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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, June Thomas, and Julia Turner speak with Slate social media editor Jeremy Stahl about his new Slate series on 9/11 conspiracy theories. Next, our critics take a verbal snapshot of the retro-photography trend and the popular iPhone app Instagram. For their final segment, the Gabfesters weigh in on the USA Network's new law firm comedy Suits.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The first of Jeremy Stahl's Slate series on 9/11 conspiracy theories.
The website of syndicated radio talk show host Alex Jones.
Conspiracy theorist Michael C. Ruppert's website Collapse Network.
Popular Mechanics article "Debunking the 9/11 Myths."
Former 9/11 "truther" Charlie Veitch becomes a conspiracy skeptic.
The influential 9/11 conspiracy documentary Loose Change.
The history of birtherism, at Slate.
The official site of Instagram.
Technology Blog TechCrunch on Instagram's success.
New York Times photographer Damon Winter on Hipstamatic and photojournalism.
The Society Pages' Cyborgology Blog article "The Faux-Vintage Photo," by Nathan Jurgenson.
What happens when you take an already great photo and Instagram it? Mastergram!
The official website for the USA Network's new show Suits.
The New York Times review of Suits.
Variety on USA's summer lineup.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
June's pick: Amy Waldman's novel The Submision; The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, by Marc Levinson; and the podcast EconTalk.
Julia's pick: The audiobook for Clash of Kings, Part 2 of popular fantasy series The Game of Thrones.
Steve's picks: Timothy Snyder's blog post "As Ohio Goes" at the New York Review of Books; NPR's Fresh Air interview with Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham; David Graeber, author of DEBT: The First 5,000 Years, interviewed on The Brian Lehrer Show; and, finally, the Westerns of the 1970s—which is your favorite?
Outro: "The Rose" by Bette Midler.
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This podcast was produced by Jesse Baker. Our intern is Matt Sigl.