Slate Culture Gabfest podcast: Graceland, the punk exhibit at the Met, and hating bands.

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Graceland, the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Exhibit at the Met, and When It’s OK to…

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Graceland, the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” Exhibit at the Met, and When It’s OK to…

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June 5 2013 12:25 PM

The Culture Gabfest Bondage Trousers Edition

Slate's podcast about the new USA series Graceland; the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at the Met; and when it’s OK to just plain hate a band, book, or movie.

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On this week’s episode, our critics review the USA network’s new series Graceland, a simultaneously sunny and gritty show about undercover agents living in a Real World-esque beach mansion; Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Meredith Blake guests. Second, we’re joined by Slate columnist and Barney’s creative ambassador Simon Doonan to discuss the Met’s new retrospective exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Finally, Slate’s new music critic Carl Wilson joins the Gabfest to take on the topic of hatred as a critical tool: When is it OK to just say, “I can’t stand this band, book, or movie?”

Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:



June: The entertaining, eclectic new website about all things television,

Carl: Author Josh Kun’s collection of old Southern California sheet music, new recordings, a live concert series, and overall multimedia treasure chest, “Songs in the Key of L.A.


Dana: Fill the Void, a new Israeli film about an arranged marriage in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.

Outro: “That’s the Way It Is,” by Celine Dion

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Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.