Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Demme God” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the legacy of Jonathan Demme, Tramps, and Bret Stephens’ climate change op-ed.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the legacy of the late great filmmaker Jonathan Demme, exploring what made him such a prolific creator and how his vision shaped much of modern cinema. Then, they’re joined by Adam Leon to discuss his new caper Tramps which was recently acquired by Netflix. They talk about the differences between Netflix’s distribution model versus typical theatrical distribution, weighing advantages and disadvantages of each and how they affect the state of indie film.

Finally, the gabbers dig into conservative columnist Bret Stephens’ recent op-ed in the New York Times questioning the consensus on climate change. Is a diversity of opinions always a good thing, or should fudging the facts or being deliberately provocative be called out for what it is?

We’re excited to be heading to Australia in this month! We’ll be at the Sydney Writers Festival on May 27 and in Melbourne at the Wheeler Centre on May 31.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: JBL Bluetooth speakers

Julia: “Ugly Buttons” by Dan Engber in Slate, Better Call Saul, and the Better Call Saul podcast

Stephen: “Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam?” By Bruno Latour

Outro: “Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen, covered by Ryan Adams

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