Culture Gabfest

“Oops I Did It Again” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Saint Maud, Framing Britney Spears, and “Drivers License.”


Episode Notes

Episode Notes

This week Steve and Dana are joined by Jessica Winter, editor at the New Yorker and author of the upcoming novel, The Fourth Child. They kick off the show by discussing Saint Maud, the critically-acclaimed horror film by Rose Glass. Then they dig into the #FreeBritney movement and dissect a televised documentary by the New York Times that covers Britney Spears’ legal battle with her father. After that, Slate’s pop music expert Chris Molanphy joins the show to discuss Olivia Rodrigo’s hit song “Drivers License,” which shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Chris is the host of the Hit Parade podcast.

In Slate Plus, Julia joins Steve and Dana to talk about the Gina Carano controversy and weigh in on whether her firing from The Mandalorian was justified.

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

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Further reading:

Why Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ Had the Biggest Debut Since ‘WAP’” by Chris Molanphy in Slate

Firing Actors for Being Conservative Is Another Hollywood Blacklist” by Jonathan Chait in Intelligencer 


Dana: The commentary track with Mike Nichols for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Jessica: Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This and the video of the man in Amsterdam who fell through the ice

Steve: Laura Kipnis’s Transgression, An Elegy in Liberties


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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