Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Haders Gonna Hade, Hackers Gonna Hack, Gawkers Gonna Gawk” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Trainwreck, Mr. Robot, and the controversy at Gawker.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss the Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer. Is Amy Schumer just another dude in a Judd Apatow movie? Next up, Mr. Robot is a cyberpunk thriller on USA. The series is visually sophisticated, but is it too politically simplistic? Finally, two Gawker editors have quit after the site’s management took down a controversial post. The critics discuss journalistic ethics and Gawker’s place in modern media.


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Dana: Never Goodnight by Coco Moodysson

Julia: Lifetime’s UnReal and John Wick

Steve: Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries

Outro: “J.D. Blows Up” from the Heathers soundtrack by David Newman

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