Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Banter About Banter” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Disney’s Moana, the return of Gilmore Girls, and whether robots should have rights.

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 428 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

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This week on Slate Plus, Stephen, Dana, Julia, and Slate contributor Seth Stevenson interview actor Chris Eigeman about his Gilmore Girls experience and assess the last four words of the show.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new Disney film Moana, about a Pacific Island princess on a standard Disney journey, and whether the movie is new and exciting or if its feminist stance makes it predictable. Then, the critics are joined by Gilmore Girls completist Seth Stevenson to talk about the series’ return to Netflix, which premiered over Thanksgiving weekend after nine years. How has the show changed, and was the revival a success? Last, the critics discuss Nathan Heller’s New Yorker piece, “If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?” They dig into the intricacies of his argument and debate whether robots can ever achieve the consciousness of animals.

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Dana: the new film The Eagle Huntress

Julia: Donny Hathaway’s performance of “You’ve Got a Friend”

Stephen: the television show The Last Tango in Halifax

Outro: “You’ve Got a Friend” performed by Donny Hathaway

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