Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Two Condoms and a Poem” Edition

In a special call-in edition of Slate’s Culture Gabfest, the critics answer listeners’ questions and offer advice.

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This week on Slate Plus, we tackle some extra questions from our listeners.

On this week’s special edition of the Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Mallory Ortberg of Dear Prudence to give listeners advice on topics cultural and otherwise. Among the subjects discussed: how to expose your children to literature, handling the guilt of free time, and choosing a good song for a father-daughter wedding dance. Plus, Andrea Silenzi from the podcast Why Oh Why joins the gabbers to decide whether you should use poetry and song lyrics while courting someone.


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