Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Pope in a Speedo” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Kidding, Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, and dad jokes.

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This week, the critics unpack the new Showtime series Kidding, discussing whether it’s possible for it to be both a satire of corporate exploitation and a sincere exploration of grief. Then, Uncover: Escaping NXIVM distinguishes itself from other true-crime podcasts thanks to the childhood friendship between the ex–cult member and the reporter who tells her story—but does that relationship compromise the story ethically? Finally, the gabbers consider what makes a dad joke, debate whether it’s really a gendered phenomenon, and share their favorite dad jokes from their own lives.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: “Here I Am” by Dolly Parton and Sia

Julia: “Bedroom” by Litany

Steve: Cherry Wine” by Hozier, Terry Gross’ interview with Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis, and his own endorsements

Outro: An edited version of “New Thinking” by Johan Hynynen

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