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

Culture Gabfest
Dec. 11 2014 10:23 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Rock, Paper, Scissors” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Wild, Matisse’s Cutouts at MOMA, and the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 4 2014 7:21 PMCulture Gabfest Extra: Pasadena, Here We ComeThree Culturefesters drive around Los Angeles toward a secret destination used in an ’80s summer blockbuster.
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 26 2014 10:22 AMThe Culture Gabfest “How Could You?” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the downfall of Bill Cosby, the legacy of Mike Nichols, and what the critics are thankful for this year.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 18 2014 5:40 PMThe Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn EditionSlate’s mega-podcast on Obama’s immigration reform push, the rise of emoji, and Adam Silver’s call to legalize sports betting.
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 5 2014 12:50 PMThe Culture Gabfest “The New York Review of Taylor Swift” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Taylor Swift’s 1989, The 50 Year Argument, and that street harassment video.
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 22 2014 1:10 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Live From Boston” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest, live from Boston! On Birdman, “Sexiest [X] Alive” profiles, and poetry with Robert Pinsky.
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 10 2014 11:47 AMThe Culture Gabfest “You and Your Strange Ways Here in Hollywood” EditionLive from L.A.! The critics talk to Jenny Slate, discuss the movie adaptation of Gone Girl, talk screenwriting with John August and Craig Mazin, and close out with Natasha Lyonne.
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 1 2014 2:19 PMThe Culture Gabfest “That Balloon Dog Didn’t Make Itself” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest tours the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney, and discusses the myth of the “self-made man.”
Culture Gabfest
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.
Culture Gabfest
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.
Culture Gabfest
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.
Culture Gabfest
July 16 2014 10:48 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Migrating Buns” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Boyhood, Botched, and the dating app Tinder.
Culture Gabfest
July 2 2014 1:18 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Grief Sandwich” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on They Came Together, HBO’s The Leftovers, and ClickHole
Culture Gabfest
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.
Culture Gabfest
June 11 2014 11:06 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Re-Stephening” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Obvious Child, young adult literature, and home economics.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 8 2014 10:06 AMThe Culture Gabfesters’ Little Trip to the Big Dig 
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 3 2014 2:39 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Totally Obsessed” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Black Mirror, Willa Paskin on cultural obsession, and more Willa Paskin on the decline of TV comedy.
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 19 2014 10:36 AMBattle of the Slate Podcast Empire!
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 12 2014 10:40 AMTo Become a London Cabdriver, You Must Pass the Hardest Test in the World
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 29 2014 2:11 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Watching the Watchers Do the Watching” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Citizenfour, Jane the Virgin, and the unseen workers keeping your social media feeds clean.
Culture Gabfest
Oct. 15 2014 10:42 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Find Your Biatch” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Serial, Dan Pashman’s Eat More Better, and Zadie Smith’s essay “Find Your Beach.”
Political Gabfest
Oct. 10 2014 10:34 AMThe “Live in San Francisco Superfest” EditionListen to Slate's show about California’s sexual consent law, political television, and Silicon Valley’s impact on American culture.
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.”
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 12 2014 5:05 PMMike Pesca vs. the Culture Gabfest Watch this week’s Culture Gabfest extra for Slate Plus
Culture Gabfest
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.
Culture Gabfest
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.
Culture Gabfest
July 9 2014 12:39 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Babbling Brooks” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Snowpiercer, Vicious, and David Brooks’ guide to emotional depth.
Culture Gabfest
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.
Slate Plus
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.
Culture Gabfest
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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