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The Culture Gabfest “Thus Always to Tyrants” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Mommy Dead and Dearest, the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar controversy, and the new podcast Hi-Phi Nation.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest about a daughter who murders her mother after years of abuse. They’re joined by journalist Michelle Dean, who wrote about the case for BuzzFeed. Next, they dive into the recent controversy of the Public Theater’s staging of Julius Caesar, which included a Trump-like protagonist and led some corporations to pull their funding for the production. Finally, the gabbers talk Hi-Phi Nation, a new podcast from Barry Lam, debating whether it treads too close to its public radio inspirations or transcends the form.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: Hayao Miyazaki’s list of favorite books on Open Culture

Isaac: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, and the movie Little Boxes

Stephen: The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

Outro: “Julius Caesar” by French Montana

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