TSA scanning procedures, CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, and HBO's new Fran Lebowitz documentary: Slate's Culture Gabfest.

TSA scanning procedures, CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, and HBO's new Fran Lebowitz documentary: Slate's Culture Gabfest.

TSA scanning procedures, CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, and HBO's new Fran Lebowitz documentary: Slate's Culture Gabfest.

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Nov. 24 2010 2:09 PM

The Culture Gabfest, "Junk-Touching" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about the TSA's new scanning procedures, the sitcom Mike & Molly,and HBO's new documentary about Fran Lebowitz.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Dana Stevens and Julia Turner are joined by John Swansburg to discuss the outcry over TSA's new scanning procedures, by Daniel Engber to assess the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, and by Troy Patterson to evaluate Public Speaking, HBO's new documentary about Fran Lebowitz.

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

William Saletan defends the TSA's new guidelines (and critiques its poor communication strategy) in Slate.
John Tyner's "Don't touch my junk" video.
Read more about the 35,000 full-body images saved at a Florida Federal courthouse here.
George Clooney's Ryan Bingham character in the movie Up in the Air.
Daniel Engber's slide-show history of television fat-coms in Slate.
Watch an entire episode of the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly here.
Maura Kelly's blog post "Should 'Fatties' Get a Room?" for Marie Claire.
TheHollywood Reporter's profile of Chuck Lorre. (Subscription required.)
The official site for Martin Scorcese's HBO documentary Public Speaking.
Troy Patterson's review of Public Speaking in Slate.
Fran Lebowitz's two published books Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, now collected in The Fran Lebowitz Reader.
Read an excerpt from Fran Lebowitz's Progress in Vanity Fair.
The West Village restaurant The Waverly Inn, where Lebowitz was interviewed for the documentary.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Patti Smith's tearful acceptance speech at The National Book Awards.
(Speech begins at 1:52:15.)
Troy's pick: The campus novel Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell.
Steve's pick: Banjo Mountain Cafe in Ghent, New York and the Christmas comedy Elf.
Julia's pick: Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, his performance in last Saturday's TSA skit, and his strangely satisfying impression of the actor Alan Alda.

Outro: Alan Silvestri's "Back to the Future—Main Theme" performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic.

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Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

Troy Patterson is Slate’s writer at large and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.

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.