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Feb. 17, 2010
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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Jody Rosen, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss "We Are the World 25 for Haiti," singer-songwriter John Mayer's disturbingly frank interview in next month's Playboy, and the start of the 2010 Winter Games.
Here are some links to things discussed on this week's show:
The 1985 version of "We Are the World," recorded to benefit famine relief in Africa.
The 2010 version of "We Are the World," recorded to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti.
Other songs sung for a good cause: "Voices That Care" and "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
The New York Times' Jon Pareles on why, 25 years later, "We Are the World" is still a terrible song.
John Mayer's interview in Playboy.
Jody Rosen and Jonah Weiner's "Track of The Week" Brow Beat post on the John Mayer single "Who Says."
The official schedule for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.