Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “The Very Worst Person in the World” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Worst Person in the World, The Trojan Horse Affair, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s cultural cachet.


Episode Notes

This week, the panel begins by deciding who’s The Worst Person in the World. Then, the panel is joined by Slate’s TV critic and host of the Decoder Ring podcast, Willa Paskin, to digest the New York Time’s latest hit podcast The Trojan Horse Affair. Finally, the panel is joined by screenwriter, director, and journalist Michael Idov to discuss Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s pivot from the entertainment industry to president of Ukraine.

In Slate Plus, the panel answers a question from a listener about their most divisive feelings about certain directors and writers.

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Dana: The band She Wants Revenge from the early 2000s, especially their self-titled album from 2006—even more specifically, the single “These Things.”

Julia: A late endorsement for the 2000s show Veronica Mars which is currently on Hulu.

Steve: The original version of the Swedish/Danish show The Bridge, which also had an American remake.

Buy Dana’s book and Isaac’s book!

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

Outro music is “Back to Silence” by OTE.


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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