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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the animated series Steven Universe, Cartoon Network’s hidden “gem,” and the ways that this children’s show explores some unexpectedly deep emotions. Then, the Political Gabfest’s Emily Bazelon joins the show to talk about how the Trump presidency has breathed new life into Saturday Night Live’s political satire over the past few weeks. The show now dominates late night, but do the Trump Cabinet parodies need to be funny to provide psychic relief? Finally, the gabbers are joined by Ben H. Winters to discuss Slate’s Trump Story Project, a series of short stories about the imagined future of the Trump administration.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Steven Universe
- The work of Henry Darger
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
- Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer
- Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren
- The Trump Story Project
- “Fifth Avenue” by Ben H. Winters in Slate
- “Clay and Smokeless Fire” by Saladin Ahmed in Slate
- Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
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Dana: “Our Part in the Darkness” by Rabih Amaleddine in the New Yorker
Julia: Prince’s playlist from his appearance on New Girl
Stephen: Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity and Integrity by Christine M. Korsgaard
Outro: “Wild and Free” by Curtis Mayfield
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