Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “Silicon Valley Pricks” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Dropout, Parallel Mothers, and pickup trucks.


Episode Notes

This week, the panel begins by hashing out Hulu’s new Silicon Valley miniseries The Dropout. Then, the panel breaks down Pedro Almodóvar’s recent film Parallel Mothers. Finally, the panel is joined by author and Slate writer Dan Kois to rant about the growing dangers of pickup trucks.

In Slate Plus, the panel answers the classic celebrity hall pass question.

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Dana: The website, where you can view maps of the world over time and focus on specific places to get historical summaries.

Julia: The instagram account @TheSussmans, which posts consistently funny hospitality industry memes.

Steve: The most recent long read from Oliver Bullough for The Guardian, “Gas-powered kingmaker: how the UK welcomed Putin’s man in Ukraine,” which provides insight into the deeper motivations behind the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Buy Dana’s book and Isaac’s book!

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

Outro music is “Ruins” by Origo.


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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