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The Culture Gabfest “What If Crime Is a Response to Our Broken Society?” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Mindhunter, “Rockstar” by Post Malone, and Rotten Tomatoes.

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This week, the critics discuss the new Netflix series Mindhunter, starring Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford, an FBI agent during the early days of serial killer investigations, and parse how it differs from standard crime procedurals. Then, Chris Molanphy joins the conversation to talk about the new hit “Rockstar” by Post Malone and explore nihilism in today’s hip-hop songs. Finally, the gabbers discuss Martin Scorsese’s guest column in the Hollywood Reporter about Rotten Tomatoes and question the validity of his claims.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: La Mécanique de l’Histoire, an acrobatic performance by Yoann Bourgeois, and the tweet that originally mesmerized Dana.

Julia: “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” by Superchunk

Stephen: “Free Fallin’ ” performed by Kings of Convenience, and the stories about the Sackler family in Esquire and the New Yorker.

Outro: “Mindkilla” by Gang Gang Dance

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