Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Clear History, women in philosophy, and the Summer Strut 2013 playlist.

Time to Strut! The Culture Gabfest Summer Strut Playlist Is Here.

Time to Strut! The Culture Gabfest Summer Strut Playlist Is Here.

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Aug. 14 2013 12:35 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut” Edition

Slate's podcast about Larry David’s new HBO movie Clear History, the dearth of women in philosophy, and the Summer Strut 2013 playlist.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Clear History, the new HBO feature film starring Larry David. In Clear History, David plays essentially the same self-parodying, disgruntled master of pettiness he plays in Curb Your Enthusiasm, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Next, the gabbers take on the issue of sexism and the dearth of women in philosophy. University of Sheffield philosopher Jennifer Saul lends her expertise to the discussion. Lastly, it’s Summer Strut time! The 2013 Summer Strut Playlist is here—you can stop walking down the street in that melancholic earbud cocoon and emerge as the strutting, fully metamorphosized rock star you were always destined to be.

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

The Summer Strut favorites talked about on this week’s show include:


Strut along to the Summer Strut 2013 playlist on Spotify:



Dana: John Oliver on Charlie Rose and hosting the Daily Show.

Julia: “The Wire” by HAIM.

Stephen: Greg Mottola’s The Daytrippers, and Wilco, Nick Lowe, and Mavis Staples covering “The Weight.

Outro: Wilco, Nick Lowe, and Mavis Staples play The Band’s “The Weight.”

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

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.