Culture Gabfest

The “Viral Songs and Quarantine Culture” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Spenser Confidential, Reply All’s “The Case of the Missing Hit,” and culture during quarantine.

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Episode Notes

This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and guest host and Slate staff writer Dan Kois talk about the film Spenser Confidential, starring Mark Wahlberg on Netflix. Next, they discuss Reply All’s recent episode “The Case of the Missing Hit.” Finally, the panel is joined by Dana Stevens to lay out how they approach culture during this time of quarantine. How much do we lean into escapism?

On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel takes on Steve’s own “missing hit” mystery.

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

Outro Music: “Lost Something in the Hills” by Sibylle Baier.


Dana: Colour Green by Sibylle Baier.

Dan: The “Sondheim at 90package by the New York Times.

The album Side by Side by Sondheim

Julia: The poem “My Heart Leaps Up” by William Wordsworth.

Steve: Always Narrating: The Making and Unmaking of Umberto Eco by Costica Bradatan in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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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