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The Culture Gabfest “Threat or Menace” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on 10 Cloverfield Lane, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, and names.

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This week on Slate Plus, Julia, Dana, and Steve spoil the end of 10 Cloverfield Lane

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers weigh in on J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane: a surprise sequel to his apocalyptic thriller from 2008. It’s a taut psychological drama, but is the ending satisfying? Next up, the gabbers interview Fred Kaplan about his new book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. How has culture shaped U.S. policy on cybersecurity? Finally, Jody Rosen joins to discuss his personal essay in Slate about his relationship with his own name. Does a name have the power to shape someone’s fate?

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Endorsements: 

Dana: The baby name voyager website and the movie Smashed

Julia: The jingle “I Hanker for a Hunka Cheese”

Jody: George Martin’s production on the song “I’m Only Sleeping” and the TV show Blandings

Steve: The band St. Christopher

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