Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Obergruppenfuhrer” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Spotlight, The Man in the High Castle, and “Conversion via Twitter.”

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This week on Slate Plus, Dan, Steve, and Julia reveal whether they’re the good cousin or the bad cousin at the Thanksgiving table.   

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers weigh in on Spotlight, the true story of a Boston Globe investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. How accurately does it portray journalism? Next up, Laura Miller joins to discuss The Man in the High Castle: a new show based on the novel by Philip K. Dick that imagines a world in which Axis powers won World War II. How faithful does the show stay to the book? Finally, Adrian Chen joins to discuss a new piece he wrote for the New Yorker which explores how a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church had a change of heart. What role did Twitter play in altering her most deeply held beliefs?

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

Adrian Chen’s New Yorker piece, “Conversion via Twitter”

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Dan: Aurora and “Our Generational Ships Will Sink” by Kim Stanley Robinson

Julia: The clothing line Outdoor Voices. Particularly these pants, for lounging, and these pants, for working out.

Steve: “Swingin’ Party” by Lorde, “Don’t Stop Me Now/ Mr. Fahrenheit” by Queen, and Shakespeare & Company

Outro: “Don’t Stop Me Now/ Mr. Farenheit” by Queen

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