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On Slate Plus, the hosts choose their personal additions to the Most Important Character pantheon.
On this special “bizarro” episode of the Culture Gabfest, producer Benjamin Frisch assembles with June Thomas and Rachelle Hampton to discuss Richard Linklater’s new movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett as a woman having a low-grade breakdown ahead of a family trip to Antarctica. Then, the hosts turn to A Black Lady Sketch Show, a riveting new comedy series on HBO, to talk about why it feels so unprecedented. Finally, culture editor Forrest Wickman joins the show to explain the thinking behind Slate’s list of The 25 Most Important Characters of the Past 25 Years and why Jar Jar Binks deserves a spot.
New York Times critic Dwight Garner says, “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.