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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers review Bridge of Spies, a Cold War espionage thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks. Is it a timely and nuanced portrait of American justice or retro and idealistic hokum? Next up, the critics weigh in on a recent New Yorker piece, which says Henry David Thoreau was little more than a dishonorable crank. What did the gabbers make of this polemic? Finally, lectures in college humanities classrooms are falling out of favor. Are lectures inherently discriminatory or the best format for conveying large bodies of complex information?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- The link for tickets to see Slate live shows
- Slate’s TV Club podcast on Empire
- Bridge of Spies
- Dana’s review of Bridge of Spies in Slate
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Catch Me if You Can
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Wolf Hall
- “Pond Scum,” Kathryn Schultz’s article about Henry David Thoreau in the New Yorker
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
- “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “Lecture Me. Really.” by Molly Worthen in the New York Times
- “Are College Lectures Unfair?” by Annie Murphy Paul in the New York Times
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Dana: “Walden,” E.B. White’s letter to Henry David Thoreau in One Man’s Meat
Laura: The Lost Room
Outro: “Cold War” by Devo
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