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
June 22 2017 4:00 PMSnowflake, Loser, and Other Political JabsThe Culture Gabfest on the insults and name-calling that have derailed our civic discourse.
Culture Gabfest
June 15 2017 3:23 PMThe Unexpected Genius of Car BoysWhat makes two dudes simulating car crashes such compelling viewing?
DoubleX Gabfest
June 8 2017 5:14 PMEverything Australia Wanted to Know About the Culture GabfestAn audience Q&A from a live taping in Melbourne, Australia.
Culture Gabfest
May 31 2017 10:54 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Live From Sydney” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Baywatch, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the current state of criticism.
Science
May 18 2017 3:38 PMThe Rhetorical Tricks of Climate Change DeniersThe Culture Gabfest deconstructs a controversial column by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
Culture Gabfest
May 10 2017 10:22 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Dana Works Blue” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on American Gods, David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon, and Dove’s new body wash bottles.
Culture Gabfest
April 26 2017 2:28 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Live From Washington, D.C.” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Fate of the Furious, Bob Dylan’s singing abilities, and the best movies about our nation’s capital.
Culture Gabfest
April 12 2017 2:09 PMThe Culture Gabfest “WTF Were You Thinking” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Colossal, Comedy Central’s Review, and Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad.
Culture Gabfest
March 23 2017 2:23 PMReading 1984, the Breakout Novel of 2017What George Orwell taught the Culture Gabfest about “alternative facts.”
Culture Gabfest
March 8 2017 1:50 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Lose the Shoulder Pads” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on George Orwell’s 1984, Feud, and sleeping habits.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 22 2017 11:28 AMThe Culture Gabfest “[Crickets]” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Big Little Lies, Silence, and Missing Richard Simmons.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 8 2017 3:44 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Archie Got Hot” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Riverdale, Hell or High Water, and this year’s Super Bowl ads.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 25 2017 12:12 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Chalkboard Ninja” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Hidden Figures, Oscar nominations, and punching Nazis.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 12 2017 1:57 PMThe Podcasts We Listen to Right NowThe Culture Gabfest picks a playlist of favorites for 2017. 
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 4 2017 1:01 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Samba and Tapas” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and this year’s Slate Movie Club.
Culture Gabfest
June 21 2017 10:26 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Vicarious Nails” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on It Comes at Night, Claws, and Beth Ditto’s solo album Fake Sugar.
Culture Gabfest
June 14 2017 10:40 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Thus Always to Tyrants” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Mommy Dead and Dearest, the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar controversy, and the new podcast Hi-Phi Nation.
Culture Gabfest
June 7 2017 11:19 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Live From Melbourne” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Wonder Woman, the songwriting process of Courtney Barnett, and cultural perceptions about Australia.
Culture Gabfest
May 18 2017 6:52 PMHow to Give Sage AdviceThe Culture Gabfest’s short guide to parenting, relationship, and career advice.
Culture Gabfest
May 17 2017 10:14 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Needless With Three E’s” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Anne With an E, FaceApp, and Caity Weaver’s profile of Dwayne Johnson in GQ.
Culture Gabfest
May 3 2017 12:44 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Demme God” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the legacy of Jonathan Demme, Tramps, and Bret Stephens’ climate change op-ed.
Culture Gabfest
April 19 2017 12:15 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Five Men and a Baby” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the Netflix documentary Five Came Back, the end of Girls, and the United Airlines controversy.
Culture Gabfest
April 5 2017 1:32 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Lust-Free Dinner With David Plotz” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on S-Town, Ghost in the Shell, and eating dinner with Mike Pence.
Culture Gabfest
March 16 2017 2:07 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Nature Made Me a Freak, Man Made Me a Weapon” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Logan, 50 Song Memoir, and privilege.
Culture Gabfest
March 1 2017 1:35 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Crab Dystopia” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Get Out, the Oscars, and Planet Earth II.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 15 2017 12:37 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Stephen’s Universe” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Steven Universe, Saturday Night Live’s political satire, and the Trump Story Project.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 1 2017 12:52 PMThe Culture Gabfest “We Love Spunk” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Elle, This Is Us, and Mary Tyler Moore.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 18 2017 12:20 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Slow-Mo Nun Soccer” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Young Pope, A Monster Calls, and Neanderthals.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 11 2017 1:49 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Decadent Slime” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The OA, Fences, and art in hard times.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 28 2016 9:42 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Two Condoms and a Poem” EditionIn a special call-in edition of Slate’s Culture Gabfest, the critics answer listeners’ questions and offer advice.

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