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This week on Slate Plus, the critics talk about the horrible events that unfolded last week in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas and how they were portrayed in the news and online.


On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss HBO’s new crime drama miniseries, The Night Of, starring Riz Ahmed. Is this the best crime drama series of the year? Next up, in light of the director’s recent death and Dana’s endorsement of Close-Up last week, Julia and Steven address their mutual cultural blindspot: the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami. The critics talk about why this movie has earned its place in cinematic history. Last, the gabbers focus on Owen Gleiberman’s heavily criticized article in Variety on Renée Zellweger’s apparent plastic surgery and uncover the issues at the heart of Gleiberman’s argument.


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Dana: Afghani Kabob House in Beverly Hills (see here for Dana’s sweet Yelp review)

Julia: The Crucible on Broadway, and Julia’s very own cultural blindspot, The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Stephen: Clive James on Lauren Mayberry and Mayberry’s band CHVRCHES.

Outro: “We Sink” by Chvrches

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