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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Beguiled, Get Me Roger Stone, and the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Sofia Coppola’s new film The Beguiled, based on the book by Thomas P. Cullinan about a women’s boarding house in the late–Civil War South. They question whether the movie’s dedication to its aesthetic is a strength or weakness and dive into the controversy surrounding the lack of black characters. Next, the critics review Get Me Roger Stone, a documentary about a major Republican operative who’s been around since the Nixon era, and his continued influence on today’s politics. Finally, in honor of the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, the gabbers look back at how the phone has changed over the years and how the culture, in turn, has been changed by it.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: The Met Cloisters

Julia: The app RoboKiller

Stephen: Nixon Agonistes by Garry Wills, “The West Wing of Oz” by Joan Didion, and Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Outro: “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits

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