Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “The Godfather Is Great, but Is It Cake?” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Godfather’s 50th Anniversary, Netflix’s Is It Cake?, and musical plagiarism.


Episode Notes

This week, the panel begins by revisiting the iconic film The Godfather in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Then, the panel answers the question Is It Cake? as they cut into Netflix’s newest hit. Finally, the panel is joined by associate professor of music theory at the University of Memphis, Jeremy Orosz, to discuss forensic musicology and what counts as musical plagiarism—which he wrote about for Slate, using Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” lawsuit as a case study.

In Slate Plus, the panel discusses reverse thematic aversions, or “thematic kinks.”

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Dana: For all the videophiles out there, the Coppola Restoration of The Godfather from 2008, which includes all three parts of the trilogy.

Allegra: New sad girl indie rocker, Leanna Firestone, and her album Forward / Slash which speaks to your inner teen. More specifically, the song “Google Translate / poppies.”

Steve: Julius Aglinskas’ album Daydreamer, which he did with avant-garde experimental music collective, Apartment House.

Buy Dana’s book and Isaac’s book!

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

Outro music is “You Know What I Want” by Staffan Carlen.


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.

  • Jeremy Orosz is an associate professor of music theory at the University of Memphis. He teaches courses on music from a broad range of styles and genres, and writes about musical borrowing, music and politics, and form in popular music.

  • Allegra Frank is the deputy entertainment editor at the Daily Beast.

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