Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Political Animals, Daniel Tosh’s Rape Joke, and Games

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July 18 2012 12:21 PM

The Culture Gabfest: Utter Tosh Edition

Listen to Slate's show about the USA miniseries Political Animals, the Daniel Tosh rape-joke controversy, and Dana’s lifelong indifference to games.

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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the USA Network’s miniseries Political Animals and whether it succeeds as a roman à clef about the Clintons. The Gabfesters then discuss Daniel Tosh’s tangle with a heckler over a joke about rape, whether rape jokes can ever be funny, and that inscrutable element that makes a joke work. Finally, they discuss Dana’s lifelong indifference to competitive games and why we bother playing them at all.

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

Endorsements:

Dana’s pick: My Daguerreotype Boyfriend, the online repository of hotties of yesteryear

Julia’s pick: Banana pudding, the ultimate summer dessert concoction of bananas, pudding, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream

Stephen’s pick: Dusty Springfield’s album Dusty in Memphis

Outro: Dusty Springfield’s “Just One Smile”

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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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