Culture Gabfest

“Royal Pain in the Arse” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 1917, 63 Up, and Megxit.

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Episode Notes

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens are joined by Slate’s June Thomas for a special British-themed episode. First, the group discusses the merits of 1917, Sam Mendes’ war epic that won big at the Golden Globes. Next, the panel turns to 63 Up, the last installment of Michael Apted’s documentary series Up, which has followed a group of Brits ever since they were 7. Finally, the panel takes on the news of Prince Harry and Meghan’s departure from the royal family.

On the Slate Plus segment this week, the hosts consider their own lives through the lens of the Jesuit maxim that inspired Michael Apted’s Up series: “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”

Podcast production by Katya Kumkova. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.


Dana: The New York Times interactive “Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.”

June: BBC’s Antiques Road Trip

Steve: The album Hounds of Love by Kate Bush

Update, Jan. 23, 2020: This post has been updated to include the hosts’ endorsements.

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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