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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Hidden Figures, Oscar nominations, and punching Nazis.

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This week on Slate Plus, Dana and Stephen discuss the Women’s March on Washington.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Slate producer Veralyn Williams to discuss the movie Hidden Figures, a feel-good film that tells the little-known story of three black women who helped America win the space race. Then, the gabbers break down the snubs and surprises of the 2017 Oscar nominations. La La Land received a record-tying 14 nominations—but were they deserved. Finally, Dana and Stephen are joined by Slate’s Jacob Weisberg to discuss the viral video of Richard Spencer being punched in the face on Inauguration Day. Is violence an acceptable reaction to free speech?

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Julia: Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

Jacob: The documentary A Girl in the River by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Dana: American Movie Critics: From Silents Until Now by Phillip Lopate

Stephen: “The Chase” by Inigo Thomas in the London Review of Books

Outro: “Little’s Theme” from the Moonlight soundtrack by Nicholas Britell

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