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In this week's Culture Gabfest, Slate music critic Jody Rosen joins the conversation to lament the death of pop superstar Whitney Houston. Next, our critics share their personal Valentine’s Day playlists. For their final segment, Gabfesters find the lost generation in Woody Allen’s Oscar-nominated Midnight in Paris.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Slate’s Jody Rosen on the legacy of Whitney Houston.
Jody’s 10 most essential Whitney Houston tracks.
Slate’s Explainer details why Whitney Houston’s toxicology report will take so long.
The New York Times’ obituary for Whitney Houston.
The melismas of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Wired’s Underwire blog on Facebook’s most popular love songs.
NPR’s list of five essential breakup songs and much longer list of great love songs.
President Obama’s rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
Buzzfeed’s 20 best breakup songs.
Dana’s review of Midnight in Paris.
Slate’s David Haglund on the viral video, “Niggas in Paris at Midnight.”
LA Weekly’s interview with Midnight in Paris director Woody Allen.
Midnight in Paris’ official site.
Julia’s pick: Julian Barnes’ novel The Sense of an Ending.
Outro: “In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine and Iris DeMent.
TODAY IN SLATE
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Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.