Culture Gabfest

“Godot vs. the Machines” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Bennifer, and Waiting for Godot.


Episode Notes

This week Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss Netflix’s animated film The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Next, the panel dives into the cultural resonances of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck aka “Bennifer.” Finally, the group is joined by Isaac Butler, co-host of Slate’s Working podcast, to talk about the latest Zoom version of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

In Slate Plus, Isaac Butler joins the hosts to talk about the state of theater and what its reopening will look like in the coming months.

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

Outro music is “You Know What I Want” by Staffan Carlen.


Dana: The Trees by Philip Larkin

Julia: Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Steve: Arendt and Roth: An Uncanny Convergence” by Corey Robin and DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy, NY

Further Reading

What Everyone Forgot About Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez” by Heather Schwedel in Slate

Why is Bennifer 2.0 so exciting? Because last time, we screwed it up” by Meredith Blake in the LA 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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