Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Phil Spector, Spring Breakers, and Lew Wallace

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March 27 2013 10:56 AM

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Slate's podcast about David Mamet’s Phil Spector biopic, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, and Ben-Hur author Lew Wallace.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Phil Spector, David Mamet’s HBO movie about the music producer’s murder trial, from its soggy, static scenes to its intense wig action. The Culturefesters then ponder Spring Breakers: Does Harmony Korine’s latest movie offer ecstatic freedom and transcendence or merely a lecherous camera focused on bikini-clad gyrations? Finally, they discuss Lew Wallace, the disgraced Civil War general and author of the best-selling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

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

Endorsements:

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June’s pick: The British soap opera Coronation Street, which has been on the air for more than 50 years (and is the best TV show in the history of the world) and is now available on Hulu.

John’s pick: James Salter’s forthcoming novel All That Is.

Dana’s pick: The 2009 documentary The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, available in nine parts on YouTube.

Outro: “Spanish Harlem” by Ben E. King

You can email us at culturefest@slate.com.

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

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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