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Slate Culture Gabfest on Minari, Mike Nichols, and Chrissy Teigen.

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Episode Notes

Steve, Dana, and Julia kick things off by discussing Minari, the semi-autobiographical movie by the filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung that focuses on a Korean family trying to build a life for themselves in rural Arkansas. After that, New York Magazine writer Mark Harris joins the show to talk about his new biography of the director Mike Nichols, Mike Nichols: A Life. Then the hosts pick apart the latest Chrissy Teigen controversy and offer opinions about wealth, celebrity, and privilege during the pandemic.

In Slate Plus, the hosts remember actor Christopher Plummer who passed away last week at age 91.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.

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Dana: Christopher Plummer’s memoir In Spite of Myself

Julia: Editor & Publisher’s Internet Archive

Steve: Charles Mingus’s Mingus Plays Piano

Further Reading

Karen Han’s review of Minari in Slate.

Steve’s review of Mike Nichols: A Life in the LA Times.


About the Show

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.

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