Culture Gabfest

“Making Mat” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Jojo Rabbit, Cheer, and the Grammys.


Episode Notes

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner untangle the oddity that is Jojo Rabbit, discuss whether Netflix’s sport docuseries Cheer lives up to the hype, and talk to Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson about this year’s Grammys.

On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discusses Kobe Bryant and the reactions to his death.

Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.

Outro Music: Lizzo’s performance of “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts” at the Grammys.

Update, Jan. 29, 2020: This post has been updated with the correct outro music.


Dana: “Gigi Bryant Was a Great Basketball Player” by Josh Levin, Slate

Julia: “Rise of the Dancefluencer” by Makeda Easter, the LA Times

Steve: “The Myth of Self-Reliance” by Jenny Odell, the Paris Review


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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