Roger Ebert, The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, and social class in England on the Slate Culture Gabfest.
Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Roger Ebert, The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, and Social Class in England
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April 10 2013 10:39 AM

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Slate's podcast about the life and legacy of Roger Ebert, National Geographic Channel’s miniseries The '80s: The Decade That Made Us, and England’s seven social classes.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss the life and legacy of film critic Roger Ebert and his place in the hearts of movie lovers everywhere. Then, after watching National Geographic Channel’s miniseries The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us, they reflect on the gnarliest decade of them all. Finally, the Culturefesters talk about the Great British Class Survey, which claims to reveal England’s real class system.

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


Dana: The newly redesigned

Stephen: Mucinex and Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class, by Barbara Ehrenreich

Outro: “I Wanna Be Rich” by Calloway

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

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

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

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