Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Looper, Cheers, and Grizzly Bear

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Oct. 3 2012 12:59 PM

The Culture Gabfest: Stow Your Blunderbuss Edition

Slate's podcast about the movie Looper, the 30th anniversary of the sitcom Cheers, and the indie rock band Grizzly Bear.

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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics discuss the movie Looper and whether it succeeds in answering—or even asking—thought-provoking questions about the intricacies of time travel. Then, on the 30th anniversary of the premiere of the classic sitcom Cheers, the Gabfesters discuss the series, how it holds up in 2012, and what makes sitcoms timeless or useless after all this time. Finally they are joined by New York pop critic Nitsuh Abebe to discuss his profile of the band Grizzly Bear and what it means to find success in the world of indie rock.

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

Endorsements:

Dana’s pick: The Evolution Store, the SoHo boutique for all things insects, bugs, natural history, fossils and minerals.

Julia’s pick: The novel that’s probably already been pressed evangelically into your hands, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Stephen’s pick: The poem “Ego Dominus Tuus” by W.B. Yeats.

Outro: Bon Iver's "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)."

You can email us at culturefest@slate.com.

This podcast was produced by Dan Pashman. Our intern is Sally Tamarkin.

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Nitsuh Abebe is the music critic for New York.

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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