Culture Gabfest

“Voice Like a Jangly Bell” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Pain and Glory, Dolly Parton’s America, and playwright Lauren Gunderson.  


Episode Notes

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss WNYC Studios’ new podcast Dolly Parton’s America, a nine-part series on the iconic singer, hosted by Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad. Next, they chat with Slate’s June Thomas about Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film Pain and Glory, an autobiographical drama starring Antonio Banderas. Finally, they check in with Slate’s Dan Kois about his recent cover story on Lauren Gunderson, the most popular playwright in America, who only recently made her New York debut.

On Slate Plus, the hosts take on the ultimate debate: cats versus dogs.


Dana: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

Julia: Catch and Kill, by Ronan Farrow, and She Said, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Steve: Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983, by Tim Lawrence

Outro is “Santa Monica Dreaming,” by Forever Sunset

Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.


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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