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This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens are joined by a rotating third chair. First, Slate’s Sam Adams joins to discuss the new Judy Garland biopic starring Renée Zellweger. Zellweger has been lauded for her performance, but does the rest of the movie rise to her heights? Then, Slate’s Inkoo Kang joins to discuss Netflix’s traumatic proceedural Unbelievable, and whether it’s effective entertainment to sit with trauma over eight grueling episodes. Finally, friend of the show Simon Doonan joins the panel to discuss his new book, Drag: The Complete Story, about the history and contemporary state of drag. In Slate Plus, more from that conversation with Doonan.
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.