Culture Gabfest

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Hereditary, The Staircase, and Lend Me Your Ears.

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This week the critics discuss the new horror film Hereditary starring Toni Collette, how truly horrifying it is, and whether the final 10 minutes ruin the film’s intentions. Next, Rebecca Lavoie joins the conversation to discuss The Staircase, which recently premiered with new episodes on Netflix. Did an owl really do it? Finally, the gabbers discuss Isaac Butler’s new podcast Lend Me Your Ears where he explores Shakespeare’s works and how they’re relevant to our current political world.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Laura: Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Isaac: Soft Sounds From Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast, and Remain in Light by Angelique Kidjo

Stephen: “A History of Eternity” and “A New Refutation of Time” by Jorge Luis Borges

Outro: “Born Under Punches” by Angelique Kidjo

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