Award-winning podcast Slate’s Culture Gabfest records its first-ever show outside North America, live from Sydney Town Hall. Beloved Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner do what they do best: debate the week in culture, from highbrow to pop. Whether they’re discussing the parallels between the week in politics and Game of Thrones, the latest reality TV obsession or the most compelling current-day philosophers, these podcasters are like your cleverest friends, who consume culture shamelessly and tell you exactly what they think. 

Julia, Dana and Stephen will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee.

Listen to a show teaser here.


Julia Turner (International)

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Julia Turner is editor-in-chief of Slate, the award-winning site known for its surprising and witty take on news, culture, politics, business and technology. Under Turner’s leadership, Slate has received three National Magazine Award nominations, a George Polk award, and other accolades. Turner is a co-host of Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Turner also writes on culture, technology and design, and her coverage of Mad Men won an Online Journalism Award for commentary.

Dana Stevens (International)

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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 Ph.D. in comparative literature from UC–Berkeley and lives in Brooklyn.

Sebastian Smee (Australian)

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Sebastian Smee is the author of The Art of Rivalry, which has been translated into nine languages, as well as five books on Lucian Freud, and one on Mark Bradford. Since 2008 he has been the art critic for The Boston Globe. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2011. He has written for The Atlantic, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph (UK), The Australian, and The Sydney Morning Herald. He teaches non-fiction writing at Wellesley College.

Stephen Metcalf (International)

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