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“Sound of Marvel” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Sound of Metal, WandaVision, and TikTok sea shanties.

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Episode Notes

This week Stephen, Dana, and Julia take a look at Sound of Metal, the debut movie from writer/director Darius Marder about a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing. Then, they discuss WandaVision, the new Marvel TV show that’s loaded with references to classic TV sitcoms. Finally, they dive into the world of TikTok sea shanties and theorize about why the craze caught on.

In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about the debate surrounding vice president Kamala Harris’ recent Vogue cover.

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


Dana: Rum Sodomy & the Lash by the Pogues, specifically “Dirty Old Town.”

Julia: The architect Paul Williams, and “Pioneer of the L.A. look: Paul R. Williams wasn’t just ‘architect to the stars,’ he shaped the city” by Carolina A. Miranda in the LA Times.

Steve: Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Some Notes on Attunement” by Zadie Smith in the New Yorker, and Joan Armatrading’s “Whatever’s For Us, For Us.”


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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