Culture Gabfest

“One Year in the Dungeon” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on CODA, Boyfriend Dungeon, and the Slate podcast One Year.

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Episode Notes

This week is a Bizarro Fest featuring Karen Han, Slate staff writer; June Thomas, senior managing producer of Slate podcasts; and Marissa Martinelli, Slate associate editor. First, the panel is joined by writer Sara Nović to discuss the Sundance hit film CODA. Next, they talk about the dating simulation game Boyfriend Dungeon. Finally, Josh Levin, host of the Slate podcast One Year, comes on to talk about the premiere season of his show.

In Slate Plus, the panel talks about which writer (living or dead) they would choose to pen their biographies, and then which actor they would want to play them in their biopics.

You can read Sara Nović’s interview with CODA star Marlee Matlin in Bustle: “Marlee Matlin Knows How to Make Change.”

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

Outro music is “Zero Gravity” by ELFL.


June: The podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill from Christianity Today

Marissa: The video game Stardew Valley

Karen: The TV show Wellington Paranormal


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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  • Karen Han is a Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.

  • June Thomas is senior managing producer of Slate podcasts.

  • Marissa Martinelli is a Slate associate editor.