Culture Gabfest

“Flying Puppet Baby” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Annette, The Pursuit of Love, and the board game Wingspan.


Episode Notes

This week is a Bizarro Fest featuring associate editor Marissa Martinelli; June Thomas, senior managing producer of Slate podcasts; and Benjamin Frisch, senior producer, Decoder Ring. First, the panel discusses the bizarre experience of watching Annette. Next, they talk about the BBC miniseries, The Pursuit of Love. Finally, they talk about the board game Wingspan with Slate editor and writer Dan Kois.

In Slate Plus, the panel answers a listener question about which board game they would choose to play on a first date.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Cleo Levin.

Outro music is “Death Dance” by Luftmensch.


June: The writing of all the Mitfords. Especially Hons and Rebels and Poison Penmanship by Jessica Mitford. (As well as the biography Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford by Leslie Brody). And The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford.

Ben: Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and The London Symphony Orchestra.

The game Disco Elysium.

Marissa: How Science Saved Me From Pretending to Love Wine” by Anne Fadiman in The New Yorker.


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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