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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?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- 10 Cloverfield Lane and Cloverfield
- Batman v. Superman
- Dark Territory: The Secret Territory of Cyber War by Fred Kaplan
- An excerpt of Dark Territory in Slate
- The Slate piece that discusses the U.S. Navy’s return to celestial navigation
- The Interview
- “ ‘War Games’ and Cybersecurity’s Debt to a Hollywood Hack” by Fred Kaplan in the New York Times
- The movies War Games and Sneakers
- Mr. Robot
- Lou Cannon’s book, President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
- “The Jody Grind” on Slate
- The 1974 jingle for Jody the Country Girl Doll, and the Jody-themed U.S. Army cadence
- Jody quotes Marshall McLuhan’s work, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man
- The Social Security Administration’s baby name database
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Julia: The jingle “I Hanker for a Hunka Cheese”
Steve: The band St. Christopher
Outro: “Hey Stephen” by Taylor Swift
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