Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Hobbit, Duck Dynasty, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

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Dec. 19 2012 11:48 AM

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Slate's podcast about The Hobbit, the A&E series Duck Dynasty, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.

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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics are joined by Slate columnist Dan Engber to discuss Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and whether its increased frame rate ruins the movie … or if the movie was already a ruin to begin with. The Gabfesters then discuss the entertainment appeal of the A&E series Duck Dynasty and what its popularity might say about the state of the white working class in America. Finally, they consider personality typology and the relevance of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.

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

Dana’s pick: The Facebook page and Twitter account for the proposed One Million Child March on D.C. for Gun Control.

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Julia’s pick: Season 2 of the British drama series The Hour, to be watched as you wait for Mad Men to return.

Stephen’s pick: The lush, beautiful Fleetwood Mac gem “Save Me a Place” and Guided by Voices’ kickass rock song “Tractor Rape Chain.”

Outro: “Tractor Rape Chain” by Guided by Voices

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Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

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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