Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Hurricane Sandy, Nashville’s Music, and Mormon Intellectualism

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Nov. 1 2012 11:29 AM

The Culture Gabfest: Frankenfest Edition

Slate's podcast about Hurricane Sandy and social media, the music of Nashville, and intellectualism in the Mormon Church.

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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics are joined by Slate music critic Jody Rosen to discuss Twitter as both hyperlocal newswire and social media rumor mill during Hurricane Sandy. The Gabfesters then consider the new ABC drama Nashville and whether its music offers a realistic and compelling portrait of the country music scene. Finally, Slate Brow Beat editor David Haglund joins the conversation to talk about the scholar D. Michael Quinn and the controversy over the study of history within the Mormon church.

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

Endorsements:

Julia’s pick: The movie Broadcast News, which offers a refreshing dramatization of a woman’s commitment to her career.

David’s pick: The Welsh singer-songwriter Katell Keineg. If you like Jeff Buckley and Joni Mitchell, start with her album Jet.

Stephen’s pick: Donald Hall’s essay on the history of poetry readings, including his own anecdotes from a lifetime of reading his poetry for audiences.

Outro: “Leonor” by Katell Keineg

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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

Jody Rosen is a Slate contributor.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast