Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Eat Your Terrarium” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on BlacKkKlansman, Making It, and the fire at Brazil’s National Museum.

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This week, Julia, Dana, and Steve take on BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s new film based on the memoirs of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. How much of the incredible story is true, and how does that affect the way we experience it? Next, they talk about Making It, the crafting competition show co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and what it says about the state of celebrity in 2018. Finally, the hosts are joined by Mauricio Santoro from the State University of Rio de Janeiro to discuss the tragic fire at Brazil’s National Museum, which destroyed roughly 90 percent of its collections. They learn about the museum’s place in Brazilian history and culture, the circumstances that led to the loss, and what comes next for the institution.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:


Dana: An Epicurious recipe for ratatouille, with one amendment: salt the eggplant

Julia: Gillian Robespierre’s Landline and an anti-endorsement of jumbo marshmallows

Stephen: Vanderbilt Lakeside in Philmont, New York, and George Blaustein’s “My Fellow Prisoners” in n+1

Outro: “Dot the I’s and Cross the T’s” by Frook

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