Slate's Culture Gabfest on Twitter activism, Law & Order Los Angeles and Civil War tourism.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Twitter activism, Law & Order Los Angeles and Civil War tourism.

Slate's Culture Gabfest on Twitter activism, Law & Order Los Angeles and Civil War tourism.

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Oct. 6 2010 4:17 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "Barely Legal" Edition

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Listen to Culture Gabfest  No. 107 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, John Swansburg, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Malcolm Gladwell's essay on activism and social media in The New Yorker and Law & Order Los Angeles' debut episode. They're also joined by John Swansburg to discuss his Civil War tourism series.

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

Malcolm Gladwell's latest piece in The New Yorker.
Social media scholar and NYU professor Clay Shirky's Web page.
Watch the full first episode of NBC's latest incarnation of Law and Order.
John Swansburg's Civil War series in Slate.
The official Web page for Shiloh National Military Park.
Read more on the Civil War submarine, the CSS Hunley, here.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

John's pick: The bathroom-less Grant's Tomb.
Julia's pick:  They Might Be Giants song "Birdhouse in Your Soul," used on an episode of this season's Bored to Death on HBO.
Dana's pick: Dolores Duran's CD Between Friends.
Steve's picks:  Bob Dylan's recording of "Idiot Wind" and the 1986 Ross McElwee documentary Sherman's March.

Watch June and Dana's latest video endorsement here:

Outro: They Might Be Giants' "Birdhouse in Your Soul."

Podcast production by Jesse Baker.

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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.

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

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