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This week Steve and Dana are joined by guest host Nichole Perkins, writer, poet, and host of the Thirst Aid Kit podcast. First they discuss the new film adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which stars Viola Davis and features Chadwick Boseman in his final role. Then they weigh in on the HBO Max mystery thriller The Flight Attendant. After that, Vulture writer Mark Harris joins the show to talk about Disney’s rapid growth and what it means for the movie industry.
In Slate Plus, the hosts talk about which historical performances they wish they could witness.
Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
Outro Music: “Go Slow” by Daniel Fridell
Dana: From Dana’s “Best Movies of 2020” list: Steven Soderbergh’s Let Them All Talk
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.