous—until you look at the best evidence.