Culture Gabfest

“The Heights and the Depths” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on In the Heights, Hacks, and Liz Phair.


Episode Notes

This week Dana and Steve are joined by Monica Castillo, arts and culture reporter for Colorado Public Radio, to discuss In the Heights. Next, Atlantic staff writer Sophie Gilbert comes on to talk about HBO’s Hacks. Finally, Dana and Steve dive into Liz Phair’s new album, Soberish, with the expertise of Slate music critic Carl Wilson.

In Slate Plus, Dana, Steve, and Carl talk about Gen X musicians and how they’re aging gracefully—or not.

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

Outro music is “Any Other Way” by Particle House.


Dana: The soundtrack to Bo Burnham’s Inside

Carl: Clairo’s single “Blouse” and the series Feel Good (especially the placement of “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers)

Steve: Herzog by Saul Bellow

Further Reading

In the Heights Fumbles Some of Its Changes, but It Still Soars” by Dana Stevens for Slate

’In the Heights’ Film Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Stage Hit Becomes a Screen Celebration” by Monica Castillo for the Wrap

What Hacks Proves About Jean Smart” by Sophie Gilbert for the Atlantic

An Alt-Rock Queen Returns to Take Back Her Crown” by Carl Wilson 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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