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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?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Hidden Figures
- The 2017 Oscar nominations
- The Gabfest’s past conversations with Oscar nominee Nicholas Britell, composer of the Culture Gabfest theme song
- Moonlight soundtrack
- Richard Spencer getting punched in the face
- The Slate Academy on Fascism
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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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