Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “God’s Laptop” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Searching, Sweetener, and Burt Reynolds’ legacy.

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This week, Julia, Dana, and Steve unpack Searching, a new thriller starring John Cho that unfolds entirely within a computer screen, looking at how it reckons with our relationship to technology—and to movies themselves. Next, they take on Ariana Grande’s album Sweetener, with the help of Hit Parade’s Chris Molanphy. Finally, the hosts reflect on the career and legacy of Burt Reynolds, the definitive star of the 1970s, and how the response to his death varies between genders and generations.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: Amazon Smile

Julia: H&M’s William Morris collection and the Mr. Men books (with some caveats)

Stephen: “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers, John Coltrane’s Lush Life, and seeing Richard Thompson live

Outro: “If We Dance” by Barbatula

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