Culture Gabfest on Pan Am, Playboy Club, R.E.M., and Killer Robots

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Sept. 28 2011 11:06 AM

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

Troy Patterson's Slate reviews of Pan Am and The Playboy Club.
Pan Am
, The Playboy Club, and the representation of women in the new TV season, at the New York Times.
A.V. Club's interview with Pan Am star Christina Ricci.
"The Playboy Club Vs. Pan Am: Which does the 60's better?" at
New York's Vulture blog's shot-by-shot comparison of The Playboy Club and Mad Men.
The official sites for Pan Am and The Playboy Club.
Slate's Bill Wyman on R.E.M. and the indie revolution it sparked.
Bassist Mike Mills on why  R.E.M. is calling it quits, at Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone's list of R.E.M.'s 15 greatest music videos.
The Atlantic's Eric Harvey calls R.E.M. " America's Greatest Band."
R.E.M.'s official site.
Farhad Manjoo's Slate series " Will Robots Steal Your Job ?"
Martin Ford's blog econ future looks at the future of the economy in an automated world.
"HowStuffWorks" founder Marshall Brain's lecture on " Automation and Unemployment." 
NPR's All Things Considered on the rise of a robot sportswriter.
The New York Times asks when a robot will outsmart man.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana's pick: The 1982 Francis Ford Coppola flop One From The Heart gets a new DVD release.
Julia's pick: Brush up on your 21st-century business-ese at the Web Economy Bullshit Generator.
Steve's picks: The Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson and the crime classic In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

Outro: R.E.M's "The One I Love."

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Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

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.



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