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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the movie Rogue One, the newest addition to the Star Wars film franchise, and contemplate whether it works as a standalone success or if it falls under the shadow of its predecessors. Next, the gabbers consider the new comedy-mystery series on TBS, Search Party, about a group of friends searching for an old college acquaintance who has gone missing. Are these characters irredeemable narcissists, or are they simply lost in adulthood? Last, it’s Wonder Week here at Slate, where we’re taking an opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest musicians alive: Stevie Wonder. Pop critic Jack Hamilton joins the Gabfest to discuss Slate’s Wonder Week coverage and the artist’s incredible creative streak from 1972–76.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Rogue One Trailer
- Search Party on TBS
- Twin Peaks
- Bored to Death
- Slate’s Wonder Week
- “Love’s in Need of Love Today” by Jack Hamilton in Slate
- “The Greatest Creative Run in the History of Popular Music” by Jack Hamilton in Slate
- Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On
“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
- “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
- “You Haven’t Done Nothin” by Stevie Wonder
“Hotter Than July” by Stevie Wonder
“Frontline” by Stevie Wonder
- “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and Chaka Khan
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Dana: Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe by Daniel Hoffman
Dan: Pedro Almodovar’s new film Julieta
Stephen: Teenage Fanclub’s new album Here
Outro: “I’m in Love“ by Teenage Fanclub
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