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June 23 2010 12:23 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the third installment of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story and the science of taking a great vacation. They're joined by Clive Thompson to discuss Watson, the IBM supercomputer that can beat humans at Jeopardy!

Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:

The official  site  for Toy Story 3.
Dana's review and spoiler special for  Toy Story 3  in Slate.
The New York Times' critic  A.O. Scott  on the movie.
The Boston Globe's article on the science of taking a  relaxing vacation.
Paul Bloom and Peter D. Kramer break down  pleasure  in Slate.
I.B.M's supercomputer vs. Jeopardy!  in the New York Times Magazine.


The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: The street music festival  Make Music New York.
Julia's pick:  Helen Miren  seminude  in New York Magazine.
Clive's pick: The video game  Blur  and  Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides  translated by Anne Carson.
Steve's pick: Singer-songwriter  Richard Hawley  and  Dr. Mike's ice cream in Bethel, Conn. 
Musical Outro: The Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.1."

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. He is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.



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