Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 158 with Farhad Manjoo, Stephen Metcalf, 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:
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 Cinemablend.com.
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."
You can e-mail us at email@example.com.
This podcast was produced by Jesse Baker. Our intern is Matt Sigl.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Right Target
Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
The NFL Has No Business Punishing Players for Off-Field Conduct. Leave That to the Teams.
Meet the Allies the U.S. Won’t Admit It Needs in Its Fight Against ISIS
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.
How to Stop Ebola
Survivors might be immune. Let’s recruit them to care for the infected.
- School District Wants to Censor American History Curriculum to Make It More Patriotic
- U.S. Federal Prison Population Drops for the First Time in Decades
- Conservative Star D’Souza Avoids Jail Time for Illegal Campaign Contributions
- Moderate Chinese Intellectual Sentenced to Life in Prison After Show Trial
America in Africa
The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.