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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss last weekend’s box office smash, The Martian. Is it a charming crowd pleaser or artless competence porn? Next up, The Grinder stars Rob Lowe as a former TV lawyer who joins his brother’s firm. The show isn’t wildly original, but is it funny? Finally, a recent Slate investigation asked whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet was fat. The critics weigh in: How do we determine what a fictional character looks like?

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Dana: Feast of Saint Francis and Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York

Julia: Blue Apron

Steve: Bob’s Burgers and The Third Man

Outro: John Cale’s “Graham Greene” 

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