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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.
Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.
This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner dive into Little Women, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s adaption—perhaps the best adaption yet—of Louisa May Alcott’s novel that follows the lives of the four March sisters. Next, they discuss the risky jokes, heartfelt speeches, and weird red carpet looks of this year’s Golden Globes. Finally, they chat about the Movie Club, Slate’s annual conversation among film critics led by Dana about the year in film.
On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel spoils the ending to Little Women.
Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
Outro Music: “It’s Romance” by Alexandre Desplat from the Little Women Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Dana: Atlantics, a Cannes Grand Prix–winning film by French-Senegalese director Mati Diop, streaming on Netflix.
Julia: A withdrawal of a previous endorsement—the book The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow—because of its sexist treatment of women.