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Slate.com's cultural critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debate the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

Slate.com's cultural critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debate the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
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Slate.com's cultural critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debate the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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Episodes

No Bad Horses Edition

8/15/2018
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June Thomas, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the TV BBC and Amazon show A Very English Scandal, the HBO film The Tale, and the work of Aretha Franklin with Jody Rosen. This episode is brought to you by Coffee and Crayons, a new back-to-school podcast from Target and Slate Studios. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:39

Spoiler Specials: BlacKkKlansman

8/10/2018
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Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman, Slate staff writer Inkoo Kang, and New York TimesCulture Desk assistant TV editor Aisha Harris spoil Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:11:37

Capitalism is Grift Edition

8/8/2018
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Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Laura Bennett discuss Boots Riley's film Sorry to Bother You, HBO's TV drama Succession, and the summer of grifters and our fascination with scam artists. This episode is brought to you by Simplisafe. Start protecting your home today. Go to simplisafe.com/culture. bareMinerals and the new Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Protective Veil. Find out more at bareminerals.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:26

Fortnite Kegel Storm Edition

8/1/2018
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Mission Impossible: Fallout, the video game Fortnite, and a NYT Magazine profile of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:09:28

Decoder Ring: The Basement Affair

7/30/2018
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What are the real reasons people go on reality TV? This episode follows the story of Ann Hirsch and Cathy Nardone, two women cast on VH1’s “Frank the Entertainer...In a Basement Affair”, a show about an adult man looking for love—while living in his parent’s basement. How did one performance artist and one accidental performance artist make it onto the show? And how did they behave once they made it there? Their story highlights the ways that reality television distorts narratives,...

Duration:00:40:46

Spoiler Specials: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

7/27/2018
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Dana Stevens and June Thomas spoil Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt and Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:10

Hit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition

7/27/2018
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Guest performers have existed since, literally, the beginning of the pop charts—the first Billboard No. 1 hit had a featured vocal by Frank Sinatra. Throughout the rock era, some very starry guests have helped out with hits by everyone from the Beatles to Carly Simon to Chaka Khan. But for a long time, those guests received no credit at all. Today, their names are all over the pop charts. On this episode, we trace the evolution of the guest performer, from Mick Jagger to Bobby Brown to...

Duration:01:13:14

Summer Strut 2018 Edition

7/25/2018
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It's our annual summer strut episode where we crowdsource the best songs for strutting around town from an exhaustive playlist curated by our listeners. In summer strut tradition, the panel is joined by pop chart-watcher and host of Slate's Hit Parade podcast Chris Molanphy to have a discussion about the song of the summer, followed by the formal summer strut list of picks: excavating a diverse crop of songs, from pop to acid jazz to hip-hop infused house, to lost disco classics. This...

Duration:01:09:45

Grasping at Straws Edition

7/18/2018
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Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss the film "Leave No Trace", Sacha Baron Coen's new show "Who is America?" and plastic straw bans as an agent of change and/or useless virtue signaling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:04:09

Spoiler Specials: The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

7/13/2018
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Christina Cauterucci, Veralyn Williams and Lena Wilson spoil the second season of The Handmaid's Tale. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Shasha Léonard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:58:35

Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part Two

7/13/2018
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In the second part of our two-part episode about the B-52’s and R.E.M.—the bands that put Athens, Georgia on the map, and helped define new-wave rock in the early ’80s—we trace how they transformed themselves from hipsters to hitmakers. One band waited years to graduate from an indie label to the majors. The other almost quit after an AIDS-related tragedy, before their pop breakthrough. By the end of the ’80s, their hits—from “Orange Crush” to “Stand,” “Channel Z” to “Love Shack”—brought...

Duration:00:54:58

This Is the Chewiest Thing I've Ever Had in my Mouth Edition

7/11/2018
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Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf discuss the summer blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the appeal of the Netflix cooking-failure show Nailed It, and Scarlett Johansson's casting as a trans man, with Slate's Evan Urquhart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:04:02

Unproblematic Trolley Edition

7/4/2018
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Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner discuss the new documentary about Mr. Rogers: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Netflix comedy special Nanette, and the World Cup, with Mike Pesca. Everlane, premium clothing essentials made with the finest materials, without the traditional markups. To get a special offer exclusive to our listeners, visit everlane.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:08:24

Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part One

6/29/2018
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The B-52’s and R.E.M. don’t sound all that much like each other. One group were avatars of kitsch, fusing punk, girl-group and garage rock—even Yoko Ono—into a retro-nuevo style all their own. The other group were mysterious, elliptical, often indecipherable, but they reinvented jangly guitar and classic-rock influences to make a new kind of New Wave. Together, this pair of distinctive bands helped make Athens, Georgia the epicenter of alternative cool in the ’80s and ’90s. In part one of...

Duration:01:03:08

Spoiler Specials: Westworld Season 2

6/29/2018
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Willa Paskin, Sam Adams, Jonathan Fischer and Rachelle Hampton spoil the second season of Westworld. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:58:40

Anthony Rising Edition

6/27/2018
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Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf, and Julia Turner Discuss Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2, the 30 For 30 podcast series about Bikram yoga, and the re-emergence of astrology with production assistant Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:03:49

Decoder Ring: Clown Panic

6/25/2018
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Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every month host Willa Paskin,Slate’s TV critic, takes on a cultural question, object, idea, or habit and speak with experts,historians and obsessives to try and figure out where it comes from, what it means and why it Matters. Today: The clown has existed in various forms for thousands of years, what changed and made us suspect and fear them? The modern birthday clown is a very recent invention, by going back into the history...

Duration:00:37:29

Unkindest Cut of All Edition

6/20/2018
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Stephen Metcalf, Isaac Butler, and Laura Miller discuss the horror film Hereditary, the return of The Staircase with Rebecca Lavoie, and Isaac's Shakespeare podcast Lend Me Your Ears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:59

Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

6/15/2018
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Lend Me Your Ears is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his current events, and how they map onto our own. In this first episode, Lend Me Your Ears is looking at one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works: Julius Caesar. Why was the Bard so fascinated with the fall of the Roman Republic? Why do we tend...

Duration:00:40:41

Spoiler Specials: Hereditary

6/15/2018
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Dana Stevens, Rachel Syme, and Lena Wilson spoil Hereditary. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:25:35