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
July 27 2016 1:26 PMWhat’s the Struttiest Song on Hamilton?The Culture Gabfest talks about the song with the best beat.
Culture Gabfest
July 22 2016 2:45 PMTaylor Swift Versus KimyeWho’s in the wrong here?
Culture Gabfest
July 15 2016 10:37 AMIs Watching the News Bad for You?The Culture Gabfest discusses the shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas.
Culture Gabfest
July 7 2016 10:37 AMWhat’s Hiding in Your Cultural Blind Spot?Objects in mirror might be closer than they appear.
Culture Gabfest
June 29 2016 3:51 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Independence, Duh” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Independence Day: Resurgence, an oral history of Angels in America, and New York’s profile on Judith Butler.
Culture Gabfest
June 22 2016 1:47 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Jalapeños on Your Eyeballs” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Finding Dory, UnReal Season 2, and the phenomenon of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.
Culture Gabfest
June 15 2016 12:35 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Followers of Satin” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on O.J.: Made in America, the five tribes of modern male fashion, and Dana Stevens’ l’esprit d’escalier.
Culture Gabfest
June 8 2016 1:17 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Lonely Cilantro” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Lady Dynamite, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and Paul Simon’s new album, Stranger to Stranger.
Culture Gabfest
June 1 2016 11:42 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Race, Class, Gosling” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Nice Guys, TV’s dwindling middle class, and Slate’s black film canon.
Culture Gabfest
May 25 2016 11:38 AMThe Culture Gabfest “What Kind of Preacher Are You?” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Neighbors 2, AMC’s Preacher, and a look at Christian Lorentzen’s objection to the adverb.
Culture Gabfest
May 18 2016 1:24 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Too Old to Be Governable, Too Young to Die” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Love and Friendship, Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool, and Scott & Bailey and comfort TV.
Culture Gabfest
May 11 2016 12:29 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Who Brought the Chardonnay” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Keanu, whether iTunes is a dinosaur that deserves extinction, and men’s book clubs.
Culture Gabfest
May 4 2016 3:07 PMThe Culture Gabfest “The Worst Man in the World” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Meddler, The Night Manager, and Donald Trump, the baby boomer.
Culture Gabfest
April 27 2016 12:18 PMHonoring the BardThe Culture Gabfest commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Culture Gabfest
April 20 2016 6:04 PMWhat Accents Are Our Hosts Hiding?The Culture Gabfest folks dissect their hometown intonations.
Culture Gabfest
July 27 2016 12:34 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2016” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the state of the songs of summer and Summer Strut 2016.
Culture Gabfest
July 20 2016 12:17 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Gotta Bust ’Em All” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Ghostbusters, Pokémon Go, and the New York Times Magazine’s profile on Chuck Close.
Culture Gabfest
July 13 2016 3:20 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Calamities Ensue” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Night Of, Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up, and cosmetic surgery in Hollywood.
Culture Gabfest
July 6 2016 12:35 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Steve Is a Mocap Golden Retriever” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The BFG, Animal Kingdom, and Facebook’s new algorithm.
Culture Gabfest
June 23 2016 1:59 PMWords That Save LivesWe all have a song, a book, or a poem that gets us through life’s rough patches.
Culture Gabfest
June 16 2016 5:46 PMSummer Reading, Had Me a BlastThe Culture Gabfest hosts dish on their ultimate summer reading memories.
Culture Gabfest
June 9 2016 2:25 PMThe Matchmaking Potential of the Culture GabfestAn intern says the podcast helped her get to know her husband when they first started dating.
Culture Gabfest
June 2 2016 11:50 AMShould I Break Up With My Cable Company?Everything you should know about cord cutting, on this week’s Culture Gabfest bonus segment.
Culture Gabfest
May 26 2016 1:54 PMTechnology Ate My Humanities HomeworkThe Culture Gabfest discusses pros and cons of the digital humanities.
Culture Gabfest
May 20 2016 11:42 AMHonoring Novelist Katherine DunnThe Culture Gabfest looks back at the Geek Love author’s legacy.
Culture Gabfest
May 13 2016 11:49 AMWho Are the Hamilton Haters?The Culture Gabfest discusses the cultural significance of the musical’s backlash.
Culture Gabfest
May 5 2016 1:17 PMIs It OK to Mourn Your Idols All Over Social Media?Those annoying social media mourners might have a point about Prince.
Cover Story
May 1 2016 8:02 PMDonald Trump, Baby BoomerHe wasn’t at Berkeley or Woodstock—and he definitely wasn’t in Vietnam—but Trump can only be understood as a terrifying product of his generation.
Culture Gabfest
April 27 2016 11:08 AMThe Culture Gabfest “The Beautiful Ones” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Prince, Lemonade, and The Girlfriend Experience.
Culture Gabfest
April 20 2016 9:22 AMThe Culture Gabfest “I Just Didn’t Believe He Was Raised by Wolves” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Jungle Book, Confirmation, and the fate of NPR.

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