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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Sarah Palin's new TLC show Sarah Palin's Alaska and the British jihadi comedy Four Lions, and are joined by Jody Rosen to assess the new Sinatra biography Frank: The Voice.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Troy Patterson's review of Sarah Palin's Alaska in Slate.
The official site for the show on TLC.
The New York Times' take on Palin's reality debut.
Dana's review of the film Four Lions in Slate.
Watch the trailer for the film on IMDB.
Slate's Book Clubconversation about James Kaplan's new book Frank: The Voice.
Read an excerpt of Frank: The Voice in the New York Times.
Robert Christgau's obituary for Sinatra.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: The Big Apple Circus, the PBS show Circus and the reference site for all things circus-related, Circopedia.
Julia's pick: The award show honoring Tina Fey, who won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Jody's pick: The Flashman Novels, by George MacDonald Fraser, and Beat This: The Best of the English Beat.
Steve's pick: Ryan Adams' song "Come Pick Me Up."
Outro: Ryan Adam's "Come Pick Me Up"
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This podcast was produced by Jesse Baker.