Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “Super-Abled” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Nightingale, The Boys, and Toni Morrison.


Episode Notes

Stephen is joined by Slate’s Gabriel Roth and the New York Times’ Aisha Harris to discuss Jennifer Kent’s new movie, The Nightingale, about the brutality and racism of colonial Australia. Is the film brutally honest about Britain’s colonial regime, or just brutal? Then, Amazon’s The Boys is a superhero satire based on a comic series by Garth Ennis that presents superheroes as preening, mostly nihilistic übermensches. Finally, the panel discusses the life and work of the great Toni Morrison with Sarah J. Jackson, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

On Slate Plus, the panel spoils The Nightingale.


Aisha endorses the TV show Schitt’s Creek and Catherine O’Hara’s character’s bizarre accent.
Gabe endorses Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.
Stephen endorses the Wahl electric clipper for pet shearing, and the act of clipping your dog’s hair.

Outro is “Up for a Cocktail” by Colors of Illusion

Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch.


About the Show

New York Times critic Dwight Garner says, “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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  • Aisha Harris is a co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, and the author of the forthcoming book Wannabe: Reckonings With the Pop Culture That Shapes Me.

  • Gabriel Roth is Slate's former editorial director for audio.

  • Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.