Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest “Put Your Pants Back On” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Men, Kids in the Hall, and bicycles.


Episode Notes

This week, the panel begins by discussing A24’s newest horror/thriller film from Alex Garland Men. Then, the panel jumps back in time with the reboot of Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the Hall. Finally, the panel is joined by contributing writer for the New York Times, Jody Rosen, to discuss his newest book Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle.

In Slate Plus, the panel spoils Men to get to the bottom of the horror mystery.

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Dana: This 10 year-old article from Jimmy Stamp for Smithsonian Magazine titled “The Long History of the Espresso Machine.”

Julia: From Jody’s early recommendation via Twitter: the Boston food-chain Tatte, which is expanding into DC.

Jody: New York Times Critic Jason Farago’s series Close Read, in which he does close analyses of works of art. In particular: his pieces on Berthe Morisot, Jasper Johns, and Chitarman’s “Shah Jahan on a Terrace.”

Steve: A deep-cut YouTube video of The Replacements’ “Friday Night is Killing Me” (Live).

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

Outro music is “Did I Make You Wait” 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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  • Jody Rosen writes Feedback, Slate’s column about podcasts, and is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.

  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • Julia Turner, former editor in chief of Slate, is a deputy managing editor at the Los Angeles Times and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.

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