This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner dive intoFord v Ferraribefore the Oscars this weekend. Next, they discuss Netflix’s reality showThe Circlewith Slate’s editorial director—andCircleenthusiast—Laura Bennett. Finally, they analyzethe controversy surrounding Jeanine Cummins’American Dirtwith Los Angeles Times staff writer Daniel Hernandez.
On the Slate Plus segment this week, the panel discussesSuper Bowl adswith Slate’s Justin Peters.
Podcast production by Jessamine Molli. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
Outro Music: “The Circle Theme (Netflix)” by Patrizio Knight.
Dana: “Jojo RabbitCaptures the Horror and Absurdity of our Trumpian Moment,” by Masha Gessen in The New Yorker.
Julia:The Good Wife.
Steve:Cheer(specifically, La’Darius’ brother’s face).
“The Money Behind Trump’s Money,” by David Enrich in The New York Times Magazine.