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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Young Pope, A Monster Calls, and Neanderthals.

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This week on Slate Plus, Stephen talks about his piece on Richard Rorty for the New Yorker.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Stephen and Dana are joined by New York Times Magazine staff writer Sam Anderson. First, they discuss the new HBO series The Young Pope, about a brash, conservative cardinal’s surprising ascent to power. The show stars Jude Law and Diane Keaton, but is it too self-serious or in on the joke? Next, A Monster Calls is a fantasy drama about a boy who uses his imagination to cope with his mother’s terminal illness and is visited by a tree come to life, voiced by Liam Neeson. The critics discuss this sweet, excruciating lesson on grief from director J. A. Bayona. Finally, the gabbers dig into a new piece in the New York Times Magazine about Neanderthals: New research reveals everything we thought we knew about them may be wrong.


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Dana: Mark Twain’s marginalia

Sam: The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) and 1953-1954 (Vol. 2)

Stephen: “For a Coming Extinction” by W. S. Merwin

Outro: “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

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