Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the Year in Movies, The Biggest Loser, and the American Shopping Mall

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Jan. 9 2013 11:50 AM

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss the year in movies including the best of 2012, standouts previously discussed on the Culturefest, and Gabfester favorites. Then, Slate columnist Dan Engber joins the conversation to discuss the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser, obesity in American culture, and a study that sheds new light on the link between weight and mortality. Finally, the critics consider the American shopping mall and how it came to be, its unique place in popular culture, and whether we’ll miss the mall when it’s gone.

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

Endorsements:

Dana’s pick: The Slate Book Review’s author-editor interview between George Saunders and Andy Ward, a touching dialogue between a writer and his editor.

Julia’s pick: Tom Hooper’s 2008 HBO series John Adams.

Stephen’s pick: My Man Godfrey, one the great American comedies.

Outro: “Valley of the Malls” by Fountains of Wayne

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This podcast was produced by Julia Furlan. Our intern is Sally Tamarkin.

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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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