Reagan's centennial, Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily, and the Google Art Project on this week's Culture Gabfest podcast.

Reagan's centennial, Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily, and the Google Art Project on this week's Culture Gabfest podcast.

Reagan's centennial, Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily, and the Google Art Project on this week's Culture Gabfest podcast.

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Feb. 9 2011 10:25 AM

 The Culture Gabfest, "Tear Down This Pay Wall" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily, HBO's Reagan documentary, and the Google Art Project.

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss Rupert Murdoch's new iPad newspaper The Daily, Eugene Jarecki's new HBO documentary Reagan, and the virtual museum tours of the Google Art Project.

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

The official Web site for Rupert Murdoch's iPad newspaper The Daily.
Jack Shafer's review of The Daily in Slate.
The Daily's Super Bowl television spot.
AOL's recent purchase of the Huffington Post.
New Yorker pop critic and Daily culture editor Sasha Frere-Jones.
Eugene Jarecki's HBO documentary Reagan.
Christopher Hitchens on Reagan's centennial in Slate.
Charles Ferguson's 2010 financial crisis documentary Inside Job.
Social-activist-turned-businessman Jerry Rubin.
Washington D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
The Google Art Project on the Web.
Walter Benjamin and his influential essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Reproduction."
Julia's series on "The Secret Language of Signs" in Slate.
Solomon's judgment to "cut the baby in half."
Godwin's law of reductio ad Hitlerum nazi analogies.

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The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: Wallace Shawn's Huffington Post essay "Why I Call Myself a Socialist."
Julia's pick: Starlee Kine's This American Life segment, "Trickle Down History," on the recent episode "Kid Politics."
Steve's picks: Joan Didion's Ronald Reagan essay "The West Wing of Oz," from her collection Political Fictions, and the Leonard Cohen song "Tonight Will Be Fine" (as well as Teddy Thompson's cover).

Outro: "Tonight Will Be Fine," as performed by Leonard Cohen, and then as covered by Teddy Thompson.

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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.

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