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43 episodes

Aug 7, 2020

An American Pickle 

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Isaac Butler, writer, theater director, and co-host of Slate’s podcast Working, to spoil An American Pickle. Seth Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a man who wakes up after being preserved in pickle brine for a century, and Ben Greenbaum, Herschel’s only living descendant. Can Herschel adapt to the contemporary world? Will Ben and Herschel bond despite generational and value differences? How convincing is Seth Rogen as both of these men?


You can read Marissa Martinelli’s interview with An American Pickle’s prop master here.


You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece on pickle related catastrophes here


Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.


Email us at spoilers@slate.com.


Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.


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Jul 10, 2020

Hamilton 

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. For a very special LIVE episode of Spoiler Specials, Slate’s Dana Stevens was joined by Sam Adams, Rachelle Hampton and Rebecca Onion to spoil the Hamilton movie that’s streaming on Disney+. They discuss how well the show has aged, historical inaccuracies, colorblind casting, and even the ending scene that doesn’t appear on the album. 


You can read Sam Adams’ dive into the ending here

You can hear more analysis from Dana Stevens here.  

You can even read Marissa Martinelli’s argument to not watch the film here.


Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.


Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.


Email us at spoilers@slate.com.


Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. A huge thank you to Faith Smith and Britt Pullie for producing the Slate Live event. 

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Jun 26, 2020

Da 5 Bloods 

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Dana Stevens, Slate’s movie critic, is joined by Aisha Harris, writer and editor for The New York Times’ Opinion section to spoil Da 5 Bloods.

Spike Lee’s newest film follows a group of Black Vietnam War veterans as they reunite years later. The group returns to Vietnam to find the remains of Stormin’ Norman, their commander who died during the war. While they are there, they try to retrieve a lost cache of CIA gold. At first the search seems easy–too easy. But soon familial tensions, lingering PTSD, and environmental hazards start complicating the mission. How many of the remaining Bloods will make it back out of the jungle?

Plus: Dana and Aisha break down Spike Lee’s employment of numerous film techniques, including an innovative use of four different aspect ratios. 


You can read Sam Adams’ review here


You can read Matthew Dessem’s piece on the aspect ratios here.


You can also read Matthew Dessem’s piece on the real story behind the landmine scene here


If you want to hear more analysis of Da 5 Bloods, listen to Slate’s Culture Gabfest here


Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.


Email us at spoilers@slate.com.


Podcast production by Rosemary Belson. 


Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and access to exclusive shows like Dana Stevens’ classic movies podcast Flashback. Sign up now to listen and support our work.

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