Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Apes, Pigs, and Comedians” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on War for the Planet of the Apes, Okja and the ethics of eating meat, and comedy in the age of Trump.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss War for the Planet of the Apes, the third installment of the latest Apes trilogy featuring stellar motion-capture work from Andy Serkis. Next, they talk about Okja, a film about a genetically modified “superpig,” and debate the ethics of eating meat from intelligent creatures like pigs. Finally, the gabbers dive into Andrew Kahn’s new piece in Slate about the state of satire in the age of Trump and how comedy can survive in these times.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: “Why Procrastinators Procrastinate” by Tim Urban on Wait but Why

Jamelle: The 39 Steps

Stephen: The Big Sick and the The Best of John Doe: This Far by John Doe

Outro: “A Little Help” by John Doe

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