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Slate Culture Gabfest, Live in Melbourne


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The Slate Culture Gabfest is both a stalwart and a pioneer of American podcasting, and one of its most consistent successes. For almost a decade, the show’s fizzing erudition has been collecting fans with its precise, entertaining and illuminating discussions of culture – high, low, and other – and its social and political implications.

Each week, hosts (and Slate staff critics/editors) Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner choose three topics to discuss, sometimes joined by an insightful guest. Their quick-witted (and typically self-effacing) rapport underpins lively, substantial arguments about their chosen texts. They’re funny. They disagree, sometimes furiously. But whether they’re elevating or eviscerating each other’s points, their love of culture – and awareness of how inescapable it is, for what it says about how we live and understand our lives – is a constant.

In Australia for the first time, and live in Melbourne, Turner, Stevens and Metcalf will record an episode in front of an audience, joined by indie rock auteur Courtney Barnett. So, whether you’re into music or film, or premium or reality TV, or books, or theatre or longform essays – whatever your entertainments – come and talk it out.

Presented in partnership with Triple R.


Stephen Metcalf

Stephen Metcalf is Slate‘s critic at large and a host of the Culture Gabfest. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens is Slate‘s movie critic. Previously, she wrote the Slate television and pop-culture column Surfergirl for two years. She has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post Book World, Bookforum and the Atlantic. She has a PhD in comparative literature from UC–Berk... Read more

Julia Turner

Julia Turner is Slate‘s editor in chief. Working from Slate‘s New York office, she oversees the magazine and edits pieces on technology, culture and design. She also writes regularly for the magazine (all too often about the TV show Mad Men) and is one of the hosts of Slate‘s weekl... Read more

Courtney Barnett

‘I’m not your mother, I’m not your bitch.’ Since her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has been celebrated as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in rock, an artist who mixes insightful observations with devastating self-assessme... Read more


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