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The Culture Gabfest “Crab Dystopia” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Get Out, the Oscars, and Planet Earth II.

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 441 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

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This week on Slate Plus, Stephen, Dana, and Julia spoil Get Out with Aisha Harris.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Slate culture writer Aisha Harris to discuss Get Out, a horror comedy written and directed by Jordan Peele that subverts standard racial and horror tropes in fresh new ways. Then, Aisha sticks around to talk about the victories, upsets, that major envelope flub at the Oscars, and to consider just how much Moonlight’s win was overshadowed by La La Land. Finally, the gabbers chat about Planet Earth II, the nature documentary series on BBC America narrated by David Attenborough.


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Dana: The Planet Earth Diaries, particularly the Caves episode

Julia: David Peters’ books Strange Creatures, Giants of Land, Sea and Air, and A Gallery of Dinosaurs & Other Early Reptiles

Stephen: Ryan Adams Live at Carnegie Hall

Outro: “New York New York” by Ryan Adams, Live at Carnegie Hall

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