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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Elvis Costello, Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” and Adele’s “Hello.”  

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Carl Wilson joins to discuss Elvis Costello’s new memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. What new light does it shed on his prolific career? Next up, Drake’s music video ”Hotline Bling” has gone fully viral: Leon Neyfakh joins the gabbers to unpack it. What made this video so compelling and so instantly meme-able? Finally, Adele’s “Hello” beat Drake’s “Hotline Bling” on the charts last week. Chris Molanphy joins to discuss the forthcoming album, 25.   


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Dana: Interviews with Elvis Costello by Dan Kois on Slate and Stephen Colbert on The Late Show

Chris: Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen

Steve: An interview with Jurgen Habermas titled “Critique and Communication: Philosophy’s Missions” in Eurozine, and Elvis Costello’s performance of “Man out of Time” in Chicago

Outro: “I’m the Greatest” by Ross McManus and the Joe Loss Blue Beats

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