Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “Into the Woods” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Spencer, Yellowjackets, and the life and legacy of Broadway genius Stephen Sondheim.


Episode Notes

This week, Steve and Dana are joined by senior managing producer of Slate podcasts and co-host of Slate’s Working podcast, June Thomas. First, the panel discusses the Princess Diana biopic Spencer. Dana tracked Kristen Stewart’s career up to this Oscar vehicle film. Next, the panel gets a taste of the new meet-stew of a show, Yellowjackets. Finally, the panel is joined by author and co-host of Slate’s Working podcast Isaac Butler to remember the late, great Stephen Sondheim.

In Slate Plus, the panel discusses their processes for writing a book.

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Dana: Susan Orlean reading her own audiobook of her non-fiction novel Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend about the famous Hollywood star…who also happens to be a German Shepherd.

June: The exhibit at the New York Historical Society titled “‘Turn Every Page’: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive.” Also: currently, the audiobook of Patricia Highsmith’s diaries.

Steve: Continuing his Rachel Cusk endorsement with his most recently read novel of hers, Transit.

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

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


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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