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The Culture Gabfest “It’s Not Bro Time, It’s Go Time” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Magic Mike XXL, the new Nina Simone documentary, and “The Decline of the American Actor.”

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This week on Slate Plus, the critics debate which actor they would cast to play them in a movie about their lives.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Channing Tatum and Magic Mike XXL. Does the sequel live up to the original? Next up, they debate the effectiveness of the documentary about Nina Simone’s life and legacy, What Happened, Miss Simone? Finally, Terrence Rafferty says the U.S. is facing a shortage of under-40 leading men in “The Decline of an American Actor.”  

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Dana: Amy


  • His kids’ cute Jurassic World commentary: Milo, on a sneak attack by a pterodactyl, “I guess the P really is silent.” And Emmett, on Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s ill-timed make-out session, “Why are you kissing?! There’s a pterodactyl attack!”
  • A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri
  • Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

Steve: Looper and In the All-Night Café by Stuart David

Outro: “Just In Time” by Nina Simone

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