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The Culture Gabfest “The Beautiful Ones” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Prince, Lemonade, and The Girlfriend Experience.

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This week on Slate Plus, Julia, Steve, Dana, June, and Jody honor the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and discuss their favorite lines and plays.   


On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics pay tribute to Prince: a genre- and gender-bending musician, fashion icon, and producer. What made Prince’s career so distinct and his music so danceable? Next up, Beyoncé recently debuted Lemonade: a supremely crafted visual album about infidelity. Does it reveal a side of her that we haven’t seen before? Finally, the gabbers discuss The Girlfriend Experience, a new TV show about a young law student who becomes a high-end escort. Does this show stand out from all of the other premium cable shows that discuss the politics of sex work?


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Dana: Sam Adams’ Slate piece about the Sign o’ the Times concert documentary

Julia: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got by Sinéad O’Connor, especially the song “Last Day of Our Acquaintance” 

Jody: The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century by Wolfgang Schivelbusch, and the music of Chuck Berry

June: Victoria Wood’s song, “Like Any Old Day.” Also, check out June’s Slate piece memorializing Victoria Wood.

Steve: Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

Outro: “Sometimes It Snows in April” by Prince

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