Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 153 with Stephen Metcalf, Dennis Riordan, Jody Rosen, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below or opening this player in another tab:
Don't miss a single episode of the Culture Gabfest. Subscribe to the free Culturefest podcast in iTunes or directly with our RSS feed. You can also download this week's episode here. And join the lively conversation on the Culturefest Facebook here:
This podcast is brought to you by Bing. Wondering which summer movie to see? Which summer festival to go to? Which new album to buy? Bing will help you decide. Just click the "entertainment" button on the Bing home page to get the latest on music, movies, TV, and video games. Plus, with Bing's social search feature, your Facebook friends' "likes" will show up right there on your Bing search results. The Culture Gabfest thanks Bing for its support.
In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner watch the new BBC America series The Hour, a Mad Men for the Anglophile set. Next, they're joined by attorney Dennis Riordan for a legal briefing on the West Memphis Three. (Riordan represented newly released defendant Damien Echols.) For their final segment, Gabfesters welcome Slate music critic Jody Rosen to discuss the legacy of songwriters Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford, both of whom died this past week.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The official site of the new television series The Hour at BBC America.
Troy Patterson's review of The Hour at Slate.
New York magazine interview with one of the stars of The Hour, Dominic West.
NPR coverage of The Hour.
New York Times article on the release of the West Memphis Three.
The Wikipedia entry for the West Memphis Three.
A podcast about the case from the Arkansas Times.
Free the WM3 Support Fund official website.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder's efforts on behalf of the West Memphis Three.
New York Times obituaries for Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford.
The best tunes by both Ashford and Leiber as selected by the Chicago Tribune.
Photo slide shows of Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford at Rolling Stone.
NPR remembers Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: Pianist Andrew Rangell plays Bach's Six Partitas.
Julia's pick: The novel Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.
Jody's picks: The animated Bayeux Tapestry * and the Norwegian songwriting duo Stargate.
Steve's pick: It's time for an a-ha moment.
Outro: "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King
You can e-mail us at email@example.com.
This podcast was produced by Jesse Baker. Our intern is Matt Sigl.
Correction, Aug. 24, 2011: This article originally misspelled Bayeux Tapestry. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
TODAY IN SLATE
Scalia’s Liberal Streak
The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.
Scotland Votes to Remain in U.K.
There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?
The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B
Sometimes Women Do Make Fake Rape Allegations
And we need to treat that as a serious problem.
Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey
No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.
The Other Huxtable Effect
Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.