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This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner are joined by a rotating cast of guests. First, the pair chat with Slate Editor-in-Chief Jared Hohlt about Gogglebox, the hilarious and textured British reality show that films people’s reactions as they watch television. Next, Steve and Julia talk with The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman about Bon Appétit’s blockbuster videos series, especially Claire Saffitz’s artisanal take on junk food in “Gourmet Makes.” Finally, Slate books and culture columnist Laura Miller comes on to talk about her recent Slate cover story on the 50 best nonfiction books of the past 25 years.
The Slate Plus segment this week features Steve and Julia continuing the conversation with Laura about transformative nonfiction, including some of their must-reads.
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.