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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.Get the Culture Gabfest and all of Slate's culture coverage here.

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Spoiler Specials: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

EOn 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, Willa Paskin and Sam Adams spoil El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. After a relatively successful series finale, will El Camino be just as satisfying for Breaking Bad fans? Picking up where the series ended, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is free and trying to figure out his next move. But after everything can Jesse truly start over? You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.Email us at spoilers@slate.com.Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36 MIN3 days ago
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Spoiler Specials: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Thirst Aid Kit: Forgive Us, Father

EUnless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard all the #ThirstDiscourse about Fleabag’s Hot Priest — and we’re here to peel back his cassock and reveal what lies beneath… We also look at his forebear, Sidney Chambers AKA the Sexy Vicar of Grantchester, solvin’ crimes, breakin’ hearts and listenin’ to smoky jazz. Plus, a quick rundown of the other sexy clergy of our youth and beyond. There’s also our usuals: [REDACTED], super-steamy Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole tries to teach Hot Priest something new ::eyes emoji::As usual, you can folllow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Feel free to confess your sins… we mean send us your drabbles by emailing us at thirstaidkit@slate.com.Thirst responsibly: Hot Priest is watching...Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52 MIN4 days ago
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Thirst Aid Kit: Forgive Us, Father

Culture Gabfest: Your Boundary Is My Trigger

EJulia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Joker, Transparent's musical finale episode, and the question of Gwyneth Paltrow with critic Wesley Morris.Producer's Note: You’ve probably noticed that this feed now features a lot of Slate culture podcasts beyond just our show. We’ve heard that some of you would prefer to get just the Culture Gabfest in your feed. If that’s you, Slate has created a new feed that should meet your needs. You can find it by searching for “Culture Gabfest” in Apple Podcasts, or Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

69 MIN5 days ago
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Culture Gabfest: Your Boundary Is My Trigger

Decoder Ring: Bart Simpson Mania

EIn the early 1990's Bart Simpson became a breakout star while also becoming a target in the culture war, culminating in president George HW Bush speaking out against The Simpsons as an example of a degenerate American family. Today on Decoder Ring we try and figure out why the H-E double hockey sticks people were so worked up about Bart Simpson by examining the great underachiever t-shirt controversy, bootleg Bart merchandise, the rise of the religious right, and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48 MIN1 weeks ago
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Decoder Ring: Bart Simpson Mania

Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make a Tomlet Without Breaking Some Gregs”

ESlate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Lizzie O’Leary and John Collins to speculate on the “blood sacrifice”, analyze Roman’s newfound competency and reveal which Roy Family member they are.‘Shiv Roy’s Turtlenecks Will Destroy You’ by Emilia PetrarcaLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MIN1 weeks ago
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Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make a Tomlet Without Breaking Some Gregs”

Slate Spoiler Specials: Joker

EOn 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, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss Joker. Though this bleak origin story is a departure from the traditional DC superhero movies, Arthur Fleck’s (Joaquin Phoenix) descent from mentally ill clown to murderous villain is clichéd and uncomfortable to watch. But is it just one bad day that leads Arthur down this path? Or is it a consequence of broken system failing to help someone in need? This show is sponsored by Cloud 10 Click Here to Download: The Daily Popcast with Lance Bass Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MIN1 weeks ago
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Slate Spoiler Specials: Joker

In The Shadows with Taika Waititi

EIf you like your comedy packaged in a bundle of silly, offbeat joy, then this week’s Thirst Object should appeal. We’re talking about Oscar-nominated director, writer and actor Taika Waititi. The lesser-spotted New Zealand silver-haired fox knows that going through the funny bone is the best way to our hearts — and brings a child-like glee to filmmaking that makes us want to go on an adventure with him.Plus! We have Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole goes on a frightfest, and Bim enjoys baked goods. And we kick things off with a [REDACTED] to wet the whistle. ::eyes emoji::Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew and. Find show notes, fanfic, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Share your drabbles with us there or email them to us at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. Thirst responsibly — don’t forget to wear headphones!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 MIN1 weeks ago
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In The Shadows with Taika Waititi

Gap toothed Rube

EStephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss the new Judy Garland biopic Judy with Slate's Sam Adams, Netflix's Unbelievable with Slate's Inkoo Kang, and welcome Simon Doonan back to the show to discuss his new book about the art and history of drag. In Slate Plus, more from the conversation with Simon Doonan.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

64 MIN1 weeks ago
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Gap toothed Rube

Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”

ESlate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Sarah Ellison and Gabe Roth to discuss Kendall’s new lady, the plot against Rhea and, of course, “Ken WA”.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54 MIN2 weeks ago
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Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”

Hit Parade: State of the World Edition

EIn the mid-1980s, Janet Jackson broke away from her world-famous, hit-making family and, with her Control album, rebooted both her career and pop style in the New Jack Swing era. The challenge was following it up—and Jackson and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, didn’t make it easy on themselves.In 1989, they produced an ambitious album with a portentous title: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. But what could have been Control, Part 2 instead was a visionary LP that reinvented the socially conscious album from the era of Marvin Gaye for the ’90s, and envisioned what pop would eventually sound like in the 21st century. Rhythm Nation was a smash, generating more hits—and bigger hits—than any album in history. In fact, if Jackson and her label hadn’t pulled their punches with one final radio single, she could have set an all-time Billboard chart record that would have overshadowed any of the Jackson family’s historic achievements.Podcast production by Chris Berube.Hos...

75 MIN2 weeks ago
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Hit Parade: State of the World Edition

Latest Episodes

Spoiler Specials: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

EOn 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, Willa Paskin and Sam Adams spoil El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. After a relatively successful series finale, will El Camino be just as satisfying for Breaking Bad fans? Picking up where the series ended, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) is free and trying to figure out his next move. But after everything can Jesse truly start over? You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, spoilers galore.Email us at spoilers@slate.com.Podcast Production by Rosemary Belson.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36 MIN3 days ago
Comments
Spoiler Specials: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Thirst Aid Kit: Forgive Us, Father

EUnless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have heard all the #ThirstDiscourse about Fleabag’s Hot Priest — and we’re here to peel back his cassock and reveal what lies beneath… We also look at his forebear, Sidney Chambers AKA the Sexy Vicar of Grantchester, solvin’ crimes, breakin’ hearts and listenin’ to smoky jazz. Plus, a quick rundown of the other sexy clergy of our youth and beyond. There’s also our usuals: [REDACTED], super-steamy Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole tries to teach Hot Priest something new ::eyes emoji::As usual, you can folllow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. You can find show notes, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Feel free to confess your sins… we mean send us your drabbles by emailing us at thirstaidkit@slate.com.Thirst responsibly: Hot Priest is watching...Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Thirst Aid Kit: Forgive Us, Father

Culture Gabfest: Your Boundary Is My Trigger

EJulia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the film Joker, Transparent's musical finale episode, and the question of Gwyneth Paltrow with critic Wesley Morris.Producer's Note: You’ve probably noticed that this feed now features a lot of Slate culture podcasts beyond just our show. We’ve heard that some of you would prefer to get just the Culture Gabfest in your feed. If that’s you, Slate has created a new feed that should meet your needs. You can find it by searching for “Culture Gabfest” in Apple Podcasts, or Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

69 MIN5 days ago
Comments
Culture Gabfest: Your Boundary Is My Trigger

Decoder Ring: Bart Simpson Mania

EIn the early 1990's Bart Simpson became a breakout star while also becoming a target in the culture war, culminating in president George HW Bush speaking out against The Simpsons as an example of a degenerate American family. Today on Decoder Ring we try and figure out why the H-E double hockey sticks people were so worked up about Bart Simpson by examining the great underachiever t-shirt controversy, bootleg Bart merchandise, the rise of the religious right, and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Decoder Ring: Bart Simpson Mania

Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make a Tomlet Without Breaking Some Gregs”

ESlate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Lizzie O’Leary and John Collins to speculate on the “blood sacrifice”, analyze Roman’s newfound competency and reveal which Roy Family member they are.‘Shiv Roy’s Turtlenecks Will Destroy You’ by Emilia PetrarcaLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Slate Money: Succession, S2E9, "You Can’t Make a Tomlet Without Breaking Some Gregs”

Slate Spoiler Specials: Joker

EOn 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, Forrest Wickman and Sam Adams discuss Joker. Though this bleak origin story is a departure from the traditional DC superhero movies, Arthur Fleck’s (Joaquin Phoenix) descent from mentally ill clown to murderous villain is clichéd and uncomfortable to watch. But is it just one bad day that leads Arthur down this path? Or is it a consequence of broken system failing to help someone in need? This show is sponsored by Cloud 10 Click Here to Download: The Daily Popcast with Lance Bass Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

60 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Slate Spoiler Specials: Joker

In The Shadows with Taika Waititi

EIf you like your comedy packaged in a bundle of silly, offbeat joy, then this week’s Thirst Object should appeal. We’re talking about Oscar-nominated director, writer and actor Taika Waititi. The lesser-spotted New Zealand silver-haired fox knows that going through the funny bone is the best way to our hearts — and brings a child-like glee to filmmaking that makes us want to go on an adventure with him.Plus! We have Fanfic Wars, in which Nichole goes on a frightfest, and Bim enjoys baked goods. And we kick things off with a [REDACTED] to wet the whistle. ::eyes emoji::Follow us on Twitter @ThirstAidKit. Nichole is @tnwhiskeywoman and Bim is @bimadew and. Find show notes, fanfic, and more on our Tumblr at thirstaidkitpodcast.tumblr.com. Share your drabbles with us there or email them to us at thirstaidkit@slate.com. Our music is by Tanya Morgan. Thirst responsibly — don’t forget to wear headphones!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
In The Shadows with Taika Waititi

Gap toothed Rube

EStephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens discuss the new Judy Garland biopic Judy with Slate's Sam Adams, Netflix's Unbelievable with Slate's Inkoo Kang, and welcome Simon Doonan back to the show to discuss his new book about the art and history of drag. In Slate Plus, more from the conversation with Simon Doonan.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

64 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Gap toothed Rube

Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”

ESlate Money is obsessed with Succession, HBO’s wonderful drama about the lives of the superrich Roy family, so every Monday we’ll be discussing the previous night’s episode with spoiler-filled glee. This week, Felix Salmon and Emily Peck are joined by Sarah Ellison and Gabe Roth to discuss Kendall’s new lady, the plot against Rhea and, of course, “Ken WA”.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Slate Money: Succession, S2E8, “L to the OG”

Hit Parade: State of the World Edition

EIn the mid-1980s, Janet Jackson broke away from her world-famous, hit-making family and, with her Control album, rebooted both her career and pop style in the New Jack Swing era. The challenge was following it up—and Jackson and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, didn’t make it easy on themselves.In 1989, they produced an ambitious album with a portentous title: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. But what could have been Control, Part 2 instead was a visionary LP that reinvented the socially conscious album from the era of Marvin Gaye for the ’90s, and envisioned what pop would eventually sound like in the 21st century. Rhythm Nation was a smash, generating more hits—and bigger hits—than any album in history. In fact, if Jackson and her label hadn’t pulled their punches with one final radio single, she could have set an all-time Billboard chart record that would have overshadowed any of the Jackson family’s historic achievements.Podcast production by Chris Berube.Hos...

75 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Hit Parade: State of the World Edition