Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Master, The End of Men, and the NYC Soda Ban

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Sept. 19 2012 11:51 AM

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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics discuss Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie The Master, from its remarkable cinematography to the powerful performances in this epic story about the complicated relationship between a charismatic leader and a drifting WWII veteran. The Gabfesters are then joined by Slate DoubleX co-founder and Atlantic senior editor Hanna Rosin to discuss her new book The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, why we’re still uncomfortable with feminized men and dominant women and what the ascendancy of women means both economically and culturally. Finally, they talk sugary drinks, pondering the recent NYC soda ban, the benevolent dictatorship of the nanny state, and the nutrition science behind limiting refined sugars and the public’s access to them.

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


Dana’s pick: The album notes and artist write-ups on your Pandora radio stations provided by

Julia’s pick: Firefly, Joss Whedon’s short-lived space western TV series from 2002.

Stephen’s pick: The Kings of Convenience’s fragile and beautiful take on A-ha’s “Manhattan Skyline.”

Outro: “Manhattan Skyline” by Kings of Convenience

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

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

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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