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New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
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New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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Mom & Dad: Home Alone

12/5/2019
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This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/momanddad. On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and guest host Katherine Goldstein answer listener questions from a parent looking for ways to enjoy family visits and a neighbor who is worried for the kids next door who were left behind. For Slate Plus, what should you NOT say to someone expecting twins. Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends matching outfits...

Duration:00:57:52

Thirst Aid Kit: Funny Bones ft. Wyatt Cenac

12/5/2019
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Wyatt Cenac knows funny. You may have heard him in everything from Bojack Horseman to Archer and Bob’s Burgers. He was a writer for King of the Hill, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and starred in Barry Jenkins’ first full-length feature film Medicine for Melancholy. He’s also starred in his own stand-up specials, one of which, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn, was nominated in 2015 for Best Comedy Album (Grammy’s). Like we said, this man knows his funny. Follow us on Twitter...

Duration:00:56:29

Culture Gabfest: The Donut Inside the Donut Hole

12/4/2019
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Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Knives Out, speak with New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie about Watchmen, and remember Clive James with Adam Gopnik. This episode is brought to you by Everlane. Check out your personalized collection today at everlane.com/culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:48

His Dark Materials: The Lost Boy

12/2/2019
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Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing episode 5, “The Lost Boy,” which cuts back and forth between Lyra’s adventures with the Gyptians, and the introduction of the character of Will Parry. Plus: a closer look at the alethiometer. Recommended reading: His Dark...

Duration:00:43:31

Spoiler Specials: Knives Out

11/29/2019
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens and Forrest Wickman discuss Knives Out, the whodunnit from Rian Johnson. Renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey’s death following his 85th birthday party sparks a twisted hunt for the murderer. The suspects: his own family. Can celebrity detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) pin down Thrombey’s eccentric...

Duration:00:51:26

Mom & Dad: Live from Miami

11/28/2019
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On this week’s episode: Dan and Jamilah are live from the Miami Book Fair where they are joined by Pamela Paul, author of How to Raise a Reader and Adam Mansbach, author of Fuck, Now There Are Two of You. This week the hosts discuss scaring their kids with inappropriate books and making the most out of children with different schedules. For Slate Plus, the hosts discuss if parenting really is harder nowadays—or do we just hear more about the trials and tribulations in books, blogs or even,...

Duration:00:49:13

Thirst Aid Kit: Jake Johnson: Turtle, Bear, Total Snack

11/28/2019
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The thing about Jake Johnson is: so. many. people. fancy. him! Is it because he legitimately looks like a guy you might bump into at your neighbourhood bar? Or is it because he serves up a specifically appealing mix of gruff, grumpy heat (with truly *superb* onscreen kiss abilities!) that just makes you want to join him on the sofa and rail at modern life? We discuss his many forms and charms, from New Girl, to Into the Spider-Verse via Easy etc. We also have a couple of original drabbles...

Duration:00:52:36

Hit Parade: Rolling in God’s Royal Uptown Road Edition

11/27/2019
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All decades of pop music swing between trends and fads—but the 2010s was swingier than most. From the maximalist EDM of the early ’10s to the downbeat hip-hop of the late ’10s, the pop pendulum oscillated more widely than you may remember. The same decade that gave us Adele’s stately balladry, Katy Perry’s electro-froth and Taylor Swift’s country-to-pop crossover also gave us the Weeknd’s bleary indie-R&B and Drake’s moody rap. And Bieber—so. Much. Bieber. With just weeks to go before the...

Duration:01:37:50

Culture Gabfest: Posh Veg

11/27/2019
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Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf talk with guests about Gogglebox, a show that lets you watch Brits watch TV, Bon Appetit's "Gourmet Makes" on YouTube, and the best nonfiction books of the past 25 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:04:25

His Dark Materials: Armour

11/25/2019
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Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing Episode 4, “Armour,” in which Lyra meets Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison. Plus a deep dive into the mysteries of the Magisterium, with a little Milton and Blake thrown in for good measure. You can also read Dan’s piece about Lee...

Duration:00:51:56

Spoiler Specials: Frozen 2

11/22/2019
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. Sam Adams and Marissa Martinelli spoil Frozen 2. Weird things keep happening in the kingdom of Arendelle resulting from a generations long standoff. Elsa and Anna figure out what is happening by retracing family history. Meanwhile, Elsa keeps hearing a call that may help her understand not only her powers, but the root of the fued....

Duration:00:53:22

Mom & Dad: Whoops...A Baby!

11/21/2019
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On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and guest host Elizabeth Newcamp answer listener questions from a mom who is contemplating telling her son he was unplanned before his father tells him. And a guide to making friends with other parents. How can you make the leap from school yard acquaintances to actual friends? For Slate Plus, the hosts reminisce about amusement parks memories. Can parents actually have fun? Or is it all about the kids? Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations:...

Duration:01:03:19

Thirst Aid Kit: The Many Lives of Joshua Jackson

11/21/2019
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It’s difficult to separate ‘Joshua Jackson the actor’ from ‘Pacey Witter the character’ but we managed it in this episode! He may have captured our teen hearts but we’re also interested in what he’s been up to since then, on TV and on stage: Fringe, The Affair, When They See Us, Children of a Lesser God… Joshua brings a preternaturally mature persona that makes our eyes shine and our [REDACTED} tingle. Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Bim is @bimadew and Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman. Our...

Duration:00:55:16

Culture Gabfest: Live from Vancouver

11/20/2019
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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live in at the Granville Island Stage in Vancouver to discuss The Irishman, Schitt's Creek, and creepy ads that follow you around. In Slate Plus: Questions from the live audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:14:47

His Dark Materials: The Spies

11/18/2019
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Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing Episode 3, “The Spies,” with a closer look at the relationship between Lyra and the Gyptians. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook Podcast...

Duration:00:43:45

Spoiler Specials: Doctor Sleep

11/15/2019
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On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Sam Adams and Matthew Dessem spoil Doctor Sleep. Dan Torrance is now an adult. But he’s still majorly affected by what happened in Overlook Hotel. He unites with a girl who has a strong shining, which makes them both a target of a cult looking to feed on their steam. Can Dan and Abra fend off Rose The Hat? And will another...

Duration:00:54:00

Mom & Dad: Keep Your Head Above Water

11/14/2019
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On this week’s episode: Dan, Jamilah, and guest host Greg Lavallee answer listener questions from a parent whose daughter is afraid of the water and a mom who needs a response strategy for a disrespectful kiddo. For Slate Plus, the hosts strategize date night. Are microdates the solution to a busy schedule? Or is it worth the effort of hiring a babysitter to go out? Sign up for Slate Plus here. Recommendations: Jamilah recommends a newfangled entertainment destination… a place where you...

Duration:00:55:35

Culture Gabfest: Live From Los Feliz

11/14/2019
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Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and Stephen Metcalf are live in Los Angeles to discuss Parasite with the LA Times critic Justin Chang, happiness in the modern world, and Dickinson from Apple TV+, with showrunner Alena Smith. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:21:42

Thirst Aid Kit: The Weird and Wonderful Lakeith Stanfield

11/14/2019
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You know it, you see it: there’s something about Lakeith. It’s there in Atlanta, in Get Out, in Someone Great… the list goes on. It’s actually many things — ace acting ability, a bucketload of confident, quirky charm, and a presence that belies his slight and lovely frame, all in a relatively short career so far. We wade through all these thirst-inducing attributes, as well as what it means to fancy a Thirst Object when they’ve messed up… We also have a reader drabble about an old TAK fave,...

Duration:00:52:24

His Dark Materials: The Idea of North

11/11/2019
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The Authority is Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing Episode 2, The Idea of North”, studying the relationship between Lyra and Mrs. Coulter, and a closer look at daemons. Join the conversation: Email: asktheauthority@slate.com Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois Laura Miller on Twitter:...

Duration:00:49:18