Culture Gabfest

“Hard Sci-Fi” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Stowaway, Call My Agent!, and masks outdoors.


Episode Notes

This week Steve, Dana, and Julia discuss the Netflix film Stowaway with Slate book and culture columnist Laura Miller. Then the panel dives into the French dramedy Call My Agent! with New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins. Finally, the group discusses the social realities and challenges of the CDC’s new guidelines on masking outdoors.

In Slate Plus, the hosts discuss the ending to Stowaway and other spoilers from the film.

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

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Outro music: “Go Slow” by Daniel Fridell


Dana: You Must Remember This podcast and Jacques d’Amboise, specifically Jacques d’Amboise in China

Julia: The Mirage Factory

Steve: The Abiding Scandal of College Admissions” by Matt Feeney in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Further Reading

“’Dix pour cent’: les agents et leurs doubles” by Benjamin Locoge in Paris Match

Fanny Herrero, créatrice de ‘Dix pour cent’: ‘Mon rêve est de faire une série d’auteur populaire’” in Les Inrockuptibles


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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