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The Culture Gabfest “Go Set a Pet” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Look of Silence, GMOs, and Dr. Seuss’ newly released book.

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This week on Slate Plus, the critics discuss the stereotypically gendered activities that they’re secretly embarrassed to love.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his 2012 documentary, The Act of Killing. How does this approach to Indonesia’s 1965 genocide and its legacy compare? Next, Will Saletan spent the last year digging into the facts about genetically modified organisms. Is the debate about genetically engineered food as full of misinformation and hyperbole as he claims? Finally, What Pet Should I Get?, a new book by Dr. Seuss, was posthumously published this week. Is it an instant classic or an anticlimax?


Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:


Dana: Happy Birthday to You! and Scrambled Eggs Super by Dr. Seuss

Julia: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Steve: Grilling pizza

Outro: “Yertle the Turtle” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

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