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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Catastrophe, the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well tour, and The Next Next Level.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss the Amazon original series Catastrophe. Does the British import give in to typical sitcom pregnancy plots, or subvert them? Next, Slate deputy editor and resident Dead Head John Swansburg joins the critics to talk the Grateful Dead. Is the band’s 50th anniversary tour really its last hoorah? Finally, the gabbers welcome Slate staff writer Leon Neyfakh on the show to discuss his new book, The Next Next Level, about the rapper Juiceboxxx and what makes some people strive to become artists.

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Dana: “Morning Dew” by Einstürzende Neubauten and the Grateful Dead–themed final episode of Freaks and Geeks

Julia: A recipe for nose-to-tail lemonade in New York magazine

Leon: Results

Steve: Corrective articles about the “Grexit” crisis from the Financial Times, Guardian, and Foreign Policy

Outro: “Morning Dew” by Einstürzende Neubauten

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