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The Culture Gabfest “To Keegan-Michael Key or Not to Key” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Hamlet at the Public Theater, Friends From College, and prog rock.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Slate contributor Isaac Butler to discuss Hamlet at the Public Theater, starring Oscar Isaac and Keegan-Michael Key. Then, the gabbers break down the new Netflix series Friends From College, also starring Key, to wonder how a show with such a stellar cast can fail so easily. Finally, David Weigel joins the gabbers to discuss his new book about prog rock and help them understand the phenomenon.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:



Julia: The work of illustrator Jill McElmurry, including the Little Blue Truck series, and I’m Not a Baby

Stephen: The piano-playing of McCoy Tyner, particularly the song “When Sunny Gets Blue

Outro: “When Sunny Gets Blue” by McCoy Tyner

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