Culture Gabfest

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Big Short, Hamilton, and public engagement in academia.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss The Big Short: the film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ 2011 book about the 2008 financial crisis. Does it offer a refreshing take on a familiar story? Next up, Hamilton is a genre-defying blockbuster Broadway hit, an instant American classic, and the hottest ticket in town. Is it as life-altering as everyone claims? Finally, a provocative new essay encourages professors to stay in their ivory towers. Should scholarly work be less accessible to a general audience?


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Dana: The blog Ludic Despair

Julia: The song “Damage” by Yo La Tengo. Also the essay “Seeing Hamilton” by Tim Sniffen.

Steve: The essay “On Magic Mike XXL: Entertainment, Art, Fulfillment, and Big Dicks” by Isaac Butler and the store Talbott and Arding in Hudson, New York

Outro: “Damage” by Yo La Tengo

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