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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are live in D.C. for the very first time. First, they discuss the eighth installment in the “bicep-y” Fast and the Furious franchise and try to figure out what makes these movies so successful. Next, the Political Gabfest’s John Dickerson crosses over to debate Bob Dylan’s singing ability—and gives us an impromptu concert. Finally, Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie joins the conversation to discuss the best movies about Washington and their unending, if alarming, relevance.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- The Fate of the Furious
- “Could You Outrun a Soviet Submarine in a Lamborghini? The Fate of the Furious Made Us Wonder,” by Matthew Dessem in Slate
- Our discussion on Furious 7
- “Bob Dylan Is a Great Singer” by Carl Wilson
- Triplicate by Bob Dylan
- “I Could Have Told You” performed by Bob Dylan
- Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan
- “Abandoned Love” by Bob Dylan
- “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan
- Advise and Consent
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- All the President’s Men
- The Manchurian Candidate
Jamelle: The Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
Julia: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Dana: Trav S.D.’s blog, Travalanche
Stephen: “Coming” by Philip Larkin
Intro: “Washington, D.C.” by the Magnetic Fields as performed by the Culture Gabfest
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