Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Hella Doomed” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Insecure, Dr. Strangelove, and a major controversy rocking the world of YA Twitter.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the HBO comedy Insecure with Slate producer Veralyn Williams, including how it focuses on female friendship and its casual depiction of the black experience. Then, the gabbers discuss Stanley Kubrick’s classic Dr. Strangelove, its relevance to the news of the past week, and what makes it still such a biting comedy after so many years. Finally, Laura Miller joins in to discuss a recent battle on Twitter over a young adult novel called The Black Witch.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Aisha: Queen Sugar, particularly the character Darla

Julia: the Flightview app

Dana: Paths of Glory

Outro: “Them Changes” by Thundercat

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