Culture Gabfest

“Angelina Jolie, Firefighter” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Those Who Wish Me Dead, literary criticism and self-help, and M.O.D.O.K.


Episode Notes

This week Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss HBO Max’s film Those Who Wish Me Dead, starring Angelina Jolie. Next, the panel is joined by Slate books critic Laura Miller to dive into a strange publishing trend—where literary criticism meets self-help. Finally, Slate’s technology editor Jon Fisher talks with the hosts about M.O.D.O.K., Hulu’s latest series on the Marvel character.

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

“200 Dont’s” by Conditional


Dana: A series of films by Lois Weber on the Criterion Channel

Julia: A new daily news podcast from the L.A. Times called The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times

Steve: The restaurant Feast & Floret in Hudson, New York

Further Reading

Enough With Literature as Self-Improvement!” by Laura Miller in Slate


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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