Culture Gabfest

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Slate Culture Gabfest on Girls5eva, vaccine personalities, and The Disciple.

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Episode Notes

This week Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss Tina Fey’s new Peacock sitcom Girls5Eva. Then the panel dives into vaccine personalities—how did Pfizer really become the “status vax”? Finally, the group discusses Netflix film The Disciple with LA Times film critic Justin Chang.

In Slate Plus, the panel talks about their relationship with cars, courtesy of a listener question. Email us your questions at

Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis and Asha Saluja. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.


Dana: Morning Ragas, Bombay 1965 by Nikhil Banerjee

Julia: Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe and “The Composer at the Frontier of Movie Music” by Jamie Fisher (and Nicholas Britell’s Culture Gabfest episode!)

Steve: Quintin Jones Is Not Innocent. But He Doesn’t Deserve to Die.” by Jonah M. Kessel, Suleika Jaouad, and Lindsay Crouse

Further Reading

Pfizer Snobs Are Wong. Johnson & Johnson Is the Coolest Vaccine.” by Dan Kois in Slate

How Pfizer Became the Status Vax” by Heather Schwedel in Slate

Review: ‘The Disciple’ is already one of the year’s best movies. Does Netflix know—or care?” by Justin Chang 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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