Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2016” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the state of the songs of summer and Summer Strut 2016.

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 410 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Chris Molanphy, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

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This week on Slate Plus, we extend the Summer Strut and ask: What is the struttiest song on the Hamilton cast recording?


On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the state of the songs of the summer. Are we in the musical doldrums, or is there a song that can alleviate the weight on our shoulders caused by the events of 2016? Next, listeners sent in almost 24 hours’ worth of songs for Summer Strut 2016. Chris Molanphy joins the gabbers to whittle that list down to their favorites.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

Summer Strut 2016 Shortlist on Spotify:

Summer Strut 2016 Shortlist:


Other songs mentioned:


Culture Gabfest Summer Strut 2016 full Spotify playlist (22 hr, 40 min)

Past “Summer Strut” Gabfests are available here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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Dana: Michelle Obama on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden

Julia: The Seventh Fire directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono

Chris: The Lobster directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Stephen: “Different Drum” by the Stone Poneys

Outro: Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa

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