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Aug. 15 2008 5:23 PM

Thunderous Critiques

Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

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Summary Judgment: Is Tropic Worth Cloning?
Critics don't see eye-to-eye on the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder, the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona,and the animated Star Wars film TheClone Wars. Mark Jordan Legan breaks down the reviews to help resolve what's worth the price of two gallons of gas. Listen to the segment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Politics: Who Cares About Candidates' Stance On Russia?
John McCain and Barack Obama both have condemned Russia's invasion of Georgia. But how do their individual reactions reflect their campaigns? Alex Chadwick and Madeleine Brand talk to political correspondent John Dickerson about whether the candidates' views on the conflict matter to voters. Listen to the segment.

Children's Health: Should You Teach Baby To Sign?
Baby sign language is appealing to some new parents. Books, Web sites, and DVDs teaching babies to sign all claim to encourage language development and strengthen the parent-child bond. Dr. Sydney Spiesel doesn't believe the hype. He discusses research on baby sign language with Alex Chadwick. Listen to the segment.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

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