Culture Gabfest: Prometheus, Sex Abuse at Horace Mann School, and the End of Car Talk

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June 13 2012 2:33 PM

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Listen to Slate's show about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the story of sexual abuse at the Horace Mann School, and the end of NPR’s Car Talk.

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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics make sense of Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus, considering its philosophical questions as well as its monsters and robots. They then discuss Amos Kamil’s New York Times Magazine cover story about sexual abuse at The Horace Mann School. Finally, they consider the end of NPR’s popular show Car Talk and the transcendent appeal and charm of its hosts, Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers.

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

Endorsements:

John’s picks: The 1989 Air Jordan IV

Julia’s pick: Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson

Outro: Duke Ellington’s "A Little Max"

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

John Swansburg is Slate's editorial director. Follow him on Twitter.

Julia Turner is Slate's deputy editor and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast. Follow her on Twitter.