Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “10 Rings, 12 Minutes, and 20 Years” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Shang-Chi, Spike Lee’s 9/11 docuseries, and the star-studded video game 12 Minutes.


Episode Notes

This week, Steve and Dana are joined by Slate senior editor Allegra Frank. First, the panel discusses the surprising achievements of Marvel’s newest addition, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Next, the panel is joined by Slate senior editor Jeremy Stahl to talk about Spike Lee’s docuseries NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½ and 9/11 trutherism upon the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Finally, the panel discusses the frustrations of the star-studded time-loop video game 12 Minutes.

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Dana: The indie film Short Term 12 from Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton. Also, an endorsement for flood-proof spatial planning–especially for your precious physical media.

Allegra: Upon the release of the famous rapper’s newest album, Allegra’s own curated playlist of Drake Songs That Don’t Suck. Also, a quick shout out to the everlasting enjoyment of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Steve: Christoph Reuter’s beautifully reported deep dive on the Western presence in Afghanistan post-9/11 titled “The Entirely Predictable Failure of the West’s Mission in Afghanistan” for Der Spiegel.

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

Outro music is “Break the Line” by Coma Svensson.


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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  • Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor.

  • Allegra Frank is a senior editor at Slate, covering music, video games, and the internet. She worked previously at Polygon and Vox.