Culture Gabfest

“Say Their Names” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Candyman, Netflix’s The Chair, and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.


Episode Notes

This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Slate senior editor, Allegra Frank. First, the panel discusses the divisive parables within Candyman. Next, they talk about the Netflix series, The Chair. Finally, the panel is joined by Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton to discuss the legacy of the late, great Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts.

In Slate Plus, they discuss the things they’re looking forward to in the rest of 2021.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Nadira Goffe.

Outro music is “If Only I Was a Poet” but Steffan Carlen.


Dana: This eight-minute montage of Charlie Watts’s signature warm-up dance before live shows.

Jack: Broadly: the work and legacy of the inimitable Jamaican reggae producer, Lee “Scratch” Perry, who recently passed. Specifically: the 1977 landmark roots reggae album Heart of the Congos by reggae group The Congos—which Perry produced. A highlight: the track “Sodom and Gomorrow.”

Allegra: The long-running daily web comic steeped in the culture of “shit posting,” Mr. Boop by Alec Robbins.

Steve: This destination pizza evangelizer endorses the pizza at Hearth & Harbor in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Also, the sitcom Arrested Development—he’s not the only one.


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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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • Allegra Frank is a former senior editor at Slate. She worked previously at Polygon and Vox.

  • Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.