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Aug. 29 2008 5:20 PM

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Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 

Summary Judgment: Yet Another College Movie?
Do we really need another Superbad-esque comedy? Mark Jordan Legan tells us what the critics are saying about College as well as the latest sci-fi flick, Babylon AD starring Vin Diesel, and Traitor, starring Don Cheadle. Listen to the segment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 

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Kausfiles: What Hillary Didn't Say
For Mickey Kaus, it wasn't what Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night so much as what she didn't say. Like recollecting which guests didn't show up at an otherwise-wonderful party, it only began to bother him much later—when the buzz was over—that something was absent. Listen to the segment.

What's Up, Doc?: Medication-Error Death Rate Up 500 Percent
Painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety drugs are being prescribed to outpatients in high doses without the oversight of a doctor. A new study found that in the last 20 years there has been a 500 percent increase in the death rate from medication errors made at home. Medical contributor Dr. Sydney Spiesel discusses the data with Alex Chadwick. Listen to the segment.

Breast-Exam Rebuttal: "An Exam Saved Me"
An interview last week with Dr. Sydney Spiesel about a study showing that breast self-exams don't help prevent death from breast cancer in women generated quite a response from listeners. Several women wrote in to say that they had found cancerous lumps in their own breasts and wouldn't be alive today if not for breast self-exams. Listen to the segment.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 

XX Factor: Interpreting Michelle Obama's Speech
Michelle Obama painted her husband as a caring family man who can bring hope to a country in need Monday night. Her speech was fearless, Dahlia Lithwick and Melinda Henneburger tell Alex Chadwick. She even let her daughter have an open mic. Listen to the segment.

Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 

Summary Judgment: Death Race, House Bunny, Hamlet 2
Mark Jordan Legan checks out three new films: Death Race, starring Jason Statham; House Bunny, about a Playboy bunny who's expelled from the mansion and joins a sorority as its house mother; and Hamlet 2, about a high-school musical sequel to the Shakespeare play, starring Steve Coogan. Listen to the segment..

TODAY IN SLATE

Jurisprudence

Don’t Expect Adrian Peterson to Go to Prison

In much of America, beating your children is perfectly legal. 

Ken Burns on Why Teddy Roosevelt Would Never Get Elected in 2014

Cops Briefly Detain Django Unchained Actress Because They Thought She Was a Prostitute

Minimalist Cocktail Posters Make Mixing Drinks a Cinch

How the Apple Watch Will Annoy Us

A glowing screen attached to someone else’s wrist is shinier than all but the blingiest of jewels.

Books

Rainbow Parties and Sex Bracelets

Where teenage sex rumors come from—and why they’re bad for parents and kids.

Books

You Had to Be There

What we can learn from things that used to be funny.

Legendary Critic Greil Marcus Measures and Maps Rock History Through 10 Unlikely Songs

Catfish Creator Nev Schulman’s Book Is Just Like Him: Self-Deluded and Completely Infectious

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