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Slate Culture Gabfest on Mare of Easttown, Bo Burnham, and the Amazon-MGM deal.

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Episode Notes

This week Dana is joined Slate senior editor Sam Adams and Vulture critic Kathryn VanArendonk. First, the panel discusses the HBO mini-series Mare of Easttown. Next, they talk about Bo Burnham’s Netflix special Inside. Finally, Dana and Sam into the recent Amazon-MGM deal.

In Slate Plus, the panel talks spoilers galore about Mare of Easttown.

Outro music is “On the Keys of Steel” by Dusty Decks

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


Dana: MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot

Sam: Lucy Dacus’ song “VBS” from her upcoming album Home Video

Further Reading

Mare of Easttown’s Creator on Its Final Shocking Twist” by Sam Adams for 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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  • Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.