Stephen Metcalf
Stephen Metcalf Stephen Metcalf

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

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
Feb. 11 2015 11:30 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Ass Over Teakettle” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Better Call Saul, Whiplash, and the ethics of publishing Harper Lee’s manuscript.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 29 2015 12:32 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Whiteout Conditions” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on American Sniper, Jonathan Chait’s article on the resurgence of political correctness, and the Sundance Film Festival.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 14 2015 5:44 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Expensive Speech” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Selma, the cultural response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the new online-only Merriam-Webster edition.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 31 2014 9:43 AMThe Culture Gabfest “New Theme Song” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest comes up with new theme music! Out with the old, in with the new.
Behind the Scenes
Dec. 23 2014 8:12 PMThe 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
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.”
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.
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 4 2015 10:50 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Nice Singlet!” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Foxcatcher, Sleater-Kinney’s album No Cities to Love, and the 2015 Super Bowl ads.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 21 2015 12:10 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Tales From the Decrypt” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Imitation Game, HBO’s Togetherness, and Joan Didion as the new face of Céline.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 7 2015 1:40 PMThe Culture Gabfest “The Brio of the Buoy” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Mr. Turner, Lee Daniels’ new show Empire, and D’Angelo’s new album Black Messiah.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 24 2014 10:30 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Behold! Ignorance and Want” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the Sony hack, Mark Harris on Hollywood’s toxic franchises, and the best of Christmas movies.
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.

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