Culture Gabfest

“Happiest Scaffolding” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Happiest Season, How To With John Wilson, and who should voice audiobooks.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode, Steve and Dana are joined by guest host Nichole Perkins, writer and podcast host of Thirst Aid Kit. First, they talk about Happiest Season, the first mainstream queer holiday rom-com. Next, chat with Culture Gabfest producer Cameron Drews about How To With John Wilson. Finally, the hosts talk about a big mistake recently made by the publisher Fireside Fiction, where a white voiceover artist put on a fake accent to read an audio essay written by a Black woman. The essay, written by Dr. Regina N. Bradley, is called Da Art of Speculatin’.

In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss their pop culture blindspots.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.

Outro Music: “What Do You Want From Me” by OTE


Dana: Ludovico Einaudi’s Seven Days Walking

Nichole: Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola

Steve: “Torturing Geniuses” by Agnes Callard in the Point

I Don’t Want You to ‘Believe’ Me. I Want You to Listen.” by Agnes Callard in the New York Times


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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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • Nichole Perkins is a writer and co-host of the podcasts Thirst Aid Kit and the Waves.

  • Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.