Slate's Culture Gabfest on the Oscars, Santelli's rant, Octomom, and the Tropicana redesign.

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Feb. 25 2009 1:28 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the Oscars, the rant of CNBC commentator Rick Santelli, the adventures of Octomom, and the Tropicana juice carton revolt.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

Dana Stevens and Slate TV critic Troy Patterson's discussion of the Oscars.
Julia Turner and Amanda Fortini's discussion of Oscar fashions.
Ron Rosenbaum's Slate piece on The Reader.
Rick Santelli's CNBC rant.
John Dickerson's Slate piece on Santelli's rant and the White House response to it.
A New York Times piece on the Tropicana packaging retraction.
The (possibly fake) Pepsi Co. branding memo unearthed by Gawker.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Ricky Gervais' podcast.
Julia's pick: A tolerable romantic comedy: Definitely, Maybe.
Stephen's pick: The Danny Boyle film Shallow Grave.

You can e-mail us at culturefest@slate.com.

Posted on Feb. 25 at 1:28 p.m. by Julia Turner.