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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Conan's return, 127 Hours, and the many facets of James Franco, and are joined by John Swansburg to discuss the errors in Yale University Press' Anthology of Rap.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Troy Patterson's review of Conan's comeback in Slate.
The cold open from Monday night's Conan is here.
Watch Conan's action-packed promo, plus see him give his desk a scrub in this ad.
The New York Times' Bill Carter's new book The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy.
New York's piece on Jimmy Fallon's reinvention of late-night comedy.
The latest stories on Taxi TV (what New Yorkers are confronted with every time they get into a cab.)
Dana's review and spoiler special on Danny Boyle's latest film, 127 Hours, in Slate.
See the New York Times video on the real life Aaron Ralston here.
Aaron Ralston's book Between a Rock and a Hard Place was the basis of Danny Boyle's film.
Paul Devlin's piece for Slate on inaccurately transcribed lyrics in the new Anthology of Rap.
Read Sam Anderson's take on the new anthology in New York and then see what happens when NPR asks him to actually listen to the music.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Tony Judt's piece "My Endless New York" published posthumously by the New York Times.
Julia's pick: The Guided By Voices song "I Am a Scientist."
John's pick: Public Enemy's album Fear of a Black Planet.
Steve's pick: Nick Drake's album Bryter Layter and the apple pie from Green Acres Farm Market and Bakery.
Outro: Public Enemy's "Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
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Podcast production by Jesse Baker.